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Saskatchewan’s Dental Hygienist Shortage Exacerbated By Extra Year of Required Training

December 4, 2019
by CBC News

A chronic shortage of dental hygienists in the province became worse this year after changes were made to the diploma program for students.

Instead of two years to get a diploma, the Saskatchewan Dental Hygienists Association now requires students to have three years of training.

That meant there was no graduating class of 26 students in the province this past spring.

One reason for the change is the expanding role of dental hygienists, Shelby Hamm, the association’s deputy registrar, told Saskatoon Morning‘s Jennifer Quesnel.

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