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Dental Hygiene

Fanshawe College
3 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Blended learning
London (Ontario, Canada)
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Program description

Dental Hygiene

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. Dental hygienists are preventive specialists who provide oral health services based on scientific knowledge and a client-centred model of care. Program emphasis is 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 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.

Admission requirements

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Oral Microbiology & Immunology
  • Dental Hygiene Radiography 1
  • Dental Hygiene Theory & Practice 1
  • Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 1
  • Professional Practice 1

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Oral Histology & Embryology
  • Dental Hygiene Theory & Practice 2
  • Health Promotion & Disease Prevention 2
  • Dental Hygiene Radiography 2
  • Head, Neck & Dental Anatomy
  • Dental Materials 1

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Periodontology
  • Pathophysiology & Pharmacology
  • Nutrition & Oral Health
  • Research Methods
  • Dental Materials 2
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Psychology: A Case Study Perspective

Level 4

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Pharmacology
  • Oral Pathology
  • Clinical Practice 2
  • Community Health Practice 1
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Multiculturalism in Health Care
  • Gerontology & Oral Health

Level 5

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Clinical Practice 3
  • Community Health Practice 2
  • Orthodontics for the Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Hygiene Practice Management 1
  • Professional Practice 3

Level 6

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Clinical Practice 4
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Professional Practice 4
  • Dental Hygiene Practice Management 2
  • Community Health Practice 3

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition fees

Canadian students

The tuition fee for Canadian students is 5,571.25 CAD, and the total fees are 7,451.63 CAD.

International students

The tuition fee for International students is 7,596.00 CAD, and the total fees are 10,082.36 CAD.

Please note fees are subject to change. Please visit Fanshawe’s website for the most up to date information.


Diploma; University Transfer; Advanced

Career opportunities

Graduates may work independently and collaboratively with health professionals in a variety of practice settings, including general and specialty dental practices, public health programs, hospitals and long-term care settings.

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About this institute

Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada - approximately two hours from Niagara Falls, Toronto, or Detroit. There are 21,000 full-time students at Fanshawe, including 7,500 international students from more than 100 different countries. Fanshawe...

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Why study at Fanshawe College

London is a great location - a large city with a population of close to 500,000, so there is something for everyone. It is small enough to be more affordable than some of the larger cities and it is very student-friendly. Fanshawe College has a 90.3% percent Graduate Employment Rate, which is number one among Ontario colleges. There are also 60 co-op programs available, where students can "earn while they learn."

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Fanshawe College

1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard
N5Y 5R6 London Ontario

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