Semester 1: September – December

DENT 150 Dental Assisting Foundations

This course introduces basic principles of dental assisting techniques and the assessment phase of client care. Theoretical knowledge pertaining to basic instrumentation, fundamental skills associated with dental assisting, and an introduction to biomaterials is covered. In addition, students receive information regarding the rationale for obtaining medical and dental histories, vital signs, dental charting, initial client observations, and isolation techniques. The course material includes the prevention and handling of complications and medical emergencies that may occur in the dental office.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: DENT 151, 153, 157 with a minimum “C” grade and MGT 154 with a minimum “B-” grade
3 CR / (4,0)

DENT 151 Prevention I

This course emphasizes infection control and prevention of oral disease. Awareness is placed on the nature of oral organisms, modes, and management of transmission for diseases of dental importance. This course also familiarizes the student with methods and materials used to prevent oral disease. Plaque, methods to control oral diseases, devices, and other components of preventive dentistry are covered.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: DENT 150, 153, 157 with a minimum “C” grade and MGT 154 with a minimum “B-” grade
3 CR / (5,0)

DENT 153 Dental Sciences

A study of form, structure, and interrelationships of the head and neck. Also included is the study of histology, morphology, supporting structures, occlusion, identification, and anomalies as they relate to dentition. Anatomical landmarks and understanding of the relationship between structure and function will be provided.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: DENT 150, 151, 157 with a minimum “C” grade and MGT 154 with a minimum “B-” grade
4 CR / (5,0)

DENT 157 Dental Assisting Clinic I

The first in a series, this clinic provides an opportunity for the student to integrate theory into clinical and laboratory experiences. The focus is on clinical asepsis, basic instrumentation, initial client observation, isolation techniques, the manipulation of a variety of dental materials, and taking radiographic bitewings on a manikin.

Within this clinical course students will be scheduled to participate in an integrated practicum (approx.12 hours).

This practicum experience will provide the learner with the opportunity to assist in a general dentistry office. The focus will be on professional conduct, communication skills, clinical support procedures, assisting and to practice in a safe and competent manner according HPA/Dentist Act requirements.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: DENT 150, 151, 153, 162 with a minimum “C” grade
3 CR / (0,12.5)


MGT 154 Applied Human Relations

This course focuses on the personal management and interpersonal communication skills that contribute to success in the business world. Areas covered include personal management and interpersonal communication development skills. Classroom participation and discussion are a necessary part of this course.

Corequisites (for Dental Assisting students only): DENT 150, 151, 153, 157 with a minimum “C” grade
3 CR / (2,2)

Semester 2: January – April

DENT 160 Restorative Dentistry

This theoretical component provides the student with background into dental anesthesia, cavity preparation and design, and restorative instruments. Knowledge of the dental materials utilized in the prevention and treatment of oral disease will also be covered. A series of lectures will be given dealing with the etiological fundamentals of dental caries and methods used to prevent caries.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: DENT 161,163, 166 and 169 must be passed at a "C" grade and DENT 167 at a Satisfactory (S) level.
3 CR / (3,0)

DENT 161 Prevention II

This course provides the student with knowledge regarding the potential of oral manifestations such as periodontal disease and caries. The student learns to prevent these diseases through clinical preventive procedures, understanding nutrition, and teaching the client oral self-care. An additional component has the student developing and presenting preventive oral health lesson plans to select members of the local community.

Prerequisites: DENT 150, 151, 153, with a minimum “C” grade, DENT 157 at a Satisfactory (S) level, and MGT 154 with a minimum “B-” grade
Corequisites: DENT 160,163, 166 and 169 must be passed at a "C" grade and DENT 167 at a Satisfactory (S) level.
3 CR / (4,0)

DENT 163 Dental Specialties I: Oral Surgery and Prosthodontics

This course has an emphasis on the dental specialties of oral surgery and prosthodontic dentistry. It provides the student with the knowledge of pre-surgical evaluation, pharmacological considerations, procedures, post-operation treatments, and the role of the certified dental assistant in the care of an oral surgery case. Students are also introduced to prosthetic procedures which are devoted to the restoration of function and the form of the dentition, including fixed and removable appliances and implants.

