Dental Assistant Level I & II

Dental Assistant Level I & II

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Campus:
Ottawa Campus
Delivery:
On Campus
Program Length:
50 weeks
Diploma Issued:
ontario

Become A Dental Assistant

The Dental Assistant Level I & II diploma program is both comprehensive and intensive. Upon graduation, the student will possess the knowledge and skills to participate fully in the dental office through a broad range of clinical and laboratory skills. In their assisting role with a dentist, Dental Assistants may prepare the treatment rooms, prepare dental materials, assist with the suction apparatus, transfer dental instruments, expose and process radiographic images as well as disinfect and sterilize. Administrative training includes basic manual and computerized office procedures such as appointment book control and maintaining accounts receivables.

The Dental Assistant, also known as the Intra Oral Dental Assistant (Level II), will work both independently and as a valued member of the dental team. Our Dental Assistant Level I & II program will prepare the student to perform direct patient care under the direction of the dentist. Once the graduate has successfully completed the National Dental Assisting Examining Board exam, the dentist may delegate intraoral skills including the application and removal of dental dams, selective coronal polishing of the teeth, application of anti-cariogenic agents perform oral hygiene instruction, application of pit and fissure sealants, application of topical anesthetic and desensitizing agents, polishing of restorations, removal of sutures, perform oral irrigation, application of over the counter whitening agents and obtaining preliminary impressions for study casts.

In-house and outside practicum experience will provide an environment for students to apply and adapt the knowledge and skills obtained.

Is the Dental Assistant Level I & II program right for you?

This program is an excellent fit for:

› Someone who wants to work in the field of dental health
› Someone who enjoys helping others with their oral health
› Someone looking for job stability and regular hours
› Someone looking for a career that is in-demand
› Someone who works well in a team environment

The Dental Assistant Level I & II graduates are recognized by the:

NDAEB – National Dental Assisting Examining Board

All students must apply and write this exam after graduating from the program.  Once completed successfully, they are then deemed an Intra Oral Dental Assistant (Level 2) and can practice those skills under the direct supervision of the dentist.

ODAA – Ontario Dental Assistants Association

The Ontario Dental Assistants Association is the provincial membership body that certifies students once they have completed the NDAEB exam.

Total program length is 50 weeks

42 weeks of theory, 4 weeks practicum placement
Up to 4 weeks of breaks

Job Market

Our Dental Assistant graduates are sought after by dental offices. Graduates can receive more than one job offer even before completing the program. Successful graduates pursue rewarding professions such as:

  • Chairside Dental Assistant
  • Intraoral Dental Assistant
  • Dental Receptionist
  • Dental Treatment Coordinator
  • Dental Educator (With Further Training)

Salary Information

Average Wage ($/hr): $22.00
High Wage ($/hr): $30.00
National Occupation Classification (NOC) for this program: 3411

Source: www.jobbank.gc.ca

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:
Canadian High School diploma or equivalent. Willis College Admission’s Team uses the Wonderlic assessment tool.

For Mature Students:
If you don’t have a High School Diploma, we have admissions options specifically for you depending on which province you are in enrolling. Please contact us to see how our Admissions Team can help you achieve your new career.

Note: Students with foreign credentials, regardless of whether their documents have been translated/compared or not, should be tested to establish literacy in the English language.

In addition to the above, students will be required to have an Immunization Form signed by a doctor including TB 1&2 completed by the 4th week of classes, sign a criminal record check waiver (the waiver acknowledges that if they have a criminal record this could limit their employment possibilities) and First Aid & CPR Level C certifications must be completed by 4th week of classes.

Are you looking to apply as an International Student?

Find out more about international student admissions requirements.

Program Outline

Please click on the course title to see the course description.

