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Dental Assistant Program Toronto – Intra-Oral Level I & II

Our Intra-Oral Level I & II Dental Assisting program is designed to prepare students for employment as dental assistants. The program includes instruction on dental functions, patient care, and dental office procedures. A mix of hands-on experience and classroom instruction provide students with the skills and theory they’ll need to succeed in their careers.

Study Hours

30 hours per week, 25 hours in college and 5 hours minimum home work

Total Hours

1245 hours (*This includes an internship.)


52 weeks | Estimated Start Date is Sept 21, 2020.

  • Estimated completion date will be September 2021
  • Deadline to register is September 16, 2020.

Admission Requirements

AGE - 18 YEARS OR OLDER Minimum age requirement And pass an approved qualifying test

HS - ACADEMIC BACKGROUND Minimum requirement High School Diploma



Understanding the principles behind dental X-rays & radiography.


Learning the theory and practicalities of assisting in dental operations.


Learning how to identify and perform preventative dentistry procedures.


Developing patient care skills for direct care and chairside assisting.

Cestar College Dental Assistant Program Toronto - Intra-Oral Level I & II

Course Code and Name Course Description
DEN 101

Introduction to Dental Assisting and Terminology

25 Hrs

In this course, students are introduced to the profession of dental assisting, receiving an overview of the history of dentistry, professional organizations, ethics, and the role of the dental health team. Students are introduced to the treatment room, equipment, and basic safety requirements of the clinic. The application of OHSA and professional guidelines used in four-handed dentistry are emphasized. Students will also be introduced to a systematic study of dental terms for their professional training. The student will becomes proficient with prefixes, suffixes, and key words that formulate dental terms and the pronunciation of dental terms.

DEN 102

Oral Facial Science

75 Hrs

This course provides a comprehensive study of microscopic morphology of the head, neck and oral tissues, anatomy of the head and neck, including embryology and structures and functions of the human dentition and the study of general anatomy and physiology. Black’s classifications and composition and classification of bones and tissues of the head and neck are also covered.

DEN 104

Dental Materials Safety

50 Hrs

This course provides the theoretical applications of dental materials in the oral environment. From this knowledge base, students learn to understand the role of dental materials in the delivery of preventative and restorative care. Lectures will cover the physical and manipulative characteristics of the various dental products. An introduction to the proper handling of hazardous chemicals, employee safety, and waste management. Precautions and safe handling of dental laboratory materials will be presented through the use of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). In addition, students will learn how to avoid Musculoskeletal disorders commonly associated with dental assisting.

DEN 104

Dental Microbiology and Infection Control

50 Hrs

This course introduces fundamental microbiology and infection control techniques. Topics include: classification, structure, and behavior of pathogenic microbes; mode of disease transmission; body’s defense and immunity; infectious diseases; and infection control procedures. In clinic, the students will demonstrate effective infection-control techniques to prevent transmission in the dental setting.

DEN 105

Dental Radiography Principles

100 Hrs*

*60 Hours delivered throughout the program

This course introduces the student to the basic science of radiation including its discovery, history and modern use within the dental profession. Students are introduced to the equipment and supplies required for the various types of films and images that are utilized in the dental profession. The course will provide the student with the skill to critique x-rays that have been exposed, clarifying the cause and effect of various equipment and armamentaria adjustments. Patient management will include gaining patient cooperation using a variety of techniques used in the exposing of films intra and extra orally. Students will learn how to expose and process films. Students are expected to correctly mount radiographs using anatomical landmarks. Quality assurance and the As Low As Responsibly Acceptable (A.L.A.R.A.) principle are also addressed. Federal and Provincial Regulations dealing with radiation are addressed throughout the program.

DEN 200

Preventative Dentistry

75 Hrs

In this course, students will be introduced to the principles and concepts of oral health promotion for the individual client. An overview to concepts used in oral health instruction and patient education. Topics include: the etiology of dental disease; plaque control; oral physiotherapy; methodology of oral health instruction; behavior change counseling; tobacco use interventions; and patient motivational techniques.  This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to develop skills that are necessary for teaching patients how to achieve and maintain optimal dental health and to practice interpersonal, professional, and patient education communication skills. Students will provide oral health care in a community setting.

DEN 201

Principles of Dental Record Keeping

45 Hrs

This course will introduce the student to the numerous dental records, electronic charts and manual charts. The importance of diagnostic record keeping and treatment planning will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on charting and record keeping. The significance of standards of practice, quality assurance, and ethics will also be explored.

DEN 202

Laboratory Procedures

50 Hrs

The study of dental laboratory procedures including skills associated with chairside assisting, pouring, trimming, polishing study casts, fabricating custom trays and whitening trays. It also includes skills in preliminary impressions and fabricating provisional restorations.

DEN 203

Oral Pathology

25 Hrs

This course has been designed to integrate oral pathology and general pathology. Students will study principles of general pathology with emphasis on the relationships to oral diseases. Pathologic physiology is included such as tissue regeneration, the inflammatory process, immunology and wound healing. Clinical appearance, etiology, location and treatment options of general system diseases are presented, along with the oral manifestations. Special attention will be placed on common pathological conditions of the oral cavity and early recognition of these conditions.

DEN 204

Principles of Dental Assisting I Operative Dentistr

25 Hrs

Students will learn the theory elements of restorative dentistry. Emphasis is placed on the dental assistant’s role in operative procedures and the importance of knowing the procedures, instrument and materials. They will also develop the skills and recognizing the importance of smooth interaction with the dentist providing quality care while working chairside for various procedures. The students will learn the practical element of restorative dentistry with emphasis placed on the dental assistant’s role in operative procedures. It includes chairside assisting as well as the implementation of the dental materials used in dentistry.

DEN 206


5 Hrs

Students will be examined on their theoretical knowledge taught in the previous classes.

Academic Prerequisites: DEN 101, DEN 103, DEN 104, DEN 201, DEN 202, DEN 204

DEN 300

Principles of Dental Assisting II Dental Specialties

75 Hrs

This course is designed to provide an overview of the various dental specialties, including oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and dental public health. The study of each specialty includes definition of the specialty, oral, health and disease conditions, laboratory techniques, instrumentation, materials used and the dental assistant’s role in each specialty.

DEN 301

Principles of Dental Assisting III Clinical Dental Specialties

25 Hrs

Focuses on chairside assisting with dental specialty procedures. Topics include: prosthodontic procedures (fixed and removable); orthodontics; pediatric dentistry; periodontic procedures; oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures; endodontics procedures; management of medically compromised patients.

DEN 303

Dental Office Procedures

50 Hrs

This course emphasizes procedures for office management in dental practices. Topics include: oral and written communications, records management in dentistry, appointment control, dental insurance form preparation and insurance coding, accounting procedures in dentistry, supply and inventory control, and operation of basic business equipment; a computer lab will provide skills in computer use and utilization of these skills to perform office procedures on a computer.

DEN 304

Pharmacology and Medical Emergencies

50 Hrs

This course will introduce the student to safe administration and classification of drugs used in dentistry. Focus will be emphasized on common adverse reactions that can occur in drugs utilized with dental procedures. The student will also be introduced to common medical emergencies in the dental office. Preventive measures and management of these emergencies will be reviewed. Additionally, information on the basic physiology and pathophysiology occurring with common medical emergencies as well as variations in clinical signs will be presented.

DEN 305


60 Hrs

Students will apply their theoretical knowledge to the practical setting under the supervision of a Dentist and the dental team.

Academic Prerequisites: DEN 206, DEN 300, DEN 301, DEN 303

DEN 310



25 Hrs

Students will be examined on their level I theoretical and practical knowledge.

