Where it Can Take You
A dental assistant is an important member of the dental health-care team. Dental assistants perform a variety of services in collaboration with other health-care professionals to provide oral health care and to plan and implement programs to maintain, improve and prevent dental disease. Dental assistants apply clinical skills and promote oral health in a variety of settings. They are involved in chairside assisting, dental education in community health settings, practice management, marketing, direct patient care and basic laboratory procedures.
A career in dental assisting is both rewarding and challenging, and perfect for those interested in assisting people in maintaining their dental health. Graduates may find work in a number of settings, including general dentistry or specialty practices, denturist practices, dental sales, dental insurance, dental clinics at universities or in community health-care units. Duties vary from chairside assisting to direct patient care and office management.
The successful graduate should have a general aptitude for science, excellent communication and organizational skills, and a genuine interest in people. Dental assistants are creative problem solvers and appreciate varied and challenging tasks. For more information about career paths, duties, working conditions and salaries, visit:
Graduate Information & Opportunities
Graduates are eligible to write the National Board Examination. Graduates must successfully complete this examination to register with the College of Alberta Dental Assistants. Students must be registered in Alberta and certified in Canada to gain employment in Alberta.
Professional Association Courses
All provincial associations, regulatory colleges and the Canadian Dental Assistants' Association offer continuing education courses as a part of the mandatory continuing competence requirements for practising dental assistants. Dental manufacturers, supply companies and NAIT offer seminars and courses on new products and procedures as they are introduced.
- Graduates of the Dental Assisting Technology program are eligible for advanced credit in the NAIT Bachelor of Technology program and also the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree program at Thompson Rivers University.
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