​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dental Assistants

Dental assistants are integral to the dental practice. There are two levels of dental assisting in BC:

  • Certified Dental Assistants (CDA) assist dentists with surg​ical procedures and provide important services directly related to pat​ient care. CDAs receive a diploma through a formal training program and are regulated health profe​ssionals under the College of Dental Surgeons​ of BC.
  • Dental Assistants (DA) provide many services and ​direct patient care but do not require formal training. Dental Assistants receive training directly from the dentist and are not regulated ​health provide​rs.

Becoming a Dental Assistant

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​Career Trek Video: A Day with a Dental Assistant

Training Schools for Certified Dental Assistants in BC

Accredite​d Programs

No​n-Accredited Programs

Online Certified Dental Assisting Programs​​

General Requirements for Enrollment in CDA Programs*

  • BC Grade 12 graduation/equivalent or mature student status
  • C or 65% or higher grade in English 12; Biology 12
  • BC Government Criminal Record Check
  • Proof of immunization status
  • Valid Standard First Aid/CPR Level C certificate
  • Proof of negative TB status
  • Computer literacy

​*contact sc​hools for specific entrance requirements

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