Dental Office Receptionist certificate
This certificate will prepare students to assume the
role of dental office receptionists. The program is designed to meet the
requirements of dental offices and clinics in the Fraser Valley.
Skills and knowledge covered include:
Role and responsibilities of the dental receptionist
Familiarization of tooth anatomy, dental terminology, and dental procedures
Understanding of dental fee guides, codes, insurance companies and billing
Management of dental payment plans and estimates
Booking and maintaining dental appointments and recall system
Dental office procedures
Working knowledge of dental computer software
Effective oral and written communication skills
1. Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent.
2. 30 wpm typing speed (attach copy of certification).
3. Introductory computer course or equivalent
4. Personal interview.
5. Proficient use of the English language. (See English language proficiency requirement in the Admissions section of the calendar for details on this requirement.)
6. A CPT (Composition Placement Test) score of 48 or
better or successful completion of ESL (English as a Second Language) course
level 80 English may be required.
7. Willingness to undergo a security record check.
Recommended skills and attributes
1. Good communication and people skills.
2. Flexibility in work schedule and in assuming tasks.
3. Ability to work as a team member.
4. Ability to take initiative and assume
5. Ability to work under pressure and stressful
6. Knowledge of basic office skills (including typing).
When to apply
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.
How to apply
1. Fill out a UFV Application for Admission form.
2. Fill out a Continuing Studies additional application form.
3. Attach your written statement (about 500 words)
explaining why you would like to be a dental receptionist and what you expect
from this program.
4. Attach all required documentation and submit the
completed application package to the Continuing Studies department.
5. All applicants will be interviewed by the
instructor. You will be contacted by telephone to arrange for an interview.
6. You may be required to take a composition placement
7. Once advised of acceptance into the program, you may
Current program fees are approximately $4600. Books and supplies will cost
Note: Fees and book prices are subject to change.
Upon acceptance, fees noted must be paid by the dates
indicated. All fees which total more than $100 in a calendar year are fully tax
Financial aid is available from a variety of sources.
For more information, contact the Financial Aid and Awards office at either the Abbotsford
or Chilliwack campus. There are also a variety of bursary applications available
from the Financial Aid and Awards offices.
Students will be evaluated for each course in the
program on classroom participation, classroom assignments, study projects,
practica, and by examination. Students must maintain a grade percentage of 85%
and an attendance record of 90% in each course to participate in the practicum.
Successful completion of both theory and practicum must be achieved to obtain
Students challenging components are required to pay the
full tuition fee for that section prior to examination. (Based on the UFV
official policy on course challenge.)
In addition to classroom activities, students will be
required to study and prepare some assignments outside of class for
approximately three to six hours per week.
Classes are Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m., from October to January.
For more information
Contact Heather Chapman in the Continuing Studies department at 604-856-4626 or 604-792-0025,
local 4626, or toll-free (within Canada) 1-888-504-7441, local 4626, or email