Academic Prerequisites: All courses before intra-oral training.

DEN 400

Career and Employment Strategies

25 Hrs

This course provides students with knowledge of how to use communication skills to make a successful presentation to a prospective employer. Students also learn how to uncover the hidden job market and identify employment opportunities. Self-assessment during this course allows students to identify their personal skills that are transferable in the work place and to describe these skills to a prospective employer. Verbal and nonverbal communication techniques are discussed.

DEN 401

Principles of Oral Care

50 Hrs

Students will apply the theory obtained in Preventive Dentistry in the clinical setting demonstrating communication skills and methods of assessing, implementing and evaluating individualized hygiene.

Academic Prerequisites: DEN 305

DEN 402

Pre-Patient Care

45 Hrs

This course will provide the students with the opportunity to perform Intra Oral Dental Assistant skills on fellow classmates. An ethical decision making framework will enable the students to utilize problem-solving skills to plan for and manage direct patient care and to respond to patient specific needs as they relate to the clinical practice on an Intra Oral Dental Assistant. Students must be deemed competent prior to external patient care.

DEN 403

Patient Care

75 Hrs

This course will provide the students with the skills required by an Intra Oral Dental Assistant to perform direct patient care. An ethical decision making framework will enable the students to utilize problem-solving skills to plan for and manage direct patient care and to respond to patient specific needs as they relate to the clinical practice on an Intra Oral Dental Assistant. In-house clinic will provide an environment for students to apply and adapt the knowledge and skills obtained throughout the program.

Academic Prerequisites: DEN 400, DEN 401, DEN 402

DEN 404


5 Hrs

Students will be examined on their theoretical knowledge from all aspects of the program.

Academic Prerequisites: DEN 403

DEN 407


60 Hrs

Students will apply their theoretical knowledge to the practical setting under the supervision of a Dentist and the dental team. Level I skills will be practiced.

Note: Students may only use Level I skills. Completed throughout the term.
Academic Prerequisites: DEN 405

DEN 001

Introduction to Computers

50 Hrs

This course, using both lecture and laboratory practice, introduces students to basic computer concepts in hardware, software, networking, computer security, programming, database, e-commerce, decision support systems, and other emerging technologies such as blogs, RSS, podcasting, cloud base and Google applications. Additional lectures examine social, legal, ethical issues including privacy, intellectual property, health concerns, green computing, and accessibility. Students learn techniques to search, evaluate, validate, and cite information found online. Widely used applications including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation, and web development software are studied.

Instructional Methods


The faculty member presents information and stimulates group questions and small group activities during the presentation of the information. Such sessions focus on a dialogue between the faculty member and the students.


The learners work in cooperative groups and other group activities. This may involve the rotation of a faculty member around to the groups to provide feedback and meetings with faculty members related to group projects.The difference between the lecture and the seminar sessions is the amount of learner “air time”.

Practical Clinical Work

The learners are participating in hands-on experiences, which may involve lab equipment. The learners are involved in simulated pre-clinical or patient/client care sessions.

Independent Project Work

This includes time scheduled for the students to work independently on specific projects / assignments within or outside of the course.


In order to provide a salient and fair environment of assessment, the evaluation tools have been designed so that the students are first introduced to the tools while practicing in a formative environment in the in-house clinic/laboratory. The summative evaluations are laid out in the same format as the formative this allowing the students to be fully prepared for the summative evaluations. The tools explain the steps that they must take in order to be successful. This allows students to not only be assessed by their Instructor, but also to complete the important task of assessing their own accomplishments through self-assessment and peer review. Students are required to perform the tasks a minimum amount of times depending on the task before being evaluated by the instructor.

Students are provided information about the assessments in each course through the published course outlines/syllabi. The instructor reviews the course outlines at the beginning of each course. Students who are having difficulty are provided opportunities to remediate and where warranted, will be allowed to challenge the evaluation again following the rewrite policy.

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