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Dental Hygiene

Diploma

Program Overview

Location(s):
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus
Length: 76 weeks: 

Year 1 - 38 weeks; Year 2 - 38 weeks

As a dental hygienist, it’s your job to provide preventive, educational and therapeutic dental hygiene services to a wide range of clients – from the very young to the very old. Whether you work in a private dental practice or for a health district, in an educational system or for a government agency, you’ll need excellent manual dexterity and good people skills.

Problem solving and critical thinking skills are vital, because a big part of your job is effectively assessing clients and providing treatment plans. Lifelong learning is also important, because you’ll participate in continuing education to stay abreast of changes in technology and techniques.

Our Program

Dental Hygiene is a nationally accredited two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus. Classroom and lab work combined with clinical experiences and health promotion activities prepare you to deliver a high standard of service in assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation of dental hygiene care. Your studies will focus on:

  • oral health education and promotion
  • clinical practice
  • provision of ethical and professional dental hygiene care

Hands-On Learning in Our Dental Clinic

Hands-on learning in the dental clinic at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Wascana campus is a great way to integrate classroom learning with real-world practice. Under the supervision of licensed dentists and dental hygienists, get first-hand experience in providing comprehensive dental hygiene care including assessment of oral health, instruction in oral self-care, exposing dental X-rays and more.

Diploma to Degree

The Saskatchewan Polytechnic diploma program earns a two-year credit toward degree programs at the University of Regina and Athabasca University in Alberta.

Nationally Accredited

The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. When you graduate, you’re eligible to write Canadian and American national certification exams. You’ll also be eligible for licensure by the Saskatchewan Dental Hygienists' Association.

Your Career

Dental hygienists work in both public and private sectors. General dental practices are major employers, but there also are job opportunities in specialized dental practices, community clinics, health care institutions, educational facilities and government agencies.

Note: Applications will be accepted from 8:00 a.m., October 1 to 4:30 p.m., February 15 (Saskatchewan time) each academic year. All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29).

Note

International applicants are not currently considered for admission.

For more information, contact Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
76 weeksDental Hygienist (Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists)$94,700 - $60,100

Program Details

Start Date(s): September

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Year 1 - $8,900
Year 2 - $7,300

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 70% in English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, Biology 30, and one of Chemistry 30 or Physics 30
  • Effective for the 2014 intake, one of Foundations of Mathematics 30 or Pre-Calculus 30 is also required*.
  • English Language Requirement

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • One of Math A30, B30, C30, or Calculus 30

Note

  • Standard First Aid and CPR HeartSaver 'C' AED or equivalent are required prior to entry into the Dental Hygiene program and must be current to the year of the program.

Admission Method

High Demand

High-demand programs consistently have more applicants than spaces available at each Saskatchewan Polytechnic location at which they are offered. High-demand programs have admission requirements plus additional selection criteria. The application period for high-demand programs is 8:00 a.m., October 1, to 4:30 p.m., February 15 (Saskatchewan times), each academic year. All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29).

Selection Criteria

  • Phase I for High School Graduates: The admission average is calculated from final marks in courses required for admission to the program.
  • Phase I for Current High School Students: The admission average is calculated from final marks provided by February 28(29). Conditional admission may be granted on this basis. Current high school students must order transcripts to be sent directly to Saskatchewan Polytechnic at the end of Semester 1 and the end of Semester 2 of the grade 12 year. The final grade 12 mark will be used where the course is completed. The final grade 11 mark will be used only in the absence of the grade 12 mark in the same subject.
  • Phase II: Additional selection criteria will be applied to those with the highest averages in Phase I:
    • Admission Average = 70%
    • Candidate Portfolio = 20% *
    • Relevant Post-secondary Education = 10%


* Saskatchewan Polytechnic must receive your Candidate Portfolio by April 15.

For more information about the admission requirements and selection criteria for this program, refer to the Dental Hygiene Frequently Asked Questions.

For required information on preparing your application, refer to the Dental Hygiene Program Portfolio Guide.

