Dental Hygiene

Advanced Diploma

Program Overview

Note

The Dental Hygiene program is subject to the competitive admission process. It opens for application on October 1, and closes on February 15, each academic year. On February 15, paper applications are accepted until 4:30 p.m., and online applications are accepted until 11:59 p.m. (Saskatchewan times). All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time) on March 1.

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.

International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this competitive program.

Dental Hygiene is a nationally accredited three-year advanced 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, Regina Campus is a great way to integrate classroom learning with real-world practice. Under the supervision of licensed dentists and dental hygienists, you will receive 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

Ladder your diploma into the Bachelor of Applied Management degree at Saskatchewan Polytechnic with only two years of additional study. Remote classes and part-time options are available.

This Saskatchewan Polytechnic advanced diploma program will also allow graduates to access one-year Dental Hygiene degree completion programs offered by Dental Hygiene baccalaureate programs.

Learning Environment

  • 26 students are accepted each year.
  • As a student, you will experience a combination of classroom and clinical instruction in the newly renovated on-campus Dental Clinic.
  • Our enclosed and individualized operatories, upgraded ventilation, lighting, dental chairs and equipment provide a great environment for both students and clients.
  • Class hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily with 30-40 hours of homework each week outside of class time.
  • All courses have an online course system, Brightspace, that provides powerful tools to help supplement your learning.
  • Lab courses involve instructor demonstration, hands-on participation and peer group activities.
  • Regular attendance is expected, as well as active participation in group work and effective course management.

Career and Salary Information

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.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Dental HygienistDental Hygienists and Dental Therapists (3222)$79,000 - $124,800

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September
Length:

120 weeks


Year 1 - 40 weeks; Year 2 - 40 weeks; Year 3 - 40 weeks

Locations

  • Regina

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 70% in English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, and one of Foundations of Mathematics 30 or Pre-Calculus 30*
  • 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.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of 2015 WHMIS Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification upon admission into the program. Recertification will be required every three years to remain current. The cost of WHMIS certification is your responsibility.

Admission Method

Competitive

The competitive admissions process is used for programs where the number of qualified applicants regularly exceeds the number of spaces available. In competitive programs, higher admission requirements and/or additional selection criteria may be required. The application period for this program is October 1 to February 15, each academic year. All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), March 1.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Selection Criteria

  • Phase I for High School Graduates: The competitive score is calculated from final marks in high school courses required for admission to the program. The high school competitive score will be compared to any grade point averages(s) (UGPA) presented for a minimum of 15 passed post-secondary credit units to a maximum of 30 of the most recent credit units from recognized post-secondary institutions - and the highest score will be considered for the applicant's final competitive score.  Such applicants must be in good academic standing with the institution.  Applicants are then ranked in the order of the highest score.  
  • Phase I for Current High School Students: The competitive score is calculated from final marks provided by March 1. 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.

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 approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2022/23 Academic Year

