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Dental Assisting

Become a critical part of dental health: assisting dentists, performing specialized procedures and caring for patients every step of the way.

Learn to advance oral health and protect patients with a variety of specialized skills.

In the Dental Assisting program, you will build the practical skills and in-depth knowledge needed to prepare patients, perform intra-oral and laboratory procedures and assist dentists using four-handed dentistry techniques. You’ll explore head and neck anatomy, infection prevention practices, laboratory techniques and the relationship between general and oral health. You will also develop professional communication and business skills, experience the importance of effective clinic management and explore your role in education.

During the practicum portion of this program, you’ll practice intra-oral procedures on patients at a private dental office and the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry.

  • Program Type
  • Credential
  • Program Delivery
    In-person hybrid
  • In-person Location
    Notre Dame Campus
  • Intake
  • Program Length
    1 year
  • Total Tuition / Fees for Courses
    $6,000 – $6,700
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Regular admission
  • Work-Integrated Learning
    Gain hands-on experience with real work opportunities
  • Indigenous Pathway
    Program pathway available to Indigenous learners
  • International Program
    Open to students from around the globe

Experience a Polytechnic Education

Full-time Delivery: Something New Every Term

In this program, you’ll build in-depth medical and technical knowledge, communication skills and dentistry techniques required for a career in dental assisting.


Build foundational dental knowledge and practical skills using a manikin in a simulated clinic.


Work with patients at a private dental office to build industry connections and gain vital work experience.

Employment Potential

Prepare yourself for career success

Potential Grad CAREERS

  • Registered dental assistant
  • Orthodontic assistant


What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with small class sizes, practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

Explore industry techniques and best practices under the guidance of passionate instructors in RRC Polytech’s simulated dentistry facilities.
Take advantage of small class sizes to collaborate with peers and learn through experience.
Develop the critical communication and collaboration skills needed to provide exceptional chairside assistance and patient care.
Build your confidence and pre-clinical skills with manikins, using the same state-of-the-art equipment as industry experts.

Graduate Success

Dental Assisting graduates work in various offices and specialized dental practices across Manitoba. RRC Polytech grads are recognized as highly versatile professionals equipped with the knowledge and skills to perform lab and operatory procedures, sterilize equipment, manage and educate patients and use four-handed dentistry techniques.

The statistics below represent the opinions and employment statuses of this program’s recent grads. They were retrieved from the 2018-2019 RRC Polytech Graduate Satisfaction and Employment Report.


With an education from RRC Polytech, you join a community of alumni making a difference in health care. Our close connections with employers and industry leaders mean you build skills that put you ahead of the industry and prepare you to succeed in this rewarding field.


Our goal is your career success. At RRC Polytech, you’ll take advantage of small class sizes, applied learning, passionate instructors and a work-integrated education – all focused on training you to be a confident, career-ready grad.


Dental Assisting instructors are experts and industry leaders with years of experience in various dentistry settings. They regularly update their skills and maintain strong links with health-care organizations to ensure your education is practical, up-to-date and aligned with industry needs.

“The education I received in the Dental Assisting program at RRC Polytech gave me everything I needed to find a career that fit me and helped me grow as an individual.”

Madison Elenbaas – Dental Assisting Grad

“I was trained professionally at RRC Polytech in the Dental Assisting program, which helped me shape my path and find employment as a dental assistant very soon after my practicum.”

Zining Guo – Dental Assisting Grad

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

As a Dental Assisting student, you are detail-oriented, organized and patient-focused. You also have good manual dexterity, can manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously and communicate professionally with clients and peers. Your collaboration skills and genuine desire to help others are vital to success in this field.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.


  • Adaptable
  • Detail-oriented
  • Empathetic
  • Level-headed
  • Team-oriented


  • Communication
  • Multi-tasking
  • Organization
  • Positive attitude
  • Time management


  • Dental assisting
  • Science
  • Dental medicine

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Ensure signup goes smoothly and understand program requirements before registering. Review required documents and procedures to make sure you’re prepared to enter this program.


Explore our Catalogue for more detailed information, including a program outline, course descriptions and everything you’ll need to plan and prepare for your future success.

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