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.
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.
Note: Personal suitability of applicants will be assessed using a point rating system. Applicants will be accepted based on points achieved on the applicant rating. Prior to the interview, it is beneficial for applicants to complete two days of dental office observation and to submit a confidential reference form for any volunteer experience.
Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Applications should be received by January 31 for the Fall intake. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.
Note 1: Additional health forms required for acceptance into the CDA program will be provided at the information session. 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.
Note 2: Students who are currently enrolled in Grade 12 must provide a letter by April 10 from their counsellor verifying that prerequisite courses are in progress and will be successfully completed, and that they are expected to graduate. Please submit correspondence to the School of Health Studies. An official transcript, showing that all academic requirements have been met, will be required by the end of the first week of August.
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/volunteer 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.
Students should be prepared to meet other additional costs of approximately $2,000. This includes the purchase of uniforms, lab coats, shoes, textbooks, workbooks, and lab fee supplies. Students should also be prepared for the additional cost to complete the Basic Rescuer — CPR (Level C) course.
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.
The following fees are reflective of the 2019/20 fees, and are subject to change for 2020/21.
Note: Registration and licensing fees are subject to annual increases.
Uniforms, duty shoes, name tags, lab coats, gloves, masks, 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, and lecture presentation of material. Demonstrations 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||1.5|
|DENT 132||Patient Assessment||2.5|
|DENT 133||Dental Office Emergency||1|
|DENT 134||Preventive Dentistry||2|
|DENT 135||Dental Radiography||2.5|
|DENT 136||Dental Restorative||2.5|
|DENT 137||Lab Procedures||1.5|
|DENT 138||Dental Practicum I||3|
|DENT 139||Dental Exam I||pass/fail|
|DENT 140||Dental Specialties||3.5|
|DENT 141||Community Dental Health||1.5|
|DENT 142||Dental Reception||1.5|
|DENT 143||Patient Care Procedures||1.5|
|DENT 144||Applied Dental Sciences||1.5|
|DENT 145||Dental Chart and Annotation||1|
|DENT 148||Dental Practicum II||3|
|DENT 149||Dental Exam II||pass/fail|
|DENT 152||Clinical Dental Assist||5|
|DENT 162||Clinical Patient Care||3.5|
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.
Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. 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).
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.