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NAIT’s 1-year Dental Assisting certificate program will give you the knowledge and skills necessary for direct entry to dental practice. From infection prevention and control to all chairside restorative and specialty procedures, as well as direct patient care and dental practice administration, our program will prepare you to be an integral member of the dental health care team.

In our program, students obtain knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for a successful career in dental assisting.

Sep 01, 2022

Quick Facts

Credential: Certificate

Certificates are credit programs that take 1 year or less and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Length: 1 Year

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 1 Year to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for Open Studies. Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program. It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in. View courses

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

Grad Employment Rate

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Median Starting Salary

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Hands-on, industry relevant training

Our training approach emphasizes practical experience backed by strong theoretical knowledge in the skills and technology necessary to be a successful Dental Assistant. Our program features the following: 

  • 38-week full-time program: two 15-week semesters and an 8-week intersession.
  • small group learning, which allows for the optimum student-to-instructor ratio
  • practical, hands-on approach to learning in labs, as well as through clinical placements within the dental community
  • providing treatment to both peers and the general public in our fully equipped onsite dental clinic
Dental Assisting students in clinic with x-ray

Enter the workforce with confidence

Dental Assistants are a vital member of the dental health care team. As a graduate, you will perform a wide variety of oral health care services and contribute to optimal patient care. You may find employment in a number of settings, including general dentistry or specialty practices, denturist offices, dental sales or insurance or community health care.

Upon graduation, you are eligible to write the National Board Examination. Graduates must successfully complete this examination to register with the College of Alberta Dental Assistants to practice in Alberta.

Dental Assisting student with patient

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If you’re looking for more information or have a question about the Dental Assistant program, we can help. Send us an email, and we'll put you in touch with the program advisors directly.

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