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 Dental Hygiene
SchoolConfederation College
LocationThunder Bay, ON, Canada
School TypeCollege
School SizeFull-time Undergraduate: 7,745
Length3 Year(s)
Entry Grade (%)*
  •  Grade12 English 
  •   Biology 
  •   Chemistry 
Prerequisites NotesApplicants are required to have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (U/C), or Open (O) preparation levels with Grade 12 English (C/U) Level; or successful completion of the Mature Student Assessment; or successful completion of the General Education Development Test (GED); or appropriate credits from the Academic and Career Entrance program (ACE). Applicants are also required to have Grade 11 or 12 Biology (College or University Preparation) AND Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (College or University Preparation), with a minimum final grade of 70% in each required course. Those currently enrolled in the Pre-Health Sciences program must have a midterm and final mark of 70% or higher to qualify for selection/admission. Applicants who do not possess the above admission requirements might consider our Pre-Health Sciences program which will provide the necessary preparation for application to the Dental Hygiene program. Completion of the Pre-Health Sciences program does not guarantee admission to the Dental Hygiene program in a subsequent year.

Program Requirements (for international students):
  • A high school/senior secondary diploma with a grade 12 biology credit and grade 12 chemistry credit with a minimum passing mark of 70, or equivalent; original transcripts as well as a notarized, translated copy must be provided where applicable.
  • English Proficiency; academic IELTS: 6.5, no band lower than 6.0 with the speaking band at 6.5
  • Cost
    International: $58,230

    This cost estimate represents the full tuition. Please note that fees are estimated and are subject to change. Fees shown on this page are for full-time students attending the main Thunder Bay campus.

    DescriptionConfederation College’s three year advanced Dental Hygiene diploma program provides students with all the knowledge and hands-on experience they need to succeed in this challenging health care discipline. Professional dental hygienists have five primary responsibilities: clinical therapy (cleaning teeth), health promotion, education, administration and research. Generally, dental hygienists may work in private practice or independently providing client-centred care. Oral health promotion and disease prevention are their main focus.

    Students will learn in the state-of-the-art classrooms and labs. Coursework includes topics such as microbiology for dental hygienists, principles in dental hygiene, preventive oral health promotion, research methods, health policy and advocacy and evidence-based practice.
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    *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.