Dental Assisting (Levels I and II)
Benefit from many professional placement opportunities. This valuable hands-on experience will get you noticed by professionals in the field.

General information

Program code
3 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Certificate
Work integrated learning
1 Field Placement + 4 Clinical Placements

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie
Winter 2022 Barrie

Program description

Students in this program prepare to assume positions as certified dental assistants, level II. Corresponding with the level of study and in accordance with current legislation, students of this program experience a variety of practical experiences including placements in the Georgian College Oral Health Clinic and in the community, involving all clinical roles, specialty practice, education, health promotion, business administration and treatment coordination. Students also learn to fabricate dental appliances and manipulate a variety of dental materials. To emphasize how dental assistants are vital members of the oral healthcare team, students explore the meaning of professionalism, and develop their own professional identity.

This program is highly competitive. Learn about admission requirements for highly competitive programs.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this program are qualified to assume positions as dental assistants, capable of working interdependently and collaboratively with healthcare professionals in a variety of practice settings. Graduates may find work in a general or specialty dental practice, a dental hygiene practice, a denturism practice, a community oral health clinic or a public health unit.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Chemistry (U) or Grade 12 Chemistry (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Admission details

Applicants are advised that for the program's clinical requirements and future employment situations, they must have good vision (with or without corrective lenses), be able to sit and stand for prolonged periods and mix various materials using repetitive wrist motions. Applicants with back/neck/wrist or visual problems should discuss individual concerns with the program Co-ordinator. Applicants must also be comfortable speaking in front of individuals and groups.

Applicants are also advised that in addition to a 4-week placement in semester three, there is also a 4 to 5 day placement at University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry in Semester 2 for the Fall intake and in Semester 3 for the January intake.  Students are responsible for the costs related to transportation and accommodation if needed.  Please direct inquiries to the Program Co-ordinator.

Clinical Preparedness:

Applicants must have a clear, up-to-date immunization record (Clinical Preparedness Permit) in compliance with the Public Hospitals Act.  Link:   Submission of this documentation is required at the start of the program in semester one.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure he or she submits the permit on time and ensures the information is kept up to date throughout the duration of the program. 

Standard First Aid and CPR (Level HCP) are required upon entry into the program. The program recommends these courses be taken in August for a Fall intake or in December for a January intake. Online courses are NOT acceptable.  CPR (Level HCP) requires a minimum re-certificate every year regardless of the expiry date on the card.

The College assumes no responsibility for costs incurred or missed clinic time related to submission of the required documents.


Program-specific Courses

  • BIOL 1014 - The Essential Body
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1027 - Orofacial Anatomy
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1059 - Clinical Support Procedures
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1061 - Developing a Professional Identity in Dental Assisting 1
    (Semester 1 / 14 hours)
  • DENT 1041 - Clinical Assisting - Operative Theory and Restorative Preclinic
    (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
  • DENT 1060 - Dental Radiography
    (Semester 1 / 56 hours)
  • DENT 1029 - Dental Health Education
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1030 - Applied Sciences in Dental Assisting
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1062 - Introduction to Dental Materials and Specialties
    (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • DENT 1064 - Developing a Professional Identity in Dental Assisting 2
    (Semester 2 / 14 hours)
  • DENT 1063 - Intraoral Preventive Procedures and Restorative Rotations
    (Semester 2 / 126 hours)
  • DENT 1028 - Dental Office Management
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1036 - Community Oral Health
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1066 - Advanced Dental Materials
    (Semester 3 / 24 hours)
  • DENT 1065 - Clinical Consolidation
    (Semester 3 / 56 hours)
  • DENT 1035 - Field Placement - Dental Assistant
    (Semester 3 / 150 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education course during registration.
    (Semester 2)