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Ontario College Advanced Diploma |
6 semesters | Capped Enrolment

Train to be an integral member of oral health care teams in private practices, public health units, long-term care homes, mobile dental practices, and industry. You'll have tons of opportunities for hands-on practical learning on mannequins, your classmates, and patients from Sudbury in the College's on-campus Dental Clinic. You'll also be involved in health promotion initiatives that will look impressive on your résumé.

Program Highlights
  • 3 years – 6 semesters
  • Community placements 
  • Grads are eligible to apply to write the National Dental Hygiene certification Examination (NDHCE) conducted by the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB) to gain registration with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO)
  • Continuous hands-on experience through work in the College's dental clinic where you'll provide dental hygiene services to paying clients such as:
    • Oral health assessments
    • Scaling
    • Stain removal
    • Whitening
    • Oral health education
    • Dental X-rays
    • Fluoride treatments
    • Pit and fissure sealants
    • Athletic mouth guards
    • Referrals

Initially, you will learn clinical/laboratory skills on mannequins and will then be assigned practice sessions where you can perform these learned skills on each other. You must be prepared to be a client in these practice sessions. You will then proceed to treatment of clients from the public at the College's on-site Dental Clinic as well as rotation experiences in community health settings. You must be prepared to cover the costs incurred as part of your placement experiences. Clinics and some classroom experiences may also include evening scheduling.

4D Learning Opportunities

Costa Rica health care mission – In 2015, a group of Dental Hygiene and nursing students provided health care services in two communities in Costa Rica.

Walk for a Smile – Each year, Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene students raise money and collect dental health products to help support free access to oral health services.


Cambrian's Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).

Registration to Practice

To practice as a Dental Hygienist, you must pass the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination (NDHCE) conducted by the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB). Successful completion of the NDHCE qualifies graduates for registration with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO), which is a requirement to practice in Ontario. Graduates who pass the NDHCE are also eligible to register to practice dental hygiene in other provinces (please note that each province holds separate licensing exams and requirements to practice). It is the responsibility of the graduate to pursue certification and registration and to cover any associated costs.

Capacity - 48 seats available
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How to Apply

Health Sciences, Nursing, and Emergency Services

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS):

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 11 or 12 biology (C), (U)
  • Any grade 11 or 12 chemistry (C) or (U)

Please note: A minimum of 60% is required in each prerequisite courses


  • computer competency in relevant software

Note: Cambrian's Pre-Health Sciences (HLPG) program is the designated preferred preparatory program for admission to Cambrian College's limited enrolment Health Sciences programs. Limited enrolment programs are identified within the detailed program descriptions. The minimum GPA and grades required for successful admission will be determined by the quality and quantity of the applicant pool.

Additional Requirements

Criminal Record check (Vulnerable Sector Screening) as required for placements. (Please note: a criminal record is a serious impediment for the completion of program requirements. Many employer and placement agencies insist on a clear record.)

The following are required prior to the start of classes:

  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support Certificate (Health Care Provider level or level C with AED
  • Immunizations: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Poliomyelitis, Varicella (immunization or history of infection confirmed by MD)
  • Appropriate TB test
  • Flu vaccination (when distributed mid- to late fall)
  • Proof of WHMIS training
Additional Information

Students must be prepared to cover the costs incurred in the clinical experience.

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. The curriculum is enhanced on an ongoing basis in order to ensure that the course content continues to meet the national accreditations standards. The Cambrian College Dental Health Program takes primary responsibility for the client pool within the Cambrian College Dental Clinic to provide sufficient varied experiences that allow students to develop competency. Students will have access to the client pool.

Due to the nature of this program, it is highly recommended that the learner have good manual dexterity and good oral and written communication skills.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
BIO 1107Anatomy Physiology I 3
DEN 1003Orofacial Anatomy 3
DEN 1004Oral Histology 2
DEN 1005Microbiology/Immunology 3
DEN 1006Dental Hygiene Practice I 6
DEN 1007Dental Hygiene Theory I 3
DEN 1008Professional Practice 1
ENG 1121Research Writing/Health Sciences 3
The following General Education course:  3
Thinking, Reasoning, Relating 3
 Term Credits: 27
Semester 2
BIO 1207Anatomy Physiology II 3
DEN 1009Dental Hygiene Theory II 3
DEN 1011Oral Health Promotion 3
DEN 1012Dental Radiography 4
DEN 1013Professional Communication and Computer Software 1
DEN 1028Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene 8
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 3
DEN 1014Dental Hygiene Theory III 3
DEN 1015Clinical Dental Hygiene - Introduction 6
DEN 1016Diverse Populations - Pediatrics 2
DEN 1017Human Pathophysiology 3
DEN 1018Periodontics 3
DEN 1019Intro. to Statistics and Research Methods 2
DEN 1020Health Care in Canada 1
DEN 1021Nutrition in Health Promotion 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 4
DEN 1022Dental Hygiene Theory IV 3
DEN 1023Clinical Dental Hygiene - Intermediate 6
DEN 1024Diverse Populations - Geriatrics 2
DEN 1025Community Health 3
DEN 1026Promoting Health In Multicultural Populations 1
DEN 1027Individuals with Special Needs 3
DEN 1029Oral Pathology 3
DEN 1040Pharmacology in Dental Hygiene 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health Addictions 3
Social Issues/Social Welfare in CA 3
 Term Credits: 27
Semester 5
DEN 1030Dental Hygiene Theory V 3
DEN 1031Clinical Dental Hygiene Advanced 9
DEN 1032Health Promotion and Community 3
DEN 1033Evidence-based Practice 2
DEN 1034Health Policy and Advocacy 2
DEN 2435Orthodontics Theory Practice 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 6
BUS 3585Entrepreneurship 3
DEN 1035Dental Hygiene Theory VI 3
DEN 1037Practice Management for Regulated Health Profess. 2
DEN 1039Professional Practice Jurisprudence 3
DEN 1046Clinical Consolidation 9
DEN 1047Community Inter-Prof. Care 2
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 25
 Total Credits: 146
Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

Tuition fees for Year 1 of this program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are $6999.88. The breakdown of tuition fees can be found at

Tuition fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be posted at by May 1, 2017.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

Tuition fees for Year 1 of this program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are $18,238.04. The breakdown of tuition fees can be found at

Tuition fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be posted at by May 1, 2017. 

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 for the 2016-2017 Academic year is approximately $1,500. The estimated cost of instruments and supplies for the first year of the program is $2,200. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in:

  • General and specialized dental practices
  • Public health dental hygiene practices (including home care, long-term care, or community clinics)
  • Education
  • Industry (sales/marketing of dental products/equipment)
  • Research

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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