About CNIH

Dental Hygiene

The CNIH provides an excellent training opportunity to pursue a career as a Dental Hygienist.


The profession of dental hygiene is among the most rewarding and financially attractive among a vast array of careers. Dental Hygienists are highly respected in the community, work in a well-lit, clean environment, live a comfortable lifestyle and it is an ideal choice for those who would like to balance their time between their career and their family.


This 18-month program  covers courses in behavioural sciences, biomedical sciences, oral health sciences, dental hygiene theory and practice as well as clinical experience.

Our programs are structured to support and develop essential qualities of caring, accountability, a credible work ethic, critical thinking, problem solving and effective interpersonal relationships.

Join the team of dedicated professionals helping people maintain good oral health and prevent dental disease, by enrolling in CNIH’s Dental Hygiene Program!


Admissions Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
  • English: Grade 12 (or equivalent with a grade of 60% or higher)
    • If English is the applicants second language a standardized English test score must be provided:
      • TOEFL, IELTS or CAEL score or other standard English test score (with a grade of 60% or higher)
  • Mathematics: Grade 11 (with a minimum 60% or higher)
  • Biology: Grade 11 (or equivalent with a grade of 60% or higher)
  • Chemistry and/or physics: Grade 11  (or equivalent with a grade of 60% or higher)
  • Admission entrance exam (covering English, math, chemistry and biology)
  • Interview with office of admissions
  • A completed physician’s note (free of communicable diseases)
  •  A dentist’s note
  •  A current police vulnerable sector check
  • A Standard First-Aid/CPR Level-C certification


Our Curriculum

Dental Hygiene Curriculum


First Term

  • English and Communications I
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Head & Neck Anatomy
  • Radiography Theory and Lab (24/48)
  • Health Promotion & Education I
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Microbiology and Infection Control
  • Dental Anatomy and Terminology
  • Dental Materials Theory and Lab (20/25)
  • Dental Hygiene Principles I
  • Professional Ethics Seminar
  • Preclinical Practice and open lab/remedial


Second Term

  • English and Communications II
  • Oral Pathology and Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Feedback I
  • Health Promotion and Education II
  • Community Practice I
  • Periodontics
  • Pharmacology and Health History Assessment
  • Oral Histology & Embryology
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Dental Hygiene Principles II
  • Ethics & Jurisprudence
  • Radiographic Interpretation
  • Clinical Practice I


Third Term

  • Social Psychology
  • Computer Skills and Health Informatics
  • Dental Hygiene Practice Management
  • Clinical Feedback II
  • Health Promotion and Education III
  • Community Practice II
  • Orthodontics Theory & Lab
  • Pain & Anxiety Management
  • Dental Specialties
  • Dental Hygiene Principles III
  • Clinical Practice II