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* 19 years of age upon starting classes
* Demonstrate appropriate level of English language proficiency
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 https://www.cdsbc.org/. 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.
This program is approved to be offered at the following campuses. Please contact the campus of your choosing for program availability.
The program is approved to be delivered in the following methods.
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This course provides an overview and realistic introduction to the Dental Assisting profession and program specific expectations and requirements will be provided. Ethical and legal issues related to the practice of dentistry and dental assisting are discussed. Case situations are evaluated to determine appropriate management in accordance with the principles of dental ethics and jurisprudence. The professionalism and legalities of all members of the dental team will be discussed in detail, it will enable the student to understand the expectations of the profession and the workplace. Students will consider their role in the dental team, identify other members of the team, develop an appreciation for being affiliated with a profession and learn how to use a problem-solving approach to deal with conflicts that may arise within the dental team. An overview of the history of dentistry will be provided at this time. The course introduces the students to the learning environment of the CDI campus and is intended to provide all students with a common place to begin the dental assisting program. Defined and published policies and procedures unique to the CDI Dental Assisting Program will be discussed. Overview of the Dental Assisting Program History of Dentistry Members of the Dental Team Responsibilities of the Dental Team Members Professional Organization Dental Ethics Dentistry and the Law Dental Terminology
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. 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. Lectures, reading assignments will provide a basic understanding of oral disease seen in the office. This information permits the student to understand the importance of identifying normal and abnormal oral developments. Body Direction and Planes Structural Units Body Regions Body Systems Oral Embryology and Histology Developmental Disturbances Oral Pathology Tooth Morphology, Nomenclature and Identification Facial and Intra-Oral Landmarks General Anatomy of the Tooth and Periodontium Anatomy of Head and Neck Numbering Systems Blacks Cavity Identification
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 and psychological first aid. Recognition of Medical Emergencies Preventing Medical Emergencies Emergency Equipment Emergency Responses Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation – CPR Level C First Aid Psychological First Aid
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. Treatment planning vital to the dental assisting practice will be covered in this course. Students will acquire knowledge in dental record management in accordance to the provincial dental regulatory guidelines. Electronic and paper-based dental charting will be introduced and will be practice throughout the duration of the program. Maintenance of Clinical Records Treatment Planning, Vital Signs Medical Dental Histories Dental Charting Patient Records Standard Criteria for Record Keeping Recording the Dental Exam
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. Students will study the common microorganisms and pathogens with emphasis placed on those found in the oral cavity. Students will acquire the knowledge to recognize normal and abnormal tissue anatomy as it relates to the role of the dental assistant. Students will learn about the pathology that can affect the structures of the oral cavity throughout the life cycle 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 in accordance to published regulatory agency guidelines. Microbiology Immunology Diseases of the Oral Tissue Dental Caries, Periodontal Disease Methods of Disease Transmission Blood-Borne Pathogens Ergonomics WHMIS/GHS Associations and Organizations Infection Control Guidelines Dental Office Waste Management Asepsis Sterilization; Disinfection
Dental clinical and laboratory procedures require the use of dental materials which possess different properties and characteristics. This course will provide the student with the fundamental knowledge on the properties and characteristics of bio-materials commonly used in the dental office environment, as well as selected materials used in the dental laboratory. This knowledge will assist the student in understanding the rationale behind the use of particular materials in various clinical situations. 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. Structure and Properties of Dental Materials Dental materials and the Oral Environment Restorative and Aesthetic Dental Materials Dental Cements, Liners, Bases and Bonding Systems Impression Materials Gypsum Products Pouring and Trimming of Models Fabrication of Custom Trays Waxes Acrylic Material, Precious Metals CAD / CAM procedures
This course is first of the two-part course of the Dental Radiography Module. The students are introduced to basic physics and principles of radiography, safety precautions and the operation of the dental x-ray unit. Instructions will be provided on recognizing dental radiographic errors and solving problems, patient education and management. The purpose of this course is to help the student develop an understanding of the basic principles of clinical dental radiography. Current radiographic techniques will be covered with the emphasis being on safe and effective use of x-rays in the dental practice. Throughout the course and program, learning activities are provided to integrate theoretical information and clinical practice. Upon completion, the student will gain the knowledge required for them to apply them in dental clinical practice. Basic Principles of Radiation Dental X-Ray Machine ALARA concept Generation of an X-Ray Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation Radiographic Techniques Radiographic Images Digital Radiography Image Production Techniques Anatomical Landmarks and Mounting of X-Rays Radiographic Faults and Artifacts Aseptic Techniques Provincial/Federal Guidelines Quality Assurance
This course provides the clinical and practical applications to the chairside dental assisting practice. Students practice and apply the skills acquired from the theoretical component courses. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the core competencies associated with the didactic courses. Students are assessed on their practical clinical and laboratory skills. Infection Control and Safety practices Safe handling of dental materials and equipment Dental Laboratory Practices
Students are assessed on the theoretical knowledge covered up to the mid point of the Phase 1 of the program
This course introduces students to the basic principles of pharmacology. Students are provided with the terminology, medicinal use, physiological actions, adverse responses and classifications of drugs encountered in the dental office or commonly prescribed to patients. Students learn basic terminology, medicinal use, physiological actions, adverse responses, and classifications of drugs encountered in the dental office or commonly prescribed for patients Lectures, reading assignments and laboratory projects will provide a basic understanding of Pharmacology used in the dental office and an overview of drugs used in the dental office. Administration of Medication Schedule of Drugs, Prescription Writing Classification of Drugs Drug Reference Material Anesthesia and Pain Control Sedation
