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Dental Assistance - 5644 (English)

Are you ready to focus your great people skills and attention to detail into a rewarding career in the dental industry? CDI's Dental Assistance -5644 (English)  program can help. This program prepares you to excel in dental assistant jobs. Our instructors are dental professionals who use their real-world experience to teach students the organizational and communication skills they'll need to succeed in a fast-paced dental office.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to become dental assistants  in private or public healthcare offices. CDI College supports its graduates to find dental assistant jobs by providing resume help, interviewing tips and more.

This program is taught in English. For more information on the equivalent French-language program go to Dental Assistance - 5144 (French).

For convenience and in order to make the program more accessible to students, the CDI Montréal campus now offers the Dental Assistance program on weekends.


To be admitted to this curriculum, students must meet one of the following conditions:
  • Secondary V diploma or its recognized equivalent OR
  • Be at least 16 years old on the 30th of September of the school year and pass the third secondary units in first and second language, as well as in mathematics according to the programs established by the Minister OR
  • Be at least 18 years old when entering the program and have the functional prerequisite which is the success of the general development test and the specific prerequisite (Language of instruction 21-02 (2033-1) or 132-308), or the equivalent recognized learning OR
  • Obtain third secondary units in first and second language, as well as in mathematics in programs established by the Minister and continue general education simultaneously in order to obtain fourth secondary units in first and second language, as well as in mathematics according to the curriculum established by the Minister.
  • Pass CDI College's admission test.

To graduate, students must obtain the required pass mark in each course.
This vocational program leads to a DEP (diplôme d'études professionnelles) recognized by the Ministry of Education (Permit 528500).
This program is offered in English or French.

Program Courses

754-412 - Determine their Suitability for the Occupation and the Training Process

Knowledge of the dental assistant profession reality and the training program. Confirmation of the professional orientation choice.

754-424 - Apply Concepts of Oral Anatomy

Identification of the bones and muscles of oral anatomy and their respective functions. Knowledge of the process of tooth development. Classification and morphology of the teeth.

754-433 - Apply Concepts Related to Lesions and Oral Diseases

Explanation of the cavity process in teeth. Identification of the main lesions of the dental pulp, oral mucosa and periodontitis. Understanding morphological changes in the digestive system and their causes. Association of the main oral problems with diseases of the body’s systems.

754-443 - Apply Principles and Procedures of Hygiene and Asepsis

Definition of the terminology. Identifying the links between main contagious diseases and micro-organisms. Identification of the personal and professional hygiene measures to be used in a dental office. Identification of control methods against contamination of equipment and materials. Methods of cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization. Knowledge of the regulations concerning biomedical waste.

754-452 - Apply Concepts of Pharmacology

Definition of the terminology and interpretation of abbreviations. Knowledge of the main drugs used in dental care and their effects. Local anesthesia methods.

754-464 - Apply Concepts Related to Oral Treatments

Identification of the main treatments in operative dentistry, surgery, pedodontics, endodontics, periodontics, and orthodontics.

754-475 - Apply Concepts Related to Dental Materials

Knowledge of different dental materials. Identification of the properties and uses of different dental materials and products.

754-482 - Take Occupational Health and Safety Precautions

The bill respecting health and safety at work and the role of CNESST. Definition of specific terminology. Explaining the importance of prevention in a dentist's office.

754-492 - Apply First-Aid Techniques

Administering first aid in a dental office. Observing and taking respiratory rhythms. Revision of anatomy, cardiac, and respiratory systems.

754-503 - Communication and Teamwork

Knowledge of basic communication principles, telephone communication techniques, and concepts of customer service. Knowledge of the principles of teamwork and communication within a team.

754-511 - Apply the Rules of Professional Ethics

Knowledge of the laws governing the practice of dentistry. Familiarization with the professional behaviors required in the work of a dental assistant.

754-527 - Preparation of Materials for Dental Treatments

Preparation of the materials needed to perform various dental treatments. Preparation of the necessary equipment to carry out treatments in dental surgery, orthodontics, pedodontics, surgery, prosthodontics, endodontics, and periodontics.

754-538 - Apply Techniques of Chair-side Assistance in Operative Dentistry

Preparation of the treatment room and equipment needed. Application of assistance techniques related to different treatments. Maintenance of the materials and the equipment needed in the treatment room.

754-545 - Perform Administrative Tasks

Scheduling appointments using a management system adapted to a dental clinic. Keeping patient records. Payment of services and posting to the books. Inventory management.

754-558 - Perform Tasks Related to Prevention and Treatment Planning

Preparation for X-rays. Polishing and fluoride application. Sealing of teeth. Educate patients about good habits for effective oral health. Patient education on the use of dental and orthodontic appliances.

754-561 - Plan a Job Search

Familiarization with job search techniques. Resume writing and cover letters. Familiarization with interview techniques.

754-578 - Apply Dental Laboratory Techniques

Molds and models used by dentists. Preparation of crowns, wax rings, mouth-guards and night protection. Cleaning and polishing of teeth.

754-588 - Apply Techniques of Chair-side Assistance in Specialized Dentistry

Preparation of the treatment room and the materials needed. Knowledge how to assist dentists during specialized procedures (chair-side assistance). Maintenance of the materials and equipment needed in the treatment room.

754-598 - Assist in Operative Dentistry, Orthodontics and Pedodontics

Preparation of the treatment room and the materials needed. Proper reception of the patient. Assisting the dentist with dental surgery, orthodontic, and pediatric dentistry. Proper maintenance of the equipment and the treatment room.

754-606 - Assist in Dental Surgery and Prosthodontics

Preparation of the treatment room and materials needed. Receiving the patient. Assisting the dentist for surgery and prosthodontic care. Maintenance of the equipment and the treatment room.

754-614 - Assist in Endodontics and Periodontics

Preparation of treatment room and materials needed. Receiving the patient. Assisting the dentist for endodontic and periodontal care. Maintenance of the equipment and the treatment room.

754-626 - Perform all Dental Assistance Tasks Required in a Dental Office

Familiarization with the workplace. Participating in the daily tasks of a dental assistant. Integration within a dental team.

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