Learn in our state-of-the-art dental clinic from practicing instructors with 50+ years of combined experience in the industry and start a career as a Dental Assistant that offers high wages, fantastic job security, and incredible flexibility!
This short but intensive Dental Assistant Program provides you with experience working in a modern dental lab learning from Instructors who are actively practicing in the field.
Our small class sizes ensure the individual attention required for you to learn and master the skills you need to be successful in today’s dental clinics.
Dental Assistant graduates will have specialized knowledge, critical thinking and decision-making skills, and will have developed and mastered all the technical, professional, and interpersonal skills needed to perform within their clinical and administrative scope of practice.
Working as part of a dental team, students will learn how to assist with dental procedures, provide quality oral care, maintain equipment and supplies, manage patient records, and ensure that clinical and office procedures run efficiently and effectively.
Dental Assistant graduates will be able to work in general and specialty dental practices, hospital dental clinics, community health agencies and educational institutions.
Our program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC), in consultation with its partners, CDAC develops and approves requirements for educational programs educating and training.
The program has been designed to meet the regulations governing certified dental assisting practices as defined by the British Columbia College of Oral Health Professionals (BCCOHP). Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to write the National Dental Assisting Board examination. Passing this exam and applying for licensure with the BC College of Oral Health Professionals will allow our students to become Certified Dental Assistants.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
Support a dental practice by providing a variety of supportive and direct patient care dental procedures
Understand and work within the bylaws associated with provincial regulations.
Prepare and support patients for treatment by practicing universal precautions and infection control, organizing armamentarium, attending to patients’ comfort and collecting and updating health histories
Assist with preventative, orthodontic, and prosthodontics intraoral procedures
Provide oral self-care, disease prevention, post-operative care, nutritional counselling and health education to patients and constituent groups
Work collaboratively as part of a team to provide quality oral care for dental patients
Perform routine maintenance of instruments and equipment so that patient care is delivered safely and effectively
Perform fundamental practice management procedures including inventory control of dental supplies, patient bookings, and payment collection
Why Pick Sprott Shaw For Your Dental Assistant Program?
The Lower Mainland’s Best Dental Clinic for students was opened in 2020, designed from the ground up to provide the best place to learn the skills required to become a Dental Assistant using the same modern equipment and procedures you’ll find in dental labs across the province.
Our Dental Assistant Program is short but intensive and we are proud of our low attrition and high graduation rates
Industry connections you won’t get anywhere else thanks to our Instructors being actively practicing in the field today. The dental industry is a tight-knit community that we’re proud to be a part of!
Lifetime access to dedicated Employment Services Specialists (ESS) who can help you with resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and the overall job search after graduation
Lifetime tuition-free access to course refreshers if you ever need to retrain and update your skills
Practicum opportunities with recognized organizations across BC
Certificates including Standard First Aid Level C
Multiple start dates so you can start your education when you want to without the wait
Career and professional development success courses to help create a career development marketing plan, learn the cardinal rules of professionalism, and identify the target markets and employment resources in the counselling field
Preparation and orientation courses to teach you how to find credible research, write papers, create proper citation formats including APA, and study effectively for exams
All-inclusive program costs where what you see is what you pay. Our costs include registration fees, assessment fees, tuition, textbooks, supplies, course materials, uniforms, certificates, graduation fees, practicum fees, and much more
Grade 12 or equivalent (General Education Development, Adult Basic Education) or mature student status (age 19 and one year out of school). All transcripts must be “true certified copies” or originals.
Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview, a second interview with the Director/Program Lead and meet the set requirements
English 12, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C (60%)
Biology 12, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of C (60%)
Criminal Record Check (Solicitor General Level)
Proof of negative TB skin test or chest x-ray
Note: Evidence of up-to-date immunizations may be required (Pertussis, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Chicken Pox, Hepatitis B, Influenza)
70% average upon successful completion of all courses, including courses given a complete.
* Dental Assistant Program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.
This 45 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.
This course provides an overview and introduction to the elements of the program, the role of lectures, labs, and practicums, fundamental dental assisting skill sets, instrumentation, and armamentaria, dental office workflow, clinic safety, and quality control policy, procedures, and practices.
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to consider their profession, scope of practice (legal and regulatory framework), ethical responsibilities, accountabilities, and practice of dental assisting by exploring the role of the dental assistant as part of a dental team.
This course will reintroduce students to a variety of student-centric learning strategies and techniques. Students will learn goal setting, study planning, and time management, problem solving, and writing skills.
This course will introduce students to the regulated standards for the recognition, control, handling, storage, disposal of controlled hazardous materials and occupational health and safety in the workplace.
This course prepares students to provide first aid procedures (Standard First Aid Level C), perform CPR, and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner while providing them with the requisite knowledge to recognize, prevent, and assist in medical and dental emergencies.
This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to reinforce fundamental mathematical skills required in a dental clinic. This will be accomplished by improving their logical reasoning skills by engaging in clinical medical problem-solving examples designed to increase mathematical proficiency and confidence.
