The total cost of the program is C$ 19,733. This is comprised of a registration fee (C$ 300), book fees (C$ 620), and remaining tuition due on the first day of classes (C$ 18,813). If the student has confirmed Student Aid funding, approximately 40% of tuition due on the first day of classes may be deferred to the second Student Aid disbursement.
We are proud to offer our students the opportunity to obtain a college diploma and begin their careers as a Dental Assistant in 28 weeks. We offer a rigorous program that combines an accelerated schedule with a student-centred academic approach of a successful private career college.
We offer 3 classes per year in both our Calgary and Edmonton campuses. Upcoming start dates are as follows:
September 07, 2021 – April 01, 2022
November 30, 2021 – June 24, 2022
March 08, 2022 - September 16, 2022
September 06, 2022 - March 31, 2023
November 29, 2022 - June 23, 2023
March 07, 2023 - September 15, 2023
Our program layout is listed below. Click here to download a PDF of our full program rules and policies.
Weeks 1 - 12:
Theory instruction in classroom (252 hours: 3 days per week)
The Theory phase of the KDM Dental curriculum program encompasses in-class lectures, testing, and reviews. In addition, students are also provided off-site assignments, projects, and study materials, as well as access to daily virtual Q&A sessions. By the end of the Theory portion, students are well prepared to begin utilizing their knowledge in a hands-on setting.
Weeks 13 - 24:
Clinic instruction in dental labs (426 hours: 5 days per week)
The Clinic phase of the KDM Dental curriculum is delivered at our onsite, modern dental clinic where students utilize their knowledge in a hands-on setting. Students progress from practicing on mannequins to peers and then to the general public throughout the duration of the program building the competency and confidence required to enter the dental health profession.
Weeks 25 - 28:
Practicum period (minimum 150 hours)
The Practicum requirement is the final phase of the KDM Dental curriculum prior to the NDAEB National Board Exam. During this phase, students practice their skills and demonstrate what they have learned in a dental offices while continuing to build their knowledge and network with experienced dental health professionals.
What does it mean to be Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada?
KDM Dental College is a fully accredited Career College for training Dental Assistants. This means that our program is regularly reviewed for compliance with the highest academic standards set forth by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Our accreditation also allows our graduates to obtain provisional registration with the College of Alberta Dental Assistants thereby allowing them to begin their careers while awaiting NDAEB exam results. Finally, subject to provincial regulations, our graduates are eligible to practice across Canada.
Do I meet the academic qualifications to enrol at KDM?
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What Questions Should I Ask When I Am Selecting a College?
At KDM Dental College we understand there are many schools who offer the dental assisting program. That is why, since 1995, we are very proud to have had so many students choose our school to embark on their new career of dental assisting. We encourage prospective students to consider the following questions when researching schools:
Is the program Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada?
The Dental Assisting Diploma program at KDM Dental College is Accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Students who graduate from our program are eligible to seek registration for employment as a dental assistant in Alberta as well as other provinces across Canada.
How long has the school been instructing the dental assisting program in Alberta?
KDM Dental College, which started out as KDM Medical Services, has been servicing the dental community since 1986. Our well-established school has been graduating dental assistants since 1995.
Does the school offer in-person lectures for the theory component of the program?
During the first 12 weeks of KDM Dental College program, students will be taught the theory component of the curriculum each week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Theory is taught in-person for approximately 3 hours each day. After in person classes are completed, students complete assignments and study time off-campus. Additionally, instructors are available virtually between 230-330 on instruction days for student question and answer period.
What is the percentage of students who find employment in their field after graduation?
Over 90% of our graduates find employment in their field.
What school resources are available to help me find a job?
KDM often receives calls from dental offices looking to hire its students upon graduation.
Program Costs for Programs Commencing Prior to August 1, 2022
Program Costs for Programs Commencing After August 1, 2022
The total cost of the program is C$ 20,733. This is comprised of a registration fee (C$ 300), book fees (C$ 620), and remaining tuition due on the first day of classes (C$ 19,813). If the student has confirmed Student Aid funding, approximately 40% of tuition due on the first day of classes may be deferred to the second Student Aid disbursement.
Please note: Students are responsible for other costs not paid to the school including their registration fee for the NDAEB, Provincial registration dues, uniform, etc. Books must be purchased from KDM and each student must have their own books.
Student Financial Support
There are many great sources available to help you finance your education!
Students may apply for loans from provincial and federal governments.
Students are also encouraged to apply for scholarships or grants. When doing so, you are automatically assessed for the Canada Student Grant. Students should read the terms and conditions of the scholarships and grants for which they are applying.
Lastly, most major financial institutions offer student lines of credit to qualifying post-secondary students. If you are considering obtaining a student line of credit, we encourage you to speak to multiple institutions and determine the best option for yourself.
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