Program at a glance
Area of Study
Clinical and fieldwork placement
Open to International
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Certified Dental Assistants provide a vital health care service
Start in September!
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.
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
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 (CDA) Program has been recognized by the Canadian Forces (CF) and now qualifies for a CF Paid Education program.
Find out more about upcoming networking and information sessions occurring at Camosun.
An investment in your career
Invest in yourself! One year at Camosun can prepare you for a rewarding career and set you up for entry into an in-demand, financially-rewarding health care field.
Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.
What to expect
Located at our Lansdowne campus, the CDA program is 10 months long, full-time. Classes are scheduled for 28 hours per week with homework commitments that vary per student but amounting to about three to four hours per day including weekends.
Our program is administrated with a philosophy of self-direction and you and your 35 classmates will be expected to treat your clinical learning environment as though it were your place of employment.
Successful completion of the National Dental Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB) examination is required to qualify for registration and licensure as a CDA in British Columbia. The NDAEB examination process is external to Camosun College.
In the fall term, you'll relate theory to practice through learning head and neck anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, radiology, nutrition, infection control, dental armamentarium and professionalism. Near the end of the term you'll participate in a one week dental office practicum.
In the winter term you will continue to develop your theoretical knowledge and clinical skills from term one. You will also have the opportunity to apply your clinical skills outside the simulated clinical environment in community dental offices for two weeks in your second practicum.
During the final 5 weeks of the program you will provide preventive care to children in the dental clinic for 2 weeks and participate in a 3 week practicum in a general dental office.
Curriculum & courses
Ready to get started? Get your application in for the September intake.
When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.
Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.
- C in English 12
- C in English 12 Camosun Alternative
- C in Biology 12
- C in Biology 12 Camosun Alternative
And all of:
- Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
For more detailed information about this program and specific admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.
Our Teaching Staff
Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students’ individual journeys.
Program Leader, Instructor
Practicum Coordinator, Instructor
Find a full list of courses and specific admission requirements.