Prerequisites: DENT 150, 151, 153, with a minimum “C” grade, DENT 157 at a Satisfactory (S) level and MGT 154 with a minimum “B-” grade
Corequisites: DENT 160,161, 166 and 169 must be passed at a "C" grade and DENT 167 at a Satisfactory (S) level.
3 CR / (4,0)

DENT 166 Professional Issues

This course provides the student with an overview of the dental profession and its organization. It also introduces the student to dental jurisprudence, ethical dilemmas and problem solving. The BC Health Professions Act and duties of the graduate BC Certified Dental Assistant will be discussed

Prerequisites: DENT 150,151 and 153 must have been passed at a "C" grade and DENT 157 at a Satisfactory (S) level. MGT 154 must have been passed at a "B-" grade
Corequisites: DENT 160, 161,163 and 169 must be passed at a "C" grade and DENT 167 at a Satisfactory (S) level.
3 CR / (2.5,0)


DENT 167 Dental Assisting Clinic II

The second course in the clinical sequence, the learner’s clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes build on the foundation from DENT 157 - Dental Assisting Clinic I and expands clinical and laboratory competencies. Learners will begin to schedule patients and perform prescribed services. Learners also participate in weekly guided group discussions of their clinical experiences and cases.

Within this clinical course students will be scheduled to participate in an integrated practicum (approx.16 hours).

This practicum experience furthers the opportunity the learner has for dental assisting in a dental office.

Emphasis on professionalism and communication skills continues. Advanced chair side assisting, direct patient care procedures, and laboratory skills may also be included in the experience. This course will continue to focus on the student’s professional conduct, communication skills, clinical support procedures, assisting and to practice in a safe and competent manner according to HPA/ Dentist Act requirements.

Prerequisites: DENT 150,151 and 153 must have been passed at a "C" grade, MGT 154 must have been passed at a "B-" grade. and DENT 157 at a Satisfactory (S) level.
Corequisites: DENT 160, 161, 163,166, 169 with a minimum “C” grade
3 CR / (0,13)

DENT 169 Radiology

This course provides students with the theory of the technical aspects of radiation and principles of exposing, processing, and mounting dental radiographs. Clinical experience emphasizes radiation hygiene and technique

Prerequisites: DENT 150, 151, 153, with a minimum “C” grade, DENT 157 at a Satisfactory (S) level and MGT 154 with a minimum “B-” grade
Corequisites: DENT 160, 161, 163, 166 with a minimum “C” grade, DENT 167 at a Satisfactory (S) level
3 CR / (23,0)


DENT 190 Practicum I

This practicum experience provides the student with the opportunity to assist in a general dentistry office. The focus is on professional conduct, communication skills, clinical support procedures, and basic chairside assisting.

Prerequisites: DENT 160,161, 163, 166, and 169 must have been passed at a "C" grade and DENT 167 at a Satisfactory (S) level.
3 CR

Intersession: May - June

DENT 173 Dental Specialties II

A theoretical course where emphasis is placed on the dental specialties of oral pathology, orthodontics, endodontics, geriodontics, pedodontics, and special needs clients.

Prerequisite: DENT 190 must have passed at a Satisfactory (S) level.
Corequisites: DENT 176, 177 must have passed with a minimum “C” grade
3 CR / (9,0)

DENT 176 Office Practice Management

This course provides the student with an introduction to dental office practice procedures in relation to the clinical setting. The student is involved in a combination of guided self-study, projects, and class discussions to complete this course

Prerequisite: DENT 190 must have passed at a Satisfactory (S) level.
Corequisites: DENT 173, 177 must have passed with a minimum “C” grade
3 CR / (1,0)

DENT 177 Dental Assisting Clinic III

The last course in the clinical sequence, this clinic allows the student to build on previous experiences and to integrate new skills into clinical and laboratory activities. Clinical activities will include treating scheduled clients for prescribed services and providing dental health education to members of the community. Students participate in weekly guided discussions of their clinical experiences and cases.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: DENT 150, 151, 157 with a minimum “C” grade and MGT 154 with a minimum “B-” grade
4 CR / (5,0)

DENT 191 Practicum II

This practicum experience furthers the opportunity the student has for dental assisting in a dental office. The emphasis on professionalism and communication skills continues. Advanced chairside assisting, direct client care procedures, and laboratory skills may also be included in the experience.

Prerequisites: DENT 173, 176 and 177 must have been passed at a "C" grade.
3 CR

Dental Assisting

  • Credential: Certificate
  • Type: Full-time
  • Length: One year
  • Campus: Prince George
  • Fees: $5,707
These fees are an estimate.