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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Exam Preparation

The Canadian Performance Exam in Dental Hygiene is a two-part performance-based exam. Parts 1 and 2 are constructed from ten competency-focused clinical scenarios and/or stations. For each station, candidates will encounter a realistic dental hygiene situation in which they are required to perform one or several tasks. The ten stations feature different client types that present the most important and/or frequent client care situations as judged by a panel of Canadian dental hygiene experts. 

Part 1

Part 1 is delivered on day 1 and consists of seven simulation-based stations that mimic clinical situations using standardized client and/or manikins. Minimal clinical interventions are performed on the standardized clients, or on manikins or other simulated dental equipment. Each station will involve a new client interaction and/or problem requiring the candidate to demonstrate a new set of competencies. Each station includes a standardized client or a manikin, and a standardized set of equipment or materials as warranted by the case. Successful completion of Part 1 requires a minimum level of performance. 

Part 2

Part 2 is delivered on day 2 and consists of three stations, each of which requires the candidate to perform some dental hygiene intervention on a live client with a specific and known therapeutic requirement. In order to protect the safety of the clients, Part 1 always precedes Part 2, and each candidate must demonstrate a minimum level of competence in Part 1 to be permitted to participate in Part 2. The client clinical stations are similar to the simulation-based stations except they take place with actual clients and include specific intra-oral assessment and clinical therapy. Overall competence and successful completion of this performance-based assessment requires a sufficient level of performance on both parts combined.