Dental Assistant Professional Program
- A high school diploma is not required. A student may enter as a mature student.
- While exposure to science would be considered an asset, it is not a requirement for entry. Required background information in science is integrated into the curriculum when needed throughout the program.
- Successful reading and writing results on a Columbia College Assessment.
- If a student’s skills need to be improved in one or more academic areas, the student may be referred to Columbia College’s tuition free upgrading courses. See Bridging Programs.
- English Language Proficiency Requirement – For applicants whose first language is not English, please refer to the English Language Proficiency Requirement section.
There are no additional selection requirements. Admission is offered on a first-qualified, first-accepted basis. A waitlist may be established. Columbia College reserves the right to grant or refuse admission to any applicant.
Once an applicant has met the academic admission requirements, the student will be required to provide proof of the following prior to the start of classes/clinic.
- CPR Level HCP (Health Care Provider) – Students are able to take this training during Dental Program Orientation – a fee is assessed. A student may also take this training at another institution.
- Immunization (Hepatitis B and Rubella) – Verification from health professional.
- Dentist verification that all immediate dental treatment has been completed and that the student is in good oral health – within 4 months of program start.
- Should there be a delay in receiving the above documents, the student will be required to sign a Waiver form stating that the student understands that he/she may be withdrawn from the program if these documents are not provided when requested.
Step 1: Complete the Admission Application located in the back of the Academic Calendar or by clicking Apply at the top of the screen. An individual may also request that a Dental Information package be mailed to their address by calling 403-235-9300 or outside of Calgary at 1-888-235-9370.
Step 2: Take the Columbia College Assessment. Once your application has been received, an appointment will be booked for you by an Admissions Advisor. If you are outside of Calgary and cannot come into the city, the assessment may be administered by a proctor approved by the College. Request further information from the Admissions Advisor.
Step 3: Meet with an Admissions Advisor to proceed through the remainder of the process.