Dental Hygiene | St. Clair College

Program Overview

The practice of dental hygiene is “the assessment of teeth and adjacent tissues, treatment by preventive and therapeutic means, and the provision of restorative and orthodontic procedures and services” (DHA, 1991). Students will be prepared to provide oral health care in a variety of environments. Graduates will work within the scope of dental hygiene practice and in accordance with the regulations of the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario.

Program Highlights

  • On campus Dental Clinic offering practical experience.
  • Off-site placements at various community sites and oral health promotion activities.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.
  • Graduates are self-regulated health care professionals who support the roles of a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) such as health promotion, education, clinical therapy, advocacy, research and administration.
  • An RDH is a vital member of the oral healthcare team working with other healthcare professionals to achieve and maintain optimal oral health.
  • Focus on applying the dental hygiene process of care while developing inter-professionalism, client-centred care and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Graduates are eligible as a candidate for the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination. Successful completion is a requirement for registration by the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario to practice in the province.

Career Opportunities

Although a dentist in private practice most often employs dental hygienists, there is a growing number of dental hygienists who are self-employed or choose careers in public health education, hospitals, research, or dental product development and promotion.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus successful completion of:

  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U
  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)

OR

  • The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees certificate or equivalent courses from the Academic and Career Entrance program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

The Dental Hygiene program has been updated to meet the new clinical-to-practice standards of the profession. Note that this is now a three (3) year program.

For more information, see the Dental Hygiene Admission Guidelines document also found on the Admission Procedures page.

Important Information

This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.

Field/Clinical Placements

  • Clinical placements include day and evening sessions.
  • Student is responsible for parking fees.

Applicants are required to have the following completed prior to clinical placement. Applicants are responsible for the associated costs.

  • Standard First Aid (online courses are NOT acceptable)
  • CPR Level C/HCP with AED awareness - which includes training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the basic support level, including one-rescuer and two-rescuer CPR for adults, children, and infants; the relief of foreign body airway obstructions for adults, children, and infants; the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED- awareness); and the use of ambu-bags. (Online courses are NOT acceptable)
  • Employer requirement for up-to-date CLEAR POLICE CLEARANCE (vulnerable sector screening)
    • MUST be obtained by the student.
    • Obtain the Police Clearance by the first week of Year 3 of the program

WINDSOR RESIDENTS:

For city of Windsor residents, please use the Local Police Clearance Letter plus the form and checklist identification list below.

Additional Requirements

Students applying to this program must complete the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) test.

Selection Procedure

A score is determined for each applicant derived from the Pre-Admission Testing score and from required subjects for admission. Scores are then ranked by highest score and selection is made for the available positions and places on the waiting list.

For high school applicants, all of your Grade 11 courses and the first semester of your Grade 12 courses will be averaged and ranked in order to make the selection for acceptance into this program. When final grades are released applicants must meet the minimum requirement in mandatory courses.

Health Requirements

  • Medical Requirements Form.
  • A satisfactory medical exam.
  • An up-to-date immunization record including tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B titre within the last 24 months) and TB skin test.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
DTL110
Anatomy And Physiology
3
DTL109
Orofacial Anatomy
3
DTL166
General And Oral Microbiology
2
DTL131
Dental Radiography I
2
DTL160
Preclinical Theory I
4
DTL120
Preclinical Practice I
6
DTL362
Professional Issues In Dental Hygiene
2
ENG107
College Writing
3
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
DTL235
Dental Radiography II For Dental Hygiene
3
DTL227
Dental Materials
2
DTL253
Preventive Dentistry
2
DTL257
Oral Histology & Embryology
1
DTL260
Clinical Theory I
3
DTL207
Clinical Practice I
6
DTL209
Intro To Health Promotion
2
DTL215
Introduction To Professional Communications And Information Management
2
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
DTL353
Human Pathophysiology
3
DTL359
Oral Pathology & Radiographic Interpretation
3
DTL370
Clinical Practice II
9
DTL363
Periodontics I For Dental Hygiene
2
DTL309
Health Care In Canada
1
DTL430
Advanced Dental Materials
2
DTL368
Nutrition Counselling For General And Oral Health
3
DTL311
Ethics & Professionalism
1
DTL303
Clinical Theory II
2
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
DTL470
Clinical Practice III
9
DTL409
Health Promotion And Community Oral Health
2
DTL425
Dental Hygiene Care In Diverse Populations
2
DTL422
Oral Health Education
2
DTL468
Pharmacology For The Dental Hygienist
2
DTL469
Periodontics For The Dental Hygienist II
2
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
DTL371
Biostatistics & Introduction To Research
2
DTL427
Clinical Theory III
2
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
DTL507
Evidence Informed Practice
2
DTL508
Clinical Practice IV
8
DTL509
Orthodontics For The Dental Hygienist
2
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
DTL511
Pain Management For The Dental Hygienist
1
DTL514
Clinical Theory IV
2
DTL518
Community Placement I
1
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
DTL616
Interprofessional Practice
2
DTL633
Practice Management For The Dental Hygienist
3
DTL619
Professional Practice & Jurisprudence
1
DTL632
Clinical Practice V
6
DTL506
Advocacy And Health Policy
2
DTL635
Program Planning For Community Groups
1
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
DTL637
Clinical Theory V
2
DTL643
Community Placement II
1

