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 June
Ontario College Certificate
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.

Full Program 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
  • intra-oral imaging
  • laboratory procedures
  • safety protocols
  • business skills

Learning takes place alongside students from:

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.

Field Education 

Field Education

Your Field Education Options 

This program has a field education component that provides students with valuable learning opportunities in places such as:

  • University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry
  • George Brown College child-care centres
  • public health units
  • teaching hospitals
  • private dental practices

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. 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.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

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

Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester 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


semester courses
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
DENT 1146 Professional Practice for Dental Assisting
DENT 1148 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.

Detailed course outlines

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

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 (S124). Graduates are not given priority admissions based on successful completion of the Dental Assisting program but may be eligible for some course exemptions.

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

Tuition and Fees


$7,065.00 * †

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the two semesters of programs starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 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 refundable 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.

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 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.

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

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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.

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