Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene (111.A0)

PROGRAM PLANNER FOR FALL 2013 OR LATER The following planner indicates all the courses needed and the usual path to complete your DEC in this program.

  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in Dental Hygiene.
  • To obtain your license to practice in Québec, you must meet the requirements of the Office québécois de la langue française.
ENGLISH | 603-101-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete four (4) English courses to obtain their DEC. Courses 603-102 and 603-103 may be taken in either order only after successfully completing 603-101. Course 603-200-MQ is the 4th and last English course required. Click to view courses list.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION | 109-1xx-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete three (3) Physical Education courses to complete their DEC. Courses 109-101-MQ and 109-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 109-103-MQ. Click here to view course list.

HUMANITIES | 345-1xx-MQ

Students need three (3) Humanities courses to complete their DEC. Courses 345-101-MQ and 345-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 345-21_-AB. Click here to view courses list.

Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 | 101-105-AB

This course will prepare the student to apply their knowledge of systems of the body to the assessment of overall health as well as the oral health of their client. In this course, the student will be able to explain how the balanced functioning of the nervous, skeletal, endocrine, and muscular systems contributes to general body and oral health. The dental hygienist will use the information gathered during this course to develop the skills to implement a dental hygiene treatment plan.

Prevention 1 | 111-114-AB

In this course, the student will be able to explain the application of preventive measures and methods in relation to oral health. Since the beginning of the practice of dental hygiene, the emphasis has been on the promotion of oral health as well as the prevention of oral diseases. As an educator, the dental hygienist must have a thorough comprehension of the interactions needed in order to help provide for a client-centered preventive health care plan. This course provides the future dental hygienist with the knowledge and skills needed in order to successfully assist the client in oral self-care.

Dental Anatomy | 111-123-AB

In this course, the student will be able to examine the normal structures and functions of the dentition. The information gathered during this examination will be used in order to formulate a dental hygiene treatment plan. The Dental Anatomy course will focus on the development of the skills and knowledge required to perform the intraoral exam, with special focus on the dentition. The student’s competency to perform a thorough intraoral exam will be enhanced during the Head and Neck Examination course.

Introduction to the Profession | 111-133-AB

This course provides students with an introduction to the profession of dental hygiene. They will study the laws, regulations, standards, and codes that govern the profession. They will be exposed to the variety of employment opportunities available to them upon graduation. They will learn about the 19 competencies that they will attain at the completion of the program. The students will learn the role of these competencies in the 10 delegated acts that a professional dental hygienist can perform in Québec.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in Dental Hygiene.
  • To obtain your license to practice in Québec, you must meet the requirements of the Office québécois de la langue française.
ENGLISH | 603-1xx-MQ

After successfully completing their 603-101 course, students may choose to take either a 603-102 or a 603-103 course.Click here to view courses list. 

FRENCH | 602-1xx-MQ

Every student needs one of each of the Block “A” and Block “B” courses in order to complete their DEC. For each block, there are four levels of courses: Level 1 , Level 2 , Level 3 and Level 4.
Placement in the appropriate level of French is determined by the students’ high school marks. The French Department reserves the right to change the placement of a student upon written notice. Students take the Block “B” course at the same level as the Block “A” course.
If placement determines that students do not have a college level of proficiency in French, students may be required to take remedial courses to upgrade their knowledge of the language. Click here to view courses list. 

Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 | 101-205-AB

Prerequisites: 101-105-AB & 111-114/123/133-AB
This course continues from Human Anatomy and Physiology I to study the organization and functioning of the human body and provide a basic understanding of genetics. The systems discussed include the digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary reproductive systems, and an introduction to human genetics. These systems are taught with an emphasis on homeostatic control mechanisms and their contribution to oral health. The dental hygienist will use the information gathered during this course to further develop the skills needed to implement a dental hygiene treatment plan.

Dental Microbiology | 101-224-AB

Prerequisites: 101-105-AB & 111-114/123/133-AB
A sound working knowledge of microbiology and immunology is essential for safe practice in the clinical area. The Dental Microbiology course will focus on the skills and knowledge required to identify and minimize the risk of transmission of infectious diseases. The student will become competent in the principles and techniques of asepsis, disinfection, and sterilization. In addition, the student will be introduced to the role of microorganisms in the development of dental diseases. In this course, the student will be able to examine connections between the modes of transmission of microorganisms and protection measures, standard precautions, health and safety measures, and preventive measures in relation to oral health.