You may find it helpful to print extra copies of the Validation Form for Work/Volunteer Experiences.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. Frequently asked questions regarding PLAR for this program are answered in the Factsheet. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Courses

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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ANAT 163
Dental Anatomy
4
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Your studies will focus on the basic anatomy of permanent and deciduous teeth. You will study the eruption sequence of the dentitions, the basic structures of the oral cavity and supporting dental structures, and three different numbering systems for identifying teeth.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Theory
ANAT 164
Embryology and Histology
2
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You will develop an understanding of the embryonic development of the face and oral cavity. You will study the development, microscopic anatomy and macroscopic anatomy of the teeth and supporting structures. You will also study the anomalies of these structures.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
ANAT 165
Anatomy and Physiology 1
2
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You will study structure and function of the human body and discuss how it functions to maintain homeostasis. The topics will include the cell, locations and functions of the tissues of the body, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and lymphatic systems.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Corequisites(s): ANAT 168
Equivalent Course(s): APHY 162, NEPS 118
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Theory
ANAT 168
Anatomy and Physiology of the Head and Neck 1
1
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You will study the superficial anatomy of the head and neck, as well as the tissues located in the oral cavity. Your studies will focus on the bones and musculature involved in these regions.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Corequisites(s): ANAT 165
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
COMM 167
Introduction to Communications
3
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You will review basic writing skills including the integration of spelling, grammar, punctuation and composition to reinforce comprehension, facilitate research, and ensure effective communication. You will apply the skills to writing, critiquing dental letters, proposals, abstracts, articles, and dental health promotions following literacy guidelines and using electronic communication.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Theory
DENT 164
Preventive Dentistry 1
2
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Your studies will provide an introduction to the philosophy of preventive dentistry. You will learn the relationship between dental biofilm and oral disease. You will study oral care aids and products designed to prevent and control oral disease. You will acquire the knowledge and skills required to practice oral disease control.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 26.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Theory
DHYG 100
Introduction to the Dental Hygiene Profession
1
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You will learn the history of dental hygiene and how the profession has grown and evolved. You will learn about the characteristics of a profession and the provincial and national dental hygiene associations. The principles of communications and character traits of a health care professional will also be studied. You will also be introduced to dental record documentation.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
DHYG 157
Dental Hygiene Fundamentals 1
2
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You will be introduced to the principles of body ergonomics. You will demonstrate the use of the dental mirror, a modified pen grasp, neutral wrist and fulcrum placement in all areas of the mouth. You will also demonstrate the use of the periodontal probe.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Corequisites(s): ANAT 163, DHYG 161
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
DHYG 161
Health and Safety in the Dental Environment
4
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You will be introduced to principles of infection prevention and standard precautions in the dental environment. You will compare the decontamination processes of cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing and describe dental operatory procedures in order to demonstrate current knowledge regarding infection prevention. You will also demonstrate how to take blood pressures and assess the other vital signs. You will discuss medical emergencies in a dental office.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 55.0
Corequisites(s): ANAT 163, DHYG 157, MICR 261
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
DHYG 164
Oral Assessment 1
3
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You will study the types of soft tissue lesions. You will learn types and characteristics of cancers that are found in the head and neck area as well as inside the mouth and throat. Your role as a dental hygienist when a lesion is found will also be discussed. You will demonstrate an extra oral cancer screening of the head and neck, an intra oral cancer screening of the soft tissues of the mouth and throat, a tempromandibular joint assessment and an orthodontic assessment.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Corequisites(s): ANAT 168, DHYG 161
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HLTH 262
Community Oral Health 1
2
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You will be introduced to the health care system and the significant social, political, cultural and economic forces directing the system. You will discuss the determinants of health and apply them to oral health. You will write learning outcomes, select and operate audiovisual equipment, learn practical aspects of public speaking and present a short instructional session in preparation for promoting oral health to groups.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Corequisites(s):
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
MICR 261
Microbiology
3
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You will learn about the various types of microbes, their role in spreading infectious disease and how microbes can be controlled. You will develop an understanding of and appreciation for the prevention of disease transmission. You will create a poster display on infectious diseases.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 46.0
Corequisites(s):
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
SEM 161
Orientation Seminar
1
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You will learn how the dental hygienist fits into the workplace and society, and discuss the employability skills needed to be successful in the dental profession. You will also have the opportunity to develop study and life management skills that will help you be a successful adult learner. The course content includes teamwork and SIAST and program policies.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory

