As a student in the Dental Assisting (Distance) program, you will learn to assist the dentist in all dental procedures performed in a general dental practice. As well, you will learn to administer individualized patient education and treatment as outlined under the scope of practice for dental assistants practicing in Nova Scotia.
The Dental Assisting (Distance) program consists of online, clinical instruction, and a work term placement throughout the program. Successful completion of online, clinical, and work term components of the program will qualify the student to receive their CBBC Career College diploma. Students will be required to write, and successfully pass, the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) Examination. If the Dental Assisting Program (Distance) does not receive accreditation status, students will be required to take the NDAEB Clinical Practical Exam (CPE) to receive provincial licensing. However, if the Dental Assisting Program (Distance) does receive accreditation status, students will only be required to write the National Dental Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB) Examination to receive provincial licensing.
The Dental Assisting Program (Distance) consists of 51 weeks of highly structured, full-time/instructor-paced education, using a combination of online, on-campus clinical training, and practicum placement. This 51-week program consists of 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.
Students 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 Dental distance curriculum is designed with these two-day clinical placement experiences throughout the program in order to help reinforce and enhance the course content. CBBC Career College will confirm 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. These five weeks are broken down into 2 two-week sessions and 1 one-week session of clinical skills.
The online theory courses use the MOODLE learning management system that includes learning activities, self-assessments, study questions, assignments, tests, and final exams performed online. All clinical courses (five weeks in total) are conducted on-site at CBBC Career College’s Dental Clinic. Clinical competencies are developed in sequence on manikins (Dexter), peer-to-peer, and patients.
With the CBBC Career College Distance Learning Model :
Total program length: 51 weeks
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Due to the rising number of dental practices across Nova Scotia, there is now a shortage of dental assistants in the province. According to jobbank.gc.ca, the outlook for dental assistants projects growth for the next number of years.
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