Dental Assisting (Levels I and II)

Program: DNAS
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Field Placement
Length: 3 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2018, Winter 2019
Location: Barrie


The Dental Assisting program will prepare a student to assume a position as a dental assistant, capable of working interdependently and collaboratively with health professionals in a variety of practice settings. Corresponding with the level of study and in accordance with current legislation, the graduate of this program will perform a variety of roles including clinical, education, health promotion, business administration and laboratory assistant consistent with national standards.

The graduate of this program will be eligible to write the National Dental Assistants Board Exam (NDAEB). The graduate is eligible for certification by the Ontario Dental Assistants Association (ODAA). To be certified by the Canadian Dental Assistants Association (CDAA) the graduate must have successfully completed the NDAEB. This allows the graduate to practice as a Level II Dental Assistant.

Career Opportunities

The graduate of this program is qualified to assume a position as a dental assistant in a dental practice, a dental hygiene practice, a community oral health clinic or a public health unit.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. interact with others in groups and teams;
  2. use critical thinking skills to evaluate and solve problems;
  3. communicate confidently in a variety of situations;
  4. adapt to change, recognize the need to maintain and renew knowledge and skills, and effectively meet societal challenges arising in community, family and working life situations;
  5. maintain client and personal safety in the practice environment;
  6. 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;
  7. contribute to the development of a comprehensive plan for oral health services and programs in collaboration with the client and other health professionals;
  8. provide oral health services and programs as identified in the comprehensive plan and as permitted within the scope of practice;
  9. contribute to the evaluation and reporting of appropriate aspects of the oral health services and programs by using a variety of sources including the client profile;
  10. act in a professional and competent manner;
  11. maintain client records and manage office procedures in compliance with relevant legislation and regulations;
  12. recognize and stress the importance of utilizing environmentally friendly products and supplies within the work environment.

External Recognition

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

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2018
  • Sem 2: Winter 2019
  • Sem 3: Summer 2019

Winter Intake 

  • Sem 1: Winter 2019
  • Sem 2: Summer 2019
  • Sem 3: Fall 2019

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)

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.

Additional Information

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.

In addition to these requirements, applicants must also provide proof of a current First Aid and C.P.R. Level 'HCP' certification, prior to the commencement of preclinical courses in Semester 1. Annual CPR re-certification is mandatory. 

Graduation Requirements

12 Program Courses
1 Communications Course
1 General Education Course
1 Field Placement

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
BIOL 1014 The Essential Body 42
DENT 1026 Clinical Support Procedures 42
DENT 1027 Orofacial Anatomy 42
DENT 1041 Clinical Assisting - Operative Theory and Lab - Restorative 84
DENT 1042 Dental Radiography 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
DENT 1029 Dental Health Education 42
DENT 1030 Applied Sciences in Dental Assisting 42
DENT 1033 Clinical Assisting - Restorative and Specialties 42
DENT 1043 Intraoral Preventive Procedures and Practicum 168
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education course during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
DENT 1028 Dental Office Management 42
DENT 1034 Clinical Consolidation 96
DENT 1036 Community Oral Health 42
Field Placement  
DENT 1035 Field Placement - Dental Assistant 150
 Total Hours960

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.  

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