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DENTAL ASSISTING PROGRAM

Dental Assisting Program

In a short period of 32 weeks, you can learn the clinical, professional and
interpersonal skills for starting your new career in Dental Assisting.
Tom Lee College’s (TLC) Dental Assisting Program offers academic and clinical courses and
experiences which educate and prepare students for a career as a Dental Assistant. 

Within full-time 32-week the competency-based certificate program, students will acquire
the knowledge and capabilities needed to succeed in this profession. 

The student will advance to build their theoretical understanding of the oral health sciences;
further, develop the clinical skills, taking dental radiography, using intraoral scanner/milling machine, 
recordkeeping, and applying sealants. 

TLC develop a student to provide a wide range of job skills that ensure the success and prepares
to write the Certified Dental Assistant registration license with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC and
to write the National Dental Assisting Examining Board exam.

Learn more about our program below, and contact our Advisor today to get started!


Goals of the Program

The purpose of the Dental Assisting Program:

  • Prepare the graduate for a career as a dental health care professional.
  • Prepare the dental assistant to be a safe and competent dental health care professional.
  • Prepare the graduate with academic knowledge and skill competence to qualify for both the NDAEB written exam and clinical evaluation.

 

Learning Outcomes of the Program

The Dental Assisting Program:

  • Provide curriculum that will give the dental assisting student the knowledge and understanding of the regulation, professional duties, and ethical behaviours.
  • Prepare the graduate who demonstrates the knowledge and skills required of a competent entry-level dental assistant.
  • Provide quality education that will develop the opportunities for the graduate to enhance competency in basic practice management procedures in a dental team.
  • Prepare graduates to organize, to prioritize, and to delegate care by communicating effectively with members of the dental team.
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Graduates of Dental Assisting Program must be applied to the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. Certified dental assistants (Level II) in B.C. must be certified with the College of Dental Surgeons in order to obtain a license to practice in B.C.

 

How to obtain a CDA Certification

In order to become a CDA in B.C, graduates must be complete the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) written exam and Clinical Practice Evaluation (CPE)

Career Opportunities

Graduates from Dental Assisting Program will work under the supervision of a dentist and may find a career in various settings including general and specialty dental practices, hospital dental clinics, community health agencies, and educational institutions.

NDAEB Written Exam

All successful graduates from Dental Assisting program are eligible to write four hours long written exam, 200 multiple choice format, in order to be a CDA in Canada. According to NDAEB website, exam fee is $525 (2019).

Exam will be taken 4 times a year and the dates are listed below:

  1. last Saturday of March,
  2. last Saturday of June,
  3. last Saturday of September,

and the second Saturday in December

Passing score is between the low and mid-60s % range since the NDAEB Exam uses the modified Angoff standard setting method to set passing scores. So candidates do not need to worry about writing to having a more difficult version of the exam. Results will be available within six weeks.

The exam will cover the topics below:

Section 1 Conduct Appropriate to a professional Setting                                          5 – 10%

Section 2 Dental Science                                                                                                 7 – 12%

Section 3 Clinical Supports Procedures                                                                        5 – 10%

Section 4 Patient Record                                                                                                  5 – 10%

Section 5 Patient Care Procedures                                                                                 40 – 50%

Section 6 Practice Management Procedures                                                                5 – 10%

Section 7 Laboratory Procedures                                                                                     5 – 10%

Section 8 Preventive Procedures                                                                                      15 – 20%

For more information about the NDAEB exam, please see the 2017 Candidate Handbook.

