For complete information on the Dental Hygiene program, please visit the program section of the John Abbott website.
Inquiries about the department, the program, employment opportunities or any related matters should be directed to:
Dental Hygiene Program
John Abbott College
21,215 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec H9X 3L9
(514) 457-6610, x5442; or fax (514) 457-4730
Information about program costs:
|ITEM||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
b) $1477 per semester= $2954 per year
b) $1477 per semester= $2954 per year
b) $1477 per semester= $2954 per year
|Registration fee||$162 per semester||$162 per semester||$162 per semester|
|Laboratory fees||$ 0||$ 0||$ 0|
|Diploma fees (convocation fee)||$ 60|
|Locker fees||$ 0||$ 0||$ 0|
|Miscellaneous fees for student associations, etc.||Included in Registration fee of $162/semester|
|Clinic attire||$ 100-150.||$ 50.||$ 50.|
|Additional items||Loupes: $900 – $1300 without a light|
|These fees/costs are subject to change.|
Members of the Department
Debbie DesRivières, h.d.
514-457-6610 ext. 5540
Debbie DesRivières began her teaching career in the Dental Hygiene Department of John Abbott College in the fall of 1998. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from McGill University in 1987 and received a DEC in Dental Hygiene from John Abbott College in 1991.The following year she completed the Residency Program at the Jewish General Hospital. She has 18 years of experience as a dental hygienist having worked in a private dental clinic. Debbie developed the 'Advanced Periodontology' course which she has taught for the past 11 years. In addition to being a clinical instructor she also teaches Health and Safety and Periodontal Instrumentation. Debbie is currently enrolled in the Master’s Teachers Program offered through the University of Sherbrooke and in August 2014 received a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching.
Theresa Lynn Emery, h.d.
Theresa Emery joined John Abbott College’s Department of Dental Hygiene in 2012. She holds a Bachelor degree in Human Relations and Education from Concordia University. She has worked as a dental hygienist in private practice in Ontario and Québec since 2007.
Carol Etienne, h.d.
514-457-6610 ext. 5196
Carol Etienne has been a member of John Abbott College’s Department of Dental Hygiene since 1977. She holds a Bachelor degree in Adult Education from Concordia University, as well as a Master’s in Education. At JAC, Carol Etienne was Clinical Coordinator from 1981-1983. She has served as a member of the FPDC committee of the College. She presently serves as a member of numerous departmental committees. She is a member of the Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association. She has experience in teaching courses such as: Community Dental Hygiene, Prevention I and II, Periodontal Instrumentation Lab., Radiology Lab., Clinic I, II and III.
What Carol enjoys most about teaching at JAC is being a part of a group of educators who are so committed to educating their students while encouraging them to cultivate a love of learning, to become autonomous, responsible and respectful members of a profession. John Abbott’s campus is one of the most beautiful in the country.
Nancy Graham Lépine, h.d.
514-457-6610 ext. 5800
Nancy Graham Lépine has taught in the department of Dental Hygiene since 2008 as laboratory technician and since 2012 as clinical instructor. Since 2013 she has taught Prosthodontics. Nancy is a John Abbott graduate with over 30 years of experience in private practice dentistry including specialities of prosthodontics, pedodontics, periodontics and general dentistry. She is a graduate of Concordia University in 1986 with B.A. including concentration in Health Education and Applied Social Science. Nancy is presently working on a Diploma of Education from Université de Sherbrooke.
Christine Fambely, h.d.
514-457-6610 ext. 5231
Christine Fambely has over 35 years of experience as a licensed Dental Hygienist. Once completing her studies at Concordia University with a Certificate in Health Education and her Bachelor's degree, she received a Master’s in Education from McGill University. She teaches Dental Anatomy and Head and Neck Examination to first year dental hygiene students. When the students are in their last year of the program her focus is on Orthodontics as well as the clinical experience. Christine enjoys seeing the students become more confident and experienced future professionals over the three years of the program.
Anila Hasko, h.d.
