Code 5644
SectorHealth Services (19)
Number of credits100
Length of training1500 hours
StatusProgram approved in 1994.
Educational organizations offering the program
This program is offered in French: 
5144 - Assistance dentaire
  • Objectives and targeted professions
  • Admission conditions
  • Program content

Program objectives

To enable the students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to make appointments, receive patients, prepare the necessary materials and assist the dentist in dispensing oral treatments; to advise patients regarding postoperative care; to perform tasks related to prevention and treatment planning, and the control of contamination and biomedical waste management; to perform routine administrative tasks; to make denture pieces and models in a laboratory.

Targeted professions (find out more about a trade or an occupation on Qué

Dental assistants (3411)

Job titles

dental assistant

Admission conditions

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

Functional prerequisites

This section identifies the modules or course codes for the actual programs of study in adult general education that are specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics. Functional prerequisites includes the successful completion of specific prerequisites as well as the general development test (TDG). When a DVS doesn't require specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a dash ( - ) is displayed in the appropriate cell. For programs that lead to an AVS, specific prerequisites and the TDG do not apply (N/A).

Specific prerequisites
Language of instructionSecond languageMathematics
ENG-3101-1 et ENG-3102-2 ou (ENG-3070-3)632-306 ou (630-316)----

Program content

Code Statement of competency Hours Credits
754-412 Determine their suitability for the occupation and the training process 30 2
754-424 Apply concepts of oral anatomy 60 4
754-433 Apply concepts related to lesions and oral diseases 45 3
754-443 Apply principles and procedures of hygiene and asepsis 45 3
754-452 Apply concepts of pharmacology 30 2
754-464 Apply concepts related to oral treatments 60 4
754-475 Apply concepts related to dental materials 75 5
754-482 Take ocupational health and safety precautions 30 2
754-492 Apply first-aid techniques 30 2
754-503 Communicate in the workplace and work in a team 45 3
754-511 Apply the rules of professional ethics 15 1
754-527 Prepare materials required for various dental treatments 105 7
754-538 Apply techniques of chair-side assistance in operative dentistry 120 8
754-545 Perform administrative tasks 75 5
754-558 Perform tasls related to prevention and treatment planning 120 8
754-561 Plan a job search 15 1
754-578 Apply dental laboratory techniques 120 8
754-588 Apply techniques of chair-side assistance in specialized dentistry 120 8
754-598 Assist in operative dentistry, orthodontics and pedodontics 120 8
754-606 Assist in dental surgery and prosthodontics 90 6
754-614 Assist in endodontics and periodontics 60 4
754-626 Perform all dental assistance tasks required in a dental office 90 6
1500 100
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