Clinical Practice Evaluation (CPE)

TLC Graduates must also successfully pass the Clinical Practice Exam. The NDAEB developed a Clinical Practice Evaluation (CPE) for use by Canadian Dental Assisting Regulatory Authorities (CDARA) in the licensing/registration of dental assistants. Some CDARA requires graduates of Canadian non-accredited and out-of-country educational programs to successfully complete a two-part NDAEB certificate to include the written examination followed by the CPE. The exam is 5-6 hours long, including a one-hour orientation, and the fee is $1,300. There are nine clinical skills that must be passed on the exams:

  • Skill 1: Exposes dental radiographs
  • Skill 2: Obtains preliminary impressions for study casts
  • Skill 3: Applies and removes a dental dam
  • Skill 4: Selective coronal polishing (Rubber Cup)
  • Skill 5: Applies treatment liner (No Pulpal Involvement)
  • Skill 6: Applies and removes matrix and wedge
  • Skill 7: Applies Anti-Cariogenic Agent (Tray Method)
  • Skill 8: Applies pit and fissure sealant (Cotton Roll Isolation)
  • Skill 9: Applies topical anesthetic

For more information about the CPE exam, please visit https://www.ndaeb.ca/CPE_general_E.php

Goals of the Program

The purpose of the Dental Assisting Program:

  • Prepare the graduate for a career as a dental health care professional.
  • Prepare the dental assistant to be a safe and competent dental health care professional.
  • Prepare the graduate with academic knowledge and skill competence to qualify for both the NDAEB written exam and clinical evaluation.

Learning Outcomes of the Program

The Dental Assisting Program:

  • Provide curriculum that will give the dental assisting student the knowledge and understanding of the regulation, professional duties, and ethical behaviours.
  • Prepare the graduate who demonstrates the knowledge and skills required of a competent entry-level dental assistant.
  • Provide quality education that will develop the opportunities for the graduate to enhance competency in basic practice management procedures in a dental team.
  • Prepare graduates to organize, to prioritize, and to delegate care by communicating effectively with members of the dental team.

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Admission requirements

Tom Lee College welcomes applications both from domestic (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) and international students. Different fees, timelines, and procedures apply.

Tom Lee College welcomes applications both from domestic (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) and international students. Different fees, timelines, and procedures apply.

The following are the minimum requirements for admission to Tom Lee College. Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.

All applicants must meet ONE of the following:
● A minimum of a high school graduate or equivalent;
● Or a minimum of 18 years of age by the start of the first class.

English is the language of instruction at Tom Lee College. All prospective applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by meeting ONE of the following requirements

  • A C+ final grade in English 12;
  • Or English Language Proficiency at a grade 12 level*.

International applicants can review accepted test scores of English language proficiency:

  • IELTS (Academic) – score of 6.0 or higher
  • TOEFL – score of 80 or higher (iBT)
  • LPI – score of 30 (Level 5)
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International students unable to meet the English language entrance requirement must upgrade their language skills through English Second Language course.

Applicants should also provide the following additional documents:

  • Criminal Record Check (CRC)

Note: The College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia is the regulatory body for Certified Dental Assistants. They require each applicant to undergo another criminal records search prior to registration and certification. Registration and certification to practice are mandatory in BC.

  • Evidence of the following immunizations:

–        Chickenpox;

–        Measles/Mumps/Rubella [MMR];

–        Tetanus;

–        Polio;

–        Pertussis;

–        Diphtheria;

–        Hepatitis B or Hepatitis A/B Combination;

–        Proof of negative tuberculosis (TB) test;

–        Flu vaccination (required annually).

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CAREER CENTRE

CLINICAL EXTERNSHIPS One of the most exciting and challenging experiences you’ll have at Pima Medical Institute is your clinical externship, where you’ll be directly mentored by professionals in your chosen career field. You may get to work in a hospital, doctor’s office, clinic, pharmacy, veterinary office, or another location relevant to your career choice. This is your chance to shine, as you’ll work directly with patients in a hands-on environment, exhibiting the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired in the classroom.

TLC’s CDA program is designed to provide students with a solid educational foundation about a particular career field that could be applied in the workforce. You will have a chance to use the skills you’ve been learning in the classroom. We’ve partnered with five dentistry at different locations to ensure you have a well-rounded education. It’s a great opportunity to hone your skills, learn new ones and network with your future peers.

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CONTACTS

TLC’s faculty and staff are at the disposal of our students. If you have any questions regarding any aspect of our program, please feel free to contact us.

