Basic Dental Assisting Skills

Health Sciences
Dental Assisting
Course Code
CHDA 1111
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Field Experience
Typically Offered


Course Description
This course will provide the student with the skills required to perform basic dental assisting procedures, and a clinical environment to apply and adapt knowledge related to infection control, patient records, dental radiography and anatomy.
Course Content
  1. Demonstrate Principles of Infection Control
    • Prepare self
    • Prepare disinfection/sterilization solutions
    • Prevent cross-contamination
    • Prepare instruments for recirculation
    • Operate sterilizers
    • Store instruments in aseptic manner
  2. Perform Prepatory Skills for Diagnostic, Endodontic,
    Basic Restorative and Prosthodontic Procedures
    • Identify instruments and armamentarium
    • Assemble instruments and armamentarium
    • Assemble and maintain hand pieces and burs
    • Mix and/or prepare dental materials
    • Position patient and team
    • Prepare the operatory
  3. Integrate Dental Reception Skills
    • Manage patient records
    • Complete financial procedures
  4. Perform Basic Clinical Support Procedures
    • Assemble armamentarium
    • Manage patient comfort
    • Review patient’s current states
  5. Demonstrate Basic Principles of Oral Evacuation and Instrumentation
    • Identify operating zones
    • Demonstrate instrument grasps
    • Demonstrate oral rinsing and evacuation techniques
    • Utilize direct and indirect vision
    • Apply retraction techniques
    • Transfer instruments
  6. Isolate the Operating Field
    • Identify instruments and armamentarium
    • Apply cotton roll isolation
    • Apply and remove rubber dam
    • Manage special situations
  7. Assist with Pain Control
    • Observe intra-oral landmarks
    • Identify anaesthetic agents, local and topical
    • Locate injection sites
    • Apply topical anaesthetic agents
    • Assemble and transfer anaesthetic syringe
  8. Assist for and Process Study Model Impressions
    • Mix alginate
    • Prepare and load impression trays
    • Assist for study model impressions
    • Prepare wax for bite registration
    • Pour study model impression
    • Trim study cast
  9. Take and Process Radiographs
    • Place and expose films on a mannequin
    • Process and mount radiographs
    • Practice radiation hygiene
  10. Maintain Professional Standards
    • Demonstrates responsibility/accountability using problem-solving and decision-making skills
    • Participates as a team member utilizing effective communication skills and a positive attitude
    • Complies with Program Policies
    • Incorporates realistic time management skills into practice
    • Employs self evaluation techniques
Methods Of Instruction
  • Demonstration
  • Clinical
  • Practicum Experience
  • Discussion
  • Audio-visual Materials
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction
Means of Assessment

Course evaluation is based on course objectives, and is consistent with Douglas College Evaluation Policies.  An evaluation schedule is presented to the student at the beginning of the course.


A minimum mark of 75% is required to be successful in the course.


Outlines of evaluation may be subject to change.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes are based on the Curriculum Guide 2001 Education of Certified Dental Assistants in British Columbia developed for the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology and the Centre for Curriculum, Transfer and Technology, February 2001.

 Upon successful completion of CHDA 1111 the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate principles of infection control.
  2. Perform prepatory diagnostic, endodontic, basic restorative and prosthodontic procedures.
  3. Integrate dental reception skills.
  4. Perform basic clinical support procedures.
  5. Demonstrate basic principles of oral evacuation and instrumentation.
  6. Isolate the operating field.
  7. Assist with pain control administration.
  8. Assist for and process study model impressions.
  9. Take and process radiographs.
  10. Maintain professional standards.
Textbook Materials

A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester.


Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.