Algonquin College

Dental Hygiene

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Program Information

School:Algonquin College
Faculty:School of Health and Community Studies (Ottawa)
Degree:Diploma; Advanced
Field of Study:Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Description:This three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma program, delivered over two and one-half years, is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Students practise primary oral healthcare in their roles as preventive specialists. As members of a self-regulated profession, dental hygienists are responsible to the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario for their practice decisions. Program emphasis is on preparing graduates to function effectively within a collaborative relationship which includes the client, community and other healthcare providers.

Students learn to provide dental hygiene care in a professional manner through a variety of learning experiences. Students participate in seminars, case presentations and community health practicums. Clinically, students progress from manikins to supervised provision of self-initiated comprehensive dental hygiene care for clients presenting with diverse and complicated oral health needs. Over three years, students acquire knowledge which allows them to experience the role of the dental hygienist as researcher, advocate, educator, administrator, clinician and health promoter.
URL:Dental Hygiene at Algonquin College
Course Based:Yes
Length:3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $11,587

Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. The fees to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Exam (NDHCE) and to obtain CDHO registration are approximately $1012.75, plus applicable taxes (subject to change). These fees are current at the time of publication and are subject to change. Further information may be obtained by browsing the CDHO ( and NDHCB ( websites. Hardcopy books, supplies and clinical items (uniforms, clinic shoes, lab coat, exam gloves, loupes, protective eyewear and masks) cost approximately $7,500 (subject to change) for the program duration.
Careers:Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade11 Mathematics 
  •  Grade11 Biology 
  •  Grade11 Chemistry 

English Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher. Mathematics Grade 11 or 12 (MBF3C or MAP4C equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher. Biology Grade 11 or 12 with a grade of 65% or higher. Chemistry Grade 11 or 12 with a grade of 65% or higher.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on July 24, 2016