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Dental Hygiene

Dental hygienists are preventive specialists who provide oral health services rooted in scientific knowledge and a client-centered model of care. It takes a specialized set of dynamic technical and interpersonal skills to clean teeth, take x-rays and promote oral health. If you’re looking for a rewarding career that makes a difference to people’s health and wellness, the Dental Hygiene program will give you reason to smile.

Our new dental hygiene facilities will put a smile on your face! - 2022/2023

New Oral Health Clinic - Now Open!

The Dental Hygiene program facilities have received a complete make-over and are returning the clinical portion of the program to Fanshawe's London Campus. The new space features a new, state-of-the-art, public oral health clinic with a dental radiography suite that includes the latest in digital radiography. First-year students will learn on fully functional modern dental manikin simulators to learn instrument skills with an emphasis on ergonomics. Students can safely learn decontamination and sterilization processes on a sterilization centre in their simulation labs, modelled after a typical dental office.

 

Dental Hygiene will be temporarily delivered with both online and lab-based classes.

 

You'll hit the books to study anatomy, microbiology, histology, oral pathology, pharmacology and health promotion.

You’ll learn hands-on instrument skills and proper ergonomics by practicing on fully functional, modern dental manikins in simulation labs, modelled after a typical dental office. The lab also comes complete with a sterilization centre where you’ll safely learn decontamination and sterilization processes.

As you progress, you’ll get hands-on clinical experience in our newly renovated and fully-functional public dental clinic. The new space features a dental radiography suite that includes the latest in digital radiography.

Through it all, you’ll work alongside professors in a supportive mentoring environment designed to help you succeed. 

You'll also complete community placements and participate in oral health promotion activities at daycare, public school, hospital and health care settings.

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to complete the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB) examination. The Fanshawe Dental Hygiene program is a top performer nationally, routinely achieving a 100 per cent graduate pass rate on the NDHCB exam.

Program Overview

This program prepares students to practice as primary oral health care providers in a variety of practice environments, including clinical, education, health promotion and research. The program focuses on preparing students to function within their scope of practice, in a collaborative manner, with the client, the community and other health care providers. 

Seminars, case study presentations, community health practicums and the clinical setting contribute towards developing a professional committed to the principles of quality assurance and continued competency. 

Graduates of this program must successfully complete the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination to be eligible for registration by the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario. This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

 

Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Dental Hygiene program may work independently and collaboratively with health professionals in a variety of practice settings, including:
 

  • general and specialty dental practices
  • private practices
  • educational institutions
  • research programs
  • public health programs
  • hospitals
  • long-term care settings

     


Graduates may also find a career outside clinics, including: 
 

  • dental office manager
  • dental supplies sales
  • pharmaceutical sales
  • dental insurance officer
  • classroom instructor
  • educational researcher
  • public health administration
  • dental hygiene program coordinator

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Dental Hygiene program:

Dental Hygienist
Provide dependable and professional patient care and promote home care strategies to enhance oral health.

Dental Health Educator
Responsible for promoting oral health in communities across Ontario.

 

 
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"I highly recommend Fanshawe'’s Dental Hygiene program as I have found the instructors to be very knowledgeable, approachable and caring. I am certain that the clinical experience and guidance I have received will lead me to a successful and rewarding career!"

Erika Leslie
Graduate 2016

 

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. practise in a professional and competent manner within the defined scope of practice and 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 oral health care services to meet the unique needs of clients.

4. analyze 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 health care 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

 

Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London
Open

Program Details

Program Code
DHY3

Program Coordinator:

Cathy Devos, RDH, BAEd

Delivery
Day Time
Full-Time
Credential
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Duration
90 weeks

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
- Mathematics ONE OF: 
      - Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M) 
      - Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
  (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
OR
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH:
- Communications
- Core Mathematics
- Biology
- Chemistry
  (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
OR
Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Ontario College Certificate*
(Note: minimum final average required is 3.0 GPA) AND:
-  minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above
OR
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) WITH:
-  The combined Language Arts - Reading AND Language Arts - Writing test results having a minimum average Standard Score of 520 AND:
-  Mathematics ONE OF:
        - Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
        - Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
-  Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
-  Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
   (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
OR
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above

