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Dental Assisting

This comprehensive Intra-Oral Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.  You’ll learn how to assist in a variety of procedures such as oral surgery, prosthodontics, orthodontics and endodontics.  You will also learn to perform all clinical skills included in the Canadian National Scope of practice such as applying dental dams, fluoride, exposing radiographs; taking impressions; placing sealants; polishing teeth; and removing sutures.  Within our onsite dental lab you will learn to create dental models, custom trays and other items commonly made within a general dental practice.

You’ll learn how to compile and maintain patient records, maintain equipment to health and safety standards, and be an ambassador for good oral health by providing instruction on disease prevention, post-operative care, and nutritional counselling to patients and community groups.

Upon graduation, if you plan to work and practice Intra Oral skills within Canada, you will be required to write the National Dental Assisting Board Exam.  This exam is now mandatory in all provinces with the exception of Quebec.

We recommend that you spend a day observing in a general-practice dental office before attending this program.

We collaborate with local industry leaders and educational organizations as well as National Dental Assisting organizations to ensure that graduates are able to meet all aspects of the profession of dental assisting.

Other dental related courses are offered on an ongoing basis via Distance Delivery.

Program Facts

Start: September
Length: 1 year
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Certificate, Dental Assistant Level II
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic English, minimum 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic biology, minimum 65%
  • Current CPR – Basic Rescuer Level C and a Standard First Aid certificate from a recognized First Aid/CPR trainer
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (not required until after an applicant has been accepted)
  • Current WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems) Certificate
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

NOTE: Computer skills considered an asset.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Private dental offices
  • Provincial dental offices
  • Hospitals
  • Dental assisting schools
  • Dental schools

Employment opportunities for graduates exist not only in Atlantic Canada but also throughout other parts of Canada.

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 3411.


Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

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If you have any questions concerning the Dental Assisting program, contact:

  • Wanda MacInnis
  • Telephone: 902-566-9683
  • Health & Community Studies Office: (902) 566-9564

Degree Pathways

This program has degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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