About the Program
Denturists are dental health professionals who specialize in the field of removable oral prostheses (dentures). Denturists work in partnership with other health professionals to deliver comprehensive treatment.
The Denturist Technology program offers a challenging career for those individuals interested in providing direct patient care in oral health services. The 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.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $4,300
Semester 2: $500
Semester 3: $500
Semester 4: $500
Semester 5: $500
Semester 6: $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
- Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1 or 30-2 or Applied Math 30
- Biology 30
- One of: Science 30, Physics 30, Chemistry 30, Math 31, Social Studies 30-1 or a 30-level language other than English
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
- Online Interview - During the interview you will be asked questions regarding the Denturist profession. The following activities are encouraged to ensure an understanding of the Denturist Technology program and profession:
- Review of the program website
- Attend Open House
- Attend an Information Session
- Complete clinical site visits
- Computer - A computer with Internet access is required for this program.
- CPR (Basic Life Support - BLS) - Students must provide evidence of current BLS certification on the first day of class, and must remain current for the balance of the program. The BLS certification course that meets this requirement must be designed for individuals who will be health care providers, including AED training. The NAIT Continuing Education Course that meets this requirement is CPRS100 - Basic Life Support | NAIT .
- 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. The selection process is based on:
- Phase 1 - Academic entrance requirements are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and applicants are shortlisted for interviews. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 72%. Applicants with prior NAIT Health Sciences credentials or who have successfully completed at least one approved Open Studies course in the School of Health and Life Sciences with a minimum of 75% may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist.
- Phase 2 - Shortlisted applicants are interviewed and ranked. Final selection is based strictly on the interview scores; academics presented in Phase 1 must be maintained. The format for Phase 2 is prerecorded online video interviews. Candidates who are successful in moving to Phase 2 will be given adequate notice of the interview requirements and instructions.
Interview: Consists of a series of scenario-based interview questions designed to evaluate the applicant's critical thinking and ethical decision making abilities, communication skills, knowledge of the profession and the non-cognitive skills necessary for success in a clinical environment. The interview process will incorporate four to six questions. The length of the interview process is approximately 30-45 minutes.
Prospective students interested in determining if the Denturist Program is a good fit for them may enrol in DENT1110 Removable Prosthodontics: Introductory Laboratory Skills via Open Studies. In this course, students learn common laboratory procedures for the fabrication of both complete and partial removable dentures, and become familiar with the materials and instruments used in a denturist laboratory.
Prospective students who successfully complete DENT1110 with a minimum average of 75% and apply to the Denturist Technology program will be granted an online interview (minimum academic requirements must be met).
Students are required to complete 3 work experience practicums during the program. Students are placed in a denturist practice and must complete specified procedures. The NAIT practicum liaison monitors student progress through consultation with the student and preceptor.
Semester 4 - last 8 weeks of the semester
Semester 5 - 20 weeks, all of the semester
Semester 6 - first 17 weeks of the semester
- Salary: none - this work is part of the educational experience
- Relocation: may be required
Accreditation & Industry Certification
The Denturist Technology program is accredited by the Denturist Association of Canada.
Scholarships & Bursaries
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.