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Intra Oral Level I & II Dental Assistant

Envision yourself working alongside a Dentist? If you said yes, then this program teaches you all you need to know to provide clinical and administrative assistance in this field.




North York

Program Duration
Full Time: 51 weeks
In-class schedule: Monday to Friday
Practicum Duration
4 weeks
Financial Aid
Various payment options. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.


As an Intra Oral Dental Assistant, you work chairside and receive and prepare patients for treatment. You sterilize, prepare, and set out dental instruments and materials, process x-rays, assist dentists during dental procedures and record dental procedures performed. You also educate patients, polish clinical crowns, and apply fluoride. On the technical side, you apply dental dams, pit, and fissure sealants, desensitizing agents, topical anaesthetic, and acid etch materials.

You also take preliminary impressions for diagnostic casts and expose radiographs (x-rays). Beyond the chair, Dental Assistants may also take on an administrative role, answering telephone calls and coordinating appointment schedules, as required.

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Our Intra Oral Level I & II Dental Assistant program emphasizes the importance of hands-on-training and our students have the distinct advantage of learning within our fully equipped dental laboratory. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn from our industry-expert instructors all the technical requirements to excel in your new career and have the chance to perform them in our simulated work environment, but you will also gain the interpersonal skills required to engage in quality patient communication and care. And finally, the 4-week practicum allows you to experience the work environment and put into practice your classroom instructions.

Upon successful completion of our program, students are eligible to take the certification exams through the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB).

Whether new to Canada and looking to expand your experience, trained in healthcare and wanting to specialize, or new to the field and fascinated by where this diploma can take your future, this program is second-to-none.


  • Gain real-time knowledge and best-practices onsite from our industry-expert instructors and offsite through practicum with dental offices and clinics
  • Work within our fully equipped and automated dental laboratory
  • Get hands-on training in specific and varied dental procedures required for success in your new career
  • Practice in our simulated real-life dental clinic, providing services to people within the community
  • Work with us to prepare for your National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) certification exams and take your training to the next level


Contact us to talk with one of our Admissions Experts. We’ll walk you through the details of what you’ll need and how to apply, the details of the program curriculum and the next steps to get you on your way to your first, or next, successful career.



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I completed the 1-year Intra Oral level 1 & 2 Dental Assisting program with flying colours thanks to great teachers, mentors and the support of new friends I now consider family. … I’ve learned to never give up, be more mindful of others, appreciate the little things, be patient, persevere and always push your limits! All thanks for this goes to Anderson College.

Christine T.


Aileen V.


Aileen Valenzona has over 30 years of dental experience, having worked as a dentist with postgraduate specialties in orthodontics, periodontics, and neuromuscular dentistry in the Philippines before moving to Canada. She also completed a diploma in Dental Hygiene, receiving the Valedictorian award. She holds a Canadian Certified Dental Assistant level 11 and Certificates of Mastery of Skills and was also on the short list of nominees across Canada for two consecutive years (2020/2021) for excellence and innovation in leadership in practice.

Dentistry isn’t just Aileen's career, it’s her passion. Her superior services are rooted in both her academic achievements and specialized skills. She engages in continuous training, professional development and education allowing her to perpetually offer her best to students and patients. Aileen's desire is to produce highly skilled clinicians.

“Education is the key to success! As an educator, I love to share my knowledge and skills with my students in order to empower them to achieve their goals and succeed in their careers.”

Eman Q.


“What I like most about teaching is the great fulfillment I get in sharing my knowledge with my students. I love mentoring my students and getting to know them, as I believe each student has a different reason to get their education; knowing that helps me to motivate them.”

Eman has several years’ experience both as a dental assistant, and as an instructor in Canada’s private sector. Eman started her dentistry career abroad, gaining several years’ experience in the field in her home country of Yemen. After coming to Canada, she continued her career by achieving her Intra Oral Dental Assisting diploma, working in the field as a Dental Assistant for several years.

Eman is NDAEB, CDA Level II, and HARP-certified and is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association.

Joanne I.

“I have always wanted to be a teacher so I can share the knowledge I have acquired over the years, but I also gain knowledge and experience from my students. I love interacting with them and seeing how far they have come by the end of the program. It’s amazing! In life, we are always students; always learning. Our possibilities are infinite!”

Joanne has been in the dental field for 21 years. She has worked in many areas of the industry, including General Practice, Endodontics, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, and now, Teaching. Articles she has written have been published in the Ontario Dental Assisting Association Journal, and her work has taken her across Canada as far Nunavut.

She has her Level II Dental certificate and has also completed further training in Orthodontics.

Judy G.


“It is amazing to see the students grow from when they start the program to when they are ready to find employment. It is a very rewarding experience.”

Judy has 30 years’ experience in the dental field, both in clinical and administrative areas. She worked as an RDA (expanded functions assistant) in BC and Alberta, as well as in other support, management and training roles. Judy attributes her professional success to the support she has received from her teams throughout the years, which she is now paying forward through teaching. She has now been an instructor for 7 years, where she enjoys mentoring, training and preparing up-and-coming dental assistants for their own successful careers.

She is a registered ODAA member.

Lizaren J.

Lizaren Juane began her career as a registered nurse in the Philippines, and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where she worked as a dental nurse at two of the biggest Dental Universities in Saudi Arabia for eight years. This opportunity allowed her to gain dental assisting experience in various areas of specialty.

In coming to Canada, Lizaren found Anderson College and takes pride in having graduated from Anderson’s Intra Oral Dental Assistant Program, with honours. She launched her career and gained several years of Canadian experience working in a general practice office, and in orthodontics. Lizaren is thrilled to have returned to her alma mater to coach and inspire future generations of graduates in a field she loves.

