Certified Dental Assistants are essential members of the dental health care team, working toward the common goal of providing quality oral care for dental clients. Individuals who have a passion for helping people, enjoy working with their hands, and are team players are most likely to be successful and will find this to be a rewarding career.
The 10-month (September–June) Certified Dental Assistant certificate program is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes necessary for employment as a certified dental assistant. This program combines lectures and clinical practice in preparation for a career in private practice, dental clinics, and other public health facilities. Students gain extensive clinical experience throughout the program. In addition to working at the UFV Dental Clinic, the curriculum includes two practica, which provide full-time experience in a dental office.
Because this program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, graduates are eligible to write the National Board Exam and then register with the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C.
The Certified Dental Assistant program has limited entry and not all academically qualified applicants are admitted. For more information see the Basis for admission decision section below.
Note: Students may also present English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, AP English, IB English A (standard level or higher level), or out-of-province equivalent.
The following is required of admitted students:
Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.
Applications open on October 1. Applications should be received by January 31 for the Fall intake. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year until seats are filled. See Continuous application process for more information.
Note: Applicants whose prerequisites are completed will have first priority for the seats available. Those with incomplete prerequisites decrease their chances of being accepted into the program.
Students will be rated based on the points achieved on the applicant rating form. Points will be given for academic performance on prerequisite courses, work experience, personal essay, reference(s), and personal interview.
The requirements will be rated as follows:
Applicants with the highest number of points will be given priority for program seats.
See the Fees and Other Costs section.
The CDA program has special fees. Please see ufv.ca/registration/fees-andpayments/program-fees for program-specific fees.
Students should be prepared to meet other additional costs of approximately $2,000. This includes the purchase of uniforms, surgical caps, lab coats, shoes, protective eyewear, textbooks, workbooks, and lab fee supplies. Students should also be prepared for the additional cost to complete the CPR Level C certification.
Upon completion of the UFV Certified Dental Assistant certificate program, and prior to practising as a Certified Dental Assistant, students will need to write the National Dental Assisting Board Examination and will need to register with and be licensed by the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. Additional fees will be assessed by these bodies.
UFV has a comprehensive financial assistance program including scholarships, loans, and bursaries. Details are available from Financial Aid and Awards.
Uniforms, surgical caps, duty shoes, name tags, lab coats, gloves, masks, face shields, and safety glasses are required during daily clinic sessions. Neatness and good grooming are essential at all times.
The Certified Dental Assistant certificate is 10 months in duration and is completed in a full-time capacity. All courses are taught at the Health Sciences centre at the Chilliwack campus. Format includes self-directed, independent study, group work, lectures, and blended course delivery. Demonstrations and/or online tutorial videos are given before practical sessions. Classes are held Monday to Friday, and there are approximately two hours of homework every evening.
|DENT 130||Dental Professionalism||1.5|
|DENT 131||Basic Dental Assisting||3|
|DENT 132||Anatomy and Physiology of the Head and Neck||3|
|DENT 133||Dental Office Emergencies||1|
|DENT 134||Preventive Dentistry||2.5|
|DENT 135||Dental Radiography||2.5|
|DENT 136||Restorative Assisting||1.5|
|DENT 137||Lab Procedures and Prosthodontics||1.5|
|DENT 138||Dental Practicum I||2.5|
|DENT 140||Dental Specialties||4|
|DENT 141||Community Dental Health and Nutrition||1|
|DENT 142||Dental Reception||1.5|
|DENT 143||Patient Care Procedures||1|
|DENT 144||Applied Dental Sciences||2.5|
|DENT 148||Dental Practicum II||2.5|
|DENT 150||Clinical Dental Assisting||4|
|DENT 154||Clinical Dental Assisting II||2|
|DENT 162||Clinical Patient Care||2.5|
Note: In addition to the above courses, students must have completed a valid Basic Rescuer — CPR (Level C) course prior to the second term (Winter) of the program.
To maintain status as a CDA program student and to continue in the program, students must achieve a minimum grade of B- in each required course. Students may be asked to leave the program prior to completion if they are not consistently obtaining the B- grade.
Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV's Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).
The following grading system is used for the Certified Dental Assistant program, as per UFV's Grading System policy (101).
|Letter grade||Percentage equivalent|
|B- (70% program pass rate requirement)||70–72|
Students are responsible for ensuring they are eligible to graduate. To be eligible to graduate, students must have completed the Certified Dental Assistant program with a minimum program GPA (PGPA) of 2.67 (B- or 70%) calculated on all courses taken at UFV used to meet program requirements.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.