Head and Neck Examination | 111-213-AB

Prerequisites: 101-105-AB & 111-114/123/133-AB
One of the roles of a dental hygienist is to perform a thorough examination of the head and neck for each client. This exam is composed of two major steps: the intraoral exam and the extraoral exam. Following the Dental Anatomy course in the previous semester, the student is able to examine the dentition of the client. This skill will be incorporated with the ability to examine the soft tissues of the intraoral environment. The student will also learn the skills and knowledge required to perform the extraoral exam by studying the normal structures and functions of the head and neck.

Health & Safety | 111-214-AB

Prerequisites: 101-105-AB & 111-114/123/133-AB
The dental hygiene student will learn the clinical application of standard precautions, ergonomic techniques, regulations in the workplace, and the safe handling and maintenance of dental materials and equipment. Special emphasis will be given to the appropriate use of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation techniques (CPR) and emergency care procedures. In this course, the student will be able to apply health and safety measures and apply standard precautions.

Nutrition: Oral Health | 120-213-AB

Prerequisites: 101-105-AB & 111-114/123/133-AB
Nutrition and Oral Health is a required course in the Dental Hygiene program which aims at establishing relationships between nutrition and oral health.

Communication and Teamwork | 350-213-AB

Prerequisites: 101-105-AB & 111-114/123/133-AB
This course explores the practical aspects of psychology. It has two main goals: 1) to provide knowledge about models of human growth and development; 2) to show how these principles can be applied to promote one’s personal growth and adjustment skills such as the ability to see oneself realistically, to manage time, weight, etc. to cope with stress, make ethical judgements and communicate effectively with others.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in Dental Hygiene.
  • To obtain your license to practice in Québec, you must meet the requirements of the Office québécois de la langue française.
COMPLEMENTARY COURSE

Complementary courses provide an opportunity for students to explore subjects outside their field of concentration and are offered in six different areas. Except for Liberal Arts, Arts & Sciences and Double DEC programs, students must take two (2) complementary courses as part of their General Education requirement.
Students are encouraged to select courses from subjects that are outside their program of study;
Students can take a course from each ensemble of the same domain;
Or
Students can take a course from either ensemble of two different domains;
Or
Students can take a course from the same ensemble of two different domains;
Domain 1, Domain 2, Domain 3 , Domain 4 , Domain 5 and Domain 6

Click here to view courses list.

Prevention 2 | 111-304-AB

Prerequisites: 101-205/224 & 111-213/214 & 120-213-AB & 350-213-AB
This course helps the future dental hygienist develop the entry-to-practice competencies as an oral health educator, communicator and collaborator. Communication involves an interchange of ideas, opinions, and information. Collaboration involves abilities required to influence and work with others to improve health. The student dental hygienist as an educator/facilitator will prepare themselves to work with clients in order to help them maintain their oral health. To prevent oral disease, the client must be aware of and participate in preventive oral health care interventions. The student will learn to teach these interventions according to their clients’ individual needs, while maintaining client compliance.

Systemic and Oral Diseases | 111-313-AB

Prerequisites: 101-205/224 & 111-213/214 & 120-213 & 350-213-AB
This course will introduce the students to the importance of assessing an individual’s health history. The students will come to realize how systemic health and oral health can affect one another. They will learn the importance of gathering accurate personal, medical and dental information to complete the client’s health history. Sociological and epidemiological approach to health and illness will be discussed. They will use the information gathered, in the clinical setting, to development client specific dental hygiene treatment plans.

Prosthodontics | 111-315-AB

Prerequisites: 101-205/224- & 111-213/214- & 120-213 & 350-213-AB
In this course, the student will be able to perform procedures related to prosthodontics. The student will have the opportunity to learn the theory behind certain products used in dentistry. Topics that will be discussed are the physical conditions of the oral environment, the physical properties of dental materials, gypsum products, impression materials, restorative and prosthodontic materials, cements, waxes, varnishes, preventive products, periodontal packs, abrasives including dentifrices, acrylic & plastics, and implants. There is also a significant practical component that allows for skill development in handling various materials.

