There are plenty of jobs waiting for you after taking our dental assistant courses - 2019/2020

New dental clinic for December 2020

The Dental Assisting program facilities are receiving a complete make-over and returning the clinical portion of the program to Fanshawe's London Campus. This space will feature a new, state-of-the-art, public dental clinic with a dental radiography suite that includes the latest in digital radiography. Students will begin learning skills utilizing fully functional modern dental manikin simulators and will progress into live patient care in the new clinical and restorative spaces. Students can safely learn decontamination and sterilization processes on a sterilization centre in their simulation labs, modelled after a typical dental office. 


Learning how to provide professional and specialized dental care to patients in need is what Fanshawe’s Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) program is all about. If you’re ready to start a respected, secure and valuable career in the dental health field, there’s no better way to get the ball rolling than Fanshawe.

In less than ten months after starting your dental assistant courses, you’ll become a professional Dental Assistant with a career almost guaranteed. You'll gain amazing experience rotating through specialty practices in the London area. Plus, you'll complete two work placements at general dental offices to ensure that you are prepared to start your career. And our brand-new, state-of-the-art dental clinic is scheduled to open in September 2020!

What you can do after taking our dental assistant courses

When you graduate, you'll be prepared to successfully complete the National Dental Assisting Examination Board (NDAEB) Exam in order to practice as a Level II Dental Assistant. You'll also be eligible for certification with the Ontario Dental Nurses and Assistants Association (ODAA) and the Canadian Dental Assistants Association CDAA.

Your new skills will be dynamic, and allow you to explore diverse career options in a clinic, in education, health promotion, business administration or as a laboratory assistant. Your career options will be waiting, with 95% of graduates from the program finding work in the field.

Katie Brooke-O'Hara
Katie Brooke-O'Hara
Graduate 2019

The instructors exceeded my expectations by continuously showing how much they cared about my success. I feel confident entering the workplace with all the knowledge and clinical skills I have gained.


Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

This is a competitive program (at the London Campus only); the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available.  Please see for descriptions of grades and educational background required for a successful application.

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
- Mathematics ONE OF:
      - Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M) 
      - Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
  (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH:
- Communications
- Core Mathematics
- Biology
- Chemistry
  (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate AND:
- minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) WITH:
-  The combined Language Arts - Reading AND Language Arts - Writing test results having a minimum average Standard Score of 520 AND:
-  Mathematics ONE OF:
        - Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
        - Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
-  Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
-  Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
   (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 70 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 80 in listening, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  •  Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  •  It is highly recommended that students be proficient in word processing skills before entry into the program. Students should consider enrolling in a computer course to ensure that skills are attained prior to entry in the program.

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Students should develop personal responsibility, emotional maturity and those characteristics which will enable them to co-operate with others in the delivery of health care and in meeting the public in a dental office
  • Students should develop personal responsibility, emotional maturity and those characteristics which will enable them to collaborate with allied health care providers while meeting the oral health needs of the public in a variety of dental hygiene practice settings

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


  •  Admission to the Fanshawe College General Arts and Science program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College General Arts and Science program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) program.  The General Arts and Science program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) program.

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR)
  • Evidence of Good Health
  • Placement Agreement


