What to look for in a college
Ontario dental assisting educational programs are offered at both Community Colleges and Private Career Colleges and are generally 10 months in length. The national standard for dental assisting educational programs in Canada is the Level II intra-oral program. However, some Ontario institutions have formal programs for both Level I (chairside) and Level II dental assistants. Admission requirements may vary from college to college but generally applicants must have the Ontario Secondary School Diploma with Grade12 English, Biology and Chemistry. There are approximately 574 hours of academics and 172 hours of pre-clinical and clinical practice. Students complete an 80-hour placement as part of the curriculum.
Community colleges receive public funding from the Ontario government. Most community college programs are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). This is an important consideration for two reasons: accreditation identifies a program that meets predetermined national requirements and enables you to work as a dental assistant in another province should you move. Community Colleges offer only Level II dental assisting programs. Students divide their time between theory and practical experiences. The taking of radiographs on patients is not done until their required clinical placement in a dental office. Other intra-oral duties are practised within the community college clinic. There are approximately 574 hours of academics and 172 hours of pre-clinical and clinical practice. Students complete an 80-hour placement as part of the curriculum.
Community Colleges in Ontario Offering Dental Assisting Educational Programs
- Algonquin College
- Cambrian College
- Collège Boréal
- Confederation College
- Durham College
- Fanshawe College
- George Brown College
- Georgian College
- La Cité Collégiale
- Niagara College
- St. Clair College
Private Career Colleges
Private career colleges (PCCs) are independent organizations. PCCs must be registered and have their programs approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. This Act ensures that private career colleges meet certain standards for the programs they offer as well as advertising, refund policies and instructor qualifications. In some private colleges, there is a differentiation between Level I programs and Level II. Students complete the Level I program and then apply for the Level II component. If you are entering a private career college, make sure that the college is approved by the Ministry of Colleges, Training and Universities and that the radiography component is approved by the HARP Commission. It is important to note that if you enroll in an unregistered college or an unapproved program, you will not be covered by the protections provided by the government under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005, and your program will not be recognized for certification. Presently, no Ontario private career colleges are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). Should graduates of Level II private career programs want to work outside of Ontario, they will be required to write both the written NDAEB exam and successfully complete the NDAEB's Clinical Practical Evaluation (CPE). Please review the NDAEB's website for further information.
Private Career Colleges in Ontario with Dental Assisting Educational Programs approved by ODAA
- Anderson College of Health, Business & Technology
- The Canadian Academy of Dental Health & Community Sciences
- Canadian National Institute of Health, Inc.
- College of Dental & Medical Auxiliaries, Canada
- Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries Inc.
- KLC College: Healthcare, Business, Education
- Medix College of Healthcare
- The National Academy of Health & Business
- Oxford College Of Arts, Business & Technology
- Trillium College
For more information, please visit Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.