Semester 1: September – December (15 weeks)

DHYG 200 Clinic 1

A pre-clinical and seminar lab introducing basic principles of dental hygiene care. Emphasis is on initial fundamental skills associated with dental hygiene practice and the basic assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation (ADPIE) process. Clinic sessions will be used to learn and practice clinical procedures required prior to treating patients. Student activities will include working on manikins, on each other and with simulation exercises.
Prerequisite: Entry to Dental Hygiene program
Co-requisite: DHYG 205, DHYG 210, DHYG 215, DHYG 220, DHYG 225, and BIO 230.
4 CR / (3,0), 154 Clinic hours, 15 Seminar hours

DHYG 205 Dental Hygiene Care 1

A theoretical course introducing basic principles of dental hygiene care. Emphasis is placed upon following the dental hygiene process of care using ADPIE: assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation. Course content and activities are closely associated with clinical activities to enhance the student’s critical thinking and basic clinical skills ability.
Prerequisite: Entry to Dental Hygiene program
Co-requisite: DHYG 200, DHYG 210, DHYG 215, DHYG 220, DHYG 225, and BIO 230
3 CR / (3,0)

DHYG 210 Dental Anatomy

This course studies oral anatomic landmarks and establishes an understanding of the relationship between structure and function. Tooth morphology and identification, features of crown and root anatomy, eruption and occlusion are discussed with an emphasis on how they relate to dental hygiene care.
Prerequisite: Entry to Dental Hygiene program
Co-requisite: DHYG 200, DHYG 205, DHYG 215, DHYG 220, DHYG 225, and BIO 230
2 CR / (2,0)

DHYG 215 Oral Microbiology

This course introduces dental hygiene students to oral microbiology. The basic principles of microbiology are presented in this course, with an emphasis on the relevance of these principles to human oral health. Diseases of microbial origin that concern the dental hygienist are presented to illustrate the principles of pathogenesis, host-parasite interaction, and modes of transmission.
Prerequisite: Entry to Dental Hygiene program
Co-requisite: DHYG 200, DHYG 205, DHYG 210, DHYG 220, DHYG 225, and BIO 230
3 CR / (3,0)

DHYG 220 Professional Practice 1

This course is designed to introduce the student to the profession of Dental Hygiene. A historical perspective of dental hygiene is provided. The concepts of being a member of a health care profession, dental hygiene practice standards ethics, professional associations and governance and regulation of the dental hygiene are introduced. Problem-based learning is applied to ethics and dental hygiene practice.
Prerequisite: Entry to Dental Hygiene program
Co-requisite: DHYG 200, DHYG 205, DHYG 215, DHYG 220, DHYG 225, and BIO 230
2 CR / (1.5,0)

DHYG 225 Oral Health Promotion

This course will emphasize prevention of oral disease and oral health promotion. The dental hygienists role in oral health promotion is explained. Methods to control oral diseases, devices for removal of plaque, and other components of preventive dentistry will be covered. Emphasis is placed on individualized patient education, setting patient- centered goals, and the use of appropriate visual aids. An additional component has the learner focus on teaching, learning, and motivating through various communication techniques and principles. A variety of health/communication education theories are explored.
Prerequisite: Entry to Dental Hygiene program
Co-requisite: DHYG 200, DHYG 205, DHYG 215, DHYG 220, and BIO 230.
3 CR / (4,0)

BIO 230 Head and Neck Anatomy

This course presents the structural and functional elements of the head and neck along with the relationship of these structures to the major organ systems. Emphasis is placed on application to dental hygiene practice.

Semester 2: January – April (17 weeks)

DHYG 260 Clinic 2

This course introduces the learner to the basic This clinical course builds on all Semester 1 courses which allows students to continue to develop the skills necessary for the practice of dental hygiene. Students will regularly schedule patients for assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation of dental hygiene treatment. This course will include application of local anesthetic sessions. In Clinic 2, learners will also continue to build on radiographic techniques from Clinic 1 and will demonstrate effective technique and use of dental images. Students also participate in weekly lab seminars for further clinical instruction and weekly faculty conference time for discussions and updating of clinical experiences.
Prerequisite: DHYG 200, DHYG 205, DHYG 210, DHYG 215, DHYG 220, DHYG 225 and BIO 230. Co-requisite: DHYG 265, DHYG 275, DHYG 280 , DHYG 285, DHYG 290 and BIO 270.
4 CR / (3.4,0) 160 Practicum hours, 34 Seminar hours

DHYG 265 Dental Hygiene Care 2

This is a theoretical course expanding on basic principles of dental hygiene care from Dental Hygiene Care 1. Continued emphasis is placed upon following the dental hygiene process of care using ADPIE: assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation. Course content and activities are closely associated with clinical activities to enhance the student’s critical thinking and basic clinical skill ability.
Prerequisite: DHYG 200, DHYG 205, DHYG 210, DHYG 215, DHYG 220, DHYG 225 and BIO 230.
Co-requisite: DHYG 260, DHYG 275, DHYG 280, DHYG 285, DHYG 290 and BIO 270.
3 CR / (3.4,0