Dental Assisting (Levels I and II)-2019/2020

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1048Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences3
This course will introduce health sciences students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
ANAT-1006Anatomy & Physiology3
This introductory course involves the study of the structures and function of the human body. The material includes an introduction to anatomical terminology with an examination of each body system including: cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, nervous and endocrine systems.
DENT-1001Microbiology & Oral Pathology3
This course is designed to introduce Dental Assisting students to microbiology and pathology. The first section includes a survey of microorganisms, a study of the transmission of microorganisms, methods of preventing the spread of these organisms in the dental office, and an examination of infectious diseases of importance in dentistry. The second section begins with an introduction to pathology and terms used in the study of pathology. The course concludes with an examination of specific pathological conditions affecting the oral cavity.
DENT-1002Pre-Clinical Dental Sciences4.5
This course provides the student with the scientific basis, theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for assisting operative dentistry. Using clinical simulations, the student will become familiar with the properties and optimal manipulation of dental materials. Emphasis will be placed on the identification of instruments and equipment used during a variety of dental procedures. Client care, infection prevention and control, and workplace safety considerations will also be emphasized.
DENT-1003Dental Records2
This course provides the student with a knowledge of dental terminology and the medical and dental record keeping procedures used in dental offices. Client charting simulations constitute a major part of the course. Professional conduct will be explored through discussions of regulatory bodies, professional associations and the dynamics of the dental health care team in the workplace.
DENT-1049Dental Radiography 12.5
This course provides a basic knowledge of radiation generation and factors influencing image formation. The student will become familiar with dental radiography equipment and the techniques for producing conventional and digital radiographic images of diagnostic quality consistent with the 'Process of Care' (A.P.I.E.) model. Quality assurance, health and safety and infection prevention and control measures will be introduced in accordance with current legislation guidelines and standards.
DENT-1005Oral Facial Anatomy3
This course provides the student with foundational knowledge of dental tissues including microscopic anatomy, basic histology and embryology, tooth identification, and notation systems. Major anatomical features of the head and neck, including surface landmarks, skull bones, major musculatory vascular supply and innervation will be covered in depth to assist the student in overall dental care and treatment of the client.
DENT-1006Preventive Dental Care 12
This course introduces the student to the major dental diseases and the preventive measures used to control them. Needs identification, behaviour modification and oral physiotherapy devices and techniques will be covered in order to prepare the student for providing oral self care counselling to clients.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
DENT-1011Dental Office Procedures2
This course is designed to provide the student with a knowledge of effective communication skills for dealing with clients, dental team members and others. Techniques required for client management, time management, appointment control, dental insurance claim forms, telephone techniques and general business office skills will be explored. The student will utilize the ABELDent Dental Management Software Program to demonstrate dental management operations.
DENT-1012Dental Materials2
This course builds upon the basic theory presented in Semester I and introduces the student to a variety of techniques & equipment used in the dental laboratory. Emphasis will be placed on the properties, manipulation, and safe handling of various dental materials. Workplace safety will be strongly emphasized.
DENT-3001Dental Radiography 21
This course builds upon Dental Radiography 1 and provides the student with an opportunity to further develop competency in achieving intraoral images of diagnostic quality. Students will demonstrate optimal quality assurance, health and safety and infection prevention and control measures. Emphasis will be placed on applying the 'Process of Care' (A.P.I.E.) model to a broader range of radiographic techniques and patient complexity.
DENT-1013Clinical Practice 14.5
This course provides the student with an opportunity to apply didactic and clinical skills while assisting in various clinical placements in the London area. The student will have an opportunity to contribute to the provision of oral health services in collaboration with other health care providers. Four-handed dentistry techniques, dental specialties, infection control, professional conduct and interpersonal relations are emphasized.
DENT-3043Preventative Dental Care 24
This course builds upon the knowledge and skills attained during Semester I. The student will develop an appreciation for the process of care model (A.P.I.E.) as it relates to the provision of optimal client care. The didactic information will be followed by practical experiences with manikin simulations and during clinical sessions on each other. An emphasis will be placed on the current legislation and the standards of practice relating to the designated Level II intraoral procedures.
DENT-1014Dental Specialties3
This course builds upon the basic dental assisting theory presented in Level 1 of the program through introduction to the provision of patient care in institutional and specialty practice environments. Areas of study will include public health, oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, paedodontics, and fixed and removable prosthodontics. The students will participate in oral health presentations to a variety of community populations.
PHRM-1002Pharmacology & Emergency Care2
This course introduces students to drugs used in dentistry and drugs that may affect dental treatment. It also presents information concerning the prevention and management of emergency situations that may arise in the dental office.
DENT-1050Dental Foundations of Nutrition3
This course provides an introduction to the basics of nutrition as it pertains to dental health and the six classes of nutrients and the overall processes of digestion and absorption. Dietary standards are presented and assessed for both oral health and overall health. Nutrient function and signs of deficiency and/or toxicity in the body and the oral cavity are discussed, along with food-borne illness and contamination of food sources. Students will apply their knowledge to the principles of nutritional counselling related to the prevention and control of dental disease through a healthy diet.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
DENT-3003Professional Issues1
This course presents the professional issues relating to the dental field and the provision of client care, including ethical, legal and quality assurance considerations. The student will examine his/her role on the dental team and will learn a problem solving approach for dealing with dental assisting dilemmas.
DENT-5029Clinical Practice 21.5
In this course the student gains experience and competency in their Level II intraoral skills, according to the A.P.I.E. process of care model. The student will use a collaborative clinical approach with other oral health care providers. Emphasis will be placed on providing optimal, individualized client care in a safe and effective manner. The integration and application of knowledge from related courses continue to be essential for success.
DENT-3005Clinical Consolidation 11.6
This two week component provides the student with an opportunity to refine their clinical skills through hands-on experience in a private dental office. The student participates as a team member, completing all related duties of a Level I dental assistant. Emphasis is placed upon professional conduct, team work, and interpersonal skills.
DENT-5001Preventive Dental Care 31
This lecture course builds upon the theory presented during Semesters 1 and 2. The need for comprehensive patient assessments for the determination and performance of individualized preventive care is emphasized in keeping with the 'process of care' concept. Self evaluation and performance improvement strategies related to practical experience will constitute a major part of the course.
DENT-5030Clinical Reflection & Debrief1
This lecture accompanies the clinical activity Dental Assisting students are involved in over the spring semester. It allows students to debrief prior to their following week of clinical activities.

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 13 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2019/2020

Career Opportunities

The graduate, upon certification, is qualified to assume a position as a Level II dental assistant in a private dental practice, a dental clinic or a health unit or agency.

More Information - 2019/2020

A One-Year Ontario College Certificate Program
Program Code: DAS3
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
September Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


School of Health Sciences: 519-452-4207

Program Description

The Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) program will prepare a student to be an entry-level practitioner, capable of working interdependently and collaboratively with health professionals in a variety of practice settings. The graduate will be able to assume a variety of roles including clinical, education, health promotion, business administration and laboratory assistant, consistent with national and provincial standards and the Regulated Health Professions Act.

Other Information

  • Due to the academic and clinical rigor required in the Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) program, applicants applying directly to this program from secondary school, without additional post-secondary education, are encouraged to consider applying to the General Arts and Science program.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. maintain client* and personal safety in the practice environment.

2. contribute to the development of a comprehensive client* profile* by using a variety of data collection methods in collaboration with the client and other health professionals and in compliance with privacy legislation.

3. contribute to the development of a comprehensive plan* for oral health services and programs* in collaboration with the client* and other health professionals

4. provide oral health services and programs*, as identified in the comprehensive plan* and as permitted within the scope of practice

5. contribute to the evaluation and reporting of appropriate aspects of the oral health services and programs* by using a variety of sources including the client profile

6. act in a professional and competent manner.

7. maintain client* records and manage office procedures in compliance with relevant legislation and regulations.

Program Pathways

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Program Details

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Canadian Students

Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Jennifer Cooper RRDH, BSc, MSc

Day Time
Ontario College Certificate
36 weeks