Dental Assisting – Level II

Promote good oral health and patient care, assisting dentists and dental specialists.

Start Date:
September
Duration:
1 Year
Credential:
Certificate
Delivery:
Full-time (In-class)
Locations:
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Dental assistants work as part of the oral health team, providing assistance to dentists and dental specialists, carrying out direct patient care and instructing patients in the principles and practices of good oral health.

This program is ideally suited to individuals who are comfortable being in close contact with other people and want to promote the benefits of good oral health in their lives.

The program introduces you to dental science, foundation of clinical practice and the skills and theory used by dental assistants. The program covers all materials and skills necessary to write the National Dental Assisting Examination (NDAEB) and prepares graduates for all mandatory and optional skills as determined by the Dental Assisting Regulatory Authorities.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. 1
    Favourite"The time we spent in the clinic and lab."
  2. 2
    Cool Activity"The Oral Surgery guest speaker."
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    Cool Activity"Observation days at clinics in the area, tours, patient clinic and our work term."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Biology.
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Program Requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction or finding may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. – Health & Human Services Additional Program Requirements (PDF 68KB).

Choose NSCC

  • This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • You learn from experienced instructors. Faculty members are active in the oral health field at provincial and national levels.
  • You benefit from small class sizes, which provide low student to teacher ratios, particularly at the clinical level.

Employment Opportunities

  • You are qualified to work as dental assistants, in both general and specialty dental practices.
  • Graduates are required to write the National Dental Assisting Examination, which increases their status and mobility within the field.

Our Grads

  • Many graduates work as dental assistants in a dental practice. Those who wish to move into related areas usually do so after a few years of experience.
  • Some graduates work in dental supply companies and as office administrators.
  • Other graduates pursue specialized work in acute care hospitals that offer dental surgery.

Other Info

  • Many employers in this sector require one or all of the following as part of the hiring process: current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and/or Child Abuse Register search. A conviction or finding may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • During the program, students participate as patients in the NSCC Dental Assisting Clinic. To ensure that you can safely participate as a patient for specific intra-oral skills in a controlled environment (the Dental Assisting Clinic at NSCC), a dental exam must be completed by a dentist. This will highlight any dental concerns and give specific direction, regarding treatment, to particular teeth.
  • Clinical rotations are undertaken at NSCC's Institute of Technology Campus Dental Assisting Clinic, Dalhousie University Dental Clinic and the IWK Health Centre.
  • Those individuals with allergies to latex, disinfectants or who have carpal tunnel syndrome or back problems, may have difficulty in completing the clinical component of the program.
  • All prospective Dental Assistants must have good manual dexterity, be able to stand for long periods of time and be in good health.
  • The Provincial Dental Board requires graduates to write the national exam for licensure in Nova Scotia.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
DENT 1600   Dental Sciences
DENT 1603   Foundations of Clinical Practice
DENT 1610   Dental Radiology
DENT 1611   Preventive Dentistry I
DENT 1612   Dental Specialties I
DENT 1614   Dental Business Administration
DENT 1615   Dental Computer Applications
DENT 1617   Dental Records
DENT 1620   Clinical Rotation (1-Week In-House Clinic)
DENT 1623   Restorative Procedures
DENT 1630   Dental Assisting Skills I
DENT 2603   Chairside Procedures
DENT 2611   Preventive Dentistry II
DENT 2612   Dental Specialties II
DENT 2630   Dental Assisting Skills II
DENT 2650   Externship
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Milestone
Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

Next Steps

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  2. 2

    Application Process

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