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COMP 0285 - Dental Office Computer Systems

Computer Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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Course Details

​This hands-on course was designed for students who have strong English communication skills. Only those students who have strong spoken and written business English should register for this course. COMP 0285 assumes that students are already computer literate and able to manage files and maintain a computer system. If you are unsure of your personal computer skills please complete COMP 1002 before starting this course. Participants must provide their own recent Windows 10 dual core machine with 8GB of RAM to participate in this course. Please note: BCIT does not provide technical support for student's hardware or operating systems. Students receive hands-on experience with Exan Power PracticeX dental management software. COMP 0285 also helps to prepare students and dental office personnel to use other types of dental office computer systems in the Windows environment. Participants will focus on patient records, insurance policies, treatment claims and estimates, digital x-rays, insurance and patient payments. The appointment manager, system reports and electronic billing will also be explored. Please Note: COMP 0285 may be taken simultaneously with COMP 0885 and COMP 0985. A BCIT Statement of Completion is issued upon success in all three of these courses. Some students may also be eligible for continuing dental education credits as per the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. The passing grade of theses dental courses is 70%. Upon successful completion of COMP 0285, students will have acquired the abilities to be end-users of Dental Office Computer Systems.


​Dental office experience, completion of a Dental Receptionist or Dental Assisting program or currently enrolled in Comp 0885.





Winter 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2021 term.

CRN 17396

Tue Jan 19 - Tue Apr 13 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 19 - Apr 13 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 Online Delivery
See Notes below


Erin McCaffrey

Course Outline




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. COMP 0885 MUST be completed first or taken simultaneously. Please email for Departmental approval. Include your Student number (A0#) and COMP__ and CRN __. Late registration is not permitted. No class on February 16.

This course offering is in progress. Please check this page for other currently available offerings, subscribe to receive email updates or contact us with your comments or questions.

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Spring/Summer 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2021 term.

CRN 23757

Tue May 11 - Tue Jul 27 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
May 11 - Jul 27 Tue 18:00 - 21:00 Online Delivery
See Notes below


Erin McCaffrey

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Please email for Departmental approval. Include your Student number (A0#) and COMP__ and preferred CRN __. COMP 0885 MUST be completed first or taken simultaneously with COMP 0285 and COMP 0985. Course is 36 hours synchronous remote classes. CLASS SIZE LIMIT: Once the enrolment limit has been reached (FULL), you will not be able to join this class –no capacity override. This course is offered every term, so you will also have the opportunity to take it next term. Please sign in to the Learning Hub ( on the course start date and time (not before) for details on how the course will be delivered online. Late registration is not permitted.

A portion of seats are temporarily held for domestic students. International students: this may impact your ability to register. Learn why.


5 seats available as of Feb 25, 2021 11:59 pm (PST). Availability may change at any time.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Use Exan Power PracticeX dental software.
  • Perform front-desk computer tasks in a dental office.
  • Apply for an entry level Dental Receptionist position.
  • Adapt to other dental software programs in the Windows environment.

Effective as of Winter 2021

Related Programs

COMP 0285 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Dental Office Receptionist
    Part-time   Statement of Completion

Books & Supplies

The BCIT bookstore carries textbooks, general reference books, software, and stationery. Please visit for more information.

Winter 2021

Books for Winter 2021 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

BCIT Downtown Campus Bookstore

If you are taking this course at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Downtown Campus Bookstore.

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20 Power Practice X Training Manual
Copyright 2011
Binding Spiral
Price $61.95

Spring/Summer 2021

No information on books is currently available for Spring/Summer 2021 offerings of this course.

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