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College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario
The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario regulates the practice of dental hygiene in the interest of the overall health and safety of the public of Ontario.

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Drugs in Dental Hygiene Practice Examination (DDHPE)

Dental hygienists wishing to include prescribing, dispensing or selling drugs in their practice must successfully complete the Drugs in Dental Hygiene Practice Examination (DDHPE).

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Drugs in Dental Hygiene Practice Examination

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to take the DDHPE?
There is a fee of $250.00 per exam attempt.

How long does it take to complete the DDHPE?
The DDHPE is a 2-hour timed exam. Once the exam has started, you must complete it.

What happens if the computer goes down or I have technical difficulties during the exam?

The examination is hosted and delivered by a company outside the College that has years of experience with electronic examinations. Our contract with them includes handling technical delivery of the examination. Any technical difficulties you have should be addressed with Skilsure.

I moved from Alberta and was able to prescribe there. Do I still need to take the examination?
Yes. All Ontario registrants must complete the DDHPE prior to prescribing, dispensing or selling drugs in Ontario.

How much time does the self-study course take to complete?
The time it takes to complete the self-study course can vary from person to person depending on the currency of your pharmacology knowledge. The estimated average time to complete the course and self-build study guide is 25 hours. These hours can be used in your learning portfolio to demonstrate compliance with your continuous competency requirement.

Can I use the time spent on the course for my quality assurance records?
Yes, but only if you successfully completed the Drugs in Dental Hygiene Practice Examination.

What drugs can I prescribe after the Designated Drug Regulation is passed and  I pass the examination?
Chlorhexidine is the only prescription drug listed in the Designated Drug Regulation. Fluorides do not require a prescription.

I have always used chlorhexidine irrigation after scaling on some clients and have been able to purchase it from the drug supply company. What has changed?
Your ability to purchase and use drugs in practice has not changed. Previously you were not able to prescribe or send home with your clients chlorhexidine for home use. Once the Designated Drug Regulation is passed dental hygienists may prescribe, dispense and sell chlorhexidine.

 

DDHPE Details

  • Eligibility to take the Examination

  • About the Examination

  • Exam Blueprint

  • Preparing for the Examination (highly recommended)

  • Accessing the Examination

  • Examination Ethics

  • Examination Policies