Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Diploma Program Entry Requirements

Program Start Dates:

There are two intakes per calendar year: April and October.

Admissions Process:

The admissions process at CADH is simpler than you think. CADH accepts individuals from a wide range of educational backgrounds from across Canada, the United States and abroad. The team at CADH will work with each prospective student on an individual basis to ensure the application process runs smoothly.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early as space is limited. Admission is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not ensure admission into the program.

In general, the admissions process is as follows:

Please call 905-278-2794 or 1-866-899-9091 or complete the Request Information form on the right. Our admissions department will be happy to arrange an initial interview, a clinic tour and discuss any other questions you may have.

Prospective students will be asked to

a. Write an entrance examination focusing on the areas of comprehension and vocabulary.

Test Dates: Monday to Friday (please call 905 278 2794 to arrange your entrance test).

Fee: $75.00 payable on the day of testing.


b.  A short essay. The candidate’s ability to express him/herself using appropriate grammar, sentence structure, paragraph formation as well as use of relevant content and continuity of thought will be assessed.

Please note that CADH can help you if you do not have any of the following (please contact us to discuss your options):

a. Ontario secondary school or its equivalent is required to enter the program. Specific requirements include:

  • Grade 12 University Preparation English minimum mark 60% OR Grade 12 College Preparation English minimum mark 70%
  • Grade 12 University Preparation Biology minimum mark 60% OR Grade 11 College Preparation Biology minimum mark 70%
  • Grade 12 College Preparation Chemistry is recommended

b. Applicants educated in Canada but outside Ontario must have a high school diploma equivalent to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.). The Transcript must include the following:

  • Grade 12 English (minimum mark 60%)
  • Grade 11 Biology (minimum mark 60%)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry is recommended.

c. Applicants educated outside Canada will require an education equivalent to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, which includes English and Biology, Chemistry is highly recommended. Applicants are required to have their documents assessed by the World Education Service ( or the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada ( or the International Qualifications Assesment Service ( One of the following English proficiency tests will be required:

  • TOEFL ( an expected minimum score of 230 (computer test); 500 (paper test); 80 (internet test)
  • IELTS (, with a minimum score of 6.0
  1. Proof of certification in First Aid and Basic Rescuer in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR – Basic Life Support (formerly HCP)), which must be obtained in the calendar year of the scheduled start date, and renewed annually while in the program.
  2. Confidential current immunization report to be completed by a physician (detailed information on immunization requirements are available upon request).
  3. Current Canada-wide criminal record police check.
  4. Current letter from a dentist confirming the candidate is in good oral health.
  5. Certified Dental Assisting Certificate, University level training in Dentistry OR a current letter from a dentist confirming that the candidate has observed dental office and dental hygiene procedures for a minimum of two days.
  1. Eligible applicants will be required to be available for an interview, in person or by phone.
  2. Students must submit copies of all transcripts, including high school and all other records of academic work along with the completed CADH application form.

Students can apply as a mature student if they meet the following criteria:

  • Are 19 years of age and older as of the first day of classes
  • Do not have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent status
  • Have the pre-requisite courses (Grade 11 Biology and Grade 12 English)


-Foreign-trained dentists are not required to have the equivalent of a Grade 11/12 biology but must have an equivalent of a grade 12 English. All educational documents must be assessed by the World Education Service (WES) or the International Qualifications Assesment Service ( prior to admission to the program.

-Advanced Standing and Transfer Students: Students are not admitted into the program with advanced standing and/or transfer.


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