514-457-6610 ext. 5089
Anila Hasko joined the faculty of Dental Hygiene at John Abbott College in the winter of 2008. Originally from Albania, where in 1992 she was awarded a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Tirana Faculty, Anila practiced her profession for 6 years before moving to Montreal. In 2002 she received a DEC in Dental Hygiene from John Abbott College and worked in private practice for 6 years before returning to John Abbott to teach. Anila received a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching from Université de Sherbrooke in Aug. 2014 where she is currently enrolled in the Master’s Teachers program. During her career as an educator at John Abbott Anila has brought her expertise and experience to many courses in the dental hygiene program including: Prevention I & II, Pharmacology, Radiology, Nutrition: Oral Health, Public Dental Health Fieldwork, Public Dental Health (where she worked as a content adviser of the adopted text), clinical instructor in Clinic I, II and III and more recently Restorative Dentistry. She anticipates many more years of enjoying this rewarding profession.
Patricia Laforce, h.d.
514-457-6610 ext. 5445
SE-219 Dental Hygiene
Patricia Laforce has over 20 years of dental hygiene experience. After graduating from Cegep Edouard Montpetit Patricia participated in a residency in Dental Hygiene at the Jewish General Hospital. She has been a member of the Dental Hygiene department since 1998. Patricia obtained a Certificate in Dental Hygiene from Université de Montréal (UQAM) and also a Bachelor en enseignement en formation professionnelle et technique de (UQAM). She has expertise in many areas of dental hygiene including: Prevention, Prosthodontics, Restorative, Periodontal Instrumentation and Orthodontics.
Sandy Lapointe, h.d.
514-457-6610 ext. 5197
Sandy Lapointe has been a member of John Abbott College’s Department of Dental Hygiene since 1978. She holds a Bachelor degree in Adult Education from Concordia University, as well as a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the Alfred Adler Institute in Chicago. At JAC, Sandy Lapointe served as Clinical Coordinator from 1983 to 1997. She serves on several dental hygiene departmental committees. She is a member of the Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA) and the Educators Community of the CDHA. What Sandy enjoys most about teaching at JAC is the sense of family and supporting professional excellence.
Jocelyne Long, h.d.Chair
514-457-6610 ext. 5442
Jocelyne Long has been a member of John Abbott College’s Department of Dental Hygiene since 1979. She holds a Bachelor`s degree in Science (Biology major) from the University of New Brunswick, a Bachelor`s Degree in Dental Hygiene (minor in Education) from Université de Montréal, as well as a Masters in Arts (Educational Studies) from Concordia University.
At JAC, Jocelyne has served as Chair of the Department of Dental Hygiene since 1983. On a professional level, she currently serves as a member of the Equivalency Committee of L’Ordre des hygiénistes dentaires du Québec (OHDQ) and the Comité d’évaluation des risques de transmission d’infections hématogènes (SERTIH). Her past professional experience includes the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB) Exam Committee & French Focus Group, the Commission on Dental Accreditation Committee survey team, OHDQ Board member & Executive committee. In 2004, Jocelyne was awarded the ‘Mérite du Conseil Interprofessionnel du Québec’ for her contribution to the dental hygiene profession. What Jocelyne enjoys the most about her work is to be part of the transition of students into oral healthcare professionals.
Catherine McConnell, h.d.
A graduate from the John Abbott College Dental Hygiene program in 1987, Catherine McConnell has been a part time educator and clinical instructor within the John Abbott College Dental Hygiene department since 2013. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Dental Science degree in Dental Hygiene as well as a Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia. A clinical dental hygiene practitioner for the past 29 years, Catherine continues to practice dental hygiene in private practice. Catherine's main focus is Prevention I and advanced periodontal instrumentation skills. Catherine is an active member of the Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA).
Kitty Moss, h.d.
514-457-6610 ext. 5371
Kitty Moss joined the faculty of the Department of Dental Hygiene in 1999. A graduate of Concordia University (BA 1980) and a DEC from John Abbott in Dental Hygiene (1990), Kitty enjoyed 16 years of clinical practice in private dental clinics prior to accepting a full time teaching position at John Abbott. Within the department Kitty has taught Prosthodontics and is currently teaching Introduction to Periodontics, Clinic I (lecture and clinical), Clinic II and III clinical as well as instructing in Periodontal Instrumentation Laboratory sessions. She is a member of the Comprehensive Assessment Committee, Course Outline Committee and Harmonization Committee and has enjoyed participating in Open House and Parents’ Night events. Kitty, as a member of several accreditation site visit teams organized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada, has had the privilege of visiting dental hygiene schools in British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick. What she enjoys most about teaching is the satisfaction derived from being a part of educating future healthcare professionals.
