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Certificate in Dental Assisting (Levels I and II)

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  • Objectives
    The Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) one-year certificate program prepares the student to work in a professional, ethical, and collaborative manner in a variety of dental practice settings. Integration of the clinical and didactic components facilitate the development of skills in a number of areas including: clinical chairside, provision of client intra-oral care, laboratory skills, radiography, oral health education and promotion, business administration and practice environment maintenance. The program is divided into three levels. The students' course load consists of theoretical and practical experience through clinic and lab work. In Level 03, students participate in a consolidated 60-hour field placement in local area dental offices. Over and above the ability to master the specific technical aspects of dental assisting, graduates must be able to work effectively as part of the dental health team. To facilitate this, students participate in direct provision of client care in the on-site Algonquin dental clinic. This integrates theoretical knowledge with practical skill development.
  • Entry requirements
    Graduates must write the National Dental Assisting Examination in order to practise as a Level II Dental Assistant in Ontario. Graduates are eligible for certification to the Ontario Dental Assistants Association. You would be an excellent fit for Dental Assisting if you: * Possess good communication (written, verbal, technology) and interpersonal abilities; * Can be self-directed in a team environment; * Are well organized and work well under time constraints.
  • Academic Title
    Certificate in Dental Assisting (Levels I and II)
  • Course description

    Level 1

    BIO4318 Anatomy and Physiology

    DEN4300 Dental Anatomy

    DEN4310 Radiography - Laboratory I

    DEN4351 Dental Materials Lab

    DEN4391 Radiography Theory

    DEN4392 Dental Practice Environment

    DEN4393 Nutrition and Oral Health

    DEN4394 Dental Materials Theory

    DEN4395 Clinical Theory I

    DEN4396 Preclinic I

    PSY1700 Psycho/Social Science

    Level 2

    BIO4319 Dental Biology

    DEN4319 Laboratory Procedures

    DEN4321 Radiography - Laboratory II

    DEN4373 Clinical Theory II

    DEN4383 Restorative Clinic

    DEN4386 Dental Specialties

    DEN4387 Restorative Feedback

    DEN4397 Prevention and Communication

    DEN4398 Preclinic II

    ENL1813S Communications I

    Level 3


    DEN4325 Field Placement

    DEN4377 Clinical Feedback

    DEN4399 Client Care

    DEN4400 Professional Issues and Ethics

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