Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

  • Program Length 
    10 Months
  • Credential 
    Certificate
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

The Program

This program, approved by the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC), and accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC), is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary to be a member of the dental team; providing care, support and services for individuals of all ages.

Upon successful completion of the Dental Assistant program, students will be granted a certificate. Students must then write a National Board exam which, upon successful completion and combined with the certificate, makes them eligible to apply for registration and licensure with the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA – Level II).

Program Outline

Semester 1 (September – December)

DENA 110T - (Professionalism I)

DENA 120T - (Applied Dental Sciences I)

DENA 130T - (Clinical Support Theory I)

DENA 140T - (Preventive Approaches to Dental Health I)

DENA 150T - (Dental Assisting Practice I)

DENA 171T - (Practicum I)

Semester 2 (January – June)

DENA 111T - (Professionalism II)

DENA 121T - (Applied Dental Sciences II)

DENA 131T - (Clinical Support Theory II)

DENA 141T - (Preventive Approaches to Dental Health II)

DENA 151T - (Dental Assisting Practice II)

DENA 161T - (Dental Office Management)

DENA 172T - (Practicum II)

DENA 173T - (Practicum III)

Updated 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Admission Requirements

Recommendations for Admission

  • Chemistry 11 or 12.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Basic Dental Terminology

Notes on Admission

  • Note: The following documents are required for the first day of classes.
    • A completed Immunization Requirements Form. The health immunization form must be signed by the public health nurse.
    • Proof of W.H.M.I.S. training.
    • Evidence of current CPR Level C certification or Level HCP (healthcare provider).
    • Criminal Record Check. Fieldwork and/or practicums will require a satisfactory criminal record check prior to placement. Criminal Record Checks are requested through VIU. The Registration Centre at VIU will contact prospective students by mail regarding the requirements for a Criminal Record Check. Criminal Record Checks are processed through the Ministry according to the Criminal Records Review Act. A check completed through the RCMP is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the Act. A criminal conviction may interfere with eligibility for licensure.
  • An interview may be required.
  • Students with back problems or an inability to work freely in confined spaces may have difficulty meeting the physical demands of this profession.
  • Skin allergies may be adversely affected by some dental materials.

Recommended Personal Characteristics

Before applying for the Dental Assistant program, students should learn as much as possible about this career. We encourage students to spend at least one day in a dental office observing the CDA.

Students with the following characteristics can anticipate success in Dental Assistant program and in their future career as a Certified Dental Assistant:

  • sensitivity to the needs of others;
  • good manual dexterity to enable safe, skillful use of instruments while working in the mouth;
  • a mature, positive self-image with high standards of personal and professional integrity;
  • ability to move freely in confined spaces;
  • ability to speak confidently with people of all ages;
  • ability to pay close attention to detail over considerable periods of time;
  • ability to work quickly with accuracy and neatness;
  • ability to manage time effectively and handle responsibility;
  • excellent oral and personal hygiene;
  • willingness to participate in a team environment;
  • being respectful of the ways in which others organize and execute their work.

Start Date and Application Deadline

The Dental Assistant program starts in September and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For further information regarding program contacts, check the Program Availability List.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will work under the supervision of a dentist, and may find employment in various settings including general and specialty dental practices, hospital dental clinics, community health agencies, and educational institutions. Most Certified Dental Assistants are employed in private general practice.

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fee Table

Amount

Tuition (10 months x $434.58 per month)

4,345.80

Student Activity fee (10 months x $17.37 per month)

173.70

Student Services fee (4.418% of tuition)

192.00

VIU Students' Union fee (10 months x $19.12 per month)

191.20

Books and supplies (approximate cost)

1,992.00

Total

6,894.70

Notes

Students are responsible for travel expenses during the practicum and may also wish to travel to attend a Dental Conference. A registration and licensure fee of approximately $451 paid to the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. will be required prior to employment. Students must write the National Dental Assistant Board examination at an additional cost of approximately $525.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fee Table

Amount

Tuition (10 months x $1905 per month)

19,050.00

Ancillary Fee (10 months x $93.6 per month)

936.00

VIU Students' Union fee (10 months x $19.12 per month)

191.20

Books and supplies (approximate cost)

1,992.00

Total

22,169.20

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

Students are responsible for travel expenses during the practicum and may also wish to travel to attend a Dental Conference. A registration and licensure fee of approximately $451 paid to the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. will be required prior to employment. Students must write the National Dental Assistant Board examination at an additional cost of approximately $525.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Friday, September 1, 2017
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