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Certified Dental Assistant

Certificate in Certified Dental Assistant

Excellence in the collaborative delivery of dental care

Updated Service Advisory (May 14, 2020)

All client care provided by students in the Camosun College Dental Clinic was suspended in mid-March by public health order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Province. We continue to follow the recommendations of Provincial Health Officer, the BC Centre for Disease control, Island Health, and WorkSafe BC to ensure safety remains the first priority for all visitors, students and staff who enter our clinic. As further guidance is provided by WorkSafeBC and our professional regulators, we will move towards resuming activities in our dental clinic when it becomes appropriate to do so. “New normal” activities will begin when risk to the public is minimized to the lowest level possible.

As the 2019-20 academic year has ended, the earliest any clinical care may be offered by students for the public is late September 2020 provided government restrictions are lifted at that time. Those individuals whose dental hygiene care was started but not completed prior to suspension of clinical activities will be contacted when students are once again able to see the public in our campus clinic. Fees paid for assessments will be carried over; refunds will not be issued.

Please be assured that Camosun College Dental Programs will continue to adhere to the highest level of infection control practices to ensure the safety of the public, our students, and staff. Each client is an essential and valued participant in our students’ education and preparation toward graduation as competent professionals. We look forward to welcoming you back to the clinic in due course.

Certified Dental Assistants provide a vital health care service.

The Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) program is fast paced, practical, hands-on and simulates the work environment. The program provides six weeks of practicum experience in a dental office to provide you with hands-on experience to be job-ready when you graduate. The CDA program is fully accredited nationally and graduates have performed extremely well on the national board exam.


You'll be working in Camosun's 24 chair, fully equipped clinic learning to prepare for and provide chair-side support to assist dentists and clients as well as independent skills and duties. You'll learn about becoming a collaborative partner in the delivery of all aspects of dental care. CDA skills include assisting the dentist at chair-side, as well as providing direct client care.

Your interpersonal skills will play a large role in your success as a CDA to meet the needs of a variety of clients.

We'll help you succeed!

You'll be given many opportunities to transfer your theory and professional communication skills into both the clinical setting at Camosun and dental offices. This helps to better understand the broad scope of your practice and to help you grow in confidence and competence.

Clinic practice is scheduled for 17 hours per week to allow you to develop clinical skills that can lead to jobs after graduation.

Hands-on learning

The field of dentistry is becoming increasingly sophisticated and technological.

In the 10 month Certified Dental Assistant program you’ll participate extensively in hands–on clinical activities. You’ll learn specific skills to assist the dentist as well as independent duties such as taking dental x-rays, impressions of teeth, placing dental dam and providing preventive care. Providing a wide variety of skills makes the job very satisfying.

Community learning

You'll provide preventative dental care to the public in the Camosun Dental Clinic, practice in a live working environment through three separate practicum experiences in general dental offices in the community.

Discover your opportunities with the Canadian Forces

The Certified Dental Assistant Program has been recognized by the Canadian Forces (CF) and now qualifies for a CF Paid Education program.

Certified Dental Assistant

10 months
Study Options
Work Experience
Three practicum placements and,
Spring preventative dental clinic
Health & Human Services
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Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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