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||Certificate in Certified Dental Assistant
The accredited Certified Dental Assistant program provides learners with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for a successful career as a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).
CDAs are health professionals who make unique contributions to the dental team. They perform selective skills, support clients of all ages and needs throughout dental procedures, and promote effective oral health practices in private and community environments.
In preparation for a career as a CDA, learners will acquire comprehensive knowledge related to CDA practice and will be expected to demonstrate employment qualities such as self-awareness, competence, effective communication and professional integrity. Learners have opportunities to develop effective strategies for: team work, dental career development, adapting to change within the dental profession, and continuing their education.
Successful completion of the National Dental Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB) examination is required prior to practicing as a registered and licensed CDA in British Columbia. Once qualified, CDAs will work interdependently within their scope of practice as members of a dental health team and with the supervision and/or direction of a dentist.
Following graduation, CDAs may choose to pursue further experience and education in order to perform specialized skills, serve clients as dental treatment coordinators, serve as an office manager, practice the dual role of CDA-Receptionist, and serve the community in public dental health settings.