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Dental Assisting Cert Levels I and II GBC

Dental Assisting Cert Levels I and II GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

The Dental Assisting Certificate Levels I and II program of George Brown College provides education leading to a career as a Certified Dental Assistant.

You will be developing the skills, technical knowledge and clinical experience necessary to work in a professional, ethical and collaborative manner in a variety of settings as a collaborative member of an oral healthcare team.  These competencies are:

  • Those related to clinical assisting;
  • Oral health education and;
  • Business administration consistent with national and provincial standards.

You will be receiving experience in:

  • Intra-oral skills;
  • Intra-oral imaging;
  • Laboratory procedures;
  • Safety protocols;
  • Business skills.

You may be eligible to apply for the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) examination though you will have to tender payment for the additional fees. Once you have successfully completed the NDAEB and with further training if needed, you may be eligible to apply for certification with the Ontario Dental Assistants Association to work as a Level II Dental Assistant in Ontario.

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Course Delivery

This Dental Assisting Certificate Levels I and II program is offered at the Waterfront Campus of George Brown College.

This one-year postgraduate program is taught via lectures and laboratory subjects.  Classes may be scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

You will also be acquiring experiential learning experiences such as a field education component.  You may acquire valuable learning opportunities in places such as:

  • University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry;
  • George Brown College child-care centres;
  • Public health units;
  • Teaching hospitals;
  • Private dental practices.


You may be eligbile to take the National Dental Assisting Examining Board or NDAEB examination once you have graduate from this program.  Note though that additional fees will be needed for the application.

Upon successful completion of the NDAEB examination, you will be eligible to apply for certification with the Ontario Dental Assistants Association to work as a Level II Dental Assistant in Ontario.

After completing the program, you may find employment in:

  • General and specialty private dental practices
  • Public health units
  • Hospital dental clinics
  • Dental industry
  • Armed forces
  • Insurance companies

Future Study Options for graduates of the Dental Assisting Certificate Levels I and II Certificate program of George Brown College.

As a graduate of this program, you may apply to the George Brown College Continuing Education department to expand your skills with a certificate in:

  • Dental Office Skills
  • Dental Treatment Coordinator

To apply to other dental programs at George Brown College, you must meet the minimum admission requirements for each program.  While you may not be given priority admission, you may be eligible for some course exemptions.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Maintain client and personal safety in the practice environment;
  2. Contribute to the development of a comprehensive client profile by using a variety of data collection methods in collaboration with the client and other health professionals and in compliance with privacy legislation;
  3. Contribute to the development of a comprehensive plan for oral health services and programs in collaboration with the client and other health professionals;
  4. Provide oral health services and programs, as identified in the comprehensive plan and as permitted within the scope of practice;
  5. Contribute to the evaluation and reporting of appropriate aspects of the oral health services and program by using a variety of sources including the client profile;
  6. Act in a professional and competent manner;
  7. Maintain client records and manage office procedures in compliance with relevant legislation.

Course Outline


  • BIOL1047:  Human Biology For The Dental Assistant
  • DENT1046:  Dental Materials I
  • DENT1047:  Dental Radiography I
  • DENT1048:  Preclinical Techniques - Theory
  • DENT1050:  Preclinical Techniques - Practical
  • DENT1130:  Oral Health & Prevention
  • DENT1137:  Infection Prevention & Control For Dental Assisting
  • DENT1138:  Dental Anatomy For The Dental Assistant
  • COMM1003:  English Skills OR
  • COMM1007:  College English


  • ANAT1066:  Head & Neck Anatomy For Dental Assisting
  • DENT1049:  Business Office Skills
  • DENT1051:  Dental Radiography II
  • DENT1053:  Dental Materials II
  • DENT1056:  Clinical Techniques - Theory
  • DENT1057:  Clinical Techniques - Practical
  • DENT1118:  Applied Pharmacology & Emergency Procedures
  • DENT 1146:  Professional Practice for Dental Assisting
  • DENT 1148:  Dental Assisting Consolidation
  • GSSC1053:  Collaborative Health Care In Canada
  • COMM1007:  College English (if required)

Course Info

Course Code : S113

College : School of Dental Health

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  13,520 for 2 semesters
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Textbooks:  500
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  50
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees;
  • There may be additional costs for appropriate laboratory and/or clinical attire and personal protective equipment.  In fact, there is a refundable that may be charged to you for some equipment on loan during the academic year;
  • Externship, internship, work term, apprenticeship fees are not included in the tuition fee.  This could range from $450 to a full term;
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.

As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Intake Dates :

There is ONE intake every year and that is in SEPTEMBER.

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by the School of Dental Health of George Brown College for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • You must have completed at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent.  You should also have completed the following course equivalents:
    • Grade 12 English (C or U) - A grade of 60% or higher is required;
    • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U) - A grade of 60% or higher is required;
    • Grade 11 Biology (C or U) or Grade 12 (U) - A grade of 60% or higher is required.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.0 overall band score with no individual band under 5.5
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 80 overall, minimum 20 in each skill band
    • PTE Academic 54 overall, at least 50 in each skill band
  • You must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements though it may take up to four months to complete what is needed.  You will be responsible for covering all costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements if needed.
  • A Police Vulnerable Sector Check is mandatory.  You will likewise be responsible for all fees to comply with this requirement.

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