DHYG 275 Pain Management

This course introduces the learner to the basic knowledge of the study of local anesthesia. Course content will develop the learner’s understanding of pain, pain control and various techniques for patient pain management. The prevention and handling of medical emergencies in the dental environment, and the use of the online Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties is covered.
Prerequisite: DHYG 200, DHYG 205, DHYG 210, DHYG 215, DHYG 220, DHYG 225 and BIO 230.
Co-requisite: DHYG 260, DHYG 265, DHYG 280 , DHYG 285, DHYG 290 and BIO 270.
2 CR(2.3,0)

DHYG 280 Dental Diseases 1

Case-based learning and class discussion are used to introduce the learner to the topics of oral pathology, differential diagnosis and lesion management, basic periodontology and cariology concepts. Etiological factors and assessment using radiographic interpretation, dental hygiene diagnosis, care planning, implementation and evaluation processes will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: DHYG 200, DHYG 205, DHYG 210, DHYG 215, DHYG 220, DHYG 225 and BIO 230.
Co-requisite: DHYG 260, DHYG 265, DHYG 275, DHYG 285, DHYG 290 and BIO 270.
3 CR (2.8,0)

BIO 270 Pathology and Oral Biology

This course provides the learner with basic information for general pathology, general and oral facial histology, and embryology featuring the development of the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity

DHYG 285 Dental Radiography

This course provides the learner with basic principles, characteristics and biological effects of radiation. Radiation safety, quality assurance and the utilization of dental images in all aspects of the Assessment, Dental Hygiene Diagnosis, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation (ADPIE) process are presented. Learners will identify normal and variations of normal anatomy and discuss interpretation basics for dental hygiene care. In Clinic 2, learners continue to build on radiographic techniques from Clinic 1 and will demonstrate effective technique and use of dental images.
Prerequisite: DHYG 200, DHYG 205, DHYG 210, DHYG 215, DHYG 220, DHYG 225 and BIO 230.
Co-requisite: DHYG 260, DHYG 265, DHYG 275, DHYG 280, DHYG 290 and BIO 270.
3CR (2.8,0)

DHYG 290 Evidenced Based Practice 1

This course is designed to introduce the student to evidence-based practice and research methodology. Emphasis will be placed on exploring a variety of research designs, developing clinical research questions and accessing credible evidence-based resources through data bases. Evaluation of quantitative research designs and applying sound research principles to answer clinical dental hygiene questions will be covered.
Prerequisite: DHYG 200, DHYG 205, DHYG 210, DHYG 215, DHYG 220, DHYG 225 and BIO 230.
Co-requisite: DHYG 260, DHYG 265, DHYG 275, DHYG 280, DHYG 285 and BIO 270.
3CR (3.4,0)

Semester 3 September – December (15 weeks)

DHYG 300 Clinic 3

This clinical course builds upon skills and theory completed in Semester 2 and students to continue to develop the skills necessary for the practice of dental hygiene. Students are introduced to more complex skills in assessment, planning, dental hygiene diagnosis, implementation and evaluation of dental hygiene treatment. Students also participate in weekly lab seminars for further clinical instruction and weekly faculty conference time for discussions and updating of clinical experiences.
Prerequisite: DHYG 260, DHYG 265, DHYG 275, DHYG 280, DYHG 285, DHYG 290 and BIO 270.
Co-requisite: DHYG 305, DHYG 315, DHYG 320, and DHYG 325.
4 CR (0,0) 180 Practicum hours, 37.5 Seminar hours

DHYG 305 Nutrition

This course provides a survey of the fundamentals of nutrition and the factors involved influencing the ability of the individual and family to secure and maintain optimal nutrition status. The relationship of nutrition to the practice of dental hygiene is emphasized.
Prerequisite: DHYG 260, DHYG 265, DHYG 275, DHYG 280, DHYG 285, DHYG 290 and BIO 270.
Co-requisite: DHYG 300, DHYG 315, DHYG 320, and DHYG 325.
2 CR (2,0)

DHYG 315 Dental Diseases 2

This course builds upon Dental Diseases I. Case-based learning, class discussion, and other teaching/learning methods will be utilized to further enhance the learner’s knowledge related to cariology and periodontology. Etiological factors and advanced assessment using radiographic interpretation, dental hygiene diagnosis, care planning, implementation and evaluation processes (ADPIE) will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: DHYG 260, DHYG 265, DHYG 275, DHYG 280, DHYG 285, DHYG 290 and BIO 270.
Co-requisite: DHYG 300, DHYG 305, DHYG 320, and DHYG 325.
3CR (4,0)

DHYG 320 Pharmacology for Dental Hygiene Care

The focus of this course is the study of pharmaceuticals. This course will provide learners with the knowledge and the concepts of pharmacology related to the general health of patients for the provision of dental hygiene care. An emphasis will be put on those drugs that are commonly used or that have an effect on the practice of dentistry. The learner will become acquainted with the origins, physical and clinical properties, modes of administration, side effects and interactions of medications. The more common naturopathic supplements will also be examined. Learners will apply their knowledge of pharmaceuticals to the dental hygiene practice.
Prerequisite: DHYG 260, DHYG 265, DHYG 275, DHYG 280, DHYG 285, DHYG 290 and BIO 270.
Co-requisite: DHYG 300, DHYG 305, DHYG 315, and DHYG 325.
3CR (4,0)

