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Dental Assisting – Level II

Dental Assisting – Level II

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

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Start Date:
1 Year
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax Full time • In-class Waitlist

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. Learn how to:

  • Prepare dental instruments and filling materials
  • Sterilize dental equipment
  • Take and develop x-rays
  • Polish teeth and apply fluoride and dental sealants
  • Provide patients with oral hygiene advice
  • Perform intra-oral duties
  • Schedule appointments and invoice for services

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.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Biology.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • 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 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. View additional Health & Human Services Program Requirements.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.

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.
  • 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
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 1615   Dental Computer Applications
DENT 1616   Dental Business Communication
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

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

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