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

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 Barrie
Winter 2019 Barrie

Program description

The Dental Assisting program will prepare a student to assume a position as a dental assistant, capable of working interdependently and collaboratively with health professionals in a variety of practice settings. Corresponding with the level of study and in accordance with current legislation, the graduate of this program will perform a variety of roles including clinical, education, health promotion, business administration and laboratory assistant consistent with national standards. The graduate of this program will be eligible to write the National Dental Assistants Board Exam (NDAEB). The graduate is eligible for certification by the Ontario Dental Assistants Association (ODAA). To be certified by the Canadian Dental Assistants Association (CDAA) the graduate must have successfully completed the NDAEB. This allows the graduate to practice as a Level II Dental Assistant.

Career opportunities

The graduate of this program is qualified to assume a position as a dental assistant in a dental practice, a dental hygiene 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)

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.

In addition to these requirements, applicants must also provide proof of a current First Aid and C.P.R. Level ''HCP'' certification, prior to the commencement of preclinical courses in Semester 1. Annual CPR re-certification is mandatory.


Mandatory courses

  • BIOL 1014 - The Essential Body (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1026 - Clinical Support Procedures (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1027 - Orofacial Anatomy (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1041 - Clinical Assisting - Operative Theory and Restorative Preclinic (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
  • DENT 1042 - Dental Radiography (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1029 - Dental Health Education (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1030 - Applied Sciences in Dental Assisting (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1033 - Clinical Assisting - Restorative and Specialties (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1043 - Intraoral Preventive Procedures and Restorative Rotations (Semester 2 / 168 hours)
  • DENT 1028 - Dental Office Management (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1034 - Clinical Consolidation (Semester 3 / 96 hours)
  • DENT 1036 - Community Oral Health (Semester 3 / 42 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)

  • DENT 1035 - Field Placement - Dental Assistant (Semester 3)