Year 1 - $8,260
Year 2 - $17,300
Year 3 - $11,370

Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ANAT 163
Dental Anatomy
3
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Your studies will focus on the basic anatomy of permanent and deciduous teeth. You will study the structures of the oral cavity and the deciduous and permanent dentitions as well as three different numbering systems for identifying teeth and the eruption sequence of the dentitions. You will develop manual dexterity skills by duplicating oral morphology.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
BIOL 100
Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
3
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You will study the human body, how it is constructed and how it functions to maintain homeostasis. You will focus on the interaction between the structures of the body cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. You will learn about levels of organization of the human body, cells, and tissues. You will examine integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and sensory systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): BIOL 100CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CHEM 102
General Chemistry 1
3
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You will study essential chemical concepts including atomic structure, nomenclature, stoichiometry, aqueous solutions, thermodynamics, quantum theory and chemical bonding. In the mandatory lab component, you will be introduced to standard laboratory techniques.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
ENGL 101
Critical Reading and Writing
3
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You will develop basic skills in critical analysis and effective reading by analyzing and evaluating materials from various disciplines. You will also refine your understanding and practice of the structures of composition by writing a research paper on a topic of your choice using APA-style.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENGL 101CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
PSYC 102
Introduction to Psychology 1
3
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You will learn about the history and evolution of psychology as a science. You will define and differentiate various research methods and theoretical perspectives. You will explore the study of human behaviour by examining concepts including: human development, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders and treatments, and the relationship between health and stress.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
STAT 100
Introductory Statistics
3
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You will learn statistical methods of analysis and inference including descriptive measures, frequency distributions, probability, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing for population means and proportions, analysis of variance, as well as correlation and regression techniques.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BIOL 101
Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
3
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You will continue to study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. You will learn about fluids, electrolytes, and acid-base balance. You will examine structures and functions of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): BIOL 100
Equivalent Course(s): BIOL 101CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CHEM 103
General Chemistry 2
3
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You will study properties of liquids, solids and solutions. You will study rates and equilibrium for chemical reactions with application to acids and bases and consider aspects of thermodynamics and electrochemistry. In the mandatory lab component, you will practice standard laboratory techniques.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CHEM 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
ENGL 102
Literature Survey
3
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You will produce high quality, argumentative essays based on Saskatchewan literature. You will analyze and discuss literary works from Saskatchewan authors, issues that have affected Saskatchewan both in the past and present, and write about Saskatchewan-based topics. You will research Saskatchewan-based topics and issues and apply that knowledge in our analysis of the course material. In addition to analyzing course texts, you will learn to recognize logical fallacies and create logical arguments on various topics throughout the course in order to create contentious thesis statements and supportive material.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGL 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MICR 261
Microbiology
3
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You will learn how the science of microbiology evolved. You will learn about the various types of microbes, including their structure and function and how diverse they are. You will learn what microbes need to survive and how they can be controlled. You will learn how infectious diseases are transmitted and will develop an understanding of and appreciation for their prevention and control. You will also study immunity and how the three lines of defense serve to protect us. You will also develop a poster display.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Online, Prior Learning
PSYC 103
Introduction to Psychology 2
3
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You will learn about the history and evolution of psychology as a science. You will learn to differentiate between various research methods and theoretical perspectives. You will explore the study of human behaviour by examining concepts including: perception, sensation, states of consciousness, learning, memory, thinking, reasoning, language, intelligence and intelligence testing, motivation, emotion, and the biological and neurological foundations of behaviour.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): PSYC 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
SOCI 171
Culture and Diversity in Canadian Society
3
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You will explore culture and diversity in Canada and the challenges they present. You will discuss the impacts of oppression, multiculturalism, immigration, social inequalities, and social justice at both personal and professional levels. You will discuss the historical and contemporary challenges of Indigenous peoples. You will also examine tools to foster social change and diversity competencies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): NUTR 198
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Year 1 - Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ANAT 164
Embryology and Histology
3
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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: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 163
Equivalent Course(s): DENT 166
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Group, Prior Learning
DENT 164
Preventive Dentistry 1
2
