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  • One-year certificate
  • August entry date
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Credit transfer opportunities: High school credits
  • Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada
  • Due to high demand, this funded program is open to Manitoba residents only. Applications received from non-Manitoba residents for this program will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded.  
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for current availability and online application instructions. There are a limited number of seats available for International students accepted into this program.

This program provides the skills and knowledge required to assist the dentist with four-handed dentistry and the use and application of dental materials.

Courses include: the study of head and neck anatomy, infection prevention practices, laboratory techniques and the relationship between general and oral health. The program provides the opportunity to practice intra oral skills on patients, and the importance of effective management in a dental practice. The program includes rotations at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry as well as a dental office practicum.

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.
The college requires transcripts verifying your complete academic history including any public or private high school, college, university, or technical institute you have attended.


Upload Through Your Future Student Account

  • Scan your document(s) and save the file. Ensure you keep your original documents as the College may request to see them at any time.
  • Go to and log in.
  • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.

If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 15 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
      • Grade 12 Science (Biology 40S is recommended)
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Answer this question to determine if you meet this program’s ELRs:
      Have I successfully completed 3 years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
      • If YES, you meet English language requirements.  Apply and then submit your transcripts* for review
      • If NO, submit proof of meeting an ELRs option.  If you choose the English language assessment option, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but you did not graduate high school, submit your transcripts* for review. 
    • * If your transcripts are from the USA or an ELR exempt country, we will assess an International Credentials Assessment Fee to be paid before your transcripts will be reviewed.

Technical Vocational (Tec Voc) High School Dental Assisting Graduates
If you graduated from Tec Voc's Dental Assisting program within the last 3 years, you are eligible for advanced standing in RRC's Dental Assisting program and reduced tuition fees. You are eligible to receive RRC transfer credit for the following Tec Voc courses provided you received a minimum grade of 70% or B: 

  • Nutrition, Dental Science and Dental Anatomy 
  • Dental Materials II 
  • Restorative II 
  • Dental Materials I  
  • Restorative Dentistry 
  • Dental Office Administration 
  • Dental Specialties 
  • Intro to Patient Care (Practice Management) 

Tec Voc Graduate Instructions:

  • Annual application deadline: June 30
  • Submit an online application to RRC's Dental Assisting program and pay the application fee
  • Submit your final transcript or proof of enrolment within the 30 day deadline: 
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final transcript indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 
    • We will review your final transcript to determine if you meet admission requirements and confirm you have successfully completed the above Tec Voc courses
  • When you receive an offer of admission, pay the required deposit fee to save your seat in the program

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.
  1. Grade 12 Courses
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in one credit in each of the following courses:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Science (Biology 40S is recommended)
    • Successful completion of one credit of Grade 11 Applied Math 30S or Pre-Calculus Math 30S is strongly recommended
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

Program Progression Requirements
Program progression requirements are not due within 30 days of applying. These requirements have expiration dates and should be completed close to your program start date. Further information will be provided by the College at a later date.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

Only Duolingo English Test scores that have been verified through the Duolingo English Test Portal will be accepted.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Please Note: 3 year expiry date for Nursing Program Applicants
LSI (Language Studies International)
Password Skills (An in person English Language Assessment hosted by RRC Polytech)
This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test takes 3 hours and 5 minutes to complete and is conducted in two parts. The first part assesses reading, listening, and writing, and the second part assesses speaking in a separate room. Password Skills costs $139 to take through RRC Polytech. Password Skills is hosted by the RRC Polytech Testing and Assessment Centre: E440, Manitou a bi Bii Daziigae building, on the fourth floor. If you wish to do Password Skills remotely (not in-person), Password Skills Plus can be taken online. RRC Polytech does not offer Password Skills Plus, but we do accept the results for entry into program.
Password Skills Plus (Password Skills Plus is an online assessment that can be taken instead of Password Skills. )
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

Who Should Enrol?

Individuals with a genuine desire and willingness to work well with others, who are respectful and contribute as a valued member of the dental healthcare team. A commitment to being self-motivated, achieve high standards, maintain a professional appearance and a positive attitude are expected. Good general and dental health promotes well-being and contributes to the ability to manage stress. This program demands self-discipline and effective reading and study skills for success.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Aug 31, 2026 Apply Now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
1Regional Campus fees may vary.

