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Certified Dental Assistant - Certificate (2018/19)

Total Cost (tuition & fees)$4,438.00
Tuition: $3,980.00
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Additional Fees
Application Fee:30.00
Student Association Fee:92.00
Bus Pass Fee:111.00
Health and Dental Fee:225.00
Total Fees:$458.00

*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change.

Program Overview

The Certified Dental Assisting Program is a full-time, ten month program that prepares graduates to work as Certified Dental Assistants (CDAs). The program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Program graduates are eligible to write the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) exam which, upon successful completion, allows graduates to obtain registration and licensure with the Dental Assisting Regulatory Authorities. Registration and licensure in each province is required to work as a CDA in Canada.

The program curriculum is developed and guided in accordance to the Health Professions Act – Dentist’s Regulation – A Guide to CDA Services from the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. More information about specific curriculum content can be found in the online course outlines.


A Certified Dental Assisting Certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the CDA program curriculum.

General Skills Developed

The core of the program focuses on a patient-centered approach to care supporting an individual’s improvement of their oral health for their personal health and well-being. Theory and skills include clinical operations, chairside procedures, intra-oral procedures, patient education and interpersonal skills. Students must be prepared to attend two unpaid, three week practicums in communities other than Cranbrook to successfully complete the program.

Program Completion and Employment Opportunities

CDAs are vital members of the dental health team working in private dental clinics, specialists’ offices and in community health.  

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent.
  • Minimum 65% in English 12 or equivalent, minimum 65% in one of the following sciences: Biology 11, BIOL 080, Biology 12, BIOL 090, Chemistry 11, CHEM 080, Chemistry 12 or CHEM 090.

Non-Academic Requirements

The following must be completed prior to being admitted to the program:

  • Two-day job-shadowing of a CDA in a dental office (form in the admissions package).
  • Solicitor's General Criminal Record Check; *
  • Students must acquire a valid CPR Level C certificate prior to entering the program. This certificate must remain valid throughout the program.
  • Computer literacy is recommended.

* A criminal record may reduce an applicant’s access to the program or to employment opportunities and licensing following graduation. Applicants disclosing a criminal record are guided to explore other options. Depending on the nature of the offence, options may include applying for a pardon. Any associated cost is the responsibility of the student.

The following must be completed after admission:

  • A dental screening form to be completed and signed by a dentist and returned to Dental Faculty on the first day of class (form in the admissions package).
  • This is required to enable students to act as patients for each other during clinical sessions.

Graduation Requirements:

Students must complete each course of the Certified Dental Assisting program with a minimum passing grade of 70%.

Flexible Assessment (FA):  Yes

Credit can be awarded for this course through FA.

Transfer Information

Many of our programs and courses allow you to transfer to other colleges and universities in Canada. You can also apply to get transfer credits from past courses that will go towards completing your program here at College of the Rockies.

Learn how to transfer your courses to College of the Rockies

Program Transfer Opportunities

We have setup block transfer agreements with other colleges and universities to help you continue your studies once you have completed your program. If we don't have a transfer agreement for your program you can usually transfer your individual courses to another college or university in Canada.

Course transfer
If you are transferring to a BC college or university visit the BC Transfer website to see if our courses transfer to that institution.

Block transfer agreements
Once you have completed your studies you have the opportunity to transfer all or most of the credits you have earned to the following institution:

Transfer information for: Certified Dental Assistant - Certificate

Course Outline for: Certified Dental Assistant - Certificate


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