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As a student in the Dental Assisting (Distance) program, you will learn to assist the dentist in all dental procedures performed in a general dental practice. As well, you will learn to administer individualized patient education and treatment as outlined under the scope of practice for dental assistants practicing in Ontario.
The Dental Assisting (Distance) program consists of online, clinical instruction in a dental office, and a work term placement throughout the program. Successful completion of online, clinical, and work term components of the program will qualify the student to receive their Willis College diploma. Students will be required to write, and successfully pass, the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) Examination.
The tuition costs for the program do not include the cost of the written NDAEB examination.
The Dental Assisting Program (Distance) consists of 44 weeks of highly structured, full-time/instructor-paced education, using a combination of online, and on-campus clinical training, and practicum placement. Students will also be participating in important skills building in their host Dental Office. This 44 -week program consists of two days per week in a placement at a dental practice, as well as three days per week of highly structured, instructor-led online learning. Students also spend four weeks at the Willis College dental clinic in Ottawa Ontario.
Students must secure a clinical placement at a general or specialty dental office for two days (10 hours) per week for the duration of their studies. The Dental distance curriculum is designed with these two-day clinical placement experiences throughout the program in order to help reinforce and enhance the course content. Willis College will confirm these mandatory clinical placement hours regularly throughout the program. In addition to the two days per week placement at a dental office, all distance students spend a mandatory four weeks at Willis College’s Dental Clinic. These four weeks are broken down into 2 two-week sessions of clinical skills and assessments.
The distance theory courses use the campus learning management system, Moodle. Lesson plans include learning activities, self-assessments, study questions, assignments, tests, and final exams performed online. All clinical courses (four weeks in total) are conducted on-site at Willis College’s Dental Clinic. Clinical competencies are developed in sequence on manikins (Dexter), peer-to-peer, and patients.
With the Willis College Distance Learning Model:
Total program length:
40 weeks of Theory 4 weeks practicum, 44 weeks in total potentially 48 weeks with applicable breaks
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Due to the rising number of dental practices across Ontario, there is now a shortage of dental assistants in the province. According to jobbank.gc.ca, the outlook for dental assistants projects growth for the next number of years.
“My experiences at Willis College have been life-changing. In completing my program, I grew in many ways. My confidence increased and I was amazed at my own capabilities, which I didn’t recognize until coming to Willis. The atmosphere at Willis made me feel like I belonged to a large family; that we were all in it together to succeed. Hats off to the staff of Willis College because they work together as a team and everyone helps everyone. No one falls through the cracks. Thank you Willis College.” Sharon Schwartz Willis College