Certified Dental Assistant

Certified Dental Assistant



10 months

Full time

How to apply

Start date:

Chilliwack campus at CEP



  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • The Certified Dental Assistant program is based on the regulations governing certified dental assisting practices as defined by the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. It is also accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.
  • Program eligible for financial aid


A great smile is one way to make a positive first impression. Ask any qualified dentist and they will agree that today’s dental offices are inundated with people looking to improve their smiles and keep on top of their oral health.

Certified dental assistants are essential members of the dental health care team; they work hard towards the common goal of providing quality oral care for dental clients.

The 10-month (September–June) Certified Dental Assistant certificate program provides you with the opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes necessary for employment as a certified dental assistant.

This program combines clinical practice with lecture in preparation for a career in private practice, dental clinics, and other public health facilities.

View program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar

This program is recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Upon graduating, but prior to practicing as a certified dental assistant, you are required to write the National Dental Assisting Examination Board examination and register with the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C.

Clinical experience

Throughout the program, you gain extensive clinical experience. In addition to working at the UFV dental clinic, the curriculum includes two practica with local dentistry practices, which provide you with full-time experience in a dental office.

Lab coats, gloves, masks, and safety glasses are required during all clinic sessions. You are preparing to work in a professional office: therefore neatness and good grooming are essential at all times.

Watch video: Why choose UFV for your dental assistant training?


A career as a Certified Dental Assistant offers a range of opportunities that include part-time and full-time positions in private practice, group practice, and specialty practices.

This dynamic career encompasses a broad scope of practice and offers fulfillment and personal satisfaction in that you are exposed to innovative technology while providing invaluable support to the success of the dental practice.

The First Nations Health Authority promote opportunities for young, passionate, and educated BC First Nations and Aborignial youth. Check out their health careers guidebook for info about specific health careers. 


View entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.

New CDA academic entrance requirements

BC Secondary school graduation or equivalent, and a minimum C grade in the following two courses: English 12* or ENGL 099 or ENGL 091, and Biology 12 (or UFV BIO 093)

* English 12 equivalent courses include English 12 First Peoples, English Literature 12, AP English, and IB English A (standard level or higher level).



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