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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:
Typical Length:
1 Year
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
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 This program location has a multi-year waitlist. Contact Admissions for more information.


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.

The program introduces you to dental science, the 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
  • Create dental radiographs and images
  • Polish teeth and apply fluoride
  • Apply desensitizing agents and dental sealants
  • Provide patients with oral hygiene advice
  • Schedule appointments and invoice for services

The program covers all materials and skills necessary to write the National Dental Assisting Examination (NDAEB) and prepares you for all mandatory and optional skills as determined by the Dental Assisting Regulatory Authorities (CDARA).

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 and Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations and completion of Standard First Aid, CPR Level C. You must submit proof that you’ve completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and 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.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Pass mark for this program is 70%.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • You participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province. You're not guaranteed placements of your choice. Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information, visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

Graduates are qualified to work as dental assistants, in both general and specialty dental practices.

  • Many graduates work as dental assistants in a dental practice, some pursue work in special practices such as orthodontics or dental surgery and other grads work with dental supply companies.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • Students who successfully complete all components of the program are eligible to write the National Dental Assisting Examination, which is required by the Provincial Dental Board for licensure in Nova Scotia. 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.

Other info

  • During the program, students participate as patients in the NSCC Dental Assisting Clinic. To ensure you can safely do this, a dental exam must be completed by a dentist so that any dental concerns and/or treatments are identified ahead of this clinic time.
  • Individuals with allergies to latex, disinfectants or who have carpel tunnel syndrome or back problems may have difficulty completing the clinical component of the program.
  • 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 in Family Court may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Graduates are required to write the National Dental Assisting Examination.

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

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