The SODC Dental Hygiene program is an innovative curriculum designed to provide students with the maximum amount of hands-on experiential education.
The ultimate goal is to help SODC students become skilled Dental Hygiene Professionals who are committed to lifelong learning. It is a quality Dental Hygiene program known for its modern, well-equipped facilities, and respected for its 99% graduation rate and 95% employment rate.
Dental Hygiene Program Specifics
- Program commences each September
- 22 months in duration
- Consists of 4 consecutive terms
- Each term is 20 weeks with a break of 2 weeks between terms
The SODC Dental Hygiene program is similar in structure to comparable programs in Canadian universities and colleges. It is 22 months in duration, and is divided into 4 consecutive terms. Each term consists of 22 weeks, a 10–1–10 delivery. 10 weeks of instruction, 1 week off, followed by 10 weeks of instruction. Further to this, time is allotted between terms for exams and supplemental exams.
Monday, Wednesday and Fridays are client care clinic days. The practical application of clinical skills begins simultaneously with academic instruction from the very first week of school.
New Competencies and Standards
In 2011, Dental Hygiene Education in Ontario underwent revisions that were intended to improve the implementation of the Dental Hygiene programs throughout the Province.
The curriculum was revised to include the new “Entry to Practice” Competencies along with the current Standards for Canadian Dental Hygienists. The National Competencies were implemented in Dental Hygiene programs across Canada, with each province adapting according to an individualized timeline.
Dental Hygiene Program
The Dental Hygiene Program is 22 months in duration. For International Students contact our Admissions Office for more information.
Tuition includes the following:
- All required textbooks
- A complete set of periodontal instruments
- 1 dental model (typodont)
- 1 pair of scrubs
- 1 lab coat
- 1 set of safety glasses
- In-class resource materials (handouts, etc.)
Take a look at what our Dental Hygiene program has to offer.
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BioSc 101 Anatomy and Physiology (2):
This course will provide learners with the scientific basis for understanding the human organism as a functioning unit. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between systems of the body and oral health as learners gain the foundation knowledge about the human body.
BioSc 102 Microbiology and Immunology (1.5):
This course will assist learners to gain knowledge regarding the fundamental principles of the genetics, growth, metabolism, and death of microbes. The medical and dental aspects of host-parasite relationships, immunologic phenomena, and the biologic and clinical manifestations induced by major pathogens will be a major focus of this course. Particular emphasis will be placed on those organisms having an impact on oral health.
BioSc 301 Pharmacology (1.5):
This course will assist learners in gaining an understanding of the principles of pharmacology that apply to drugs used in general medical practice. Special emphasis will be given to therapeutic agents that have implications for oral health care.
OHS 103 Oral Anatomy and Physiology (2.5):
This course will assist learners in gaining foundation knowledge regarding the anatomy and physiology of the head and neck region. It will also include a focus on the principles of occlusion, and the structure and function of the deciduous and permanent dentition.
OHS 104 Oral Histology and Embryology (1.5):
This course is designed to provide learners with the foundation knowledge regarding the microscopic structure of oral and dental tissues. It will enable learners to relate embryonic development to the normal and abnormal structures of the head and oral cavity.
OHS 201 Oral Health Science 1 (2.5):
This course is designed to assist learners to gain foundation knowledge regarding principles of pathology ranging from microscopic details to clinical signs and symptoms. Attention will be directed to systemic and oral pathologies, but the emphasis will be placed on oral pathologies including periodontal pathologies.
OHS 202 Dental Biomaterials (2):
This course will provide learners with the foundation knowledge related to dental materials with an emphasis on their composition, properties, and application. It will include an analysis of the effects of materials on the oral environment, and the effectiveness of specific materials in the prevention and treatment of oral disease. Opportunities will be provided for the manipulation of materials relevant to dental hygiene practice.
OHS 203 Dental Radiology (1.5):
This course is designed to provide learners with an understanding of the fundamental scientific principles upon which oral radiography is based. They will develop the ability to produce diagnostically valuable radiographs while minimizing client and operator exposure.
