The College’s entry-to-practice requirements include an evaluation of the applicant’s dental hygiene curriculum, and all dental hygiene programs must include an acceptable pharmacology component. As such, all Registered Dental Hygienists have the prerequisite knowledge to be successful in the DDHPE but some may require a refresher that includes new changes to legislation, principles of prescribing, dispensing and selling, and groups of pharmaceuticals used to treat general and oral health problems.
For dental hygienists who wish to upgrade their pharmacology knowledge beyond the refresher course prior to taking the DDHPE and/or self-study component, dental hygiene pharmacology courses are available through OntarioLearn.com
The refresher course and DDHPE can be completed entirely on-line. The self-study course and the self-build study guide are downloadable files that can be saved and also printed. The examination is administered online and can be completed from any computer.