Dental Assisting Education

To be a dental assistant, you must complete dental assisting education. Then, you must meet other requirements to be eligible to apply for registration.

Dental Assisting Programs in Alberta

Approved Programs
Graduates must pass the NDAEB written examination to be eligible for registration.
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
CDAC*-accredited since 1973
Provisionally-Approved Programs
Graduates must pass the NDAEB written examination and Clinical Practice Evaluation to be eligible for registration.
Daher Institute for Education Inc
not CDAC*-accredited

Other Dental Assistant Education

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

We must Approve or Provisionally Approve all dental assisting programs. The programs must also be licensed/ approved by Alberta Advanced Education. To maintain their approval status, the programs must meet certain criteria, on an ongoing basis. Accreditation is an important part of our Program Approval process.

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

You can review our Program Approval Policies for details.

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