  • Introduction to the Dental Profession

    This course will examine professionalism and the legalities of all members of the dental team and will enable students to understand the expectations of the profession and the workplace. Students will consider their role on the dental team, identify other members of the team, develop an appreciation for being affiliated with a profession, and learn how to use a problem-solving approach to deal with conflicts that may arise within the dental team.
  • Anatomy and Physiology

    Students are introduced to normal anatomy and physiology, beginning with a basic understanding of the workings of the human body. Students will be taught detailed anatomy of the head and neck, including bones of the cranium and face, temporomandibular joint, musculature, nerve supply and circulation, salivary structures, and anatomical features of the tongue.
  • Dental Sciences

    Students will examine the normal development of the oral cavity and facial complex, as well as the teeth and attachment unit. In addition, students will learn about Black’s Cavity Classification, Tooth Numbering Systems and Angle’s Classification of Occlusion.
  • Health, Safety and Dental Materials

    The first section of this course will introduce students to the proper handling of hazardous chemicals, employee safety, and waste management. In addition, students will learn how to avoid musculoskeletal disorders commonly associated with dental assisting. In the second section, students are provided with the fundamental knowledge of the biomaterials commonly used in the dental environment. Lectures will cover the physical and manipulative characteristics of the various dental products and the Laboratory Practical Procedures course (LABP) will prepare students to correctly manipulate these diverse materials.
  • Laboratory Practical Procedures

    This course is an introduction to the techniques of Laboratory Procedures using the skills required to manipulate dental materials. Students will learn to create diagnostic models, whitening trays, sports guards, and custom impression trays.
  • Microbiology and Infection Control

    Students will study the common microorganisms and pathogens, with an emphasis on those found in the oral cavity. Students will be able to practice effective infection-control procedures in the dental environment to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Medical and Dental Emergencies

    This component provides students with the knowledge and skills that are required to recognize and prevent medical and dental emergencies within the dental office and will prepare students to assist the dentist in administering immediate care for the patient in the dental office environment.
  • Clinical Dentistry Theory

    Students will be introduced to a wide variety of instruments and procedures used in dentistry. This component will assist students in developing the chairside working knowledge required to facilitate smooth interactions with the dentist to provide quality care for various procedures. Students will learn the theory and practical elements (CDEP) of restorative dentistry. Emphasis is placed on the Dental Assistant’s role in operative procedures, including chairside assisting and the implementation of the dental materials used in dentistry.
  • Clinical Dentistry Practical

    Students will be introduced to a wide variety of instruments and procedures used in dentistry. This component will assist students in developing the chairside skills required to facilitate smooth interactions with the dentist to provide quality care for various procedures. Students will learn the practical elements of restorative dentistry. Emphasis is placed on the Dental Assistant’s role in operative procedures, including chairside assisting, the implementation of the dental materials used in dentistry, procedure setup, instrument transfer, maintaining aseptic techniques, and appropriate interaction with patients.
  • Oral Pathology

    This course focuses on the developmental disturbances of the oral cavity and their clinical manifestations. The course will also cover the pathology that can affect these structures throughout the life cycle. Students will acquire the knowledge to recognize normal and abnormal tissue anatomy as it relates to the role of the Dental Assistant.
  • Dental Radiography Theory

    This theory-based course prepares Dental Assisting students to expose and process intra-oral and extra-oral dental radiographic images according to HARP standards. Students are introduced to basic physics and principles of radiography, safety precautions, quality assurance protocols, and the operation of the dental x-ray unit. Instruction will be provided on recognizing dental errors and solving problem situations, along with patient education and management. This course will provide students with the theoretical knowledge to apply during the clinical practice courses, DRP1 and DRP2. Successful completion of this course, along with DRP1 and DRP2, will permit the student to fully participate in prescribed radiographic procedures within the dental office upon graduation.
  • Dental Radiography Practical I

    This hands-on course prepares students to expose, process and mount intra-oral and extra-oral dental radiographic images according to HARP standards. Students will review the basic physics and principles of radiography, safety precautions, and the operation of the dental x-ray unit. Within the dental lab setting, students will expose digital radiographic images using Paralleling techniques on radiography manikins under the direct supervision of the HARP Approved Clinical Instructor. Instruction will be provided on recognizing dental errors and solving problem situations, patient education, and management. Quality assurance procedures are emphasized, as well as observation of all safety protocols.
  • Dental Radiography Practical II