Amilia Peskir, h.d.
514-457-6610 ext. 5199
Amilia Peskir, also known as Mila, has been a member of Department of Dental Hygiene since 1983. She holds a Bachelor degree in General Agriculture with a major in microbiology from the University of McGill, as well as a Certificate in Teaching from Université de Sherbrooke. At John Abbott she has served on many departmental and college committees over the years. Mila has taught many courses in the program and is now teaching Oral and Systemic Pathology along with supervising students in the clinical setting. She also enjoyed working in private practice dental clinics during non-teaching times. Mila has participated in dental hygiene accreditation site visits in Ontario and Alberta. What she enjoys most about teaching at JAC is seeing students developing into professionals who care about the whole person.
Josée Tessier, h.d.
514-457-6610 ext. 5765
Josée Tessier is a graduate from John Abbott College Dental Hygiene program in 1987. In 2008 she obtained her license in Local Anaesthetic from University of Manitoba. She obtained her Bachelor in Education UQAM in 2012. Josée is presently doing her master’s in Education from Université de Sherbrooke. The courses taught are Introduction to the Profession and Advanced Periodontology. She also is a clinician in Clinic I, II, and III. Josée’s professional experience includes: 24 years in private practice as well as 3 years as a dental sales representative for a leading dental supply company. She has been on the Board of Directors of L'Ordre des hygiénistes dentaires du Québec (OHDQ) since 2007, President OHDQ 2012-2013 and since 2013 Vice President OHDQ.
Francine Trudeau, h.d.Coordinator, Clinical
514-457-6610 ext. 5643
Francine Trudeau has been a member of John Abbott College’s Department of Dental Hygiene since 1988. An alumnus of John Abbott’s Dental Hygiene Program, she pursued her education at the Université de Montréal, where she obtained a Bachelor degree in Science in 1991, as well as a Masters of Education from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1997. During her career, she acquired experience in private practice, public health and industry. Her passion for the profession has led her to participate in several committees within the L’Ordre des hygiénistes dentaires du Québec. From the Professional Inspection Committee to the Executive Committee, she is now presently a member of le Comité de la Formation. She was one of the co-authors of the first Infection Control Manual published by the OHDQ. She has also participated in numerous site visits for the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.
At JAC, Francine Trudeau has been serving as Clinical/Stage Coordinator of the Department since 1997. A Member of the Clinical Harmonization Committee, she enjoys providing the best clinical experience to prepare the future graduates’ integration into the workplace.
For a complete list of courses available in Dental Hygiene, please visit our section of the Course Calendar.
The following information is a brief description for each course as well as an abbreviated course outline.
Introduction to the Profession:
This course provides the student with an introduction to the profession of dental hygiene and the structure of the three-year program. The student will be introduced to the skills and competencies that must be acquired before entering the workplace. They will study the laws, regulations, standards and codes that govern the profession. The importance of using current, scientifically approved information will be emphasized. Students will also be introduced to the administrative tasks that are utilized in the workplace. They will be exposed to the variety of employment opportunities available to them upon graduation. Introduction to the Profession 111-133-AB 1st semester
The student will be examining both the intra and extra-oral structures. The information gathered during this examination will be used in order to formulate a client-centred care plan. The Dental Anatomy course will focus on the development of the skills and knowledge required to perform the intra-oral exam, with special focus on the dentition. Dental Anatomy 111-123-AB 1st semester
In this course, the student will be able to explain the application of preventive measures and methods in relation to oral health. Since the beginning of the practice of dental hygiene, the emphasis has been on the promotion of oral health as well as the prevention of oral diseases. As an educator, the dental hygienist must have a thorough comprehension of the interactions needed in order to help provide for a client-centered preventive health care plan. This course provides the future dental hygienist with the knowledge and skills needed in order to successfully assist the client in oral self-care. Prevention I 111-114-AB 1st semester
Head and Neck Exam:
Following the Dental Anatomy course (111-123-AB) the student is able to examine the dentition of the client. This skill will be incorporated with the ability to examine the soft tissues of the intra-oral environment. The student will also learn the skills and knowledge required to perform the extra-oral exam by studying the normal structures and functions of the head and neck. Head and Neck Exam 111-213-AB 2nd-semester
Health and Safety:
The dental hygienist will be working with a variety of dental materials and equipment in a clinical setting. The focus of this course will be on: the clinical application of standard precautions, the safe handling and maintenance of dental materials and equipment, ergonomic techniques, and regulations in the workplace. Special emphasis will be placed upon the use of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R.) and emergency care procedures. Health and Safety 111-214-AB 2nd-semester
