Certified Dental Assistant Program

Description Description

To prepare students to perform the duties of a Certified Dental Assistant as outlined in the Certified Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC) By-Laws under the Health Provisions Act of British Columbia.

The outcomes and objectives upon which students will learn also include elements of dental assisting practice which are:

  • Professional conduct
  • Safe, ethical and professional practise
  • Communication
  • Collaborative practise/teamwork
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Dental assisting process of care
  • Provision of chairside assisting skills and clinical treatment
  • Provision of dental office administration skills
  • Provision of dental laboratory skills

Health promotion and education for individuals and communities

Job Opportunities Job Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible for the National Dental Assistant Examining Board (NDAEB) written exam and clinical practice evaluation.

Certified Dental Assistant

Program Admission Requirements Program Admission Requirements

High School Diploma or equivalent and proof of English Language Proficiency.

For English Language proficiency, domestic students are required to have completed Grade 10 English or successfully completed the College’s English language proficiency assessment.

International students will need to submit proof of English language proficiency by meeting one of the following requirements:

  • IELTS: 5.5 or
  • TOEFL (paper): 550 or
  • TOEFL (CBT): 210 or
  • TOEFL(IBT): 79 or
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Test (CLB): 6
  • PTE Academic: 50 or
  • Cambridge: CAE or
  • Grade 12 graduation diploma in a school system in which English is the official language, or
  • Successfully completed a pre-Intermediate certificate from a Language Canada-accredited school or
  • Successfully completed Western Community College’s English language proficiency assessment, or
  • Successfully completed a 24-week ESL program at the College

Note: Completion of grade 12 Science (especially Biology and/or Physics) is advantageous.

Prior to practicum start date:

  1. Standard First Aid and CPR-C with AED or Standard First Aid-Health Care Provider.
  2. Proof of a negative tuberculosis (TB) skin test.

All immunizations should be up to date, including: • hepatitis B • tetanus • measles/mumps/rubella • diphtheria • pertussis • varicella • polio • influenza (required annually)

Program Duration Program Duration

960 hours of instruction (36 weeks) with 160 hours work experience practicum (4 weeks)

Course Outline Course Outline

1. Applied Dental Sciences 70 hours
2. Clinical Practice I 100 hours
3. Infection Prevention, Quality Assurance and Waste Management 40 hours
4. Charting, Recording and Emergencies 50 hours
5. Diagnostic Procedures and Dental Radiography 60 hours
6. Clinical Practice II 100 hours
7. Preventive Dental Procedures and Radiography 120 hours
8. Prosthodontic & Laboratory Procedures 100 hours
9. Preventive Dental Procedures II & Community Health 30 hours
10. Preparation for Employment 50 hours
11. Dental Specialties 120 hours
12. Direct Patient Care 120 hours
13. Practicum 160 hours
Total 960 hours

Fee Structure Fee Structure

1 Registration Fee $250 Domestic Students
2 Tuition Fee $14000
3 Course Material $500
4 Other Fee $500
Total $15250
1 Registration Fee $250 International Students
2 Tuition Fee $19200
3 Course Material $500
4 Other Fee $500
Total $20450

This program does not require approval by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. As such, the registrar did not review this program. 

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