About the Program
NAIT's Dental Technology program is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the art and science of fabricating corrective devices and replacements for natural teeth and tissues.
The dental technologist is a craftsperson who is an essential member of the dental health-care team. The technologist, working to the prescription of a qualified practitioner, is responsible for the construction of dental appliances and devices used to improve the well-being of the patient. These include crowns, bridges, dentures and orthodontic appliances used to correct damaged, lost or irregular teeth.
The Dental Technology program was profiled in Project President, where NAIT President Dr. Glenn Feltham was taught to fabricate a dental crown and prepare a porcelain crown. See the full story and photo gallery.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $180
Tuition Cap: $1,940
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $3,300
Semester 2: $500
Semester 3: $500
Semester 4: $500
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
- Grade 12 English
- Math 20-1 or 20-2 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20
- Biology 30
- One of: Science 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Pure Math 30, Math 31, Social Studies 30-1, Art 30 or a 30-level language other than English.
Competitive Entrance - 65% overall average
NAIT's MTH20T Academic Upgrading course is recognized in lieu of Math 20-2.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
- Immunizations - Students are required to be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, as determined by Alberta Health and your program. Prior to acceptance into the program it's recommended you retrieve all past immunization history. Upon acceptance into the program, students will be given further information on immunization requirements. Failure to meet these requirements may result in denial of access to clinical training.
- Computer literacy - Basic computer literacy is required, which includes basic word processing, Internet, and email.
- Additional Requirements and Information - Any prospective students with serious skin disorders such as psoriasis, dermatitis or latex allergy should consider their options carefully before applying to this program. Those with back, arm or neck problems, issues with mobility or significant health challenges are advised to consult with the Program Chair. As well, students are required to be patients for peers in a clinical setting: official documentation from a physician or dentist must be presented if a student is unable to be a patient.
Student Selection Process and Criteria
Student selection is competitive and based on criteria that may include academic achievement beyond the stated minimum prerequisites. Prerequisites are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar for compliance.
Accreditation & Industry Certification
All provinces in Canada currently recognize and consider NAIT’s Dental Technology an approved program. The process of registration and the issuance of a practice permit will differ from province to province. Currently in Alberta, The provincial regulatory authority requires a security clearance or a criminal records check, at the student's own expense, prior to registration and the issuance of a practice permit. Please note that failure to clear could prevent the student from being eligible for registration in Alberta. For information about registration and the issuance of a practice permit in Alberta, contact the College of Dental Technologists of Alberta. For information about registration and the issuance of a practice permit in other provinces please contact the organization that regulates and governs the practice of dental technology in the appropriate province of interest.
Scholarships & Bursaries
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.