Okanagan College

Certified Dental Assistant

Program Information
School: Okanagan College
Faculty: Health and Social Development
Degree: Certificate
Field of Study: Dental Assisting/Assistant
Description: The program consists of three levels. Each level must be successfully completed before students can begin the next level. These levels consist of both theory and clinical classes. To graduate from the program, all levels must be successfully completed. This program is very popular and early application is strongly recommended. Applicants are advised to attend the annual Certified Dental Assistant Program's orientation session and will be notified of the date.
Website: Certified Dental Assistant at Okanagan College
Length: 10 Month(s)
Cost per year:
National: $4,446
Careers: 1 career(s)
Admission Requirements
Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*: 60 to 100

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  • Grade 12 English
  • Grade 12 Biology

Required: B.C secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for one year as of the first day of classes. A minimum grade of 60% in one of English 12, Technical and Professional Communications (TPC) 12, or an equivalent Provincial Level ABE English course or a minimum score of 24/40 (Level 4) on the LPI (Language Proficiency Index Test). Note: Communications 12 is not acceptable. A minimum grade of 60% in Biology 12 or an equivalent Provincial Level ABE Biology course. A minimum grade of 60% in one of Chemistry 11, Chemistry 12, Physics 11, Physics 12, an equivalent Provincial or Advanced Level ABE Chemistry or Physics course, Applications of Physics 11, or Applications of Physics 12. A medical examination confirming good co-ordination, manual dexterity and fine motor skills, the ability to work in a small confined spaces, having the stamina and endurance to maintain an active schedule, good vision, and a healthy back. A dental examination confirming healthy teeth and oral tissues. A criminal record check, completed no later than three months before the first day of classes. The form will be mailed to applicants by the Admissions Office. Prospective students who have been convicted of a criminal offense may be denied admission. Please note: applicants who have a criminal record and are seeking a pardon are advised that this can be a lengthy process and that they should initiate the criminal record check procedure at their local RCMP detachment six months prior to the first day of classes. Failure to submit all required documentation by a specified deadline may result in denial of admission. Applicants are strongly advised to ensure their immunization status is current. Vaccination for hepatitis B is strongly recommended.

Additional Admission Requirements:
Evidence of a negative tuberculin test, within six months of the first day of classes or adequate follow-up in the case of a positive test. Evidence of successful completion of a Red Cross Standard First Aid or St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid and a Basic Life Support, Level C course no more than 12 months before the first day of classes. Applicants are advised to attend the annual Certified Dental Assistant Program's orientation session and will be notified of the date (It is usually held in the spring).

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.
* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on July 20, 2009

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