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Dental Assisting

Program Duration: 45 weeks

CDI College's Dental Assisting program offers the focused, relevant, job-ready Intra-Oral level I and II training you need to work in a modern dental practice.

Hands-on Dental Training

In the Dental Assisting diploma program, you'll learn how to prepare treatment rooms and patients and also assist dentists with performing treatments.

Your Intra Oral I training will include preparing and using various tools and materials for use during those treatments and performing infection control procedures, assisting with the suctioning apparatus, as well as handling clerical tasks in a dental office.

Become a Certified Dental Assistant

Graduates who complete the Dental Assisting program at CDI College are eligible to write the National Dental Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB) Certification Exam, which when passed gives you the title of Certified Dental Assistant.

Your Intra Oral Level II training includes learning to expose, process, and mount digital radiographs, polishing teeth, applying topical fluoride and topical anesthetic, and take impressions of teeth, apply sealants, install and remove dental dams, take preliminary impressions for study casts, as well as instructing patients on proper oral care.

Start Training for a Dental Career

CDI College's Dental Assisting diploma program is the right place to train for your new career in the dental field, and with our accelerated, hands-on training, you'll be out working in less than a year!

Program Courses

ON-IOIE - Orientation to Dental Assisting Program
ON-ODYE - Orientation to Dentistry

This section will discuss the professionalism and legalities of all members of the dental team.  It will enable students to understand the expectations of the profession and the workplace. 

ON-OFSE - Oral Facial Sciences

Students are provided with an understanding of normal anatomy and physiology beginning with an introduction to the human body and its functions.  Students will learn detailed anatomy of the head, neck, and will examine the normal development of the oral cavity and facial complex, teeth, and the attachment unit.

ON-DMSE - Dental Materials

This area of study provides students with the fundamental knowledge of the bio-materials commonly used in the dental environment.  Lectures will cover the physical and manipulative characteristics of the various dental products.  The laboratory segment prepares students to correctly manipulate these diverse materials.

ON-EHSE - Environmental Health and safety - WHMIS

This course also introduces students to the proper handling of hazardous chemicals, employee safety, and waste management.  In addition, students will learn how to avoid Musculoskeletal disorders commonly associated with dental assisting. 

ON-CDYE - Clinical Dentistry

Students will be introduced to a wide variety of instruments and procedures used in dentistry.  This component will assist students in developing the skills and recognizing the importance of smooth interaction with the dentist providing quality care while working chairside for various procedures.  Students will learn the theory and practical elements of restorative dentistry.  Emphasis is placed on the dental assistant’s role in operative procedures.  It includes chairside assisting, as well as the implementation of the dental materials used in dentistry.

ON-PDNE - Preventive Dentistry and Nutrition

This section will also provide fundamental theories of learning and teaching and will give the student the opportunity to apply this knowledge in the dental clinic setting.  Emphasis is placed on communication skills and methods of assessing, implementing, and evaluating individualized hygiene. 

ON-PDTE - Prevention of Disease Transmission

Students will study the common microorganisms and pathogens with emphasis placed on those found in the oral cavity.  This course will provide students with the prerequisite knowledge required to practice effective infection control procedures in the dental environment and to prevent cross-contamination.

ON-OPAE - Oral Pathology

This segment focuses on the developmental disturbances, their clinical manifestations associated with the development of the oral cavity and the pathology that can affect these structures throughout the life cycle.  Students will acquire the knowledge to recognize normal and abnormal tissue anatomy as it relates to the role of the dental assistant. 

ON-DRSE - Diagnostic Records

This section will provide students with a level of knowledge and skill to acquire patient information, obtain vital signs, and assist the dentist in the diagnostic stages of the dental care provided.

ON-PHDE - Pharmacology
ON-MECE - Medical Emergencies CPR/First Aid

This component provides students with the knowledge and skills that are required to recognize and prevent medical and dental emergencies within the dental office.  It will prepare students to assist the dentist in administering immediate care for the client in the dental office environment.  Students also participate in CPR/First Aid training. 

ON-DRYE - Dental Radiography

This course prepares students to take and process intra-oral and extra-oral dental radiographs according to provincial/federal standards.  Students are introduced to basic physics and principles of radiography, safety precautions, and the operation of the dental x-ray unit.  They will expose using analog and digital dental radiographs using bisecting angle and paralleling techniques.  Instruction will be provided on recognizing dental errors and solving problem situations, along with client education and management. 

ON-PMTE - Practice Management

This segment will cover the key competencies related to office practices and administrative responsibilities of the dental assistant.  This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills related to basic dental reception procedures.  Topics will include the organization and management of patient records, appointment control, dental claims, financial procedures, and the utilization of dental management computer software.

ON-DSSE - Dental Specialties

This segment is designed to give students an overview of the various dental specialties.  Students will learn the theory and practical skills relating to the various disciplines.  The roles of the dental assistant will be examined in relation to these specialties.

ON-MDTE - MidTerm Exam

Students are assessed on the theoretical knowledge covered up to the mid-point of the Phase 1 of the program.

ON-FTEE - Final Theory Exam

Students are assessed on the theoretical knowledge covered up to the end of the Phase 1 of the program.

ON-FTPE - Final Clinical Practical / Laboratory Exam

Students are assessed on their practical clinical and laboratory skills. 

ON-DOCA - Mandatory Outside Practical – Phase 1

This program includes a practicum component consisting of 70 hours working in private practice with a dentist during Phase I of the program. This practicum work experience is a mandatory diploma requirement and the dentist does not pay for the services of the student during the practicum. 

ON-SSSD - Student Success Strategies - Ontario
Students will gain a better understanding of themselves through an exploration of their personal attributes, transferable skills and learning styles. This course will introduce techniques for time, conflict, and stress management and develop< interpersonal communication skills. Fundamental study and motivation skills will be covered, preparing students to excel in their program of choice. Students will also prepare a professional resume and learn how to write effective cover letters.
CESO - Career and Employment Strategies

In addition to learning career-oriented skills, students learn how to get a job in their chosen profession. Our Employment Services department will assist the graduate in resume writing, as well as preparing for job interviews. Our staff is sensitive to current job market trends and the needs of employers in each local market. Our graduates receive guidance and training to use career tools that help job seekers build a better resume and cover letter, manage an online portfolio, hone interviewing skills, and develop a personal brand online. Students will have the use of a computer lab which has unlimited Internet access, as well as job search resources. Facilitators will also be made available to advise on job finding resources, interview skills and techniques and to carry out mock interviews. This course also looks at the planning, preparation, execution, and follow-up stages of an interview: How people find jobs; Employer expectations; Presenting an enthusiastic attitude; Focusing on the right job and the hidden job market; Transferrable skills; Thank you letters; Effective telemarketing; Handling objections, self-confidence, and self-esteem; Individual counselling and coaching.

ON-IODE - Intra-Oral Dental Assisting

This course will provide students with the theory required by a Certified Dental Assistant to perform direct patient care.  An ethical decision-making framework will enable students to utilize problem-solving skills to plan for and manage direct patient care and to respond to patient-specific needs as they relate to the clinical practice of a Certified Dental Assistant.  In-house clinical and outside practicum experience will provide an environment for students to apply and adapt the knowledge and skills obtained. 

ON-IODA - Mandatory Outside Practical – Phase 2

This program includes a practicum component consisting of 70 hours working in private practice with a dentist during Phase 2 of the program. This practicum work experience is a mandatory diploma requirement and the dentist does not pay for the services of the student during the practicum. 

CDI College - Dental Assisting Program

Start training for a new career in the dental field with help from CDI College's Dental Assisting diploma program. 

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