Posted on February 11 2014

Dental Assisting Occupational Analysis: Nationwide Survey


This is a unique opportunity for Canadian Dental Assistants. The National Dental Assisting Examining Board is partnering with the Canadian Dental Assistants’ Association to conduct a national Occupational Analysis of the dental assisting profession in 2014. The purpose of the study is to determine the current practice among Intra-Oral Dental Assistants in Canada. In sum, data will be gathered and used to validate the NDAEB Domain Description (the national entry level standard) which is used in exam development, candidate exam preparation, and curriculum development. CDAA and provincial DA associations will use the data for other purposes related to the profession.

Therefore, a nationwide online survey has been developed with the goal of collecting as much relevant information as possible about the current practices of dental assistants in Canada. Survey questions will ask participants to rate the tasks based on their personal experiences as “frequency of use” and “importance of safe and effective patient care” with the following categories:

· Frequency of use: Very frequent, Frequent, Occasional, Rare, and Never
· Importance of safe and effective patient care: Very Important, Important, Somewhat important, Not important, and Not relevant in my workplace

The survey will also include demographic questions and will ask if there are any tasks that are felt should be added to the document.

We are asking for practicing intra-oral dental assistants to take part in the online survey. A certificate of completion will be available to participants at the end of the survey.

Please visit all four links to complete the survey:

The online survey will be available from February 10th until March 1st, 2014.

Please forward this link to as many of your dental assisting colleagues as possible.

Enter to Win a $50 Gift Certificate upon survey completion.

If you have any questions, please contact the NDAEB Occupational Analysis (OA) Coordinator,
Jamie-Lynn Kluke, at 1-613-526-3424 or For questions about Survey Monkey, please contact