Certified Dental Assistant

The Certified Dental Assistant Program is currently undergoing revision. This may impact the configuration of the September 2014 program.

For complete program information see the online Okanagan College Calendar.

Our program prepares you for a career as a Certified Dental Assistant by providing you with credentials required for licensure and registration with the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. Our program is fully accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation of Canada. Graduates earn a certificate from the Okanagan College Certified Dental Assistant Program.

Graduates eligible for Registration and Licensure must provide the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. the following documents and fees:

  • Completed Application for Registration form
  • Completed Application for License
  • Authorized for Criminal Records Search Forms
  • Current CPR certificate - Level C
  • Copy of Certified Dental Assistant graduation certificate/diploma
  • CDABC Membership application
  • Completed consent for release of personal information
  • Successful completion of NDAEB exam

Our goal is to prepare a graduate who will be competent and confident in performing the skills of a Certified Dental Assistant. Certified Dental Assistant skills include: assisting dentists with intra-oral procedures; educating patients about dental health; performing preventative procedures such as polishing teeth, applying fluoride, application of fissure sealants, exposing and processing radiographs, as well as many other delegated duties. The Certified Dental Assistant is a vital member of the dental team performing duties under the personal supervision of a dentist. Responsibilities are varied to help increase the dentist's service to patients.

Qualities of a Successful Certified Dental Assistant

  • Assumes responsibilities for professional legal and ethical standards
  • Appreciates others and values their diversity
  • Regards him/herself and others in a respectful manner
  • Works responsibly and with self motivation
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, flexibility, responsive to change. Open to innovative ways and means of learning new knowledge, values and skills
  • Likes people
  • Worthy of trust (personal and financial)
  • Proud of physical fitness and willing to display a neat and clean appearance
  • Effective time managers
  • Develop an interest in community involvement
  • Excels in activities requiring a high degree of hand-eye coordination