In order to prevent oral disease the client must be aware of and participate in preventive oral health care interventions. The student will learn to educate the client on how to use these interventions according to individual needs, in order that client compliance or adherence is maintained. This course will deal with the hygienist as an educator/facilitator and prepare the student to work with clients in order to help them maintain their oral health. Prevention II 111-304-AB 3rd semester
This course will provide the student with the opportunity of learning the theory behind why certain products are used in dentistry. Topics that will be discussed are the physical conditions of the oral environment, the physical properties of dental materials, gypsum products, impression materials, restorative and prosthodontic materials, cements, waxes, varnishes, preventive products, periodontal packs, abrasives including dentifrices, acrylic & plastics, implants. There is also a significant practical component that allows for skill development in handling various materials. Prosthodontics 111-315-AB 3rd semester
One of the delegated acts of a Dental Hygienist is to perform periodontal operations. These skills will include selection of the appropriate instruments for the detection and debridement of calcified deposits while respecting tissue integrity and how to apply desensitizing products. Further the Dental Hygienist will also be able to remove biofilm, soft deposits and extrinsic stains through selective polishing. Periodontal Instrumentation 111-316-AB 3rd semester
Introduction to Periodontics:
Performing a thorough examination of the head and neck for each client is an important duty of a dental hygienist. During this course the student will acquire the theoretical foundation to become competent in the ability to accurately distinguish normal from abnormal oral tissues. Students will also learn to recognize the significance of a variety of periodontal conditions and their relationship to general health as well as analyse potential risk factors. They shall explore possible dental hygiene procedures, client centred care plans and documentation. Introduction to Periodontics 111-323-AB 3rd semester
This course will introduce the students to the science of pharmacology where the effects of pharmaceutical as well as natural herbal products on preventive and curative treatments will be taught. The students will investigate the interactions of prescribed, over the counter medications, and natural herbal products. They will learn the importance of gathering accurate personal, medical and dental information to complete the client’s health history. They will also learn how to evaluate the information in order to implement risk factors associated with interactions of prescribed, over the counter medications, and natural herbal products. The knowledge will prepare the students for interaction with clients in Clinic I, II and III. Pharmacology 111-333-AB 3rd semester
Systemic and Oral Pathology:
This course will introduce the students to the science of systemic and oral pathology, where they will be able to determine the links between systemic and oral health. They will learn the importance of gathering accurate personal, medical and dental information to complete the client’s health history. Sociological and epidemiological approach to health and illness will be discussed. They will also learn how to evaluate the information in order to implement risk factors associated with systemic diseases and other conditions. Systemic and Oral Diseases 111-313-AB 3rd semester
One of the delegated acts of a dental hygienist is to take dental radiographs. This course focuses on the development of skills and knowledge required to take radiographs. Special emphasis will be placed on client management. Students practice taking radiographs on manikins then progress to clients. Students learn how to process and interpret the radiographs. They will study the laws, regulations, standards and codes that govern the practice of radiology. Radiology 111-405-AB 4th semester
This course will guide students through their first fieldwork of clinical performance and assist them in becoming competent dental hygienists. This course will provide the student with their first experience in providing dental hygiene therapy on clients in a dental clinic. The competencies being performed will be further developed/enhanced in Clinic II and Clinic III. Under the supervision of dental hygienists and dentists, the student will assess clients’ dental hygiene needs, develop treatment plans based on individual needs, communicate relevant components of a client-centred care plan, implement preventive therapies and evaluate dental hygiene care for each client. The foundation for the application of the client care has been established in the first 3 semesters. Clinic I 111-418-AB 4th semester
This course allows students to enhance their clinical abilities in providing dental hygiene therapy including restorative procedures. Under the supervision of dental hygienists and dentists, the student will assess clients’ dental hygiene needs, develop treatment plans based on individual needs, communicate relevant components of a client-centered care plan, implement preventive and restorative therapies and evaluate dental hygiene care for each client.