DHYG 325 Community Health

This course covers the study of health and the role of the dental hygienist from a community perspective. Basic concepts of the Canadian health care system are covered along with the principles of belonging to a welfare state. Concepts related to epidemiology, health promotion, and determinants of health as they apply to role of the dental hygienists are discussed. Diversity is explored with a focus on the study of various unique populations and communication principles. This course also introduces the student to basic concepts of program planning.
Prerequisite: DHYG 260, DHYG 265, DHYG 275, DHYG 280, DHYG 285, DHYG 290 and BIO 270.
Co-requisite: DHYG 300, DHYG 305, DHYG 315, and DHYG 320.
3CR (4,0)

Semester 4 January – April (17 weeks)

DHYG 350 Clinic 4

This is the final clinical course designed to provide the opportunity for the continued development of the professional skills and attitudes required for the practice of dental hygiene. Opportunities are provided after midterm to help the student transition into private practice settings. Students continue to treat a variety of patients and enhance their learning experiences by rotations in a variety of dental externships in the local dental community. Students also participate in a weekly faculty conference time for discussions and updating of clinical experiences.
Prerequisite: DHYG 300, DHYG 305, DHYG 315, DHYG 320, and DHYG 325.
Co-requisite: DHYG 355, DHYG 360, DHYG 365, DHYG 370 and DHYG 380.
4CR (0,0) 180 Practicum hours, 17 Conference hours

DHYG 355 Practice Management

This course focuses on the sociology of dental care, dental office practice, and independent dental hygiene practice environments. A variety of dental practice settings, compensation, employment standards, disability insurance and marketing strategies are discussed. Independent practice opportunities are identified and explored. Job search strategies and dental hygiene career development will also be covered.
Prerequisite: DHYG 300, DHYG 305, DHYG 315, DHYG 320, and DHYG 325.
Co-requisite: DHYG 350, DHYG 360, DHYG 365, DHYG 370 and DHYG 380.
3CR (4.5,0)

DHYG 360 Oral Pathology

This course will build upon the introductory foundations of oral pathology from Dental Diseases I, and will utilize a case-based problem learning format and lecture to facilitate continued learning about oral pathologies and their management. The process of differential diagnosis and management using clinical data and the dental hygiene process of care will be emphasized.
Prerequisite: DHYG 300, DHYG 305, DHYG 315, DHYG 320, and DHYG 325.
Co-requisite: DHYG 350, DHYG 355, DHYG 365, and DHYG 370 and DHYG 380.
3CR (3.4,0)

DHYG 365 Community Dental Health

This course is a continuation of DHYG 325, Community Dental Health I. Various community health approaches to prevention of dental diseases are discussed. Community-based dental hygiene careers and volunteerism are explored. Group communication principles and other communication techniques are explored. Learners will have practical experience in planning and implementing lesson plans for various community groups, as well as implementing treatment at a Complex Care facility. The emphasis of this course is providing the students opportunities to apply dental knowledge to various community groups via community presentations and projects.
Prerequisite: DHYG 300, DHYG 305, DHYG 315, DHYG 320, and DHYG 325.
Co-requisite: DHYG 350, DHYG 355, DHYG 360, DHYG 365, DHYG 370 and DHYG 380.
3CR (4.5,0)

DHYG 370 Professional Practice 2

This course is a continuation of Professional Practice 1 course. It explores current issues that dental health care practitioners face in today’s society. Current trends and issues concerning the profession and practice of dental hygiene in Canada are presented, along with exploration of future trends. Advanced ethical dilemmas are also examined. This course also prepares the student for registration of the national board exam and licensure in BC.
Prerequisite: DHYG 300, DHYG 305, DHYG 315, DHYG 320, and DHYG 325.
Co-requisite: DHYG 350, DHYG 355, DHYG 360, DHYG 365 and DHYG 380.
3CR (3.4,0)

DHYG 380 Evidence Based Practice 2

This course builds upon foundations of Evidence-based Practice II. Emphasis will be placed on identifying dental hygiene topics that warrant further enquiry. Students will continue to apply research methodology principles to access relevant and credible literature resources and apply sound research principles to answer relevant dental hygiene questions. Development of qualitative literature evaluation skills and ability to accept or reject claims based on strength of current empirical evidence, determination of clinical significance of findings, and use of strategies to integrate evidence into the dental hygiene practice settings will be emphasized. The course will culminate with knowledge sharing by way of a community seminar presentation
Prerequisite: DHYG 300, DHYG 305, DHYG 315, DHYG 320, and DHYG 325.
Co-requisite: DHYG 350, DHYG 355, DHYG 360, DHYG 365 and DHYG 370.
3CR (2.8,0)

Dental Hygiene

  • Credential: Diploma
  • Type: Full-time
  • Length: Two years
  • Campus: Prince George
  • Fees: $28,740
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