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Intake
  • Fall

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Location
    Nanaimo
  • Campuses
    Nanaimo

    Resources

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    City of Nanaimo
  • Length
    10 Months
  • Tuition Estimate
    $5175 Total
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1932 Total
  • Credential Granted
    Certificate

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is strongly recommended.

Application Fee: $39.30

Academic (minimum grade needed in bracket)

1. One of:

  • high school graduation (or equivalent) with English 12 or English 12 First Peoples (C)
  • a university degree
  • be a visiting student from a college or university
  • be a transfer student from a college or university with at least 24 university transfer credits
  • mature student status (be at least 21 years old in your first semester) and English 12 or English 12 First Peoples (C)

Notes: If you don't meet any of the admission categories you may be admitted as an "Unclassified Student". This allows you to register after other students, so course availability will be limited.

2. Biology

One of:

Non-Academic
  • good health (20/20 vision is required, but glasses are allowed)
  • interview (if required)

Admission Advice

1. Chemistry 11 or 12, basic computer skills and a Basic Dental Terminology course (available at VIU) are recommended.

2. Spending at least one day in a dental office observing a certified dental assistant is recommended.

3. If accepted you must also provide the following on the first day of classes:

  • Health Immunization forms. The health immunization form must be signed by a public health nurse.
  • proof of Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) training
  • evidence of current CPR Level C certification or Level HCP
  • Criminal Record Search

4.  You may have difficulty meeting the physical demands of the program if you:

  • have back problems; or
  • are unable to work in confined spaces.

5. Skin allergies may be adversely affected by some dental materials.

6. A criminal conviction may interfere with eligibility for licensure as a dental assistant. If you have any concerns contact program faculty.

English Language Requirements

Summary

If your first language is not English, you must have one of the following (minimum scores):

  • Completion of VIU's English Language Centre's University Preparation Program
  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 80 (internet based) with no score under 19
  • An IELTS score of 6.0 with no score under 5.5
  • A CAEL score of 60
  • A B score on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English or Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English

Verify with the institution directly

 

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

English Language Requirement - You must have proficiency in English at a level suitable for your desired program.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

View details on Admission.

On the above web page you will have to scroll down to the following sections:

  • General Admission Requirements for University and Career/Technical Programs
  • General Admission Requirements for Trades & Applied Technology Programs

 

 

Out-of-Province

View details on Admission.

On the above web page you will have to scroll down to the following sections:

  • General Admission Requirements for University and Career/Technical Programs
  • General Admission Requirements for Trades & Applied Technology Programs

 

BC Transfer Student

For entry into University Programs - You must have completed at least 24 transferable university credits to be eligible for admission.

Students enrolled in a university program may receive transfer credit for up to 50 percent of their program. Credit is assigned based on an official transcript, and where requested, by course outlines and other supporting documentation.

The Admission Office assesses transfer credit for courses taken in an academic program at other institutions. Credit may be granted for specific VIU courses, or where direct course-by-course equivalencies can not be determined, 'unassigned credit' may be granted.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

For entry into Career/Technical Programs - Students in Career/Technical programs who wish to have transfer credit assessed must submit a form to request advance credit. These forms are available from the Registration Centre.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

For entry into University Programs - You must have completed at least 24 transferable university credits to be eligible for admission.

Students enrolled in a university program may receive transfer credit for up to 50 percent of their program. Credit is assigned based on an official transcript, and where requested, by course outlines and other supporting documentation.

The Admission Office assesses transfer credit for courses taken in an academic program at other institutions. Credit may be granted for specific VIU courses, or where direct course-by-course equivalencies can not be determined, 'unassigned credit' may be granted.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

For entry into Career/Technical Programs - Students in Career/Technical programs who wish to have transfer credit assessed must submit a form to request advance credit. These forms are available from the Registration Centre.

For more information about transfer credit policies and procedures, contact the Admissions Office at 250.740.6400.

Mature Student

See admission details for Mature Students.

International Student

View admission information for International Students.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For other admission categories check here.

Note: By scrolling down you can access the following categories:

  • General Admission Requirements - Unclassified Students
  • Admission on the Basis of a Previous Degree
  • Special Admission
  • International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Program

 

How to Apply

View details on How to Apply for Admission.

Note: You will have to scroll down to near the bottom of the web page for the above heading.

 


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