Periodontal Instrumentation | 111-316-AB

Prerequisites: 101-205/224 & 111-213/214 & 120-213 & 350-213-AB
The student will acquire the knowledge and develop the skills required to perform periodontal therapies and selective polishing. The student will learn to select the appropriate instruments for the removal of calcified deposits while respecting tissue integrity. The student will work in a clinical setting on a manikin or a peer.

Introduction to Periodontics | 111-323-AB
Prerequisites: 101-205/224 & 111-213/214 & 120-213 & 350-213-AB
This course will provide the student with a theoretical foundation to enable them to accurately differentiate between normal and abnormal periodontal structures and conditions. The students will acquire the ability to describe and record periodontal conditions in clients’ charts as well as explore the link between oral health and general health. They will gain an understanding of the etiology of periodontal disease. This knowledge will serve as a foundation for their experiences in Clinic I, II, and III, and prepare them for a more in depth study in the 5th semester Advanced Periodontology course.
Pharmacology | 111-333-AB

Prerequisites: 101-205/224 & 111-213/214 & 120-213-AB & 350-213-AB
In this course the student will be introduced to the science of pharmacology where the effects of pharmaceutical as well as natural herbal products on preventive and curative treatments will be taught. The students will investigate the interactions of prescribed and over the counter medications. The knowledge will prepare the students for interaction with clients in Clinic I, II and III.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in Dental Hygiene.
  • To obtain your license to practice in Québec, you must meet the requirements of the Office québécois de la langue française.
ENGLISH | 603-1xx-MQ

After successfully completing their 603-101 course, students may choose to take either a 603-102 or a 603-103 course. Click here to view courses list. 

FRENCH | 602-2xx-MQ

Every student needs one of each of the Block “A” and Block “B” courses in order to complete their DEC. For each block, there are four levels of courses: Level 1 , Level 2 , Level 3 and Level 4.
Placement in the appropriate level of French is determined by the students’ high school marks. The French Department reserves the right to change the placement of a student upon written notice. Students take the Block “B” course at the same level as the Block “A” course.
If placement determines that students do not have a college level of proficiency in French, students may be required to take remedial courses to upgrade their knowledge of the language. Click here to view courses list. 

HUMANITIES | 345-1xx-MQ

Students need three (3) Humanities courses to complete their DEC. Courses 345-101-MQ and 345-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 345-21_-AB. Click here to view courses list. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION | 109-1xx-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete three (3) Physical Education courses to complete their DEC. Courses 109-101-MQ and 109-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 109-103-MQ. Click here to view courses list. 

Radiology | 111-405-AB

Prerequisites: P: 111-304/313/315/316/323/333-AB
In this course the student will be introduced to the science of pharmacology where the effects of pharmaceutical as well as natural herbal products on preventive and curative treatments will be taught. The students will investigate the interactions of prescribed and over the counter medications. The knowledge will prepare the students for interaction with clients in Clinic I, II and III.

Restorative Dentistry | 111-414-AB

Prerequisites: 111-304/313/315/316/323/333-AB
Lectures will provide the theory while laboratory sessions will ensure practical experience in the prescribed skills. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to correctly perform procedures related to restorative dentistry; students will perform these tasks in a laboratory setting on a manikin. This is an intermediary step to the terminal competency: perform restorative dentistry 00LP, which will be fully acquired in Clinic III

Clinic 1 | 111-418-AB

Prerequisites: 111-304/313/315/316/323/333-AB
The theoretical aspect of this course deals with the development of a treatment plan. To do this, the student must assess the client’s needs and establish priorities as well as the relevance between client’s needs and the possible methods of treatment. This course also provides the students with their first experiences in providing dental hygiene care with clients in a clinical setting.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in Dental Hygiene.
  • To obtain your license to practice in Québec, you must meet the requirements of the Office québécois de la langue française.
ENGLISH | 603-200-AB

After successfully completing their 603-102 and 603-103 courses, students must choose a 603-200 course. Click here to view courses list. 

HUMANITIES | 345-21x-MQ

Students need three (3) Humanities courses to complete their DEC. Courses 345-101-MQ and 345-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 345-21_-AB.Click here to view courses list. 

