Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene

Six Terms, Ontario College Diploma
Program Code 0265
Welland Campus

The information on this page applies to the Fall 2015 intake term, unless otherwise noted.

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Admission Requirements
Sept. 2015 to May 2016

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, including the following required courses:

  • English - any Grade 12 (C) or (U), or equivalent
  • Mathematics - any Grade 11 (C), (U) or (M), or equivalent
  • Biology - Grade 11 (C) or (U) or Grade 12 (U)
  • Chemistry - Grade 11 (U) or Grade 12 (C) or (U) OR
  • Physics - Grade 11 (U) or Grade 12 (C) or (U)

Additional Requirements for Admission:

Selection and Ranking Process:

  • For competitive programs (the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available places), selection will be based on the highest senior level final grade available at the time of ranking. Mid-term grades are not used for ranking purposes.
  • Testing or other supplemental evaluation may be required.

This program has additional requirements .

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Career Opportunities

Dental hygiene is a dynamic and challenging profession providing a wide range of opportunities for public service. The profession's scope is expanding, opening new doors for oral health education and clinical practice.

Opportunities for graduates include:

  • Community health settings
  • Dental sales/supplies companies
  • Dental research
  • Independent dental hygiene practice
  • General dental practices
  • Hospital dental facilities
  • Long-term care homes
  • Research
  • Educational institutions
  • Specialty dental practices

The NC Difference

  • New state-of-the-art Dental Clinic at the Applied Health Institute
  • Students receive exceptional pre-clinical practice
  • Interprofessional opportunities with students in other health science disciplines
  • Comprehensive and varied field placement experiences
  • Program is fully accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC)
  • Evidence-based dental hygiene curriculum
  • Graduates can become registered dental hygienists in Ontario upon fulfillment of the requirements of the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario
  • Unique program delivery that has students progress through six consecutive terms and graduate in 24 months
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...Niagara College...has met every expectation I had for receiving an excellent education. The experienced faculty are great, the education is the best, come to Niagara College and you’ll discover the rest.Kerri Wilson, Dental Hygiene graduate
Being part of the Dental Hygiene program has been one of the most wonderful opportunities of my life. I am now capable of adapting to new skills and knowledgeable of the basic principles of professional communication. Being able to demonstrate my learned skills through clinical hands-on experience in a safe and effective manner was priceless.Sarab Al-khatib, Dental Hygiene graduate
This program offers high academic standards, excellent professional faculty and many opportunities for students to gain valuable work experiences.Babak Behroozneia, Dental Hygiene graduate
The Dental Hygiene program at Niagara College has helped open doors for me that I never knew existed. Not only does the program have high academic standards, but it also offers invaluable hands-on clinical experience that ensures in a rewarding profession.Jennifer Smith, Dental Hygiene
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Degree Options

Niagara College maintains articulation/transfer agreements with other colleges and universities within Ontario, the rest of Canada, and Internationally. To see if there are any agreements available for this program, please visit the Articulation Agreement website. Credit Transfer Options

Some post-secondary credits can be transferred into any NC program.
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Additional Program Requirements

Health Requirement:

  • The confidential Communicable Disease Surveillance (CDS) form must be completed and submitted to Niagara College Student Health Services prior to the start of the program. Please view the current CDS form and Checklist for requirements (vaccination documentation/proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and 2 step TB testing) at Influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus diphtheria pertussis vaccinations are recommended.
  • Students are required to provide copies of their certification for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at Level HCP (Health Care Provider), Adult/Child/Infant one and two rescuer CPR with AED and first aid for choking including artificial resuscitation using both pocket mask and bag-valve mask. (This program is designed for those with specific health care responsibilities.) Students are responsible for maintaining annual CPR and First Aid certification throughout the program.
  • All costs associated with CPR/First Aid, vaccinations, and/or verification, are the responsibility of the student.

Criminal Reference Check (CRC):

  • Many employers have instituted a CRC with vulnerable sector screening as a requirement for appropriate field placements. The CRC will be required at the beginning of the program. All costs associated with the certificate are the responsibility of the student.
  • All health and CRC requirements must be met by the start of the program or the student will be denied clients and/or access to clinic.


Students are responsible for their own transportation in order to complete field placement requirements. Niagara College cannot guarantee placements that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.

Mask Fit:

Mask fit testing will be required for hospital clinical. The college will make arrangements for one mask fit test prior to clinical placement.


Term One (2015 Fall)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
ANAT1119Orofacial Anatomy I2
BIOL1103Microbiology and Infection Control2
BIOL1170Anatomy and Physiology I3
DENT1102Dental Radiography I3
DENT1108Introduction to Dental Computer Concepts2
DENT1120Oral Health Prevention Promotion I2
DENT1127Dental Hygiene Principles and Professionalism I3
DENT1145Clinical Placement I - Dental Hygiene Practice8
Term Two (2016 Winter)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
ANAT1219Orofacial Anatomy II2
BIOL1180Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL1210Microbiology II2
COMM1153English for Health Sciences2
DENT1201Dental Radiography II3
DENT1207Dental Hygiene Principles and Professionalism II3
DENT1230Oral Health Prevention Promotion II2
DENT1231Histology and Embryology2
DENT1245Clinical Placement II - Dental Hygiene7
Term Three (2016 Spring)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
DENT1307Dental Hygiene Principles and Professionalism III2
DENT1313Dental Biomaterials and Lab3
DENT1342Human Pathophysiology3
DENT1345Clinical Placement III - Dental Hygiene9
HLTH1020Introduction to Interprofessional Education and Practice3
PHAR1303Dental Pharmacology3
Term Four (2016 Fall)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
DENT1204Community Health I2
DENT1350Diverse Populations4
DENT1407Dental Hygiene Principles and Professionalism IV2
DENT1411Oral Pathology3
DENT1432Ethics and Health Care2
DENT1445Clinical Placement IV - Dental Hygiene7
EDUC1222Introduction to Research1
HLTH1190Nutrition and Diet Counselling3
Term Five (2017 Winter)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
BUSN1502Business Practice & Entrepreneurship2
DENT1304Community Health II3
DENT1502Dental Specialties2
DENT1503Radiographic Interpretation1
DENT1507Dental Hygiene Principles and Professionalism V2
DENT1521Professional Practice and Jurisprudence1
DENT1528Evidence Based Practice3
DENT1545Clinical Placement V - Dental Hygiene6
SOCL1430Multiculturalism and Diversity in Canada3
Term Six (2017 Spring)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
DENT1607Dental Hygiene Principles and Professionalism VI2
DENT1611Dental Hygiene Practice Management2
DENT1645Clinical Placement VI - Dental Hygiene9
HLTH1400Health Care in Canada2
HLTH1518Health Policy and Advocacy3

Completion of additional General Education elective (1 course required)

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