Competitive Programs
This is a highly competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Post-Secondary education may be required for successful admission to this program. Please see www.fanshawec.ca/hcp for details. International students, please note: you must successfully graduate from Pre-Health Sciences before being considered for this program.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 University Stream English credit (or equivalent) with at least four recent years of full-time study in an educational institution where the language of instruction and of examinations was English and which was located in a country where the first language is English 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 92 for the Internet-based test (iBT) (22 writing, 26 speaking, 20 reading and 20 listening), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 7.0 with no score less than 6.5 in reading and listening and a score of 7.0 in writing and speaking, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 70 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 80 in listening, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 65, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 185 with no score less than 176 in reading and listening and 185 in writing and speaking, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10.
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) test with a minimum score of 90 with at least a 4 on the oral interview
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • It is highly recommended that students be proficient in word processing skills before entry into the program. Students should consider enrolling in a computer course to ensure that skills are attained prior to entry in the program.
Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Students should develop personal responsibility, emotional maturity and those characteristics which will enable them to collaborate with allied health care providers while meeting the oral health needs of the public in a variety of dental hygiene practice settings
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Note:
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Dental Hygiene program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Dental Hygiene program.  The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Dental Hygiene program.
  • *Students who are currently registered in the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program at Fanshawe College or at any Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology must successfully complete their Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees Ontario College Certificate with a minimum 3.0 GPA by April 30, 2022 and meet the academic pre-requisite courses and grades for the Dental Hygiene program in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year to the Dental Hygiene program.
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

  • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database (required for Year 2 and Year 3)
  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR)
  • Evidence of Good Health
  • Placement Agreement

Tuition Summary

London

Canadian Costs
$37,804.90
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$49,953.40
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.

 

Courses

Level 1
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1048Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences3
This course will introduce health sciences students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
ANAT-1027Anatomy & Physiology3
This introductory course involves the study and review of the structures and functions of the human body. The major body systems are presented through an examination of the relationship between structure and function, the concept of homeostasis and the interrelationship of the body organ systems. The material includes anatomical terminology, with an examination of the major body systems.
BIOL-1017Oral Microbiology & Immunology3
This hybrid online course introduces the student to the study of general and oral microbiology and introductory immunology. An overview of microbiological classifications, ecology, epidemiology, and pathogenesis will be presented along with an introduction to innate and acquired immunity and the inflammatory response to oral pathogens. Emphasis will be placed on the pathogenic bacteria, viruses and yeasts of dental importance.
DENT-1037Dental Hygiene Radiography 12.5
This course provides a basic knowledge of radiation generation, factors influencing image formation, radiation hazards, and safety codes. The student will be introduced to dental radiography equipment and the techniques for exposing, processing, and mounting radiographs. Quality assurance and asepsis control considerations will be emphasized. Application of the Process of Care model will be outlined with all aspects of client exposure, safety and radiographic protocol considerations.
DENT-1045Dental Hygiene Theory & Practice 16.5
This course establishes the foundation for the theory and pre-clinical skills required for client care. Theory relates to study of the fundamentals of the dental hygiene process of care with particular emphasis on assessment skills, instrumentation, principles of ergonomics, health and safety, infection control procedures and response to basic medical emergencies. Integration of concepts studied in other courses will prepare students for practical application of dental hygiene process of care. Practical experiences relate to the concepts and principles of client assessment, instrumentation, and preparation for implementation of additional dental hygiene skills.
DENT-1046Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 13
This course is an introduction to oral health promotion with emphasis on oral health education and disease prevention strategies for the individual client. The etiology and pathogenesis of common hard and soft tissue oral infections and oral self-care measures to control them are introduced. Indications for mechanical devices and chemical agents used to promote oral health are supported by current research and best practices. A determinants of health approach to client education, including theories of behavioural change and principles of learning are explored.
DENT-1047Professional Practice 13
This course relates to the profession of dental hygiene and the regulatory context for dental hygiene practice. The historical progression of the profession of dental hygiene in Ontario will be examined including the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, dental hygiene scope of practice and recognition of the various roles of the dental hygienist. The significance of standards of practice, quality assurance, ethical principles, collaborative care, and the role of professional associations will be explored. As primary healthcare professionals, dental hygienists require communication skills (verbal, written, electronic). This course will introduce interpersonal and electronic communication techniques for professional interactions.
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