Dental & Oral Anatomy: This course provides a brief survey of the human skeletal structure, the structure and function and anatomy of the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, and sensory systems and the medical terminology associated with each. Building on this knowledge, students will then examine in detail the structure and anatomical features, function, physiology, dental morphology, and development of the facial complex and neck and oral cavity.
Disease Transmission Prevention: Infection-control procedures are designed to prevent the spread of disease. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of microbiology as applied to dental clinic settings, with an emphasis on the principles of infection, transmission, prevention and control, and aseptic techniques (barrier protection and techniques, moisture control, surface asepsis, precleaning and disinfecting, sterilization) and the role and responsibility of the dental assistant for infection control.
Oral Pathology: This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of diseases of the oral cavity through a person’s life, their clinical manifestations, and the knowledge and skills necessary to detect and differentiate oral tissue anatomy deviations from the norm.
Dental Pharmacology: This course introduces students to the principles of dental pharmacology, terminology, and the classification of drugs as they apply in a dental context. Medical conditions and the use of various pharmaceuticals, their physiological actions and negative reactions, and their relationship to dental care will be examined.
Diagnostic Records: The patient file should be a highly accurate, legal, and compliant record of clinical, diagnostic, treatment, and outcome histories. In this course, students will learn how to obtain and/or review and update medical and dental patient histories so that this information will assist with evaluation, treatment planning, and subsequent care.
Dental Materials: This course is designed to introduce students to the preparation and application of dental materials in restorative and aesthetic procedures. Students will learn the clinical uses and the chemical, physical, mechanical and surface properties, handling characteristics, bioactivity, and biocompatibility of a wide variety of purpose-specific dental materials. The utilization of dental materials, mixing techniques, and safety protocol will be examined in the fabrication of mouthguards, diagnostic casts, study models and custom trays.
Preventative Dentistry: This course explores the principles of effective oral health care and practices including injury prevention, control of disease, and the role of proper nutrition. Students will be introduced to the knowledge necessary to perform direct client care, manage clients with special needs, and methods of assessing, implementing, and evaluating individualized oral hygiene. Importance will be placed on the ability to develop individual or group oral dental health education.
Dental Radiography: Dental radiography is fundamental to dental diagnosis and treatment. This course provides students with a comprehensive foundation for the application of radiation in dentistry. The components, operation, and variables of dental x-ray machines will be examined in conjunction with the principles of radiation physics, biology, chemistry and safety. Digital and conventional intra and extraoral radiographic technologies and imaging techniques will be studied as well as radiography prescription requirements, chart entries, quality assurance, and regulatory requirements. Students will study and apply the theory and practice supporting exposing and processing dental radiographs and digital imaging procedures.
Dental Specialties: On occasion, general dental practitioners encounter circumstances that require them to refer patients to dental specialists. Students will learn to assist with a variety of procedures performed in specialized dentistry such as endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, prosthodontics, periodontics, and pedodontics.
Dental Office Management & Administration: Effective and efficient administrative office procedures are essential to the success of any organization. In this course, students will be introduced to the fundamental principles and workflow of a professionally organized and managed dental office. The focus will be on dental reception skills and will include the organization and management of patient records, appointment scheduling, dental claims, financial procedures, inventory control and the utilization of dental management software.
Clinical Dentistry Practice: Students will work under the direct supervision of the dentist in a general dental practice. Students will apply and build on the skills learned in assisting chairside with instrumentation preparation, sterilization, infection prevention and safety practices. Students will also assist with office and patient management.
Students will work under the direct supervision of a dentist in a general dentistry office to advance their intraoral knowledge and skillsets, further integrate theory into practice, and demonstrate a consolidation of knowledge and skills across the complete spectrum of their regulated scope of practice.
Clinical Dentistry Practice: This is a comprehensive course designed to allow students to integrate, apply, and further develop previously acquired conceptual knowledge including but not limited to patient management techniques, taking dental histories, and charting, moisture control, armamentarium operating and maintaining dental equipment and sterilization, fundamental aspects and skillsets of collaborative assisting at chair-side in a clinical environment. Emphasis will be on the dental assistant’s role in operative procedures and communication methods used within the dental health team.
Consolidated Clinical Dentistry Practice: The is an extended practice that will provide students with opportunities to practice, refine, integrate and consolidate their knowledge and skills focusing on direct client care, clinical support for basic restorative and specialty procedures, complete intra-oral practices, and laboratory and office management procedures in a supervised clinical lab setting.
Career & Professional Development: This course prepares students for their transition to the professional world of work. Students will learn how to present themselves using a variety of social media vehicles, how to conduct a successful job interview, how to effectively distribute and manage personal marketing collateral and social media presence and to understand workplace etiquette and office politics.
Comprehensive Preparation & Evaluation: Students will be provided access to the clinical laboratory and instructional assistance to further their theoretical knowledge and practice their clinical skills. This will culminate in a comprehensive summative didactic and practical clinical laboratory examination.
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