College of the Rockies

Dental Assistant

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Program Information

School:College of the Rockies
Field of Study:Dental Assisting/Assistant
Description:The ten-month full-time program combines lecture and clinical practice to prepare students for a career as a Certified Dental Assistant. The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada, hence graduates are eligible for registration with the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. As licensing requirements change, students should be prepared to write the National Dental Assisting Examining Board exam prior to registering with the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C.

In conjunction with the theoretical component of the program, all students participate in clinical situations. Students must also participate in practicum placement settings in dental offices.

URL:Dental Assistant at College of the Rockies
Length:10 Month(s)
Careers:Dental Assistants

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade11 Biology  or  Grade11 Chemistry 
  •  Grade12 English 

Secondary school graduation with a minimum C standing in English 12 or Technical and Professional Communication and a minimum C standing in one of the following sciences, Biology 11, Biology 12, Chemistry 11, or Chemistry 12. An Adult Basic Education Provincial Level Certificate with a C standing in English 090 or 091and a C standing in one of the following sciences, Biology 080, Biology 090, Chemistry 080, or Chemistry 090. Computer literacy is recommended. In addition to the requirements outlined previously, students must acquire and maintain a valid CPR Level C certificate throughout the program to be eligible for registration with the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. The following must be completed prior to being admitted to the program: Two-day job-shadowing of a CDA in a dental office (form in your admissions package); a Criminal Records Search (The result of this search which identifies relevant criminal convictions may prevent a student from entering into a practicum or clinical setting. Students who cannot enter the practicum or clinical component of the program cannot graduate from the program.) After being admitted the following must be completed: A dental screening form to be completed and signed by a dentist and returned to Dental faculty on the first day of class (form in your admissions package). This is required to enable students to act as patients for each other during clinical sessions.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on August 15, 2009