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 odaa.org for further information about how to become certified as a Level II Dental Assistant in Ontario.
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 georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes