Dental Assisting Education

Approved Dental Assisting Programs in Alberta

CDI College

  • Calgary North campus, CDAC*-accredited since 2016
  • Edmonton City Centre campus, CDAC*-accredited since June 2017

Columbia College

  • CDAC*-accredited since November 2005

KDM Dental College International Inc

  • CDAC*-accredited since December 2008


  • CDAC*-accredited since 1973

SAIT Polytechnic

  • CDAC*-accredited since 1973

Other Dental Assistant Education

Clinical Refresher

  • Columbia College, NAIT

Entry Practice (Intra-Oral) Continuing Education**
that may lead to authorization of practices

  • Columbia College, NAIT, SAIT Polytechnic

Approved Advanced Practice Courses


  • Columbia College Continuing Education Orthodontic Module
  • NAIT Dental Assisting Technology Program
  • SAIT Polytechnic Continuing Education Orthodontic Module
  • University of Alberta Continuing Dental Education Orthodontic Module

*Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada

**Schools offering continuing education may offer some or all of the available Entry Practices; Advanced Practice courses are listed separately.

Contact the schools regarding availability, scheduling, enrollment, fees, etc.

Program Approval and Accreditation

All dental assisting programs must be Approved or Provisionally Approved by us, and be licensed/approved by the appropriate division of Alberta Advanced Education. The programs must meet certain criteria, on an ongoing basis, to maintain their approval status. Accreditation is an important part of our Program Approval process.

Accreditation is a non-governmental, peer-review process that measures education programs against national requirements. It is carried out by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).

Review our Program Approval Policies for details.

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