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 program.
• Passing score on the entrance examination.
• Police check indicating the absence of a criminal record.
• Pre-Entrance Immunization Report indicating a 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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Last updated October 28, 2017