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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:
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.
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
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:
Average Wage ($/hr): $22.00
High Wage ($/hr): $30.00
National Occupation Classification (NOC) for this program: 3411
To apply, you must possess ONE of the following: Grade 12 (Secondary School Diploma) or GED equivalence
Willis College Entrance Assessment. If you are a Mature Student (over 18 years of age and/or have been out of school for one year or more), you can gain admittance by writing a free high school equivalency test.
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 make sure they have an Immunization Form signed by a doctor including TB 1&2, obtain their Police clearance of criminal record including vulnerable sector search, and obtain their CPR & First Aid – Level C.
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