OHS 301 Oral Health Sciences 2 (2):
This course will build on the previous oral health sciences course to assist learners in gaining foundation knowledge in periodontics and nutrition. Particular emphasis will be placed on dietary self-care promotion with a focus on biochemistry as it relates to oral health.
OHS 401 Oral Health Sciences 3 (3):
This course will assist learners to collaborate with other healthcare professionals, particularly dental professionals. The emphasis will be placed on periodontic and orthodontic specialties, and will include clinical procedures related to these areas. Learners will also have the opportunity to visit some specialty practices.
DH 105 Professionalism 1 (2):
This course is designed to provide learners with introductory knowledge about dental hygiene practice with an emphasis on areas of responsibility, professional communication, ethical reasoning, professional development, and the changing role of the dental hygienist in healthcare delivery.
DH 106 Foundations of Clinical Dental Hygiene (5.5):
This course is designed to provide learners with the conceptual framework for dental hygiene practice, as well as the fine psychomotor skills to support dental hygiene services.
DH 204 Clinical Client Care 1 (1.5):
This course will assist learners to understand the theories and evidence that support dental hygiene clinical services. The process of care model will form the basis for this course and will be supported by the best available evidence for dental hygiene clinical services.
DH 205 Clinical Dental Hygiene 1 (6):
The course will provide learners with opportunities to further develop the psychomotor, reasoning, and decision-making abilities required for clinical practice. Learners will provide dental hygiene services for clients as a member of a clinical team.
DH 206 Foundations of Community Dental Hygiene (1.5):
This course will assist learners to promote oral health and prevent oral diseases through community-based programs. It provides learners with an understanding of the healthcare system, and the social, political, and economic forces influencing the system. Discussions will focus on health promotion strategies with particular emphasis on teaching and learning approaches.
DH 207 English Communication for Healthcare (0.5):
This course is designed to provide learners at all levels of English language proficiency with the opportunity to improve their writing skills. Topics covered are grammar, spelling, medical terminology, types of language, paraphrasing, summarizing, academic offences, and the forms of professional written communication encountered by the dental hygienist.
DH 303 Clinical Client Care 2 (1.5):
This course will build on the previous client care course to support learners in making evidence-based decisions about clinical dental hygiene services. Course discussions will focus on care for clients with medical conditions and special needs.
DH 304 Clinical Dental Hygiene 2 (7):
This course will provide learners with opportunities to expand and refine their abilities in clinical dental hygiene care. The foundation knowledge gained in supporting courses will be integrated into the care provided in clinical practice. This course will also provide opportunities for rotations into dental practices.
DH 305 Community Dental Hygiene 1 (1.5):
This course will provide learners the opportunity to integrate the ADPIE process into community practice. It builds on the theory of the community foundations course and assists learners to integrate such theory into practice.
DH 306 Prevention and Health Promotion (1.5):
This course will assist learners to gain the abilities to support individuals and communities in the change process. The literature in health psychology, prevention, health promotion, and oral epidemiology will be applied to oral health issues. Learners will gain experience in statistical analysis to support their evidence-based decisions.
DH 402 Professionalism 2 (1.5):
This course will assist learners to understand their role within a national and global community context. It will provide a forum for discussing changes confronting healthcare professions, and issues that are impacting on regulatory bodies and professional associations thus facilitating their integration into the profession.
DH 403 Clinical Client Care 3 (1.5):
This course will build on the previous client care courses to support learners in making evidence-based decisions about clinical dental hygiene services. Course discussions will continue to focus on care for clients with medical conditions and special needs with a particular emphasis on clients in residential care and the home bound.
DH 404 Clinical Dental Hygiene 3 (7.5):
This course will provide learners with continued opportunities to integrate the ADPIE process into clinical dental hygiene services using the best available evidence upon which to base decisions and actions. This course will also provide opportunities for rotations into residential care facilities.
DH 405 Community Dental Hygiene 2 (1.5):
This course will build on the previous community course to provide learners with additional experience in community practice. Learners will work with healthcare professionals to implement a community program for a specific target group based on their identified needs.