• Dental assisting in Canada offers stability, good salaries, and growth opportunities, appealing to many international students.
  • Traditional dental programs in Canada often require on-campus attendance, posing challenges for international students, such as time zone differences and visa requirements.
  • Risio’s Dental Aide Program provides a solution with its entirely online and self-paced format, making it accessible globally without geographical limitations.
  • Priced under $1000, the program is also cost-effective and provides foundational knowledge useful for international students planning to complete their training in Canada.
  • For more information on Risio’s course offerings, join our newsletter or apply today and one of our team members will help you take the next step towards a dental assisting career in Canada.

In Canada, being a dental assistant represents a rewarding career path for many. It offers an appealing blend of stability, competitive salaries, and opportunities for growth. But how can you study to become a dental assistant in Canada from outside the country when nearly all training programs require you to be on campus?

The operative word there is nearly. Risio’s Dental Aide Program is designed to be taken from anywhere in the world, and offers cost-effective foundational knowledge that can help prepare students to come to Canada and complete their training. Read on for more details about this offering, and learn how to navigate the challenges of preparing for this career as an international student.

Recent immigrant to Canada working as dental assistant

Why Dental Assisting Is a Great Career for Newcomers to Canada

New immigrants in Canada often face unique challenges, and having the right job can be an important step towards overcoming them. Here’s how many newcomers to Canada can benefit from going into dental assisting:

  • Earning Potential: Dental assisting offers competitive salaries, enabling newcomers to achieve financial stability and security in their new life in Canada. The average dental assistant salary in Canada is nearly $49,000 per year, while the average immigrant makes approximately $39,000 annually.
  • Upward Mobility: This field not only provides a solid starting point but also opens doors for career advancement and specialization. Dental assisting can be a pathway towards becoming a dental hygienist, dental therapist, or working in dental office administration. 
  • Networking: Working in dental assisting helps newcomers create valuable connections in the healthcare sector, which can help them build a community and assist in future professional development. Find 8 tips for networking as a dental assistant in Canada here.
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Challenges For International Students in Dental Assisting Programs

For international students, the dream of studying in Canada comes with its share of challenges, especially in traditional, campus-based dental programs:

  • Time Zone Constraints: Many international students are in a different time zone than their Canadian institutions. This discrepancy can make attending live lectures or participating in real-time discussions a significant challenge.
  • The Visa Complication: Attending an in-person course in Canada requires a study visa. Obtaining this visa can be a lengthy and uncertain process, and for some, it may be a roadblock too big to overcome.
  • In-Person Attendance Issues: Traditional courses often have in-person components such as labs or hands-on training. For students not physically in Canada, these requirements can be impossible to meet, posing a major barrier to their education and career goals.

These challenges can make the pursuit of a dental assisting career in Canada seem daunting, if not outright unattainable, for many international students. However, this is where innovative online programs, like Risio’s Dental Aide Program, come into the picture, offering solutions that align perfectly with the needs of international learners.

Smiling young woman studying to become Dental Assistant from outside of Canada

Risio’s Dental Aide Program: Flexible, Affordable, & Accessible

Risio’s Dental Aide program is designed to offer unique benefits for international learners seeking to become Dental Assistants in Canada. Here’s how:

  • Entirely Online: Learn from anywhere in the world without the need to relocate or travel.
  • Self-Paced Learning: Study at your own pace, fitting your education around your time-zone and daily commitments.
  • No Geographic Limitations: Open to anyone, anywhere, breaking down the barriers of traditional education.
  • Cost Effectiveness: Our Dental Aide program is also priced under $1000. This makes it a cost-effective way to develop essential skills and knowledge that pave the way towards completing a full-time program once you’ve entered Canada.

Read more about the benefits of online learning here.

Benefits of the Dental Aide Program for Job Seekers

The Dental Aide program offers several key advantages for anyone looking to start or advance their career in dental assisting:

  • Provides essential knowledge in dental and clinical basics, preparing you for entry-level positions within dental practices.
  • Equips you with critical skills in infection prevention and sterilization, which are highly valued by potential employers.
  • Introduces you to the Risio curriculum and community, making it easier to apply for our full-time diploma program once you’ve entered Canada.

To learn more about our Dental Aide program or any of the other courses we offer, join our newsletter—or apply today and take the next step towards a new career and a new life you’ll love.