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Dental Assistanting (Levels I and II)
Dental Assisting (Levels I and II)

Dental Assisting (Levels I and II)

Dental Assisting (Levels I and II)

Dental Assisting (Levels I and II)

Dental Assisting (Levels I and II)

If you have an interest in helping others in an oral health care setting, and becoming a valued member of a dental team in your community, this may be the profession for you. Students will acquire knowledge, skills and training in the professional behaviour necessary to work as a Level II dental assistant, providing education and care in a variety of dental settings.

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Program Description

This one-year Ontario college certificate program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. It provides access to academic studies, clinical experience and current radiography techniques. You will finish the program by completing a field placement experience within the community to further prepare you to work effectively as a Level I and II dental assistant as part of an oral health-care team.

You will also learn:

  • Business administration skills
  • Dental laboratory skills
  • Oral health education

Your academic and clinical studies will be based on the most current theory of dental assisting practice including:

  • Emphasizing professional and ethical principles
  • Working interdependently and collaboratively with health-care professionals
  • Knowledge of the various practice specialties available

Graduates are eligible to write the National Dental Assisting Board Exam and are also eligible for certification by the Ontario Dental Assistants Association.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) (minimum 60 per cent)
  • Grade 11 or 12 biology and chemistry (C, M or U)

Please note: This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, please contact or call 905.721.3126.


To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:

  • A clear and current Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). If you cannot provide a clear CRC with VSS, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency. CRCs with VSS must be obtained from your local police station. You may be required to obtain additional CRCs with VSS to meet field placement agency requirements
  • Current Level C CPR from a recognized provider
  • Current standard first aid certification from a recognized provider
  • Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider
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Career Options


  • Clinical co-ordinator
  • Dental assistant


  • Armed forces
  • Chronic care institutions
  • Correctional institutions
  • Dental supply companies
  • General dental practices
  • Hospital dental clinics
  • Insurance industry
  • Public health units
  • Specialty dental practices
  • Teaching institutions
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$350$350
Total Fees:$5,664$17,136

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

A field placement component will give you an opportunity to gain insight and/or experience in a general, specialty or community dentistry setting and through the college’s Dental Clinic.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Qualified graduates can apply to Durham College’s:

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.


Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • code: DAII
  • Program length: Two semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Certificate
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Health & Community Services (HCS)
  • Domestic tuition: $4,173 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2018
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2017
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