What to Expect
Our training approach emphasizes practical experience in the skills and technology used in the workplace. To ensure that the needs of both students and employers are met, the Dental Assisting Technology program features:
- approximately 1730 hours of learning over two years
- small group learning, which allows for the optimum student-to-instructor ratio
curriculumthat is kept relevant through curriculum validation, program accreditation and an active advisory committee involving key dental professionals in the community
- a practical, hands-on approach to training that prepares students to work immediately and effectively in the workplace
- excellent educational facilities that allow for instruction in the rapidly changing scope of practice for allied dental professionals
- practical training that provides students with the opportunity to interact with dental students and private dental
practicesin order to gain an understanding of the total operation of a dental practice
- on-site dental clinics with general public patients
Hands-on simulation exercises provide a bridge between classroom theory and real-life clinical experience. They have been a key part of School of Health and Life Sciences programs for a number of years. Now, a renewed focus on simulation means current and future students will benefit from even more immersive environments in which to practice their skills.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average:
- 28 to 30 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.
- 15 to 20 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.
Students learn on the same equipment used in dental offices throughout the province. In addition to this equipment, the program uses a number of simulators, including:
- mannequins with metal heads and plastic teeth used to practice restorative procedures such as prepping and filling teeth
- similar mannequins used to practice limited scaling procedures, placing orthodontic bands, and polishing teeth
- a radiology (X-ray) mannequin that includes a real skull and real teeth, which allows students to see realistic bone and tooth anatomy on the X-rays
Students also spend time working with patients in the NAIT Dental Clinic.
Is This Program For You?
- be highly motivated and mature
- show initiative
- have the ability to put their patients at ease and explain procedures
- remain calm under pressure or in an emergency situation
- have excellent organizational and time management skills
- possess good eye-hand coordination
- be able to cooperate and work positively as part of a team
Learn more about what it's like to be a student in the School of Health and Life Sciences, and how it prepares you for a successful career.
- Alumni profiles – hear what our grads have to say about their NAIT education and how it has contributed to their careers.
- Student profiles – why do students choose NAIT? What's it like to be a student in the Health and Life Sciences programs? Find out from the students themselves.
- Clubs – a NAIT education extends well beyond the classroom. Find out how the Dental Assisting Club is making a real difference in our community.
- Awards and recognition – the quality of our programs and instruction shows! Our students and graduates excel at all levels.
- Video galleries – watch our students at work, see what they do and listen to why they've chosen the School of Health and Life Sciences.
- Photo galleries – get a view of our classrooms, facilities,
Skills you will acquire
- clinical support procedures
- assisting with patient care procedures
- direct patient care procedures
- laboratory procedures
- limited scaling procedures
- intra-oral orthodontic procedures
- administrative dental procedures