Students will have the opportunity to work in a clinical setting while improving their dental hygiene skills. Students will work on a range of clients: children, senior citizens, clients with special needs, as well as on a variety of prophylaxis classifications. Students will also be scheduled for rotations outside of John Abbott’s Dental Hygiene Clinic. Clinic II 111-512-AB 5th semester
Public Dental Health:
Public dental health is a specific field of the dental hygiene profession. This course is designed to introduce the dental hygiene student to the basic principles and concept theories of public health and their application to dental health in community health programs. Public Dental Health 111-515-AB 5th semester
This course allows students to acquire as well as reinvest acquired competencies in providing dental hygiene delegated acts in a dental clinic. Under the supervision of dental hygienists and dentists, the student will assess clients’ dental hygiene needs, develop treatment plans based on individual needs, communicate relevant components of a client-centred care plan, implement preventive and restorative therapy and evaluate dental hygiene care for each client.
Students will have the opportunity to work in a clinical setting while perfecting their dental hygiene skills. Students will work with a range of clients: children, senior citizens, clients with special needs, as well as with a variety of prophylaxis classifications. Students will also be scheduled for rotations outside of John Abbott’s Dental Hygiene Clinic. Clinic III 111-612-AB 6th-semester
Integration into the Workplace:
Integration into the Workplace is a course designed to help students integrate into private practice and other work environments. Students work in small groups. The student develops strategies to ease the transition from school into the workplace. Different aspects of the profession are examined, including professional ethics, jurisprudence, professional responsibilities, and office management. A résumé is developed and interview strategies are practiced. Integration into the Workplace 111-613-AB 6th semester
By the end of this course the student will be able to contribute to orthodontic treatments as outlined by competency 00LN. The student will also be able to take part in the prevention of malocclusion, contribute to the preparation of a case study, use techniques related to orthodontics, develop a personalized oral hygiene program, trace a cephalometric radiograph, and document the information in the client file. The student will also be able to demonstrate this competency using knowledge and skills that have previously been acquired in other courses and those running concurrently; Clinic III and Integration into the Workplace. Orthodontics 111-623-AB 6th semester
Public Dental Health Fieldwork:
This course is divided into two sections. The theoretical aspect covers the preparation of public dental health interventions for specific target groups and the evaluation of programs and educational interventions. The stage (fieldwork) consists of the implementation of the dental health programs planned in the Public Dental Health course. It provides experiences in which the students can apply various public dental hygiene theories in an actual public health setting (C.S.S.S.). This stage enables the student to implement dental health programs and provides exposure to other public health programs provided to various socio-economic and cultural milieus.
The student will be able to experience the actual work of a dental hygienist working in this specific field of the profession. As such, the student will be able to discover this particular field as a possible career choice. Public Dental Health Fieldwork 111-624-AB 6th semester
The Dental Hygiene Profession
The work of dental hygienists can be divided into two areas – clinical practice and dental health education.
The clinical aspect involves working in private dental office and hospital settings.
The dental health education involves mainly working in community health centres to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, as well as providing information on good nutrition.
Dental hygienists can also work for dental health companies (industries).
Dental hygienists are licensed health professionals who work as part of the dental team. The dental hygienist assumes an important role in caring for the oral health needs and the prevention of oral diseases within the general public. They assess clients’ oral health needs, take dental X-rays, design individual dental hygiene care plans, perform periodontal debridement (clean and polish teeth), insert fillings and apply other preventative measures. Dental hygienists also perform a variety of procedures related to orthodontics.
While most John Abbott graduates enter the work force immediately, with 95% securing full-time employment, approximately 3% continue on to university or dental certificate programs.
For Dental Hygiene Licensure
In accordance with Quebec’s Official Languages Act, l’Ordre des Hygiénistes Dentaires du Québec issues licenses to graduates with appropriate knowledge of French. A Quebec license is not needed to practice outside the province.
Article 9, Bill 57, item 35
The professional order shall not issue permits except to persons whose knowledge of the official language is appropriate to the practice of their profession.
A person is deemed to have appropriate knowledge if:
1.1. He/she has received, full-time, no less than three years of secondary or post- secondary instruction provided in French;
2.2. He/she has passed the fourth or fifth year secondary level examination in French as the first language;
3.3. He/she has obtained a secondary school certificate in Quebec after the school year 1985-86.
In all other cases, a person must obtain a certificate issued by the Office de la langue française or defined equivalent by regulation of the Office.