Dental Assisting - Level I & II | St. Clair College
One Year - Ontario College Certificate
3 continuous semesters ending in June
Starts: September

Emergency Alternate Delivery Plan:
Fall 2022 Emergency Alternate Delivery

Sherry Frey
519-972-2727 ext. 4409

This is to make you aware that, although a COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend St. Clair College, all of our clinical placement sites are requiring students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be eligible to attend. Students who are not fully vaccinated cannot be provided with a clinical placement for their program and therefore will not be able to complete their programs. Please be advised that COVID-19 booster shots and or other requirements may become mandatory for clinical placement, however, they are not currently required.

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, please contact our St. Clair College Health Centre at 519-972-2727 ext. 4484 (in Windsor) or 519-354-9100 ext. 3729 (in Chatham).

Program Overview

This program prepares students to assume a position as a dental assistant / intra-oral health care provider, capable of working with health professionals in a variety of settings. The role of a Level II dental assistant involves precise and detailed work in a confined environment, including chairside and laboratory duties, instrument reprocessing as per current IPAC guidelines, maintaining infection control along with intra-oral skills such as selective coronal polishing, oral hygiene instruction, application of pit and fissure sealants, fluoride application, and teeth whitening processes.

Program Highlights

  • Graduates of this program are respected health care professionals that perform a variety of roles including; clinical, education, health promotion, business administration and laboratory duties consistent with national standards.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.
  • Level II includes 15 intra-oral duties.
  • Clinical placements.
  • On campus dental clinic provides a practical learning environment.
  • Students are eligible for certification by the Ontario Dental Assistants Association (ODAA) and the Canadian Dental Assistants Association (CDAA).
  • Upon successful completion of the National Dental Assisting Examining Board Exam (NDAEB) the graduate is eligible to practice as a Level II Dental Assistant.

Career Opportunities

Numerous opportunities exist for graduates as dental assistants, office administrators and treatment coordinators in general practice and specialty dental offices. Other opportunities include public health departments, hospitals, armed forces, college/university dental clinics, and sales.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus successful completion of:

  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)
  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4U or EAE4C


  • equivalent courses from the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program or the Academic and Career Entrance program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

Field/Clinical Placements

Applicants are required to have the following completed prior to clinical placement. You are responsible for the associated costs, and these MUST be obtained by you, the student.

  • Standard First Aid (online courses are NOT acceptable)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) BLS with AED - which includes training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the basic support level, including one-rescuer and two-rescuer CPR for adults, children, and infants; the relief of foreign-body airway obstructions for adults, children, and infants; the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED- awareness); and the use of Ambu-bags. (Annual renewal is required regardless of the expiry date on the card. Online courses are NOT acceptable)
  • L188 Mask Fit or 1870+ Mask Fit
  • College Placements and Employers require up-to-date CLEAR POLICE CLEARANCE (vulnerable sector screening)
    • Obtain the Police Clearance by the first week of your first semester
    • Clinical placements may be on day, afternoon or weekend shifts ANYWHERE within Ontario.
    • You are responsible for travel and accommodation costs.

Health Requirements

  • Medical Requirements Form
  • A satisfactory medical exam.
  • An up-to-date immunization record including tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B titre within the last 24 months) and TB skin test.


The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
Fundamentals Of Microbiology And Preventive Dentistry
Orofacial Anatomy And General Physiology
Dental Assisting Process And Materials
Clinical Theory & Professional Foundations
Dental Radiography I
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
Dental Health Education
Dental Practice Management
Essential Pharmacology And Specialty Procedures
Dental Materials II
Nutrition And Dental Health
Dental Radiography II For Dental Assisting
Clinical II
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
Dental Office Consolidation
Clinical Theory III
Clinical Practice III
Dental Specialty Clinical

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2022-2023 Tuition Fees  

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) (Ontario College Certificate) (MTCU Code 41629)

The graduate has reliably 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 programs 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 and regulations

Additional Information

  • Fall Incoming Student Information
  • This program is recognized by the Canadian Forces! Students who have been accepted into the Dental Assisting program and are considering a career in the CF may apply to the CF through a Canadian Forces paid education program. If accepted, students receive subsidized college tuition, books and academic equipment, in addition to a salary with benefits and a guaranteed job upon graduation. For more information on paid education, go to FORCES.CA.