New CDA academic entrance requirements for Fall 2018

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

Note: 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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Certified Dental Assistant



10 months

Full time

How to apply

Start date:

Chilliwack campus at CEP

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  • 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.
  • Upon completion of the UFV Certified Dental Assistant certificate program, and prior to practicing as a certified dental assistant, you will be required to write the National Dental Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB) examination.
    Following successful completion of this exam you will need to register with the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C.


Sparkling smiles and healthy mouths are one way to brighten up a room. 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 oral health.

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.

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.

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


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. 


Details outlining the entrance requirements can be found in the Academic Calendar. NOTE: SEE NEW PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS ABOVE.


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