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Pathways to Practice

The pathway to practice as a registered/licensed dental hygienist in Canada will vary depending on an individual's education profile and the province in which they choose to register.


Generally, the pathway includes completion of required academic and clinical studies at the post-secondary level, successful completion of certification examination(s), language proficiency and finally, registration as a licensed dental hygienist with the regulatory body in the province in which you plan to practice. Select the option in the menu on the left  that describes your current status to link to the path that meets your needs.

These pathways do not apply to those planning to work in the province of Quebec; please contact l’Ordre des Hygiénistes Dentaire du Quebec for information on registration.


Territory Acknowledgement

The FDHRC™ office stands on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. The Algonquin peoples have had a special, reciprocal relationship with this territory since time immemorial, and this relationship continues today. The FDHRC™ recognizes without qualification the inherent lands and territory rights of the Algonquin peoples as articulated in Section 35 of the Constitution Act of Canada 1982, as well as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which is enshrined in various legislation in what is now commonly called Canada. 

See the FDHRC’s™ full territory acknowledgement here.