Dental Reception Coordinator

Train to run a dental office. Students in this full-time, five-month certificate program learn dental terminology and office skills as well as dental radiography.

Program Hours: The Dental Reception Coordinator program runs Monday to Friday from 8:30-4:30 with the exeption of clinical/practicum experiences that may require a variance of these times. Additionally, some weekends and evenings will be scheduled with notice.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Feb, Sep 5 months Certificate Downtown Full-time

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The first step, apply early. Students who have officially applied and met all admission requirements are sent a letter of acceptance approximately four to five months in advance of the next available start date. A first payment is required to reserve a space in the program.

* Note: Students holding a Practicing Certified Dental Assisting status with the College of Dental Surgeons of BC or those who possess the College of Dental Surgeons of BC Provincial Radiography Credential are exempt from the dental radiography unit in Dental Theory 2, 1235 and the Clinical Radiography course, DREC 1241.

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Program Description

Program Description

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will be able to:
  •  Communicate in a professional manner to work as an integral part of the dental team
  • Integrate knowledge of professionalism and ethics in dental practice
  • Promote oral health
  • Practice in accordance with infection control protocols
  • Manage the financial aspects of dental office administration
  • Manage appointment scheduling to ensure dental office efficiency
  • Expose diagnostic dental radiographs in accordance with radiation safety standards

The Dental Reception program is a full-time program scheduled from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Some evenings and Saturdays may be required.

There is a 2 week practicum in Term 2. It is divided up into 1 week periods. The first practicum the students go off-site to industry one day a week for a total of 5 - 7 single days, over a 5 - 7 week period. The second practicum is off-site to industry for a full one week period.

Student will be given access to Dental Software known as Exan Power Practice.

Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

This program is delivered over two terms.  The curriculum is delivered through multiple modes and formats meeting the varied learning styles of the learners. Employing face to face instruction, theory is delivered in lecture and small group interactive seminars. Components of the theory are also taught through electronic modules.

Clinical competencies are met through "hands on" practice in the dental clinic. A simulated environment allows the learner to expose radiographs multiple times on manikins, progressing to the exposure of diagnostic radiographs on patients.

Evaluation of Student Learning

Course work comprises 65% of the final grade with 35% assigned to the final exam to each theoretical course.

Students must achieve an overall grade of 64% (C+) or better in each of the theory courses and a Satisfactory (S) grade in Dental Radiography, DREC 1242. The radiography component of Dental Theory 2 course, DREC 1236, additionally requires the student to achieve a minimum cumulative grade of 64%. The Dental Radiography course is graded as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).

Students receiving an overall grade of 59%-63% will be afforded a rewrite final exam. A maximum of two rewrites in the program is allowed. Students awarded an Unsatisfactory (U) grade in Dental Radiography, DREC 1242, will be afforded one subsequent opportunity to demonstrate competency.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.

  • Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent *
  • English 12 with a C grade or equivalent*
  • English Language Proficiency at a grade 12 level
  • *Students who have graduated from a Level II Dental Assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada are exempt from these requirements.

    Students who complete DAST 1515 Dental Radiography and DAST 1516 Clinical Dental Radiography or DENT 1505 Dental Radiography 1, DENT 2995 Dental Radiography 2 and DENT 3745 Dental Radiography 3 are exempt from DREC 1242.
    Students who complete DNTL 1107 Dental Radiography Module are exempt from DREC 1242.

    Upon Acceptance

    • A Criminal Record Check (CRC) is required upon acceptance to the program, in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act. All individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. Applicants to this program should be aware that some practicum placement in hospitals and schools may require completion of a Criminal Records Check indicating no relevant criminal record. After submitting an admissions application, applicants will receive by email a web link and unique college access code to apply and pay for a Criminal Record Check online. It is highly recommended that applicants spend a minimum of two days observing in a dental practice prior to entering the program.
    • Proof of a negative TB skin test.  In case of a positive TB skin test, a negative TB chest x-ray report is required.
    • A current “C” certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    • Updated immunizations in the following are strongly recommended, and may be required for practicum placement in the program:
      • Pertussis
      • Diphtheria
      • Tetanus
      • Polio
      • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
      • Chicken Pox
      • Hepatitis B
      • Influenza (required annually)

    Recommended Characteristics:

    • Updated immunizations are strongly recommended: measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B vaccine and influenza
    • Excellent command of oral and written English
    • Ability to communicate with all age groups
    • Organizational skills
    • Detail oriented

    Updated immunizations strongly recommended: measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B vaccine and current influenza vaccination. Please review important health requirements for all VCC health sciences students.

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $1,787
Student Union Fee $55
College Initiative Fee $51
Laundry Fee $157
Uniform Fee $30
U-Pass Fee $205
Other Costs
$40 - Graduation Fees
$71 - Campus Resource Fee
$750 - Approximate textbooks, supplies,
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Make VCC’s dental reception coordinator program your choice for career success.

Find out about learning objectives and exciting practicum and job opportunities in the profession of dental reception. The session will conclude with a tour of our clinical facilities.

Join us at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of Stadium SkyTrain station.

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights


Course Schedule

Courses Schedule


Term 1

(DREC 1110) Dental Theory 1
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4.0 credits
(DREC 1131) Dental Administration 1
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3.0 credits
(DREC 1132) Dental Communication 1
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3.0 credits

Term 2

(DREC 1231) Dental Administration 2
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7.0 credits
(DREC 1232) Dental Communication 2
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7.0 credits
(DREC 1236) Dental Theory 2
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1.5 credits
(DREC 1242) Dental Radiography
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4.5 credits