This course prepares the students to take and process intraoral and extra-oral dental radiographs according to Safety Code 30 standards. The students are introduced to basic physics and principles of radiography, safety precautions and the operation of the dental x-ray unit. Students will expose dental radiographs using bisecting angle and paralleling techniques. Instruction will be provided on recognizing dental radiographic errors and solving problems, patient education and management. Current radiographic techniques will be covered with the emphasis being on safe and effective use of x-rays in the dental practice. Paralleling Technique Bisecting Technique Digital Radiography Aseptic Technique
Students will be introduced to a wide variety of instruments and procedures used in dentistry. This component will assist students in developing the knowledge and recognizing the importance of smooth interaction with the dentist providing quality care while working chairside for various procedures. Students will learn the theory 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. The course will also cover identifying challenges, assessing needs and modifying treatment to accommodate medically and physically compromised patients. Principles of Cavity Preparation Moisture Control Instrument Identification Instrumentation; Care of Instruments; Sterilization Clinical Equipment Team Dentistry; Operating Zones; Team Positioning Identifying Name and Function of Dental Instruments Assisting in all aspects of four-handed and six-handed dentistry Assisting with medically and physically compromised patient
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. Importance is placed on communication skills and methods of assessing, implementing, and evaluating individualized hygiene. Client Education Sealants, Fluoride Oral Hygiene Methods Dental Health Education Nutrition
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. Reception Procedures Maintenance of Clinical Records Dental Insurance Forms Appointment Control Basic Bookkeeping – General, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Petty Cash, Payroll, and Documentation Fee Management Computerized Appointment Scheduling, Insurance Forms, and Accounts Receivable
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. Endodontics Periodontics Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Pediatric Dentistry Orthodontics, Fixed Prosthodontics and Removable Prosthesis
This course provides the clinical and practical applications to the chairside dental assisting practice. Students practice and apply the skills acquired from the theoretical component courses. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the core competencies associated with the didactic courses. Students are assessed on their practical clinical and laboratory skills. Infection Control and Safety practices Safe handling of dental materials and equipment Dental Laboratory Practices Isolation Techniques Moisture Control Four-handed dentistry Dental Restorative Procedure Set Up
Students are assessed on the theoretical knowledge from Term 1 and Term 2 of the program.
Students are assessed on their practical clinical and laboratory skills.
This program includes a practicum component consisting of 75 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.
The time allocated for this course will be utilized for open clinics, remediation sessions, workshops, presentations and conferences and field trips. Open clinics will provide additional time for students to practice clinical and laboratory skills of their choice and to have any remediation as deemed necessary. Peer feedback is recommended during open clinics to encourage collaboration amongst the students. Attendance to workshops, presentations and conferences and field trips will provide the students with added learning opportunities other than those offered within the school environment.
This course is a broad-based introduction to using a personal computer. It teaches the fundamentals of an operating system and the most popular application software including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. You will also learn about the Internet, Web browsers, electronic mail and antivirus software. The course is based on the Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft Office 2016 and a variety of popular software programs for the Internet-related and security-related applications.
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.
This course 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; transferable skills; the job interview; effective resume preparation; cover and thank you letters; effective telemarketing; tapping the hidden job market; handling objections; job search management; self-confidence and self-esteem building; mock interviews (video-taped); and individual counselling and coaching.
A specially designed course that places emphasis on communication and interpersonal skills to promote diversity and cultural awareness. The importance of the communication and human relations is explored through case studies and role playing. Students learn relevant techniques of human behaviour and how they may be applied to communication and interpersonal skills. Learning basic communication skills especially relating to the healthcare field will assist the student in dealing with the workplace environments and patients. Understanding cultural differences and encouraging diversity can add a new dimension and safer patient healthcare delivery to the healthcare settings. Emphasis on language rights, to preserve and honour diverse cultural heritages, promote social equality and justice through recognition of individual differences is also discussed. The aim of the course is to raise awareness of culture and diversity, and provide culture general frameworks and tools on approaches to, tactics in and etiquette surrounding working and communicating across cultures. Students also participate in Psychological First Aid training. Communication Styles Barriers to Communication Cultural Awareness Diversity Intercultural Communication Legislative Framework Human Rights Act
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. Polishing Clinical Crowns of Teeth with Rubber Cup or Brush and Polishing Pastes Applying Topical Anticariogenic Agents Taking Study Model Impressions Application and Removal of Dental Dam Applying Fissure Sealants Applying Topical Anaesthetics Placing and Removing Matrices and Wedges Applying Treatment Liners in Teeth without Pulpal Involvement Evaluating Dietary Habits and Providing Nutritional Counselling as it Pertains to Dentistry Coronal Whitening Application Removing Sutures Apply Acid Etch and Cavity Bonding Applying Desensitizing Agents Removing Periodontal Dressings Performing Pulp Vitality Tests using Electric Pulp Tester and Thermal Pulp Tester Removing Retraction Cord
This course provides the clinical and practical applications of the duties required by a Certified Dental Assisting to perform. to the chairside dental assisting practice. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of the regulated skills on manikin, peer and direct patient care. Students are required to work on patients for evaluation under the supervision of dental professional in CDI dental facilities.
This program includes a practicum component consisting of 100 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.
The Program Comprehensive Exam is used to assess the students on the theoretical components covered in the Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Dental Assisting program.
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