Dental Assistant – Level 1 & 2 Diploma Program

Trillium College’s Dental Assisting diploma program is a dental program that gives you the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and experience needed to work competently, effectively and safely as a dental assistant.

Program Details

Our Dental Assisting program is an in-depth dental assistant program offering a diverse knowledge base and current practical experience. Students will work as part of a professional team, alongside the dentist during their field placement. Students will learn a variety of skills throughout this dental program, including dental office procedures, basic computer applications, bookkeeping, appointment scheduling and intra-oral procedures. The curriculum of our dental assisting program is Healing Arts Radiation Protection (HARP) recognized, and the curriculum is approved by the National Dental Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB). Graduates of this program are eligible to write the NDAEB certification exam. (Exam dates are determined by the NDAEB).

HARP and NDAEB Training

Our curriculum provides training that meets the requirements of the Healing Arts Radiation Protection (HARP) certificate and is also approved and recognized by the National Dental Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB). A dental assistant placement while attending our dental program helps you hone your dental assisting skills for entry into the workforce, and as a graduate of this dental program, you will be eligible to write the National Dental Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB) examination.

Areas of Focus

This dental program covers information in the following subject areas:

  • Dental Office Operations
  • Dental Materials
  • Operative Dentistry
  • Preventive Dentistry
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Functioning in a clinical setting
  • Radiology
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Communication Skills

Learn via live instructor-led virtual lectures completed online as well as in-person labs at a training location.

In conjunction with the in-class dental program components, you will gain valuable professional experience working in a clinical setting in our dental college clinic. Our dental college clinic locations are open to the public and supervised by qualified instructional staff.


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Employment Opportunities

As a graduate of Trillium College’s dental program, you may find employment in a range of dental assisting settings, working alongside a dentist and/or dental hygienist. Opportunities including general dentistry, community dentistry, specialty dentistry and dental sales.

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status

Placement Requirements

  • Trillium College Immunization Report; completed and signed by a medical professional.
  • Submission of a clear Police Check (CPIC) report with Vulnerable Sector Screening.
  • Completed Vulnerable Sector Screening waiver (VSS).

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Additional Information

Career Options

  • Dental assistant
  • Dental receptionist
  • Clinical co-ordinator

Employer Options

  • Armed forces
  • Chronic care institutions
  • Correctional institutions
  • Dental supply companies
  • General dental practices
  • Hospital dental clinics
  • Insurance industry
  • Public health units
  • Specialty dental practices
  • Teaching institutions