Dental Assisting Diploma Sydney Campus

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Students trained in the Dental Assisting Diploma will be prepared to assist the dental team in all aspects of care in a dental office. They will learn to assist the dentist in all dental procedures performed in a general dental practice and will learn to administer individualized patient education and treatment as outlined under the scope of practice for dental assistants practicing in Nova Scotia.

The program consists of 42 weeks of classroom and clinical instruction, as well as office rotations and a 3 week work term placement. Upon successful completion of both the classroom, clinical and work term components of the program, the students must write and successfully pass the National Dental Assisting Board Examination in order to receive their diploma and be considered eligible for registration, licensure and practice. The cost for this examination will be included in the tuition costs for the program.

admission requirements

A High School Diploma consisting of:

  • Academic Math-10, 11 ,12
  • Academic English-10, 11, 12
  • Biology (11) and/or Chemistry(11) and/or Integrated Science (10)


  • A High School equivalency Diploma with related science background; such as LPN, CCA, pre-technology, etc.

Application, resume, criminal record check and High School transcripts must be received prior to your interview.

*Students must demonstrate a combined average of 65% when meeting only the minimal pre-requisite requirements, however, students exceeding the minimal pre-requisite requirements with a strong science background may be considered despite not meeting the minimum combined average. Also, additional experience for students with mature status will be taken in to consideration.

Additional Requirements and Information

Students must provide a completed medical form and immunization record documenting vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, Hepatitis A/B and chicken pox. Students are also required to have a tuberculosis test within the first two months of the program.  These forms will be sent to you upon acceptance into the program.

For applicants whose first language is not English, an English proficiency exam must be completed successfully in order for further consideration for admission to the program.

It is recommended that students have basic computer knowledge for this program. Basic computer skill level would include basic word processing (ex. Microsoft Word), internet and e-mail.

Students must be aware that the profession of dental assisting requires excessive hand washing and long periods of sitting. Therefore any health problems involving the neck, back, arms or hands should be considered by the student before applying.

Program Outline

  • Dental Sciences and Basic Terminology (75 hrs)
  • Medical Emergencies and Pharmacology in Dentistry (57.5 hrs)
  • Oral Health Education and Nutrition (73.75 hrs)
  • Communications and Professional Ethics (70 hrs)
  • Dental Specialties (125 hrs)
  • Dental Radiology Practical (76.25 hrs)
  • Dental Laboratory Techniques (43.75 hrs)
  • Oral Care Theory and Clinic (101.25 hrs)
  • Work Placement (93.75 hrs)
  • Patient Records and Charting (37.5 hrs)
  • Infection Control and Microbiology (43.75 hrs)
  • Introduction to Dental Radiography (76.25 hrs)
  • Dental Assisting Pre-Clinic (123.75 hrs)
  • Dental Assisting Chairside Procedures (240 hrs)
  • Oral Pathology (32.5 hrs)
  • Dental Office Administration (30 hrs)

job market

Dental assistants can obtain employment in general and specialty dental practices, in the oral surgery department of a hospital, within a dental supply company, as an educator or as dental office administrators.

CBBC is the best decision that you can make for yourself. The education, the hands-on experience, and the amazing instructors make the time fly by. You learn skills that translate into real job experience. If you are looking to go to college, choose them! Once you become a part of the CBBC family, your dreams become realities! Stephanie Melski Medical Office Assistant / Cape Breton Regional Hospital

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