Self-Initiation for Dental Hygienists Nova Scotia


  • CDHA member fee $199.00
  • CDHA student member fee $101.00
  • Non-member fee $399.00

Course Completion Time:

Approx. 15hrs

Note that your access to this course will expire one year from the date of purchase; course registration fees are non-refundable and subject to applicable taxes.

Course Description

The Dental Hygienists Act of Nova Scotia, 2007 and the Regulations came into effect May 15, 2009. Under this legislation all dental hygienists who were registered and licensed previously become members of the CDHNS. Under the Regulations, Section 8 (1) (h) all members who held a practicing license at the time the legislation came into effect will have up to two years following initial licensing by the CDHNS to complete a Self Initiation Course approved by the CDHNS.

Until a member completes the Self Initiation Course, they must practice with a general written protocol/order, signed by a dentist. Under the Act and Regulations, members approved by the CDHNS to self-initiate the authorized act of scaling of teeth and root planing (including curetting of surrounding tissue); ordering, administering and interpreting radiographs for dental hygiene purposes, ordering, administering or prescribing those drugs included in clause 25(a), may do so without an protocol/order from a dentist subject to the Regulation on contraindications; Section 28, (1-4).

Successful completion of this course will allow dental hygienists to apply to the CDHNS for approval to self-initiate these authorized acts as set out in the Act and the Regulations. This will ensure all dental hygienists the authority to engage in self-directed clinical practice regardless of practice location and will eliminate the necessity for a written protocol/order.

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