NAIT student clinic looking for 200 new denture patients
NAIT’s Denturist Technology program is looking for 200 new denture patients. These individuals will receive dentures for roughly one-third of what it would cost elsewhere for the same procedures, while helping second-year students gain hands-on experience. Dentures should be examined yearly, and in most cases replaced every five years.
“Patient participation is essential for this program to run,” said Trena Perrin, an educational lab technologist in NAIT’s School of Health Sciences. “All the work is done in a real clinic setting at NAIT under the supervision of registered denturists.”
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 as required.
“Patients receive courteous, professional and economical service, while getting complete and partial dentures,” said Perrin. “Our students, meanwhile, get real-world experience which helps them prepare for meaningful careers.”
NAIT’s Denturist Technology program is one of only four denturist programs in Canada, typically attracting students from across the country. 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. Over 96% of grads find work within a year of completing the program.
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 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 in 1962.
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