Year 1- Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ANAT 264
Anatomy and Physiology 2
2
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You will develop an understanding of the structure and physiological functioning of the human body and its adaptation, within the external and internal environment. The course builds on the information you learned in ANAT 165 (Anatomy and Physiology 1). You will focus on the study of immune, nervous, senses, endocrine, digestive and urinary systems.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 165, ANAT 168
Corequisites(s): ANAT 268
Equivalent Course(s): APHY 262, NEPS 119
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Theory
ANAT 268
Anatomy and Physiology of the Head and Neck 2
1
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You will discuss the blood vessels and lymphatic structures of the head and neck. You will also learn how the concepts of immunity relate to the structures of the lymphatic system. You will complete a detailed study of the nerves supplying the head and neck (including the maxillary and mandibular dentition).Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 168
Corequisites(s): ANAT 264
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
DENT 263
Periodontology 1
3
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Your studies will focus on the structure and function of the periodontium, host response in periodontal disease and etiology and characteristics of the most common forms of periodontal disease. Your studies will focus on the links between periodontal disease and systemic health and concepts related to periodontal therapy. You will acquire this information through a combination of classroom instruction and problem-based learning activities.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 163, ANAT 164, MICR 261
Corequisites(s): ANAT 264, PATH 268
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
DHYG 200
Introduction to Clinical Dental Hygiene
2
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You will assist with the provision of clinical dental hygiene therapy, following infection prevention protocols. You will be introduced to critical reflection.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 163, ANAT 164, ANAT 165, ANAT 168, DHYG 157, DHYG 161, DHYG 164, DHYG 100, MICR 261, SEM 161
Corequisites(s): ANAT 264, ANAT 268, DHYG 256, DHYG 257, PATH 268, RDGR 267, RDGR 268
Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
DHYG 256
Oral Assessment 2
2
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You will review oral landmarks of the periodontium and related structures. In order to record gingival descriptions, you will learn to recognize characteristics of healthy gingival tissues and how disease changes these characteristics. You will learn to recognize and record the variations of periodontal conditions. You will also examine the dentition and demonstrate dental caries detection.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 161, DHYG 157, DHYG 164
Corequisites(s): DHYG 257
Equivalent Course(s): DHYG 163
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
DHYG 257
Dental Hygiene Fundamentals 2
4
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You will describe the function of dental hygiene instruments and be able to recognize their design features. Instrumentation terminology and the rationale for periodontal debridement will be discussed. You will demonstrate the use of the explorer, sickle scalers and the universal curet and ultrasonic scaling devices. You will also learn how to maintain the sharpness of hand instruments.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 161, DHYG 157
Corequisites(s): DHYG 256
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PATH 268
General Pathology
2
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Through independent study, class discussions, and practice predicament learning activities, you will identify clients for whom the initiation or continuation of treatment must be modified or is contraindicated based upon interpretation of health history and clinical data. You will identify clients at risk for medical emergencies and use strategies to minimize such risks.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 165
Corequisites(s): ANAT 264
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
RDGR 267
Radiology Theory
2
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You will study the principles of radiation physics, biology, chemistry and safety and will describe theories related to exposing, processing, and mounting radiographs. You will learn how to interpret radiographs. You will also discuss effective client management related to dental radiography.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Corequisites(s): RDGR 268
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
RDGR 268
Techniques in Radiography
4
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While observing radiation safety protocols, you will develop skill in exposing and processing high quality dental images using darkroom and digital techniques.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 66.0
Corequisites(s): RDGR 267
Equivalent Course(s): RDGR 260, RDGR 263
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lab/Practical

