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Ontario College Certificate | 3 semesters | Barrydowne | Capped Enrolment

Get the skills to launch a career as a Dental Assistant in just one year. In Cambrian's program, you won't just be learning, you'll be doing – and lots of it! You'll start by practicing your skills on mannequins and your classmates in the College's dental clinic. Once you've gained some practical experience, you'll treat real patients in the clinic before completing a placement in a dental office.

This combination of theory and practice will give you the required knowledge and practical experience through a multi-disciplinary approach working with dental hygienists, dentists, and other health care professionals in the clinical environment and in community placements. Clinics and some classroom experiences may include evening scheduling.

Program Highlights

  • 1 year – 3 semesters
  • 4-week placement
  • Graduates are eligible to write the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) examination to become certified as an Intra-oral Dental Assistant with the Ontario Dental Assistants Association (ODAA)
  • Continuous hands-on experience through work in the College's dental clinic where you'll provide services to clients such as:
    • Dental examinations
    • Whitening
    • Oral hygiene instruction
    • X-rays
    • Fluoride treatments
    • Pit and fissure sealants
    • Athletic mouth guards


Students must complete the in-office practicum as outlined in the program's third semester. Students must be prepared to cover the costs incurred in their 4 week clinical placement whether in town or out of town.

4D Learning Opportunities

Walk for a Smile – Each year, Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene students raise money and collect dental health products to help support free access to oral health services.

Vietnam adventure – In March 2012, students and professors from the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs trekked through remote mountain villages in Sapa, Vietnam, to bring oral health education and supplies to children and families. The group visited homes, schools, and an orphanage, handing out thousands of toothbrushes, teaching children how to use them through hands-on demonstrations and songs. The group was recognized by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) for their outstanding efforts in oral health promotion.


For initial licensure/certification, graduates of Cambrian College's Dental Assisting program are eligible to become a candidate for the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) examination. Successful completion of the examination is necessary to be certified as an Intra-oral Dental Assistant with the Ontario Dental Assistants Association (ODAA). It is the responsibility of the graduate to pursue candidacy and certification as well as to cover any associated costs.

Capped Enrolment – 48 seats available

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Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 11 or 12 biology (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 or 12 chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Please note: A minimum of 60% is required in each prerequisite course.


  • computer competency in relevant software

Note: The Pre-Health Sciences (HLPG) program is the designated preferred preparatory program for admission to Cambrian College's limited enrolment Health Sciences programs. Limited enrolment programs are identified with the detailed program descriptions.

Additional Requirements

The following are required prior to the start of classes:

  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (Level C/Basic Rescuer)

  • Immunizations: Hepatitis B, Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Flu vaccination (when distributed mid- to late fall)

  • Appropriate TB test

  • Proof of WHMIS training

Other Requirements

  • Criminal record check as required for placements

Please note: A criminal record is a serious impediment for the completion of program requirements. Many employers and placement agencies insist on a clear record.

  • Eye examination is strongly recommended

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Program Delivery

Semester 1 - Fall 2016
Semester 2 - Winter 2017
Semester 3 - Spring 2017

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
BIO 1170Anatomy Physiology 2
DEN 1105Intro to the Dental Assisting Prof. 3
DEN 1120Microbiology/Embryology 2
DEN 1155Dental Radiography I 2
DEN 1165Oral Facial Anatomy 3
DEN 1217Clinical Practice I 5
DEN 1260Health Promotion 3
DEN 2235Radiography II 3
ENG 1215College Writing II 3
 Term Credits: 26
Semester 2
DEN 1001Level 1 Theory and Practice 5
DEN 1002Clinical Practice II 2
DEN 1045Orientation to Dental Assisting Profession 3
DEN 1219Clinical Experience I 3
DEN 1222Pharmacology 1
DEN 1223Dental Office Management 2
DEN 1266Lab Practice and Dental Materials 3
DEN 1290Technology in Dental Office Mgmt. 1
 Term Credits: 20
Semester 3
DEN 1419Clinical Experience II 6
 Term Credits: 6
 Total Credits: 52

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $4,559.10 for three semesters of study. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $16,890.75 for three semesters of study. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Books & Supplies

The estimated cost of books and supplies for 2015-2016 is approximately $2500.00. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment with:

  • Private dental offices
  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Educational institutions
  • Public health units
  • Dental products manufacturers
  • Canadian Forces

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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