Denturist program putting out call for 200 new patients
Students in NAIT’s Denturist Technology program want to once again put smiles on the faces of 200 new denture patients.
Patient participation is required for the Denturist Technology program to operate. Second-year students gain valuable experience by working with patients to create new dentures. These patients, in return, receive dentures for roughly one third of what it would cost elsewhere. All the work is done in laboratory and clinic settings at NAIT under the supervision of a registered denturist.
“It’s a great arrangement for patients and students,” said Linda McCaughey, an educational lab technologist in NAIT’s School of Health Sciences. “Patients receive courteous and professional service, while getting a great deal on complete and partial sets of dentures, as well as single upper dentures. Our students, meanwhile, get valuable, real-world experience.”
McCaughey says patients will be seen by the same student denturist throughout the process, until their dentures are complete. There are always opportunities for follow-up visits should they be required – even months or years down the road, she says.
NAIT’s Denturist Technology program is one of only four denturist programs in Canada, typically attracting students from across the region. The full-time, three-year program is designed to provide students with the theoretical, technical and clinical experiences required to assess, diagnose, design, fabricate and insert both complete and partial removable dentures.
Grads work as associates in established denturist practices or may be self-employed in a denture clinic. The program runs from September to May.
Denture patients interested in participating in the program can contact the NAIT dental clinic at 780.471.7786.
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NAIT is one of Canada’s leading polytechnics, with almost 80,000 registrations worldwide in key areas including science, technology and the environment, business, health care and trades. Known for real-world education and student success, NAIT also engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. NAIT enrolled its first students - 29 communication electrician apprentices - in 1962 and this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.
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