Dental assisting programs are designed to provide students with the necessary manual skills, technical knowledge and clinical experience to make him/her a valuable member of the oral health care team.
All dental assisting programs in Alberta must have "Approved" status or "Provisional Approval" status with the CADA, and be licensed/approved by the appropriate division of Alberta Advanced Education. Any significant changes to the dental assisting programs must be approved by CADA, and the programs must adhere to certain criteria in order to maintain their status.
Graduates of Approved programs must successfully complete the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) written exam to be eligible for CADA registration. Graduates of Provisionally Approved programs must successfully complete the NDAEB written exam and NDAEB Clinical Practice Evaluation to be eligible for CADA registration.
Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer review process which measures programs against predetermined national requirements or standards. It is carried out by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).
Students intending to seek employment outside of Alberta should investigate registration/licensing requirements prior to enrolling in schools.
There are currently five schools offering dental assisting programs in Alberta.