Certified Dental Assistants

BC high school grads can study for 10-12 months to start a career as a Certified Dental Assistant. CDAs are vital members of the dental health team, helping dentists and specialists improve people’s smiles and oral health. They assist the dentist, provide patient education and comfort, patient care procedures, and office administration services.

Certified dental assistants are employed in general dental offices, specialty practices such as children's specialist, orthodontics, or oral surgery. CDAs also practice in hospital dental clinics, the BC Cancer Agency, community health clinics, and residential care facilities for seniors and the disabled. Employment opportunities also exist in CDA education, research, sales and marketing of dental products, and dental insurance company administration. CDAs who have completed approved training and are registered with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC can call themselves Certified Dental Assistants.

The Canadian Dental Assistants Association maintains a list of recognized schools in British Columbia where students can receive training in dental assisting.

As a graduate you will be eligible to complete the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) written exam and the Clinical Practice Exam (CPE). The exam is a mandatory component for certification and registration with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC, the regulatory body for Certified Dental Assistants.