Year 1- Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
DENT 262
Preventive Dentistry 2
3
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You will acquire the knowledge and skills required to assess, plan, implement and evaluate self care programs for clients. You will learn how to use effective tobacco cessation strategies. You will learn how to incorporate educational theories to enable others to practice effective self care. You will also learn how to plan table clinics for various age and interest groups.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DENT 164
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
DENT 268
Dental Specialties 1
1
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You will be introduced to pediatric dental hygiene care. You will present a preventive oral health learning activity at a community child care facility. You will learn about behaviour management techniques and the protocol for providing care for children in the SIAST clinic.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Corequisites(s): DENT 262
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
DHYG 165
Preventive Techniques
2
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You will learn the use and maintenance of dental handpieces, extrinsic stain removal techniques, and the application of topical fluoride and pit and fissure sealants.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 34.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 257
Corequisites(s):
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab
DHYG 201
Clinical Dental Hygiene 1
2
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You will begin performing basic, preventive clinical therapy skills in the SIAST Dental Hygiene Clinic, including documentation in client records. You will collect general and oral health assessment data and follow care plans to perform preventive clinical therapy. You will follow infection prevention protocols and demonstrate professional appearance and conduct required for a clinical setting. You will also learn to identify the results of clinical therapy.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 268, ANAT 264, DENT 263, DHYG 257, DHYG 256, DHYG 165(concurrent), DHYG 200, PATH 268, RDGR 267, RDGR 268
Corequisites(s): DENT 262, DHYG 258
Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
DHYG 258
Care Planning for Clinical Dental Hygiene
1
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You will develop an understanding of the dental hygiene process of care as it relates to clinical therapy. You will also be introduced to the skill of determining dental hygiene diagnoses based on client assessment data. Through lectures, labs and group work activities, you will practice developing and presenting dental hygiene care plans. You will also learn how to incorporate evaluation of dental hygiene clinical therapy into a care plan and how to use the outcomes to plan continuing care for clients.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 257, DHYG 256
Corequisites(s): DHYG 165, DHYG 201
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
NUTR 160
Nutrition
3
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You will develop an understanding of the role of nutrition as it relates to general and oral health and disease. Through a variety of learning experiences which may include classroom instruction, group activities, practical exercises and independent learning you will acquire knowledge of the standards and guidelines for planning and assessing the nutritional adequacy of diets. You will learn about the function and dietary sources of the major nutrients. You will examine the nutritional needs throughout the lifecycle as well as nutrition-related oral health issues.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
PSYC 162
Social Psychology
1
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Through directed group discussion, readings, and presentations, you will develop a basic understanding of the concepts of clients, communication, empowerment, the life cycle, conflict resolution, decision making and their interrelationships. You will discuss techniques to meet clients’ needs who are limited by barriers to access, cultural differences or abuse.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 22.0
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ANES 262
Local Anesthesia
2
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Through independent study, lectures, class discussions, practice predicament learning activities, and preclinical laboratories, you will learn strategies to manage client pain and discomfort, including the administration of intraoral local anesthesia.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 25.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 163, DHYG 161, DHYG 201
Corequisites(s): DHYG 276, PHAR 266
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab
DENT 165
Dental Technology
3
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You will study physical and mechanical properties of dental materials used to take alginate impressions. You will also make study models of teeth and fabricate mouth protectors and whitening trays. You will practice manipulating the materials and operating equipment commonly used in dental offices and laboratories. You will critique your work by evaluating against the criteria for satisfactory laboratory generated items.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 163, DHYG 161
Equivalent Course(s): DENT 161
Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lab/Practical
DENT 267
Periodontology 2
3
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Your studies will focus on planning periodontal therapy for rare and complex forms of periodontal disease and periodontal occlusal trauma. You will plan the use of the most common chemotherapeutics used in periodontal therapy. You will study various periodontal surgical techniques and the post operative care for clients who have had periodontal surgery. You will acquire this information through a combination of classroom instruction, problem-based learning activities and laboratory practice.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DENT 263
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
DHYG 259
Dental Hygiene Fundamentals 3
3
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You will learn fundamentals of dental hygiene therapeutic and supportive clinical therapy. Through lectures and labs, you will learn how to use and maintain area-specific curets. You will learn restorative techniques including how to place temporary restorations and how to reduce overhangs on amalgam restorations. You will also learn how to plan care for clients with sensitive teeth. You will further develop instrumentation techniques to accomplish advanced periodontal debridement. You will practise organizing dental hygiene appointments for therapeutic and supportive clinical therapy.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DENT 262, DHYG 165, DHYG 201
Corequisites(s): DHYG 276
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
DHYG 267
Dental Literature & Statistics
1
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You will be introduced to understanding and critically assessing dental literature. You will complete assignments designed to develop processes involved in locating and evaluating professional dental literature and using basic statistical concepts.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 22.0
Prerequisites(s): COMM 167
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
DHYG 276
Clinical Dental Hygiene 2
8
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You will gain knowledge and experience in providing preventive and therapeutic clinical therapy to clients in the SIAST Dental Hygiene Clinic. You will collect assessment data from clients, identify problems and propose dental hygiene care plans to resolve oral health problems. While following health and safety protocols, you will learn how to provide preventive and therapeutic clinical therapy for clients and study how to measure the results of the therapy. You will begin to use time management strategies and be expected to comply with professionalism and record keeping protocols.Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 120.0
Prerequisites(s): DENT 262, DENT 268, DHYG 165, DHYG 258, DHYG 201, NUTR 160, PSYC 162
Corequisites(s): ANES 262, DENT 267, DHYG 259, DHYG 279, HLTH 274, PATH 269, PHAR 266
Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
DHYG 279
Clinical Integration 1
3
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You will prepare for dental hygiene clinical practice as well as further develop instrumentation and radiology skills. You will learn how to use dental computer systems to manage dental hygiene reception services. Your studies will explore aging, disabilities and other possible barriers to accessing dental hygiene care. You will examine factors that may affect the oral health of these clients and, based on the needs of these clients, you will plan care modifications. You will also learn about respect for diversity when working with the elderly and clients with disabilities or other barriers.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 201, NUTR 160, PSYC 162
Corequisites(s): DHYG 259, DHYG 276
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HLTH 274
Community Oral Health 2
4
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You will acquire knowledge needed to meet specific oral health needs of community groups. You will learn formal and informal information gathering techniques and study situational leadership styles. You will collaborate with community partners and assess the need for health promotional events and educational activities for underserviced community groups. You will also initiate a dental hygiene research project.Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): COMM 167, DHYG 165, DHYG 201, HLTH 262, PSYC 162
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
PATH 269
Oral Pathology
2
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Through independent study, class discussions, and practice predicament learning activities, you will identify common lesions in the oral cavity. You will plan dental hygiene strategies to manage oral lesions.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 26.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 163, ANAT 164, ANAT 264, PATH 268
Corequisites(s): DHYG 276
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
PHAR 266
Pharmacology
1
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Through independent study, class discussions, and practice predicament learning activities, you will identify clients for whom the initiation or continuation of treatment must be modified or is contra-indicated based upon medications.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 21.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 264, PATH 268
Equivalent Course(s):
Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory

