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Posted Date: March 22, 2018

The latest issue of Access newsletter has been released. Included in this issue: Introduction of New Mission Statement and Strategic Plan 2018, Pacific Dental Conference 2018 Webinar, QAP Evaluation Report, Launch of the Jurisprudence Education Module (JEM) and Root of The Matter: Blood Pressure Matters Updates.

Pacific Dental Conference 2018

Posted Date: March 22, 2018

If you were unable to attend the College's Forum, you can still claim 1.5 Continuing Competency credits by viewing the webinar below and completing the questionnaire here.

CDHBC Forum: During this year’s forum, the College will unveiled its new Mission Statement, Values Statements and Strategic Goals. In addition, the Registrar presented the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) Evaluation Report which was released on Wednesday, March 7th. The Registrar also provided highlights of the newly designed Jurisprudence Education Module (JEM). Other topics covered included an update on the Regulation and Bylaw Proposal, details of the most recent discipline hearing, and other important regulatory topics both inside and outside dental hygiene.

Registrants who attended the Forum may claim hour-for-hour continuing competency (CC) credits. This activity would fall under Content Category F.1 - Ethics & jurisprudence.

PDC Continuing Competency (CC) Credits:


  • Registrants may claim hour-for-hour credit for attending PDC courses related to their professional dental hygiene practice.  

  • Registrants may claim 2 credits for attending the PDC exhibition hall. Please note there is a maximum credit allowance of 12 credits per cycle for attending any dental/dental hygiene related conference exhibition hall. 

  • All learning activities should be recorded within each registrant’s Online Learning Plan. The reflection completed for each learning activity, whether attending the PDC exhibition hall or attending individual PDC courses, should reflect the knowledge gained and application to dental hygiene practice.

PDC Course Coding: The College has once again collaborated with the Pacific Dental Conference (PDC) staff to include a coding system within the PDC Conference Program to assist with identifying links between your learning goals and the PDC sessions. In the PDC program, you will notice that each dental hygiene-related session has been coded with a letter-number code (e.g. D.3.) corresponding to one or more specific CDHBC QAP content categories (e.g. Non-surgical dental hygiene therapy). It is important to note that these codes are suggestions only, and you are required to use your professional judgment when selecting courses and determining which QAP content categories the course addresses.

Click here for a full list of CDHBC Content Categories

Introduction of New Mission Statement and Strategic Plan 2018

Posted Date: March 08, 2018

As part of the ongoing commitment to regulate the profession of dental hygiene in the public interest, the Board of the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia (CDHBC) is pleased to introduce the College's new mission statement: To fulfill our duty to protect the public through regulatory excellence

Over the past number of months, the CDHBC Board has worked to reframe the College's mission statement to be more reflective of the College’s core business; from that process, the values and goals were also renewed.

The CDHBC Board has released its Strategic Plan 2018 that provides more detail about the mission and values statements through specific goals to accurately reflect how the College engages with the public, registrants and all stakeholders. Please read the Strategic Plan 2018 here.

QAP Evaluation Report

Posted Date: March 07, 2018

The College of Dental Hygienists of BC (CDHBC) has been committed to gathering feedback and information about the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) since the program’s inception in 2012. 

In keeping with this commitment, information about the program has been gathered in a number of ways:

  • Annual registrant surveys regarding experiences with the QAP Assessment Tool and preparation strategies used; 
  • Analysis of Assessment Tool responses to determine whether any trends in performance exist by content area and/or registrant demographics; 
  • Unique ‘Pilot Cohort’ survey to capture this group’s perspectives on the Assessment Tool, the Online Learning Plan platform, and the program overall;
  • ‘Pilot Cohort’ focus group sessions to explore feedback in greater depth.

Registrants’ feedback about the QAP has been greatly appreciated and was carefully considered throughout the program review and while examining options for ongoing enhancements. The goal of public protection will always remain paramount to the evolution of the QAP in assuring safe, competent and current dental hygiene practice in BC. 

The information that was gathered about the QAP has helped to identify areas that are working well, as well as areas that can be further enriched. The CDHBC is pleased to release a report on the evaluation of the QAP following the program’s first five-year milestone. Readers are invited to view the Executive Summary and the full report here.

Jurisprudence Education Module

Posted Date: March 01, 2018

As part of the CDHBC's Quality Assurance Program (QAP), the Jurisprudence Education Module (JEM) provides education and information on the legal framework that governs dental hygiene practice in BC including the BC Dental Hygienists Regulation, CDHBC Bylaws, Practice Standards, Scope of Practice and ethical obligations of registrants.

The JEM is an on-line learning module that can be accessed anytime using the most current internet browsers. It is based on an innovative platform for on-line learning called Brightspace with easy navigation and accessibility.

Registrants will be able to access the JEM through the QAP Cycle-Online Learning Plan page of their CDHBC Registrant Login starting on March 1, 2018.

Please click here to learn more.

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