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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 5 week (184 hour) work term placement.  Successful completion of both the classroom, clinical and work term components of the program will qualify the student to receive their CBBC diploma.  Students must write and successfully pass the National Dental Assisting Board Examination in order to receive provincial licensing.  The cost for this examination will be included in the tuition costs for the program.

admission requirements

Standard Admissions Policy:

  • Grade 12 or GED consisting of a grade 11 science or integrated grade 10 science
  • Admissions Interview
  • Vulnerable Admissions Interview

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 chickenpox. 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 levels 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 (90 hrs)
  • Medical Emergencies and Pharmacology in Dentistry (52 hrs)
  • Oral Health Education and Nutrition (70 hrs)
  • Communications and Dental Office Administration (88 hrs)
  • Dental Specialties (110 hrs)
  • Dental Radiology Practical (90 hrs)
  • Dental Laboratory Techniques (90 hrs)
  • Oral Care Theory and CBBC Patient Clinic (88 hrs)
  • Office Placements (184 hrs)
  • Patient Records and Charting (70 hrs)
  • Infection Control and Microbiology (53 hrs)
  • Introduction to Dental Radiography (65 hrs)
  • Chairside Procedures (113 hrs)
  • Intra-Oral Procedures and Skills (274 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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