Dental Assisting (Levels I and II)

Algonquin College
1 year
Diploma / certificate
Algonquin College

About this program

Dental Assisting (Levels I and II)

The Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) Ontario College Certificate program gives you the ability to work professionally, ethically and collaboratively within a healthcare team to provide oral care for clients. Integrating theory and practice, you learn radiography, lab and chair-side skills, oral health education, and the maintenance of a practice environment necessary for work in the field. Through on-site and off-site dental office experiences, develop dental assisting skills to perform with competence and safety. Provide client care in the Algonquin College dental clinic and experience a 60-hour placement in a private dental office.

This one-year Ontario College Certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Graduates are eligible to write the National Dental Assisting examination, which requires successful completion to practice Level II Dental Assisting skills in Ontario. You may then apply for certification with the Ontario Dental Assistants Association.

Admission requirements

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are self-directed.
  • Are critical thinkers.
  • Are able to manage time and a demanding workload.
  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Are detail-oriented, organized and committed to achieving excellence in their work.

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher.
  • Mathematics, Grade 11 (MBF3C or equivalent) with 65% or higher.
  • Biology, Grade 11 or 12 with a grade of 65% or higher.
  • Chemistry, Grade 11 or 12 with a grade of 65% or higher.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with a minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening 22; Speaking 22; Writing 22.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Dental Anatomy
  • Preclinic Practicum I
  • Dental Radiography
  • Principles of Dental Assisting
  • Communications I
  • Psychosocial Science

Level: 02

  • Oral Sciences
  • Radiography Practicum II
  • Preclinic Practicum II
  • Preclinic Foundations II
  • Health History Assessment
  • Oral Health Promotion
  • Restorative Theory and Practice
  • Dental Materials II
  • Professional Issues and Ethics

Level: 03

  • Dental Office Placement
  • Client Care Practicum Consolidation
  • Client Care Practicum
  • Oral Health Promotion Outreach
  • Dental Practice Management
  • Dental Specialties

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


Credential: Ontario College Certificate

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Maintain client and personal safety in the practice environment.
  • Contribute to the development of a comprehensive client profile by using a variety of data collection methods in collaboration with the client and other healthcare professionals and in compliance with privacy legislation.
  • Contribute to the development of a comprehensive plan for oral health services and programs in collaboration with the client and other health professionals.
  • Provide oral health services and programs, as identified in the comprehensive plan and as permitted within the scope of practice.
  • Contribute to the evaluation and reporting of appropriate aspects of oral health services and programs by using a variety of sources including the client profile.
  • Act in a professional and competent manner.
  • Maintain client records and manage office procedures in compliance with relevant legislation and regulations.
  • Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career paths

Upon successful completion of the NDAEB examination, graduates may find employment as a Level II Dental Assistant in general and specialty practices, community health settings, dental sales and dental supply companies.

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1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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