CDI dental assisting grads ace Canadian board exams

Graduates of the dental assisting program at CDI College in Burnaby, British Columbia, have once again earned a 100% passing rate on Canada's National Dental Assisting Examination Board exam.

The entire class also continued the college's streak for scoring higher than the national average for first-time exam writers, according to the school.

The NDAEB ensures that candidates meet the national standards in knowledge and skill required by provincial and territorial regulatory authorities for recognition as intraoral dental assistants. CDI dental grads have historically achieved between 97% to 100% pass rates on the exam since its inception in 2007.

"The 100% passing rate says that the dental assisting program curriculum at CDI College not only meets but exceeds the expectations of regulatory authorities," stated Agnes Yngson, dental department head at the Burnaby campus, in a press release. "Our graduates consistently surpass the national average for first-time takers."

Students in the 45-week dental assisting diploma program cover all elements of the profession, including dental care, oral pathology, and radiography. They learn to assist dentists during patient treatments, carry out infection-control procedures, maintain patient records, and perform practice management and administrative duties.

In addition to classroom instruction and hands-on lab time, students also take part in mandatory outside practical placements working in a private practice with a dentist.

CDI College's Dental Assisting program is the only private dental assisting program in British Columbia to be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. As such, graduates are only required to write the theory exam needed for licensing.

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