What to Expect
During the 3-year program, students learn communication skills, anatomy, oral pathology, laboratory procedures, denture design and practice management. Students apply theoretical knowledge in laboratory and patient care clinics.
In addition to the more traditional lecture and laboratory settings, students also gain clinical experience in a variety of locations both on and off campus.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average:
- 32 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester.
- 10 to 12 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.
- In the second and third years of the program, time required for patient management and scheduling will increase while time required for study will decrease.
The program consists of:
- Level 1 - two 15 week terms
- Level 2 - two 15 week terms and one 7 week term (professional experience)
- Level 3 - one 20 week practicum term; one 17 week practicum term; plus a 7 week term on site at NAIT
Denturist Technology students get an opportunity to work on real denture patients in NAIT's Dental Clinic. View photos of students assisting patients from our community.
Denturist Technology students learn both the clinical and laboratory aspects of treating denture patients. The program's 9 dedicated treatment rooms in the NAIT Dental Clinic use modern dental chairs and equipment. In the lab and clinic, students learn the most modern techniques on state-of-the-art technology that includes:
- Semi- and fully-adjustable articulators.
- A simulator that lets students practice measuring and fitting partial-plate dentures.
- A Velscope, which can expose oral cancers in the very early stages.
Is This Program For You?
Students must be highly motivated and mature to deal with the complexity of practice-management issues. Denturists are required to think independently, exercise good judgment, communicate effectively with others and work well in interprofessional teams. As an oral health professional, the denturist must demonstrate strong communication skills to provide optimum patient care. In addition, denturists must possess
- manual dexterity
- attention to detail
- a desire to work with others
The successful graduate will show empathy and concern for patient welfare, be an effective time managers, enjoy patient interaction, show keen attention to detail in denturist work, and exhibit a strong desire for lifelong learning.
Life in the Program
Denturist Technology students talk about their NAIT education and how it's preparing them for rewarding careers. Watch the Denturist Technology video.
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, equipment and laboratories.
Skills you will acquire
- patient management
- removable denture construction
- clinical procedures
- denture relines and repairs
- additional medical and business skills