Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

Train to be an integral member of oral health care teams in private practices, public health units, long-term care facilities, mobile dental practices, and industry. You'll have tons of opportunities for hands-on practical learning on manikins, your classmates, and clients 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 resume.

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 client 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 manikins followed by practice sessions where you can perform these learned skills on a partner. 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 Opportunites

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 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.

Limited Enrolment

Please note that possession of the requirements does not guarantee admission. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available in the program, the College reserves the right to select from among those applicants. All students applying by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Preference will be given to Ontario residents. Please see the Limited Enrolment F.A.Q.'s on our website under "How to Apply" for further details.

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

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


  • Computer competency in relevant software

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
  • Current Standard First Aid Certificate
  • 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
  • AODA training
  • Health & Safety Awareness training
  • N95 mask fit

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 accreditation 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

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2023
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2023
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2024
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2024
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2025

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2023
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2023
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2023
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2024
  5. SEMESTER 5 Spring 2024
  6. SEMESTER 6 Fall 2024

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study for 2022-23 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
DEN 1007 Dental Hygiene Theory I 3
DEN 1006 Dental Hygiene Practice I 6
DEN 1003 Orofacial Anatomy 3
DEN 1005 Microbiology/Immunology 3
DEN 1060 Oral Histology 3
BIO 1107 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
ENG 1121 Research & Writing/Health Sciences 3
Semester 2
DEN 1028 Pre-Clinical Dental Hygiene 8
DEN 1011 Oral Health Promotion 3
DEN 1012 Dental Radiography 4
BIO 1207 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
DEN 1061 Dental Hygiene Theory II 3
DEN 1062 Professional Communication and Technology 2
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 3
DEN 1014 Dental Hygiene Theory III 3
DEN 1015 Clinical Dental Hygiene - Introduction 6
DEN 1017 Human Pathophysiology 3
DEN 1018 Periodontics 3
DEN 1021 Nutrition in Health Promotion 3
DEN 1063 Diverse Populations 3
DEN 1064 Evidence based Practice 3
Semester 4
DEN 1022 Dental Hygiene Theory IV 3
DEN 1023 Clinical Dental Hygiene - Intermediate 6
DEN 1027 Individuals with Special Needs 3
DEN 1065 Community Health 3
DEN 1029 Oral Pathology 3
DEN 1040 Pharmacology in Dental Hygiene 3
Semester 5
DEN 1030 Dental Hygiene Theory V 3
DEN 1031 Clinical Dental Hygiene Advanced 9
DEN 1032 Health Promotion and Community 3
DEN 2435 Orthodontics Theory & Practice 3
DEN 1066 Health Care in Canada 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 6
DEN 1035 Dental Hygiene Theory VI 3
DEN 1039 Professional Practice & Jurisprudence 3
DEN 1046 Clinical Consolidation 9
DEN 1047 Community & Inter-Prof. Care 2
DEN 1048 Business and Practice Mngmt 3
One General Education course. 1 3
 Total Credits142


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 are under review. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in:

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

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

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.