Past Cohorts:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
DTL110 Anatomy And Physiology 3
DTL109 Orofacial Anatomy 3
DTL166 General And Oral Microbiology 2
DTL130 Dental Radiography I 2
DTL160 Preclinical Theory I 4
DTL120 Preclinical Practice I 6
DTL362 Professional Issues In Dental Hygiene 2
ENG107 College Writing 3
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
DTL235 Dental Radiography II For Dental Hygiene 3
DTL227 Dental Materials 2
DTL253 Preventive Dentistry 2
DTL257 Oral Histology & Embryology 1
DTL260 Clinical Theory I 3
DTL207 Clinical Practice I 6
DTL209 Intro To Health Promotion 2
DTL223 Intro To Collaborative Care 1
DTL215 Introduction To Professional Communications And Information Management 2
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
DTL353 Human Pathophysiology 3
DTL359 Oral Pathology & Radiographic Interpretation 3
DTL370 Clinical Practice II 9
DTL363 Periodontics I For Dental Hygiene 2
DTL309 Health Care In Canada 1
DTL430 Advanced Dental Materials 2
DTL368 Nutrition Counselling For General And Oral Health 3
DTL311 Ethics & Professionalism 1
DTL303 Clinical Theory II 2
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
DTL470 Clinical Practice III 9
DTL409 Health Promotion & Community Oral Health 2
DTL425 Dental Hygiene Care In Diverse Populations 2
DTL422 Oral Health Education 2
DTL468 Pharmacology For The Dental Hygienist 2
DTL469 Periodontics For The Dental Hygienist II 2
ELEC1030 Choose 1 Elective Course 3
DTL371 Biostatistics & Introduction To Research 2
DTL427 Clinical Theory III 2
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
DTL507 Evidence Informed Practice 2
DTL508 Clinical Practice IV 8
DTL509 Orthodontics For The Dental Hygienist 2
ELEC1030 Choose 1 Elective Course 3
DTL511 Pain Management For The Dental Hygienist 1
DTL514 Clinical Theory IV 2
DTL518 Community Placement I 1
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
DTL616 Interprofessional Practice 2
DTL633 Practice Management For The Dental Hygienist 3
DTL619 Professional Practice & Jurisprudence 1
DTL632 Clinical Practice V 6
DTL506 Advocacy And Health Policy 2
DTL635 Program Planning for Community Groups 1
ELEC1030 Choose 1 Elective Course 3
DTL637 Clinical Theory V 2
DTL643 Community Placement II 1
Semester 1
Code Title Credits
DTL110 Anatomy And Physiology 3
DTL109 Orofacial Anatomy 3
DTL166 General And Oral Microbiology 2
DTL130 Dental Radiography I 2
DTL160 Preclinical Theory I 4
DTL120 Preclinical Practice I 6
DTL362 Professional Issues In Dental Hygiene 2
ENG107 College Writing 3
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
DTL235 Dental Radiography II For Dental Hygiene 3
DTL227 Dental Materials 2
DTL253 Preventive Dentistry 2
DTL257 Oral Histology & Embryology 1
DTL260 Clinical Theory I 3
DTL207 Clinical Practice I 6
DTL209 Intro To Health Promotion 2
DTL223 Intro To Collaborative Care 1
DTL215 Introduction To Professional Communications And Information Management 2
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
DTL353 Human Pathophysiology 3
DTL359 Oral Pathology & Radiographic Interpretation 3
DTL370 Clinical Practice II 9
DTL363 Periodontics I For Dental Hygiene 2
DTL372 Health Care In Canada 2
DTL430 Advanced Dental Materials 2
DTL368 Nutrition Counselling For General And Oral Health 3
DTL311 Ethics & Professionalism 1
DTL302 Clinical Theory II 1
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
DTL470 Clinical Practice III 9
DTL459 Health Promotion & Community Oral Health 4
DTL425 Dental Hygiene Care In Diverse Populations 2
DTL467 Promoting Health In Multicultural Populations 1
DTL468 Pharmacology For The Dental Hygienist 2
DTL469 Periodontics For The Dental Hygienist II 2
ELEC1030 Choose 1 Elective Course 3
DTL371 Biostatistics & Introduction To Research 2
DTL419 Clinical Theory III 1
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
DTL507 Evidence Informed Practice 2
DTL508 Clinical Practice IV 8
DTL509 Orthodontics For The Dental Hygienist 2
ELEC1030 Choose 1 Elective Course 3
DTL511 Pain Management For The Dental Hygienist 1
DTL514 Clinical Theory IV 2
DTL518 Community Placement I 1
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
DTL616 Interprofessional Practice 2
DTL633 Practice Management For The Dental Hygienist 3
DTL619 Professional Practice & Jurisprudence 1
DTL632 Clinical Practice V 6
DTL506 Advocacy And Health Policy 2
DTL635 Program Planning for Community Groups 1
ELEC1030 Choose 1 Elective Course 3
DTL637 Clinical Theory V 2
DTL643 Community Placement II 1

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2020-2021 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Dental Hygiene (Ontario College Advanced Diploma) (MTCU code 61628)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Practice in a professional and competent manner within the defined scope of practice consistent with current regulations and standards of practice.
  2. Evaluate clients’ oral health status using determinants of health and risk analysis to identify needs, justify treatment decisions and provide appropriate referrals to other health care professionals as required.
  3. Design, implement and evaluate a range of primary, interceptive, therapeutic, preventative, and on-going health care services to meet the unique needs of clients.
  4. Analyse oral health issues in need of advocacy, identify networks and promote actions that will support change and facilitate access to care.
  5. Identify, select, implement and evaluate quality assurance standards and protocols which contribute to a safe and effective working environment.
  6. Establish and maintain professional and interprofessional relationships which contribute to client care safety and positive healthcare outcomes.
  7. Facilitate the development of specific oral health attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviours in clients by selecting and utilizing principles of teaching and learning.
  8. Develop and present a model for a DH practice that addresses relevant business principles, current legislation and standards of practice.

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