This program helps to prepare students to provide the services of a certified dental assistant as outlined in the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC) Bylaws under the Health Professions Act of British Columbia.
The outcomes and objectives upon which students will learn also include elements of dental assisting practice which are:
Dental Assistant Program
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible for the National Dental Assistant Examining Board (NDAEB) written exam and clinical practice evaluation.
Certified Dental Assistant
Earn up to $33.00* per hour as a Dental Assistant
All wages taken from the Canada Job Bank
High School Diploma or equivalent and proof of English Language Proficiency.
For English Language proficiency, domestic students are required to have completed Grade 10 English or successfully completed the College’s English language proficiency assessment.
International students will need to submit proof of English language proficiency by meeting one of the following requirements:
Note: Completion of grade 12 Science (especially Biology and/or Physics) is advantageous.
Prior to practicum start date:
All immunizations should be up to date, including: • hepatitis B • tetanus • measles/mumps/rubella • diphtheria • pertussis • varicella • polio • influenza (required annually)
1120 hours of instruction (40 weeks) including 160 hours work experience practicum (4 weeks).
|1. Applied Dental Sciences||70 hours|
|2. Clinical Practice I||100 hours|
|3. Infection Prevention, Quality Assurance and Waste Management||40 hours|
|4. Charting, Recording and Emergencies||50 hours|
|5. Diagnostic Procedures and Dental Radiography||60 hours|
|6. Clinical Practice II||100 hours|
|7. Preventive Dental Procedures and Radiography||120 hours|
|8. Prosthodontic & Laboratory Procedures||100 hours|
|9. Preventive Dental Procedures II & Community Health||30 hours|
|10. Preparation for Employment||50 hours|
|11. Dental Specialties||120 hours|
|12. Direct Patient Care||120 hours|
|13. Practicum||160 hours|
|1||Registration Fee||$250||Domestic Students|
|1||Registration Fee||$250||International Students|
This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
Western Community College offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation.
Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.
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