Dental Assisting Program (Levels I and II) (S113)

Dental Assisting (Levels I and II)
School of Dental Health
Waterfront Campus
1 year (2 semesters), September to May
Ontario College Certificate
The Dental Assisting program provides education leading to a career as a Certified Dental Assistant. Students develop the skills, technical knowledge and clinical experience necessary to work in a professional, ethical and collaborative manner in a variety of settings. Students practice skills and work with real clients in our on-site WAVE Dental Clinic.

Full Program Descriptions


Dental Assisting is a one-year program that helps students develop the skills, technical knowledge and clinical experience necessary to work as a certified dental assistant (Levels I and II). Students learn how to be professional, ethical and work in a collaborative manner in a variety of settings.

Dental Assistants promote oral health by providing:

  • direct client care
  • chairside assistance
  • dental education

Students in the program receive experience in:

  • chairside procedures
  • providing client care
  • infection control
  • safety protocols
  • management of client records

Learning takes place alongside students in the Dental Hygiene and Restorative Dental Hygiene programs in our on-site WAVE Dental Clinic.

The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to write the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) examination. Upon successful completion of the examination, candidates are eligible to apply for certification with the Ontario Dental Assistants Association to work as a Level II Dental Assistant in the province of Ontario. See for further information about how to become certified as a Level II Dental Assistant in Ontario.

Two dental assisting students practice skills on a mannequin

Your Field Study Options 

This program has a field placement component that provides students with valuable experience in places such as:

  • the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry
  • private practice dental offices
  • public health units
  • teaching hospitals

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 


Code Course Name
BIOL1047 Human Biology For The Dental Assistant
DENT1046 Dental Materials I
DENT1047 Dental Radiography I
DENT1048 Preclinical Techniques - Theory
DENT1050 Preclinical Techniques - Practical
DENT1130 Oral Health & Prevention
DENT1137 Infection Prevention & Control For Dental Assisting
DENT1138 Dental Anatomy For The Dental Assistant
COMM1003 English Skills
COMM1007 College English


Code Course Name
ANAT1066 Head & Neck Anatomy For Dental Assisting
DENT1049 Business Office Skills
DENT1051 Dental Radiography II
DENT1053 Dental Materials II
DENT1056 Clinical Techniques - Theory
DENT1057 Clinical Techniques - Practical
DENT1118 Applied Pharmacology & Emergency Procedures
DENT1142 Professional Practice For Dental Assisting
DENT1144 Dental Assisting Consolidation
GSSC1053 Collaborative Health Care In Canada
COMM1007 College English (if required)

Please note that Dental Assisting is a full-time program. Classes may be scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

For detailed course outlines click here.

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) examination. Upon successful completion of the exam, candidates are eligible for certification with the Ontario Dental Assistants Association to work as a Level II Dental Assistant in Ontario.

Graduates find employment in:

  • private practice
  • public health services
  • hospitals
  • the dental industry

Tuition and Fees


$6,166.00 * †

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

There will be additional costs to the program including textbooks, appropriate laboratory/clinical attire and personal protective equipment. There is a refundable rental fee for some equipment on loan to the student.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and the selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) - A grade of 60 or higher is required.
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U) - A grade of 60 or higher is required.
  • Grade 11 Biology (C or U) or Grade 12 (U) - A grade of 60 or higher is required.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD) - Mature applicants are eligible to test for Mathematics, Science and English.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions:

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

Special Requirements  


Pre-placement Health Form

  • Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for the program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at


Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually)

  • In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months.

This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered "vulnerable persons" under the law.

  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for "individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s)".
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a "clear" police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a "not clear" status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at

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Contact Us

Contact Us  

Contact Qian Yang at for program information.

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.