Clinic 2 | 111-512-AB

Prerequisites: 111-405/414/418-AB
This course allows the students to enhance their clinical abilities in providing dental hygiene therapy including restorative procedures. Under the supervision of licensed dental hygienists and dentists, the student will assess the client’s dental hygiene needs, elaborate treatment plans based on individual needs, implement preventive and restorative therapy, and evaluate dental hygiene care for each client.

Advanced Periodontology | 111-513-AB

Prerequisites: 111-405/414/418-AB
In this course, the students will further develop their abilities in periodontal disease recognition. The students will be further sensitized to the impact of the overall general health on the periodontium and vice versa. Various scenarios will be used to formulate and synthesize treatment plans specific to clients’ needs.

Public Dental Health | 111-515-AB

Prerequisites: 111-405/414/418-AB
Public dental health is a specific field of the dental hygiene profession. This course is designed to introduce the dental hygiene student to the basic principles and concept theories of public health and their application to dental health in public health programs. This course will provide experience that will prepare the student for the Community Fieldwork course in the sixth semester.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in Dental Hygiene.
  • To obtain your license to practice in Québec, you must meet the requirements of the Office québécois de la langue française.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION | 109-103-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete three (3) Physical Education courses to complete their DEC. Courses 109-101-MQ and 109-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 109-103-MQ. Click here to view courses list. 

COMPLEMENTARY COURSE

Complementary courses provide an opportunity for students to explore subjects outside their field of concentration and are offered in six different areas. Except for Liberal Arts, Arts & Sciences and Double DEC programs, students must take two (2) complementary courses as part of their General Education requirement.
Students are encouraged to select courses from subjects that are outside their program of study;
Students can take a course from each ensemble of the same domain;
Or
Students can take a course from either ensemble of two different domains;
Or
Students can take a course from the same ensemble of two different domains;
Domain 1, Domain 2, Domain 3 , Domain 4 , Domain 5 and Domain 6

Click here to view courses list. 

Clinic 3 | 111-612-AB

Prerequisites: 111-512/513/515-AB
This course allows students to acquire as well as re-invest acquired competencies in providing dental hygiene care in a clinical setting. Under the supervision of licensed dental hygienists and dentists, the student will assess the client’s dental hygiene needs, elaborate treatment plans based on individual needs, implement preventive and restorative therapy, and evaluate dental hygiene care for each client.

Integration into the Workplace | 111-613-AB

Prerequisites: 111-512/513/515-AB
Integration into the workplace is a seminar course designed to help the student integrate into private practice and other work environments. The student will work in small groups and will develop strategies to ease the transition from school into the workplace. Different aspects of the profession are examined, including professional ethics, jurisprudence, professional responsibilities, and office management. A resumé (CV) is produced and interview strategies are practiced.

Orthodontics | 111-623-AB

Prerequisites: P: 111-512/513/515-AB
This course is an introduction to the prevention, interception, and treatment of various malocclusions of the teeth. Various techniques related to orthodontics will be covered such as the design, the application, and the control of functional and corrective appliances. The student will also learn to develop a personalized oral self-care program for the orthodontic client. By the end of this course the student will master the competency of contributing to orthodontic treatments.

Public Dental Health Fieldwork | 111-624-AB

Prerequisites: 111-512/513/515-AB
This course is divided into two sections. The theoretical aspect covers the preparation of community dental health interventions for specific target groups and the evaluation of programs and educational interventions. The stage consists of the implementation of the dental health programs planned in the Community Dental Health course. It provides experiences in which the student can apply various community public dental hygiene theories in an actual community health setting.
This stage enables the student to experience public dental health programs and provides exposures to other community health programs offered to various socio-economic and cultural milieus.

Program Comprehensive Assessment | 990-111-A0

Prerequisites: 111-512/513/515-AB
The Comprehensive Assessment (CA) is a portfolio the student assembles in the 6th semester that addresses the eleven Elements of competency of the Program Exit Profile. In order to pass the CA, the student must successfully meet the performance criteria for each one of the objectives identified in the dental hygiene courses taken in the 5th and 6th semesters: 111-513-AB Advanced Periodontology, 111-612-AB Clinic 3, 111-613-AB Integration into the Workplace, 111-623-AB Orthodontics and 111-624-AB Public Dental Health Fieldwork.


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