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Provide oral health care as a dental assistant

Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) Ontario College Certificate program

Benefit from many professional placement opportunities. This valuable hands-on experience will get you noticed by professionals in the field.

Program code DNAS
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Delivery Full-time

Program information

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.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Winter 2022 Barrie
Fall 2022 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes field placement and clinical placement components. Gain practical, hands-on work experience in your field, including learning opportunities under the supervision of a registered or licensed professional.

What are the admission requirements for the Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) program?

Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) 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.

What career paths can I take in dental assisting?

Your Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) certificate gives you many 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.

What courses are included in the Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) certificate program?

Course overview

11 Program Courses
1 Communications Course
1 General Education Course
4 Clinical Placements
1 Field Placement

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) program outline.

  • BIOL 1014 – The Essential Body
  • DENT 1027 – Orofacial Anatomy
  • DENT 1059 – Clinical Support Procedures
  • DENT 1061 – Developing a Professional Identity in Dental Assisting 1
  • DENT 1041 – Clinical Assisting – Operative Theory and Restorative Preclinic
  • DENT 1060 – Dental Radiography
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.

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