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Dental Assisting

Douglas College is not accepting new applications to the Certificate in Dental Assisting program for Fall 2018, while the program undergoes a curriculum review.

Dentists need caring, dedicated professionals to assist with dental procedures, provide patient care, maintain equipment and supplies, record patient information and ensure that procedures run efficiently.

In 10 months at Douglas College's Dental Assisting Program, you can develop all the technical, professional and interpersonal skills you need to succeed as a certified dental assistant. Graduating from the Dental Assisting program will prepare you as a professional to apply for the Certified Dental Assistant registration license with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC and to write the National Dental Assisting Examining Board exam.

Theory classes provide the foundation knowledge you apply in clinical courses. Clinical classes give you a chance to practice your professional skills while delivering patient care. The final semester also features an intensive practical course combining clinical and practicum (workplace) experience, so you graduate with work experience.

Dental assistants work within the dental team providing care to people of all ages. Program graduates develop technical skills while exercising time management and interpersonal skills. Certified Dental Assistants are licensed to expose and process radiographs, assist dentists during procedures, polish teeth, apply fluoride, take impressions and educate clients about oral health.

For information on admission requirements, courses, intake dates and more, visit the Program and Course Catalogue page or check out our information booklet for prospective students.