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Your studies will provide an introduction to the philosophy of preventive dentistry. You will study the relationship between diet and oral health. 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, including fluoride. You will acquire the knowledge, skills and attitude required to practice oral disease control.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 163
Equivalent Course(s): DENT 159
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
DHYG 101
Introduction to the Dental Hygiene Profession
1
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You will learn the history and evolution of the dental hygiene profession, the characteristics of a profession, and provincial and national dental hygiene associations. You will learn how the dental hygienist functions within the oral health care team, in the workplace, and in society. The principles of communication, employability skills, and character traits of healthcare professionals, as well as dental record documentation will be explored.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGL 102, PSYC 103, SOCI 171
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
NUTR 201
Nutrition
2
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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: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ANAT 166
Anatomy and Physiology of the Head and Neck
2
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You will study the superficial anatomy, bones and musculature of the head and neck. You will discuss the blood vessels, lymphatic structures and nerves which supply the head and neck including the maxillary and mandibular dentition.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): BIOL 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
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
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
DHYG 157
Dental Hygiene Fundamentals 1
4
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You will be introduced to the principles of body ergonomics. You will describe the function of dental hygiene instruments and be able to recognize their design features. You will demonstrate a modified pen grasp, neutral wrist and fulcrum placement. You will demonstrate techniques for the use of the dental mirror, periodontal probe, and explorer as well as moisture control procedures in all areas of the mouth.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 163
Corequisites(s): DHYG 161, DHYG 164, DHYG 257
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DHYG 161
Health and Safety in the Dental Environment
3
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You will demonstrate the principles of infection prevention and control and routine practice in the dental environment. You will discuss medical emergencies in a dental office as well as participate in the lab on medical emergency equipment and supplies.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MICR 261
Corequisites(s): DHYG 157, DHYG 164, DHYG 257
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DHYG 164
Assessment 1
4
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You will demonstrate how to measure vital signs. You will study the types of soft tissue lesions that are found in the head and neck area as well as inside the mouth and throat. You will demonstrate an extra oral cancer screening assessment of the head and neck, an intra oral cancer screening assessment of the soft tissues of the mouth and throat, a temporomandibular joint assessment and an orthodontic assessment.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 163
Corequisites(s): ANAT 166, DHYG 161
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DHYG 257
Dental Hygiene Fundamentals 2
4
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Instrumentation terminology and the rationale for periodontal debridement will be discussed. You will demonstrate techniques for the use of sickle scalers, 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): ANAT 163
Corequisites(s): DHYG 157, DHYG 161, DHYG 164
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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
Prerequisites(s): BIOL 101
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Year 2 - Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
DENT 200
Dental Specialties 1
2
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You will work with different ages and special needs groups related to oral care. You will be introduced to pediatric dental hygiene care. You will present a preventive oral health learning activity at a community childcare facility. You will learn about behaviour management techniques. Your studies will examine aging and disabilities in relation to dental hygiene care.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGL 102
Corequisites(s): DHYG 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
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): DHYG 256
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
DHYG 165
Preventive Techniques
3
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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: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 157, DHYG 161, DHYG 257
Corequisites(s): DHYG 256
Equivalent Course(s): DNTL 262
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DHYG 200
Introduction to Clinical Dental Hygiene
2
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You will define the principles and responsibilities involved in ethical dental hygiene care. In the Saskatchewan Polytechnic dental clinic, you will observe infection prevention and control protocols while assisting with the provision of educational and preventive clinical therapy. You will recognize the importance of professional appearance and conduct. You will use your learning journals to reflect on clinical experiences. You will have the opportunity to visit a dental office to observe a practicing dental hygienist.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 164, ANAT 166, DENT 200, DHYG 157, DHYG 161, DHYG 164, DHYG 257, RDGR 267
Corequisites(s): DENT 263, DHYG 165, DHYG 256, HLTH 262, PATH 268, RDGR 268
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online, Prior Learning
DHYG 256
Assessment 2
4
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You will describe clinical features of healthy and diseased gingival tissues and other variations of periodontal conditions. You will record clinical features of gingival tissues and periodontal conditions. You will also examine the dentition, detect dental caries, and assess caries risk. You will record dental conditions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 157, DHYG 161
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): DHYG 163
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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
Prerequisites(s): SOCI 171
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
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): BIOL 101
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
RDGR 268
Dental Imaging Techniques
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 imaging techniques.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ANAT 163, BIOL 101, RDGR 267
Corequisites(s):
Equivalent Course(s): RDGR 260, RDGR 263
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning

