Dental Administration Professional Certificate
As a Dental Administration Professional, you will have the opportunity to work directly with patients as you are the first person they see when they enter the dental office. You may also provide support to the dental team by helping out in various areas of the office, including sterilization. The starting salary for a Dental Administration Professional can be up to $51,000 per year.
When you become a Dental Administration Professional, you will unlock doors to careers in many different areas, including:
- Public Health Dental Administrator
- Dental Specialty Administrator
- Dental Administration Educator
- Denturist Assistant / Administrator
- Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Clerk (sterilization)
- Continuing Care Coordinator
- Financial Coordinator
- Treatment Coordinator
- Dental Hygiene Coordinator
- Dental Lab Administrator
- Dental Sales Representative
- Dental Benefits Representative – Insurance Company
Columbia’s History of Success
Columbia College distinguishes itself as one of the most student-centered Colleges in North America (see What is Unique about Columbia). We care about each learner and what is interesting, they have achieved some of the best outcomes of any College students in North America (see Columbia’s Outcomes). We are proud of them and the fact that about 90% of them are employed in their field of training. Our programs have done a great job historically in helping our students prepare for employment. As a result of the caring and respectful relationships we have developed with our students, this College has become a leader in adult education in Canada.
We designed this Dental Administration Professional Program with the assistance of many industry specialists. Among them is a group of seven of Calgary’s most respected staff recruitment companies. These companies represent tens of thousands of employers in this region. Their job is to know exactly what knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviours employers are looking for in a wide range of employment positions. This includes dental Administration professionals. With their assistance, we were able to develop a list of the key competencies employers are currently seeking in their dental Administration professionals.
This program does not include many of the general courses found in most dental Administration programs that tend to make them longer than they need to be. Instead, with sound input from industry specialists, it focuses only on the most important set of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviours employers are seeking. As a result, it is actually shorter than most other dental administration programs available to adult learners. It is also less expensive than most. Students can pay less to enroll, obtain more focused and applicable knowledge, develop a solid Professional Portfolio, and get employed sooner.
Further Steps in Education Possible
As many of Columbia College’s Dental Administration Professional graduates may wish to eventually move to more advanced positions in the dental field, Columbia, in the future, is prepared to design, develop, and deliver a series of dental professional certificates that students will be able to complete on a part-time basis. This will allow our graduates to remain employed full-time and continue with their further education in dental professions by attending weekend classes.
Are you ready for an exciting new career?
- Complete a Professional Certificate in 5 months. Be out sooner and start earning a salary while others are still attending class.
- 25 week program; 10 courses.
- The program consists of 5 week semesters. As a full-time student, you will be enrolled in 3 courses at a time for a total of 117 contact hours per semester for the first four semesters. The final semester includes a two-hour Saturday class and a 160 full-time work experience in industry. Part-time options may be available. Area of Specialization: Dental Administration
- Linking Theory and Practice – An opportunity to apply what you learn in your courses into a real-work setting. You will complete 160 hours of practicum (work experience) in your specialization area.
- Career and employment support.
- Full time or part time options may be available.
The aim of our practicum (work experience) placement is for you to gain experience and employment in your area of specialization. For this course you will be required to complete 80 hours of practicum experience during your last semester. This provides you with valuable hands-on experience in the field and greatly increases your potential for employment. You will benefit from the relationships Columbia College has built over time for placements where organizations value the maturity of our students and their knowledge and skills.
- Attend Columbia College’s tuition-free College Skills for Success course (20 hours) before the start of your program.
- A demonstration of keyboarding skills at 30 words per minute with 60% accuracy.
- A satisfactory demonstration of Basic Computer Operating Skills.
- An Admission interview to determine suitability for the profession and possibility for success in the program.
Other Admission Considerations
- Do your academic skills need to be upgraded to meet admission entry requirements?
If your academic skills need to be improved in one or more areas, the student may be referred to Columbia College’s Intensive Academic Preparation – College Prep. See Continuing Education – Intensive Academic Preparation – College Prep.
- English Proficiency Requirement
For applicants whose first language is not English, please refer to the English Language Proficiency Requirements section.
- Are you working or have worked in this field?
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) recognizes this non-formal learning, and you may not need to take all the courses in this program. We will assess your experience in determining what courses you need to take to become certified. Read more in the PLAR Guidelines 2016 document.
- Do you have courses to transfer from another college or university?
If you have taken courses at another college or university, these courses may be transferable to this diploma program.
- 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.
Course List and Descriptions
For a full list of courses and course descriptions for this program, please click here.
Columbia College’s tuition and general fees come into effect August 1 of each year.
For more information about tuition and the Columbia College Tuition chart, please see the Tuition and Fees page.
Refund of Tuition Fees
Please refer to the Student Contract of Tuition form for details of tuition refund policy. This form is available from this program’s Student Admission Advisor.
September 6, 2016
January 3, 2017
May 22, 2017
How to Register
For details on applying or reapplying to this program, please refer to the Admissions page.
To graduate from the Dental Administration Professional Program, a student must successfully complete 10 required courses, earn 30 credits, and achieve a minimum overall program grade point average of 2.0
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