E-mail:

Registration and Admission admin@tlcda.ca
Fees & Refunds advising@tlcda.ca
General inquiries advising@tlcda.ca

Adress:

School 250 – 3433 NORTH RD, BURNABY, BC V3J 0A9
Registrar Office 250 – 3433 NORTH RD, BURNABY, BC V3J 0A9
Mon to Fri / 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
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OUR STORIES

Certified Dental Assistant / Maria Douglas
Certified Dental Assistant / Lucy Bae

Our Team

DOCTOR
Tom lee
INSTRUCTOR
Brad Niu
CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR
Dalbir Dhaliwal
ADVISOR
Mark Choi

Practicum Office

Burnaby

3433 North Road, #250, Burnaby, BC, V3J 0A9

New Westminster

800 Carnarvon Street, #243, New Westminster, BC, V3M 0G3

TRI-CITY

2929 Barnet Hwy, #1412, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 5R5

Langley

19978 72nd Avenue, #103, Langley, BC, V2Y 1R7

COAST MERIDIAN

3380 David Ave, #103 Coquitlam, BC, V3E 3G8

FAQ

What is the difference between accredited and non-accredited?

NDAEB Exam Procedure

Is this an accredited program?

No, TLC is not accreditation program because we offer short period of six months. As TLC students can graduate earlier than an accredited program, they can have more opportunity to find a job in the field.

What are your admission requirements?

Tom Lee College welcomes applications both from domestic (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) and international students. Different fees, timelines, and procedures apply.

For more details about entrance requirements, please check Admission Requirements.

How do I enroll?

There are three ways to enroll:

  1. Online – Using our secure website and download a PDF file.
  2. Phone – Speak with a TLC representative 1-604-568-3312.
  3. Mail – Complete your application form and mail it in with your payment.

How soon will I get my first set of books?

TLC will provide it on the first day of the class.

Is there a deadline for enrollment?

Please double check with College calendar.

How does taking a course with TLC work?

  1. Enroll and make the first down payment.
  2. Study & complete your course within 6 months.
  3. Attending and practice practicum and complete all of your tuition payments.
  4. Write and pass your exams in NDAEB and CPE.
  5. Receive your personalized career diploma and dental assistant certificate.

Do you offer evening classes?

TLC offers morning, day, and evening classes for most of our certificate programs so that you can get the education you need for your future while still taking care of your present responsibilities. Contact us to see when your program of interest is offered. 

How long do I have to complete my course?

Dental Assisting Program is designed to be completed within 32 weeks including practicum. TLC provides longer practicum hours than other institutions.

What is a passing grade?

An instructor adopts a grade scale appropriate to the level and content of the course.

Grade

Scale

A+

90 – 100

A

85 – 89

A-

80 – 84

B+

76 – 79

B

72 – 75

B-

68 – 71

C+

64 – 67

C

60 – 63

C-

55 – 59

D

50 – 54

F

0 – 49

If I have questions with my studies, how can I get it?

Contact with TLC advisor by email, they are available for you when you have a question.

Can TLC’s course really prepare me for a new career as a professional in my field of study?

TLC’s Dental Assisting Program is designed to provide students with a solid educational foundation about a particular career field that could be applied in the workforce. You will have a chance  to use the skills you’ve been learning in the classroom. We’ve partnered with five dentistry at different locations to ensure you have a well-rounded education. It’s a great opportunity to hone your skills, learn new ones and network with your future peers.

How much is the tuition?

See more details on the Fee page.

What does my tuition fee include?

As a student with TLC, your tuition fee includes:

  • Course material – Textbooks
  • Study guides
  • Instructional services and tools
  • Admin fee

What methods of payment do you accept?

TLC accepts a cheque or account transfer. Visa and Mastercard are not acceptable.

Is a down payment required?

Yes, there is a required minimum down payment for application fee, $150. 
Application fee is non-refundable.
Application fee will be deducted from your tuition fee.

Do TLC students receive an credit for referring friends who then enroll?

You will receive a $50 cheque or tuition credit for each friend you referred who enrolls program for 30 days. You must be a TLC student or graduate to participate.