Did you know that the Dental Act is currently under review in Nova Scotia, and a policy may be put in place that threatens the jobs of chairside, unlicensed dental assistants? Should the changes pass, unlicensed chairside dental assistants (or an assistant that is not certified by successfully completing the written board exam or registered with the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia) will not be able to practice in the province of Nova Scotia.
But fear not! We have a wonderful opportunity for unlicensed assistants to become licensed while on the job!
Our new Dental Assisting Program (Distance) consists of online, clinical instruction, and a work term placement (at your current job) throughout the program. So, students will receive 51 weeks of highly structured, full-time, instructor-paced distance education that uses a combination of online, on-campus clinical training, and practicum placement! You’ll spend two days per week in a work-term placement at a dental practice, as well as three days per week of highly structured, remote, and instructor-led online learning. Students also spend five weeks at CBBC’s dental clinic.
If you’re not already working as an unlicensed dental assistant and want to take this course, that’s obviously cool too. Students in that situation must secure a clinical placement at a general or specialty dental office for two days (14 hours) per week for the duration of their studies.
The program is designed with two-day clinical placement experiences throughout the program in order to help reinforce and enhance the course content. To make sure that everyone is on track, CBBC Career College will monitor these mandatory clinical placement hours regularly throughout the program.
In addition to the two days per week placement at a dental office, all distance students spend a mandatory five weeks at CBBC Career College’s Dental Clinic in Sydney. These five weeks are broken down into two, two-week sessions and one, one-week session of clinical skills.
Even if unlicensed dental assistants are allowed to keep working in Nova Scotia, there are plenty of benefits to getting licensed. A level 2 Dental Assistant, which our program offers, is able to perform many other skills that are not in the scope of practice for a chairside assistant! These skills include, but are not limited to, intra oral skills such as taking impressions, placing and removing matrix bands and wedges, acquiring diagnostic radiographs, removing sutures, and surgical dressings. An increased skill set generally comes with an increased salary (and that’s something we can all appreciate).
Why choose CBBC Career College and the NEW Dental Assistance Program (Distance)?
There are so many reasons! This program is flexible with start dates every quarter. You’ll get hands-on training that will look great on your resume when you graduate, and you may even graduate with a job! AND our on-campus students have a 99% pass rate on their first try of the NDAEB Board Certification Exam over the past 7 years.
Plus, CBBC Career College is here to support you once you graduate through the career services department. They’ll help you write a resume that will get you noticed, connect you with employers in our network, and teach you valuable interview skills.
It’s time to start your healthcare education with CBBC Career College
There has ever been a better time to start your journey with CBBC Career College, especially in the Dental Assisting Program (Distance)! Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to gain your education by contacting us today.
It’s time to change your life with CBBC Career College.