Year 2 - Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
DENT 269
Dental Specialties 2
3
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You will discuss dental specialties including oral surgery, operative, fixed and removable prosthodontics, endodontics and orthodontics. You will also learn about dental hygiene care for geriatric clients and clients with dental implants.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 276
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
DHYG 277
Clinical Dental Hygiene 3
12
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You will continue to provide care for clients in the SIAST Dental Hygiene Clinic. You will learn how to interpret client assessment data to determine dental hygiene diagnoses and, based on the data, you will develop dental hygiene care plans for clients. While complying with health and safety protocols, you will provide preventive, therapeutic and supportive clinical therapy to clients with moderate to advanced oral health problems. You will learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of clinical therapy and identify continuing care needs for clients. You will manage time and resources and apply professional conduct, communication and critical thinking skills.Credit Units: 12
Course Hours: 180.0
Prerequisites(s): ANES 262, DENT 165, DENT 267, DHYG 259, DHYG 276, DHYG 279, HLTH 274, PATH 269, PHAR 266
Corequisites(s): DENT 269, DHYG 281
Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
DHYG 281
Clinical Integration 2
2
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Through labs and seminars, you will continue to develop your clinical therapy skills. You will learn how to create personal plans for continuing competence and professional development. With case study experiences, you will have opportunity to integrate evidence based practice and research concepts to manage periodontal therapy and other dental hygiene services. You will apply principles of nutrition to a dental hygiene setting.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 37.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 276, DHYG 279
Corequisites(s): DHYG 277
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HLTH 275
Community Oral Health Projects
3
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You will have an opportunity to plan, implement and evaluate oral health programs, health promotional events and educational activities for under-serviced community groups. You may choose instead to conduct a dental hygiene systemic inquiry. You will develop both written and oral reports on your project.Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): HLTH 274
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

Year 2 - Semester 6

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
DHYG 269
Dental Hygiene Practice
1
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You will study ethics and apply the Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Code of Ethics to various case studies. You will learn about jurisprudence, focusing on the laws governing the practice of dental hygiene, the Dental Discipline’s Act of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Dental Hygienists’ Association’s By-Laws. You will also learn about the Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association’s national competencies and various practice options for dental hygienists.Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 100
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory
DHYG 278
Clinical Dental Hygiene 4
15
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You will progress towards the competency required for an entry-level dental hygienist who can apply quality assurance standards and protocols to ensure a safe and effective working environment. You will assess the health status of clients and plan strategies to manage clients with health risks. You will establish dental hygiene care plans based on a client-centered approach and the best available resources. You will determine continuing care needs for clients based on the evaluation of the clinical therapy you provided. You will maintain professionalism in all aspects of dental record keeping, communication, management and collaboration with caregivers or other health professionals. You will also self assess your professional practice to help make the transition from student to graduate dental hygienist.Credit Units: 15
Course Hours: 225.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 277
Corequisites(s): DHYG 282
Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
DHYG 282
Clinical Integration 3
2
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You will prepare for the transition from graduate to professional dental hygiene practice. You will practice self assessment and have the opportunity to act as a mentor for classmates and Year 1 students. You will apply evidence-based decision making approaches to a clinical case.Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 277, DHYG 281
Corequisites(s): DHYG 278
Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

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