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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

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.

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 (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.

This program prepared me and gave me the confidence to enter the real business world. The close knit atmosphere CBBC has, made me very comfortable. Each and every staff member at CBBC was extraordinarily helpful on my journey in obtaining a full-time Administrative Assistant position in Cape Breton. Courtney MacPhail Administrative Assistant / Offshore Technical Services

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