This diploma program is both comprehensive and intensive.
Dental assistants prepare treatment rooms and patients for
treatment and assist dentists during treatment. This includes
preparing and manipulating dental materials, performing
infection control procedures and applying rubber dams. They
also instruct patients on oral care.
Those dental assistants who have successfully completed a
recognized program may perform additional duties under a
dentist's direct supervision. They may expose, process and
mount dental radiographs. They may polish teeth and apply
topical fluoride and topical anesthetic. They may also take
impressions of the teeth, apply fissure sealants and perform
some orthodontic procedures.
Dental assistants may also have office clerical duties. These
include maintaining patient records, scheduling patient
appointments, collecting patient and insurance accounts, and
ordering dental office supplies.
After successfully completing the Intra-Oral Dental Assistant
program, the graduate may seek employment in a variety of
dental offices such as one of a General Dentist, Endodontist,
Periodontist, Orthodontist, Pedodontist, Prosthodontist, and
Oralmaxillofacial Surgeon. Other career opportunities may be
found as a dental sales representative for a dental distribution/
manufacturing company. Positions are also available in the
dental department of a hospital, dental laboratory or with the
public health department.
Certified Dental Assistants are qualified, licensed, oral health
care professionals who provide essential support and patient
care services under the supervision of a licensed dentist.
Certified Dental Assistants are regulated under the Dentists
Act and must be registered and licensed by the College of
Dental Surgeons of BC. Graduates who successfully complete
this program are eligible to apply to sit the National Dental
Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB) Certification Exam.
The NDAEB written exam constitutes Part I of the mandatory
two-part NDAEB certificate for non-accredited dental
assisting programs in BC. Part II requires the successful
completion of the NDAEB Clinical Practice Evaluation
(CPE). Students must also complete the Certification exam
offered by the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. The College
offers the BC Certified Dental Assistant Examination twice
yearly. The examination includes a clinical component.
• Grade 12 or equivalent with a minimum of one senior
science course (chemistry, biology, or physics at the
Grade 11 advanced level or the Grade 12 general level ⎯
transcript required) OR
• Mature student status (19 years of age and one year out of
high school) and successful completion of the GED
• Passing score on the entrance examination.
• Police check indicating the absence of a criminal record.
• Pre-Entrance Immunization Report indicating student is fit to
undertake the program/practical and has up-to-date immunization.
In addition to regular immunization, it is mandatory that each
student be immunized against Hepatitis B. Students may also be
required to be immunized against influenza virus, dependent on
field placement requirements.
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