Dental Assistant Level I & II

Dental Assistant Level I & II

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

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


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

  • Introduction to the Dental Profession
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Dental Sciences
  • Health, Safety and Dental Materials
  • Laboratory Practical Procedures
  • Microbiology and Infection Control
  • Medical and Dental Emergencies
  • Clinical Dentistry Theory
  • Clinical Dentistry Practical
  • Oral Pathology
  • Dental Radiography Theory
  • Dental Radiography Practical I
  • Dental Radiography Practical II
  • Practicum I
  • Mid Term Theory Examination
  • Business Office Management
  • Clinical Records
  • Dental Specialties
  • Prevention and Nutrition I
  • Prevention and Nutrition II
  • Pharmacology
  • Pre-Patient Care
  • Patient Care
  • Communication and Professionalism for the Dental Professional
  • Final Theory Examination
  • Practicum II
I left Willis College with a new-found confidence and a full-time job with a reputable company. I feel like there are endless opportunities for me now and I have a bright future ahead of me with a challenging and rewarding career. Willis College was one of the best decisions of my life. Laura Willey Willis College

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