Preparing students to work as Dental Assistants for over 20 years.

The Dental Assisting program provides education leading to a career as a Certified Dental Assistant (Levels I and II). Students develop the skills, technical knowledge and clinical experience necessary to work in a professional, ethical and collaborative manner in a variety of settings.

Two female dental students using dental equipment to operate on a dummy patient. They are focused at the task and are working together.


Program name
Dental Assisting (Levels I and II)
Experiential learning
Onsite and offsite field education opportunities
1 year (2 semesters), September to June
Starting month
Ontario College Certificate
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A
International students
Sept. 2020 Open
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 N/A

Full Description

Two female students with a faculty member

The Dental Assisting Levels I and II program will prepare students to become valued collaborative members of the oral health care team. Students will have an opportunity to develop competencies related to clinical assisting, oral health education and business administration consistent with national and provincial standards. This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

Dental Assistants promote:

  • direct client care
  • oral health education
  • business administration

Students in the program receive experience in:

  • intra-oral skills
  • digital intra-oral imaging
  • laboratory procedures
  • infection prevention and control protocols
  • safety protocols
  • business skills

Learning takes place alongside students from the following programs:

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to write the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) examination. (Note: Additional fees apply.) 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.

Part Time Study Options

The Dental Assisting Program is a comprehensive full-time program. It is not offered on a part-time basis.

Experiential Learning

Onsite and offsite field education opportunities

Your Field Study options

This program offers both onsite and offsite field education opportunities.

In Semester 1, the curriculum is focused on building the core skills of a dental assistant while working with mannequins in our onsite state-of-the-art WAVE Dental Clinic and dental laboratories.

In Semester 2, students will build on this foundation by practicing on each other and alongside students from the Restorative Dental Hygiene program and the University of Toronto Dentistry program. They will then progress to practice their consolidated skills with real patients both in the WAVE Clinic and offsite in the community. Typical field education sites include the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry, private dental practices, public health units and teaching hospitals.

As we support interprofessional educational opportunities, students will visit one of our 12 George Brown College Child Care Centres where they will teach oral health education to the children, students and staff at the centre as scheduling permits.

PLEASE NOTE: Offsite travel may be required. Clinical hours include early mornings that can extend into the evening.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Maintain client and personal safety in the practice environment.
  2. Contribute to the development of a comprehensive client profile by using a variety of data collection methods in collaboration with the client and other health professionals and in compliance with privacy legislation.
  3. Contribute to the development of a comprehensive plan for oral health services and programs in collaboration with the client and other health professionals.
  4. Provide oral health services and programs, as identified in the comprehensive plan and as permitted within the scope of practice.
  5. Contribute to the evaluation and reporting of appropriate aspects of the oral health services and program by using a variety of sources including the client profile
  6. Act in a professional and competent manner.
  7. Maintain client records and manage office procedures in compliance with relevant legislation and regulations.

Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BIOL1047Human Biology For The Dental Assistant
DENT1046Dental Materials I
DENT1047Dental Radiography I
DENT1048Preclinical Techniques - Theory
DENT1050Preclinical Techniques - Practical
DENT1130Oral Health & Prevention
DENT1137Infection Prevention & Control For Dental Assisting
DENT1145Oral Facial Anatomy For The Dental Assistant
COMM1003English Skills
COMM1007College English


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
DENT1049Business Office Skills
DENT1051Dental Radiography II
DENT1053Dental Materials II
DENT1056Clinical Techniques - Theory
DENT1057Clinical Techniques - Practical
DENT1118Applied Pharmacology & Emergency Procedures
DENT 1146Professional Practice for Dental Assisting
DENT 1148Dental Assisting Consolidation
GSSC1053Collaborative Health Care In Canada
COMM1007College 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.

Detailed course outlines

Your Career

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) examination. (Note: Additional fees apply.) Upon successful completion of the exam, candidates are eligible to apply for certification with the Ontario Dental Assistants Association to work as a Level II Dental Assistant in Ontario. Visit the Ontario Dental Assistants Association website for additional information about how to become certified as a Level II Dental Assistant in Ontario.

Graduates find employment in:

  • general and specialty private dental practices
  • public health units
  • hospital dental clinics
  • dental industry
  • armed forces
  • insurance companies

Future Study Options

Certified Dental Assistants (Level I and II) may apply to the George Brown College Continuing Education department to expand their skills with a certificate in:

  • Dental Office Skills
  • Dental Treatment Co-ordinator

Educational/Degree Pathway

Graduates of the program may apply in the future to other dental programs at George Brown College but must meet the minimum admission requirements for each of the following programs: Denturism (S101), Dental Technology (S100) and Dental Hygiene (S134). Graduates are not given priority admissions based on successful completion of the Dental Assisting program but may be eligible for some course exemptions.


$7,607.00 * †

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

There will be additional costs to the program including course manuals, appropriate laboratory/clinical attire and personal protective equipment. There is a rental fee charged to the student for some equipment on loan during the academic year.

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

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

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 Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, Math or Science, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English, Math or Science.

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.

Apply to

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

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 our onsite clinic and 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

Success Stories

S113 Kelsey Peters

Kelsey Peters (Graduate 2018, Dental Assisting Levels I & II)

"My experience at George Brown was very positive. The facilities, curriculum and faculty members provided me with the knowledge, confidence and skills that have built the foundation of a fulfilling and rewarding career in a way that has exceeded my expectations.

The clinics gave me tangible experience applicable to real world circumstances. Placements through George Brown cultivated my professionalism and bolstered my confidence. The professors and instructors intelligently articulated the course materials in a way that helped me easily understand the tasks at hand. The part that stands out most was that I felt like they actually cared about the students. Through their insightful teaching style, and genuine interest in the success of the students, the staff members at George Brown made me feel like they wanted me to do well and it pushed me to do my best.

I am grateful to have participated in the Dental Assisting levels I & II program and it is with great honour that I recommend George Brown to anyone interested in pursuing a Dental related education.”

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