Top 20 Tips to Get You to Dental Hygiene Graduation & Beyond

As a student:

  1. Join CDHA with FREE student membership.
  2. Renew your FREE student membership every year by October 31st.
  3. Get involved with CDHA and your class; apply to be a CDHA student representative.
  4. Take advantage of CDHA's networking, resources, and continuing education opportunities. Join CDHA's Student Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/CDHAstudents/.
  5. Attend classes, ask questions, study hard, be proactive in seeking support, and succeed on your exams and assignments.
  6. Meet with a career advisor/faculty advisor at your school to go over your career objectives. Find out how you can gain experience to fill any gaps before graduation to make you a better candidate for the type of career you want.
  7. Complete your dental hygiene coursework. Make sure that you have completed the required number of classroom, clinical hours, and community hours.
  8. Make some lifelong friends along the way!

Preparing for graduation:

  1. Apply to write the National Dental Hygiene Certification Examination at www.ndhcb.ca (not mandatory for licensure in Quebec.)
  2. Examination Dates Application Deadline Dates
    January 23-24, 2017
    November 24, 2016
    May 23-24, 2017
    March 23, 2017
    September 18-19, 2017 July 20, 2017
  3. Prepare for your board exam with these tips: www.ndhcb.ca/en/preparing_exam.
  4. Pass your board exam.
  5. Celebrate passing your board exam!

Preparing for practice:

  1. Once you pass the board exam, upgrade to FREE Graduated Student membership: www.cdha.ca/StudentUpgrade. CDHA’s Graduated Student membership category includes professional liability insurance coverage of up to $5 million aggregate until December 31st of the year in which you passed the board exam. (Registration for licensure in Québec includes professional liability insurance.) 
  2. Consider other professional insurance through CDHA such as extended health, dental, and disability coverage.
  3. Apply for registration with your provincial regulatory body at www.ndhcb.ca/en/authorities. (Investigate regulatory requirements for practising dental hygiene in the province of your choice. Other requirements such as jurisprudence and criminal record checks may apply.)
  4. Check out career opportunities.
  5. Network with your dental community. Attend conferences, job fairs, and community events. Click here to view CDHA's Oral Health Events Calendar.
  6. Embody CDHA's professional identity statement to be a better ambassador for the profession and your national association.
  7. In Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia only consider taking self-initiation courses .
  8. Embrace lifelong learning by staying involved with CDHA through events, courses, and committees.