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Dental Assisting

Diploma 55 weeks

The Dental Assisting diploma program at CDI College prepares students to compete for great jobs in the dental industry. The program covers all elements of dental care, pharmacology, oral pathology, and dental radiography. Students learn how to prepare patients for treatment, assist dentists during treatment, process radiographs, perform infection control procedures, maintain patient records, and handle other general administrative duties. Students study environmental health and safety and oral facial science, along with other core dentistry subjects.

The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). The program provides both comprehensive and intensive education and training leading to a career as a Certified Dental Assistant. Students get exposure to advances in dentistry and their new uses. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to sit the National Dental Assisting Board Examination (NDAEB), which is a mandatory component for licensure and registration with the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. Historically, graduates of the Dental Assisting Program received between 97%-100% passing rate in the NDAEB since its implementation in 2007.


Certified Dental Assistants are qualified, licensed, oral health care professionals who provide essential support and patient care services under the supervision of a licensed dentist. Certified Dental Assistants are regulated under the CDSBC and must be registered and licensed by the College of Dental Surgeons of BC.For more information, please visit This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. 

Note: The Burnaby and Surrey campuses have received full accreditation.


This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

Campus Availability

This program is approved to be offered at the following campuses. Please contact the campus of your choosing for program availability.

  • Burnaby, BC
  • Surrey, BC

Delivery Mode

The program is approved to be delivered in the following methods.

  • In person (On Campus)

Our instructors here are absolutely incredible. They're so motivating and encourage us to work together. Every day I feel like I make progress.

Jennifer T., Dental Assisting Graduate
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