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check for additional contact information.
DENT-1011Infection Prevention in Dentistry
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Dental Assistants are at risk of exposure to disease causing agents through contact with blood and saliva. Students will learn how infection can occur, identify methods of disease transmission and apply the principles of disinfection and sterilization to prevent cross contamination in the dental setting.

DENT-1023Dental Radiology Application
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The role of the dental assistant is to use x-radiation to produce images that are essential in the dentist’s ability to see conditions that are not visible in the oral cavity. Students will learn radiographic equipment, mount radiographs, digital imaging software, and apply radiation protection. Students will produce diagnostic quality digital images on a mannequin.

DENT-1024Dental Impressions
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There is a wide range of dental procedures in which impressions create a reproduction of the teeth and surrounding oral tissues. Students will study the properties of alginate impression materials and discuss wax wafer bite registrations. Students will take preliminary alginate impressions on a mannequin.

DENT-1026Dental Communications
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Human relations play an important role when working and communicating with colleagues and patients. Students will learn communication methods used within the dental health team, during emergencies, in the workplace and society. Students will study the importance of professional conduct and practice in accordance with both ethical and legal standards. Students will develop and deliver oral health presentations to varied target groups.

DENT-1029Moisture Control
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One of the most important roles of the dental assistant is to maintain a clean operating field by controlling moisture during dental procedures. Students will learn a variety of moisture control methods and their incorporation into the dental procedure. Students will apply dental dam isolations on a mannequin. 

DENT-1031Documentation of Patient Records
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The patient record is the most important document maintained for each patient in a dental practice. Students will learn different features of patient records and preparation of each in compliance with regulations in the field. Students will use accurate terminology and procedures to generate and maintain patient records. Students will learn the dental assisting process of care in providing quality treatment for patients.

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Effective nutritional habits are beneficial in preventing dental decay and promoting overall good health. Students will learn dietary sources of the major nutrients and discuss nutritional needs throughout life. Students will study dental risks associated with nutritional choices. 

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In the on-site dental clinic, students will integrate the knowledge and skills attained in Term 1 to the clinical setting. Students will provide patient treatment as prescribed by a dentist. Students will assist with a variety of procedures, maintain an infection prevention program, perform intra-oral skills, apply administrative skills, manage emergencies and communicate effectively with patients and colleagues.

DENT-1038Dental Assisting Practicum
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With the mentorship of the dental team, students will work under the direct supervision of the dentist in a general dental practice. Students will build on clinical skills learned in Term 2 to assist chairside, perform intra-oral skills, and apply infection prevention and safety practices. Students have the opportunity to develop, practice and improve their skills in order to secure employment as a dental assistant.   

DENT-1050Restorative 1
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The dentist and dental assistant work together to efficiently perform restorative procedures using four- handed dentistry. Students will learn maintenance and safe practice of equipment used in the dental clinic.  Students will learn the concepts of team dentistry and instrument transfers. Students will learn equipment used in emergencies and measure vital signs.   

DENT-1051Dental Sciences
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A basic comprehension of the anatomy and physiology of the human body is essential in understanding how one continuously influences the other and their relationship to the oral cavity. Students will review body systems with an emphasis on the head and neck. Students will study prenatal and postnatal development as well as the development of the face, palate, teeth and related structures of the oral cavity.  Students will learn common diseases of the body and oral cavity, medications used to treat these conditions and the dental implications.

DENT-1052Dental Anatomy
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It is essential that the dental assistant know how to identify the teeth and understand their functions. Students will learn the anatomical features of the teeth, tooth morphology, eruption of deciduous and permanent dentitions, exfoliation of deciduous teeth and tooth numbering systems. 

DENT-1053Dental Radiology Basics
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Dental radiography is important to patient care for the diagnosis of dental disease and treatment planning. Students will learn the principles of radiation physics, biology, chemistry and safety. Students will study the theory supporting exposing and processing dental radiographs and digital imaging procedures.

