About Our College

Alberta Dental Assistants are recognized leaders in regulation and governance, and support practices that establish universally-accepted standards of competence, professionalism, quality, and safety for the profession. The oral health of Albertans is deeply important to us—we maintain high standards so you can trust that you and your family are protected.

We protect the public by regulating the profession of dental assisting. We do this through our registration processes and monitoring continuing competence for dental assistants, so Albertans are assured of safe, quality oral health care.

We set standards to guide dental assistants’ practice, including our Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Our Policies guide the work we do to regulate dental assisting.

We also investigate complaints made about dental assistants and carry out discipline processes set out in legislation.

Our Mission

The College of Alberta Dental Assistants regulates its members in the public interest, promoting the delivery of safe, quality oral health care.

Our Vision

We champion regulatory excellence, innovation, and trust among our communities.

Our Values

We commit to being:

Accountable [taking responsibility for the work we do]

We deliver an effective regulatory framework and answer to Albertans.

Ethical [acting with personal and professional integrity]

We do the right things for the right reasons.

Inclusive [honouring human diversity]

We embrace equality in the delivery of our mandate and encourage differing perspectives in decision-making.

Innovative [leading by learning]

We pursue opportunities to collaborate, grow, and improve our systems and processes.

Organization Structure and Regulatory Framework

The diagrams below show our regulatory structure and how our Council, committees and staff fit that structure.

Our organization structure diagram shows that our authority comes from legislation via the Minister of Health and Health Professions Act. Our Council of 5 public and 5 regulated members are responsible for our committees and our Registrar. We have 8 committees. 3 are regulatory: Competence, Registration and our Hearings/Complaint Review Roster. 5 are governance: Appointment, Finance / Risk Management / Audit, Governance / Nominations, Program Approval, and Registrar Performance Management. Our Registrar has a regulatory role and is responsible for staff. The Registrar oversees the Complaints & Operations Director who in turn oversees the Registration & Finance Assistant, and the Hearings Director & Communications Manager. The Registrar also oversees the Hearings & Registrar’s Assistant, and the Education & Practice Director. The Education & Practice Director in turn oversees the Competence & Registration Manager and the Regulatory Compliance Advisor. Staff’s roles are both regulatory and administrative, with complaints and hearings, education, practice, registration, competence and regulatory compliance all being regulatory roles.

Regulatory Framework for Dental Assisting Practice

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