Lizaren is also an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association (ODAA).

“I love sharing my skills, experiences, and the challenges of being a dental assistant with my students, molding them towards the best in their chosen profession by teaching the standards and safe practice and preparing them for the real world and to become independent.”

Miel Alwyne M., BA

"Winning is a habit, so is losing. Let’s learn and win together!"

Miel is a proud alum of Anderson College, now working as a registered certified dental assistant level II in a private dental office and teaches on the side. He is well-exposed to the latest technology like Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, CariVu/Diagnodent, and orthodontic procedures on top of general dentistry practices.

Miel graduated from Saint Louis University with a bachelor’s degree. As a consistent achiever, he is always committed to excellence and provides service with a smile.

Nusrat Fatima S.


“I am passionate about being a part of the positive change that my students are making to better their lives. I love mentoring Anderson College students because I am contributing to their successful careers.”

Nusrat has worked in various dental offices around the city for several years, developing a wealth of knowledge through her work as a chairside assistant and office administrator. As an internationally-trained medical professional, Nusrat has transitioned to chairside dental assisting with ease, performing a variety of duties, including sterilization of instruments, dental impressions of teeth for models, exposing and developing dental x-rays, fluoride and sealant application, and showing empathy and providing support to patients.

As a graduate of the Intra Oral Dental Assistant Level I and Level II program, Nusrat is certified with the National Dental Assisting Examination Board, and is a member of the Ontario Dental Assistant Association.

Rosalina V.

"Teaching my class is very rewarding. Knowing that I have helped them move forward with skills they can use for the rest of their lives is gratifying and truly fulfilling for me. Priceless, even!"

Rosalina has 6 years of dental assisting experience in a variety of areas, including assisting a periodontist, oral surgeon, prosthodontist, and general anesthesiologist, and working for general practitioners Throughout this time, she amassed a wealth of practical experience, developing her communication skills to ensure that her patients were always informed, comfortable, and able to overcome their dental fears.

Rosalina has a bachelor's degree from the University of the Philippines. She continued her education after coming to Canada, graduating with honours from a dental assisting program and later becoming a National Dental Assisting Examining Board-certified dental assistant. Rosalina has been an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2014.

Naima F.

“Education is the doorway to a new world, providing adult learners the opportunity to take charge of their lives, to forge a new path and build on their limitless potential. I’m honoured to be able to guide them on this journey."

Naima has more than 30 years’ experience in the dental field, a diploma in Intra Oral Dental Assisting, is certified with the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) and is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistant Association (ODAA). Since 1991, Naima has worked as a dental assistant for various dental teams throughout the city of Toronto; her roles have spanned dental receptionist to managing the front office day-to-day operations.

Embracing her passion for teaching and supporting new professionals, Naima began instructing. She now leverages her expertise to inspire students within the Anderson College classroom. Her belief that students are the future of the field guides her as she mentors the next generation of dental assisting professionals.

Steffy A. J.

“I find great happiness when my students understand the concepts well and put them into practice. I am glad when I hear positive reviews of them from their employers. I am happiest when I interact with my students and see them excel both personally and professionally."

Steffy holds a diploma in Level II Dental Assisting from Medix College and has been practicing in Ontario for the past five years. She is a registered dentist within her home country and is actively engaged in pursing dentistry here in Canada.

Steffy finds her passion in teaching and, when it comes to dental education, she enjoys every aspect of the experience. She is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association (ODAA) and keeps herself abreast of new research emerging within the field. She is also Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certified.

Cleofe Ann F.

“Effort is like toothpaste, you can always squeeze a little bit more. Let's be a reason someone smiles today!”

Cleofe Ann is a Dental Assistant program graduate, and successfully challenged the national dental assisting exams. She has over three years of experience working alongside a dentist and orthodontist. Her work ethic is exceptional, and she is known for efficiently completing administrative tasks, demonstrating and teaching various skills, and assisting chairside with dental procedures.

Cleofe Ann, has a dynamic personality and her strengths include effective communication, leadership, organization, and problem-solving skills. For over a year, Cleofe Ann has been bringing her energy and mentorship, knowledge, and skills to students as an instructor in Anderson College’s IODA program. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to empower the next generation of certified dental assistants to live their dreams.

Krista C.

"A step forward is a step forward regardless of how big it is. Don't be afraid to take baby steps when you need to and trust yourself to take those big steps when you are ready."

Krista has a 15-year background in customer service and eight years working in the dental field providing exceptional care to patients and support to healthcare teams.

As a dental assistant, she has worked in dental specialties including endodontics, surgery, prosthodontics, orthodontics, sedation, and cosmetic dentistry. In addition, Krista had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala with a healthcare team to provide services to people who wouldn’t normally have access to proper dental care.

As a private career college graduate herself, Krista has a high regard for expert instruction in a fast-track approach and feels honoured to now empower students to succeed in their future careers. Krista has learned that what truly makes her happy in life is helping people; as a professional and an instructor passing on her wealth of knowledge, she does just that.

Yenny C.

"Knowledge multiplies when shared. Every step of life is a learning opportunity, and an investment for our future growth. I want to guide my students to be the best and serve and make a positive impact in the community."

Yenny has over 10 years of experience in the field of dentistry. In 2015, she completed her bachelor’s degree in dental surgery in Indian and after relocating to Canada, completed a certificate in healthcare administration and a diploma in dental assisting level 1&2, with honours.

Since working as a primary assistant, Yenny has gained experience in dental procedures including restorations, implants, root canals, prosthodontics, orthodontics, and more. She has continued to enhance her skills through training, is a certified ortho assistant from the University of Toronto and is currently working in a specialty clinic. Yenny brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to students looking to build a thriving future in the field of dentistry.

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