DENT-1054Dental Materials 1
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The role of the dental assistant in the preparation and application of dental materials is an essential component of restorative procedures. Students will learn maintenance and safe practice of equipment used in the dental laboratory. Students will learn the properties and clinical uses of dental materials. Students will fabricate mouth guards and whitening trays from a mannequin.

DENT-1055Preventive Dentistry
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The goal of preventive dentistry is to help people of all ages attain optimal oral health throughout their lives. Students will learn the concept of preventive dentistry with a focus on oral health and diseases caused by dental biofilm. Students will learn oral health care products used to prevent and control oral disease. 

DENT-1056Patient Care
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A preventive maintenance program with regular checkups is fundamental to maintain the health of the oral cavity. Students will learn how to polish teeth and remove soft deposits and stain, apply fluoride and pit and fissure sealants on a mannequin. Students will study the application of materials that decrease tooth sensitivity and whiten teeth.

DENT-1057Restorative 2
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Advanced restorative procedures in general dentistry are performed in cases where basic restorations become more involved. Students progress to advanced dental assisting skills for a root canal, crown, gingivectomy and oral surgery. Students will learn maintenance and safe practice of equipment used in these procedures.

DENT-1058Dental Materials 2
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Advanced restorative procedures require a more extensive category of materials for treatment. Students will learn the properties and clinical uses of comprehensive dental materials. Students will learn maintenance and safe practice of equipment used with these materials. Students will learn techniques to pour diagnostic casts, fabricate study models and custom trays. 

DENT-1059Dental Specialties
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General dentists may refer patients with difficult cases to dental specialists. Students will learn procedures performed in specialized dentistry such as endodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics, prosthodontics, periodontics and pedodontics.

DENT-1060Practice Management
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For a dental practice to be successful, effective management is necessary to achieve organizational goals. Students will develop the skills to manage a dental practice using manual and electronic maintenance of patient records, appointments, financial records and insurance forms. Students will practice inventory control and manage supplies. Students will be introduced to employability skills, discuss the application of professional standards in the industry and plan for employment.

CO-OP/Practicum Information

The Program Coordinator arranges practicum placements.

Students are placed in rotations at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry during Term 2 as well as a three-week period in May in general dental practices.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College Polytechnic programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College Polytechnic students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes

The goals of the Dental Assisting Program are to produce graduates who will:

  • Function as an office and clinical assistant under the supervision of a dentist in the administration of dental care to individuals of all ages.
  • Function as a practitioner performing intra-oral skills under the supervision of a dentist.
  • Communicate effectively with the public and dental health team members.
  • Employ safety measures to prevent or alleviate potential hazards in the dental clinic environment.
  • Function as a self-directed and responsible member of the dental assisting profession, within the legal scope of practice outlined for the Registered Dental Assistant.
  • Appreciate the need for and importance of professional development through continuing education.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit

Other Information

The graduate of the program will be eligible to:

  • Write the examination offered by the National Dental Assisting Examining Board
  • Register and obtain licensure with the Manitoba Dental Association
  • Participate in the Orthodontic Module offered by the School of Continuing and Distance Education at Red River College Polytechnic
  • Participate in the Scaling Module offered by the School of Continuing and Distance Education at Red River College Polytechnic

Program content meets the standards of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

Employment Potential

Knowledgeable and skilled graduates will be able to obtain employment in a variety of practices:

  • Solo practice (one dentist)
  • Group practice (two or more dentists)
  • General dentistry
  • Specialized dentistry
  • Hospital dental clinic
  • School dental clinic

With motivation and experience, other career opportunities may be available in the following areas:

  • Administrative assistance or office manager
  • Insurance company dental claim form processor
  • Dental product sales representatives
  • Education

Advisory Committee

The Committee is the program’s link with the dental community.  The members advise the program of changes in the profession, revisions to the scope of practice and bylaws and the requirements for registration and licensure.

The Dental Assisting Advisory Committee meets in the fall and spring of each year. The Committee is comprised of practicing dentists, representatives from the Manitoba Dental Association (MDA), Manitoba Dental Assistants Association (MDAA), Academic Coordinator, Chair of the Life Sciences Department, past graduates and current students.
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