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There are plenty of jobs waiting for you after taking our dental assistant courses - 2022/2023

New Oral Health Clinic - Now Open!

The Dental Assisting program facilities have received a complete make-over and are returning the clinical portion of the program to Fanshawe's London Campus. This space features a new, state-of-the-art, public oral health 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

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.

Katie Brooke-O'Hara
Graduate 2019

Admission Requirements - 2022/2023

This is a competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Please see for details. International students, please note: you must successfully graduate from Pre-Health Sciences before being considered for this program.

Admission Requirements

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 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 60 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 50 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 70% 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


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 current 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)-2022/2023

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-1046Anatomy & Physiology2
This introductory course involves the study of the structures and function of the human body. The content includes an introduction to anatomical terminology with an examination of 10 body systems including: skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular (including lymphatic and immune), nervous, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, integumentary, and reproductive.
DENT-1053Infection Prevention & Control3
This course provides the theoretical foundation in the study of microorganisms that contribute to disease transmission in dental settings. Through the study of infection prevention and control procedures, students will gain an appreciation and understanding of their role in reducing the risk of disease transmission to the healthcare team and members of the public.
DENT-1054Dental Materials for Clinical Practice1
Students will learn the properties and manipulation of materials used during restorative and clinical procedures in the dental office. Emphasis will be placed on achievement of optimal outcomes to ensure that materials meet requirements needed for clinical use.
DENT-1055Patient Care Procedures 13.5
This course provides students with the theoretical and practical skills required for assisting operative dentistry. Using clinical simulations and peer experiences, students will demonstrate a variety of dental assisting skills used in four-handed dentistry. Optimal infection prevention and control, health and safety procedures, pharmacology and emergency care will be emphasized to ensure clinician and patient safety in the clinical setting.
DENT-1056Oral Health Records1
This course provides students with an understanding of effective communication skills used when interacting with patients, the public, allied health professionals and the dental team. Utilizing patient management software, the student will collect and record patient oral health records using the process of care model in keeping with clinical protocols, regulatory and legislative requirements.
DENT-1061Dental Radiography 12
This course provides a basic knowledge of radiation generation and factors influencing image formation. The student will become familiar with oral radiography equipment and the techniques for producing digital radiographic images of diagnostic quality. Quality assurance, health and safety and infection prevention and control measures will be introduced in accordance with current legislation, guidelines and standards.
DENT-1058Head & Neck Anatomy3
This course provides the student with foundational knowledge of the human dentition including tooth designation systems, tooth surfaces and tooth development. It explores anatomical landmarks of the head and neck, the nerve supply and vascular circulation of the head and neck, salivary structures and the anatomy of the tongue. Students are introduced to the etiology, clinical appearance, symptoms, treatment and prevention of common oral pathological conditions.
DENT-1059Oral Disease Prevention & Treatment 12
This course introduces students to caries and periodontal disease processes. Through theoretical and case based learning opportunities, students will develop individualized approaches to patient education, preventive home care strategies and treatment recommendations that optimize oral health.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
DENT-3048Dental Practice Administration1
This course introduces students to the business administration aspects of a dental practice. Business management, appointment scheduling, dental insurance processes, employment standards and the regulations relating to privacy, security and retention of oral health information will be emphasized. Various roles and responsibilities of each member of the dental team will be explored.
DENT-3057Dental Laboratory Procedures1.5
This course builds on concepts the student has learned in Level 1 of the program. Emphasis will be placed on the properties, manipulation, and safe handling of various dental materials. Workplace safety will be strongly emphasized.
DENT-3056Dental Radiography 22
This course builds upon Dental Radiography 1 and provides the student with an opportunity to further develop competency in achieving radiographic images of diagnostic quality. Patient management, specialized radiographic techniques and radiographic image interpretation will be introduced to further competency development. Students will demonstrate optimal quality assurance, health and safety and infection prevention and control measures.
DENT-3050Clinical Practice 14
Through experiences at both Fanshawe and community partnership locations, students will have an opportunity to contribute to the provision of oral health services in collaboration with other health care providers. Students will apply critical thinking, problem solving and professional skills while observing and participating in a variety of clinical settings.
DENT-3053Oral Disease Prevention & Treatment 24
This course builds upon the knowledge and skills attained during Semester I. The student will apply the process of care model (A.P.I.E.) to the provision of optimal patient care. Didactic instruction will be followed by practical experiences with manikin simulations and clinical peer sessions. An emphasis will be placed on current legislation and standards of practice relating to the designated Level II intraoral procedures.
DENT-3051Patient Care Procedures 23
This course builds upon the introductory theory presented in level one of the program. Focus will be placed on operative procedures performed in a variety of specialty practice environments including public health, oral surgery, oral medicine and pathology, orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, paedodontics, and prosthodontics. Students will also explore patient management and communication techniques used when providing oral health care services to the special needs community.
DENT-3052Nutrition-An Oral Health Approach3
This course provides an overview to the basics of nutrition as it relates to oral health. Dietary standards are utilized to assess nutritional needs for optimal general and oral health. Students will learn the function of various nutrients in the body, including signs and symptoms of toxicity and effects of food-borne and nutritionally related illness. Students will apply knowledge of nutritional principles when counselling patients and promoting healthy dietary choices that assist in preventing and controlling oral health diseases.
DENT-3054Ethics & Professionalism2
This course highlights the professional responsibilities of the dental assistant working with the public as a part of an inter-disciplinary healthcare team. Students will build upon the ethical and legal standards that apply to the professions working in a dental healthcare setting. Using a variety of ethical dilemmas, students will be challenged to examine and implement effective conflict resolution strategies that promote effective interpersonal relationships.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
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-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 12 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2022/2023

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 - 2022/2023

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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2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September

International Students

Start Dates
2022 September
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Jennifer Cooper RRDH, BSc, MSc

Day Time
Ontario College Certificate
36 weeks