Year 2 - Semester 6

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
DHYG 201
Clinical Dental Hygiene 1
2
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You will begin performing basic, educational and preventive clinical therapy skills in the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Dental Hygiene Clinic, including documentation in client records. You will review general and oral health assessment findings and follow the care plan and appointment schedule to practice educational and preventive clinical therapy. You will also identify the outcomes of clinical therapy. You will follow infection prevention and control protocols and practice using protocols for professional appearance and conduct required for a clinical setting.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 200
Corequisites(s): DHYG 258, DHYG 259
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Prior Learning
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 a dental hygiene diagnosis based on client assessment findings. 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): DENT 263
Corequisites(s): DHYG 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
DHYG 259
Dental Hygiene Fundamentals 3
4
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You will demonstrate the technique, use of and maintenance of area-specific curets. You will plan care for clients with sensitive teeth. Through labs, you perform overhang removal and place temporary restorations. You will further develop instrumentation techniques to accomplish advanced periodontal debridement and organize dental hygiene appointments for clinical therapy.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 157, DHYG 257
Corequisites(s): DHYG 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PHAR 266
Pharmacology
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 contra-indicated based upon medications.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): PATH 268
Corequisites(s): DHYG 201
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Year 3 - Semester 7

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: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 201
Corequisites(s): DHYG 276
Equivalent Course(s): ANES 262CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
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: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 201
Equivalent Course(s): DENT 161, DENT 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning
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, DHYG 201
Corequisites(s): DHYG 276
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
DHYG 276
Clinical Dental Hygiene 2
6
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You will gain knowledge and experience in providing clinical therapy to clients in the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Dental Hygiene Clinic. You will use assessment findings to identify oral health problems and complete the dental hygiene care plan and appointment schedule. Using health and safety protocols, you will demonstrate educational, preventive and therapeutic clinical therapy skills to determine the outcomes of clinical therapy. You will use Saskatchewan Polytechnic processes and protocols to keep dental records. You will practice time management strategies and demonstrate adhering to professional appearance, conduct and communication protocols.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 201
Corequisites(s): DHYG 279
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Online, Prior Learning
DHYG 279
Clinical Integration 1
2
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You will prepare for dental hygiene clinical practice as well as further develop radiology skills. You will learn how to use dental office software and how to manage a client pool. Through case studies you will apply the principles involved in ethical dental hygiene care and further reflect on applying clinical therapy.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 201
Corequisites(s): DHYG 276
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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): HLTH 262, DHYG 201
Corequisites(s): DHYG 276
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
PATH 269
Oral Pathology
2
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Through independent study, class discussions and practice predicament 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: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): PATH 268
Corequisites(s): DHYG 276
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning

Year 3 - Semester 8

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
DENT 269
Dental Specialties 2
2
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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 and esthetic dentistry.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 276, DENT 200
Corequisites(s): DHYG 277
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DHYG 277
Clinical Dental Hygiene 3
15
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You will continue to provide care for clients in the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Dental Hygiene Clinic. You will collect assessment findings to interpret a dental hygiene diagnosis and examine the care plan and appointment schedule. Applying health and safety protocols, you will perform clinical therapy skills with moderate to advanced oral health problems. You will learn how to interpret the outcomes of clinical therapy and select continuing care needs for clients. You will relate time and resources to enhance the quality of services provided and apply protocols for professional conduct, communication and critical thinking skills.
Credit Units: 15
Course Hours: 225.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 276
Corequisites(s): DHYG 281
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Prior Learning
DHYG 281
Clinical Integration 2
2
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You will create personal plans for continuing competence and professional development. Through seminars and labs, you will review and practice your clinical therapy skills. You will apply evidence-based decision making to oral self-care and client case studies by developing a plan to manage periodontal therapy. You will learn about jurisprudence, focusing on the laws governing the practice of dental hygiene, the Dental Disciplines Act of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Dental Hygienists’ Association’s By-Laws and various practice options for dental hygienists.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 279
Corequisites(s): DHYG 277
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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 will develop both written and oral reports on your project.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): HLTH 274
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Year 3 - Semester 9

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
DHYG 278
Clinical Dental Hygiene 4
12
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You will progress towards the competency required for an entry-level dental hygienist who can manage quality assurance standards and protocols to ensure a safe and effective working environment. You will assess the general and oral health status of clients to manage clients with health risks. You will formulate a dental hygiene diagnosis, compose a care plan and appointment schedule based on a client-centered approach and the best available resources. You will apply clinical therapy and select continuing care needs based on the evaluation of the client care provided. You will evaluate your professionalism, communication, management, judgment and collaboration with caregivers or other health professional to make the transition from student to graduate dental hygienist.
Credit Units: 12
Course Hours: 180.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 277
Corequisites(s): DHYG 282
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum, Prior Learning
DHYG 282
Clinical Integration 3
2
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You will prepare for the transition from graduate student to professional dental hygienist and have the opportunity to visit a dental office and be mentored by a practicing, licensed dental hygienist. You will also mentor other dental hygiene students. You will also reflect upon the Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association’s national competencies. You will apply evidence-based decision making to client case studies through case presentations. You will further analyze the dental hygiene ethical framework through case studies and debates.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): DHYG 281
Corequisites(s): DHYG 278
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

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Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer of 60 credit units into the Bachelor of Science Post Diploma program or 30 credit units toward BSc (PD) with Majors in Applied Mathematics, Computing Information Systems and/or Human Science.
Graduates of this program is granted a maximum of 84 transfer credits into the Bachelor of Health Science.
Graduates of this program may be accepted in to the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina or the First Nations University of Canada with 60 credit hours of block transfer.

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Accreditation

Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada

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.

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