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Become a Dental Assistant

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 tuition costs for the program include both the costs of the written NDAEB examination and the NDAEB CPE Exam.

What to expect

The Dental Assisting Program (Distance) consists of 50 weeks of highly structured, full-time/instructor-paced education, using a combination of online, on-campus clinical training, and practicum placement. This 50-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.

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Why choose the Dental Assisting (Distance) program?

  • The distance program will have you career ready in under a year
  • Hands-on experience at our dental lab
  • Get real-world experience right in the local community
  • No relocation needed
  • Career Services support including job search, resume writing, and interview skills
  • 99% pass rate on the first try of the NDAEB Board Certification Exam by our on-campus graduates in the past seven years

With the CBBC Career College Distance Learning Model :

  • You get firsthand observational experience in a dental office, two days a week
  • Gain hands-on experience during on-campus labs
  • Develop career experience through your Dental Assisting placement

Total program length: 50 weeks

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Frequently Asked Questions

admission requirements

  • Academic Grade 12 graduation consisting of a Grade 11 science or integrated Grade 10 science or GED
  • English Language Proficiency (TOFEL or IELT) for international students
  • A signed agreement (Dental Clinic Verification form) with a sponsoring dentist verifying two days (14 hours) per week clinical dental assisting experience in general dentistry or specialty dental practice for
    the duration of the program
  • Admission interview either in person or phone call – Before any student can be accepted into the Dental Assisting Distance program, they must submit the following documentation to CBBC Career College:
  • Official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program
  • A Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) under the Criminal Records Review Act
  • Proof of a negative TB skin test
  • A current “C” certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)or paid proof of registration for this certification. It is the student’s responsibility to provide CBBC Career College with this certification upon completion.
  • A current certificate in Oxygen Administration or paid proof
    of registration for this certification. It is the student’s responsibility to provide CBBC Career College with this certification upon completion.
  • A current resume

Program Outline

  • Chairside Procedures
  • Communications & Dental Office Administration
  • Dental Laboratory Techniques
  • Dental Radiology Practical
  • Dental Sciences & Basic Terminology
  • Dental Specialties
  • Infection Control & Microbiology
  • Intra-Oral Procedures & Pharmacology In Dentistry
  • Office Placements
  • Oral Care Theory & CBBC Career College Patient Clinic
  • Oral Health Education & Nutrition
  • Patient Records & Charting

job market

Due to the rising number of dental practices across Nova Scotia, there is now a shortage of dental assistants in the province. According to, the outlook for dental assistants projects growth for the next number of years.

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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