    This hands-on course prepares students to expose, process and mount intra-oral and extra-oral dental radiographic images according to HARP standards. Students will review the basic physics and principles of radiography, safety precautions, and the operation of the dental x-ray unit. Within the dental lab setting, students will expose digital radiographic images using Bisecting techniques on radiography manikins under the direct supervision of the HARP Approved Clinical Instructor. Instruction will be provided on recognizing dental errors and solving problem situations, patient education, and management. Quality assurance procedures are emphasized, as well as observation of all safety protocols. Successful completion of this course, along with DRAT and DRP1, will permit the student to fully participate in prescribed radiographic procedures within the dental office upon graduation.
  • Practicum I

    Students will apply their theoretical knowledge to the practical setting under the supervision of a Dentist and the dental team.
  • Mid Term Theory Examination

    Students are evaluated on course materials from the beginning of the program until the midpoint of the program.
  • Business Office Management

    This course will cover the key competencies related to office practices and administrative responsibilities of the Dental Assistant. This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills related to basic dental reception procedures. Topics will include the organization and management of patient records, appointment control, dental claims, financial procedures, and the utilization of dental management computer software.
  • Clinical Records

    This course will introduce students to the various records and charts used in a dental office, as well as the importance of diagnostic records and treatment planning. Emphasis will be placed on charting and record keeping.
  • Clinical Specialties

    Students will learn practical skills relating to the various specialties. The role of the Dental Assistant will be demonstrated in relation to these specialties.
  • Dental Specialties

    This course is designed to give students an overview of the various dental specialties. Students will learn the theory in conjunction with the practical skills (CSPE) relating to the various disciplines. The role of the Dental Assistant will be examined in relation to these specialties. Lectures, reading assignments, and laboratory projects (CSPE) will provide a basic understanding of specialties and their unique requirements within the dental office. This information permits the student to understand the importance and unique requirements of the dental knowledge and equipment used in the specialty practice.
  • Prevention and Nutrition I

    This course will provide an opportunity for students to learn about and discuss techniques and skills required to assist patients in the prevention and control of disease and injury to the oral tissues. Emphasis is placed on communication skills and methods of assessing, implementing, and evaluating individualized hygiene. Students will also be able to apply the knowledge of proper nutrition by referencing Canada’s Food Guide.
  • Prevention and Nutrition II

    Students will apply the theory obtained in PDN1 in the clinical setting, demonstrating communication skills and methods of assessing, implementing, and evaluating individualized hygiene.
  • Pharmacology

    This course will introduce students to the basic principles of oral medicine. Students will be provided with the terminology, medicinal use, physiological actions, adverse responses, and classifications of drugs encountered in the dental office or commonly prescribed for the patient.
  • Pre-Patient Care

    This course will provide students with the skills required by an Intra Oral Dental Assistant to perform direct patient care. An ethical decision-making framework will enable students to utilize problem-solving skills to plan for and manage direct patient care and to respond to patient-specific needs as they relate to the clinical practice of an Intra Oral Dental Assistant. The in-house clinic will provide an environment for students to apply and adapt the knowledge and skills obtained.
  • Patient Care

    This course will provide students with the skills required by an Intra Oral Dental Assistant to perform direct patient care. An ethical decision-making framework will enable the students to utilize problem-solving skills to plan for and manage direct patient care and to respond to patient-specific needs as they relate to the clinical practice of an Intra Oral Dental Assistant. The in-house clinic will provide an environment for students to apply and adapt the knowledge and skills obtained.
  • Communication and Professionalism for the Dental Professional

    Students will study the mechanisms of human behaviour (including learning, memory, cognition, motivation, and emotion) in the dental environment and how client behaviour can be modified towards habits that foster improved oral health. Verbal and nonverbal communication techniques will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on using the communication skills learned to work as part of a team in planning and completing a presentation project. Job preparedness and professionalism will also be discussed, with an emphasis on preparing an appropriate resume and cover letter for the dental profession.
  • Final Theory Examination

    Students are evaluated on course materials from the beginning of the program until the completion of program.
  • Practicum II

    Students will apply their theoretical knowledge to the practical setting under the supervision of a Dentist and the dental team.
Willis College gave me the tools and skills necessary to make my transition to P.S.W a very successful one. Very professional teachers and enrollment staff. Thank you Willis College. Pat Donahue Personal Support Worker

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