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: $132
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $3450
Semester 2: $450
Semester 3: $450
Semester 4: $450
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
- This program is currently recognized as an approved postsecondary program by all provincial regulatory authorities in Canada.
- Graduates are eligible to challenge examinations set by the different provincial regulatory authorities in Canada.
- Provincial regulatory examinations will have additional expenses for the student after graduation.
- 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.
- 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
|Alberta Dental Association & College - Fall||500.00||1|
Available to students entering the second year of the Dental Technology program. Awarded on the basis of clinical proficiency and academic achievement in the first year.
|Aurum Ceramic Dental Laboratories Co. Award - Spring||750.00||1|
Available to a graduating student of the Dental Technology program. Awarded on the basis of a student showing persistence, and achieving the most significant advancement over the four semesters of the program in their practical application.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I||1000.00||7|
Available to second year students in the schools of Business Administration and Health Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first year marks.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship II||1000.00||4|
Available to first year students in the schools of Business Administration and Health Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first semester marks.
|College of Dental Technologists of Alberta Scholarship - Fall||1000.00||2|
Available to second year students enrolled in the Dental Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of technical proficiency and qualities of leadership. The candidate must have graduated from an Alberta High School or Post Graduate Instituition and must be a resident of Alberta for a minimum of three years. The candidate must be a member of the College of Dental Technologists of Alberta.
|Katie & John Lashuk Bursary||2000.00||2|
Available to students entering the second year of a program in the School of Health Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the first year and demonstrated financial need.
|TH Bursary I||1000.00||1|
Available to a second year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
|TH Bursary II||1000.00||1|
Available to a first year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
|Universal Dental Laboratories Ltd. & Friends Entrance Award||1000.00||1|
Available to a student entering the Dental Laboratory Technology program. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement in English 30 or 33; Math 20 (Pure or Applied); and Biology 30. Preference will be given to students who have done community and/or volunteer work.
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.