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: $132
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $4150
Semester 2: $450
Semester 3: $450
Semester 4: $250
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 30-1 or 30-2 or Pure Math 30 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.
- The 1st round of interviews will occur in December for shortlisted applicants who complete their applications by November 1st.
- The 2nd round of interviews will occur in April for all other shortlisted applicants.
Applicants are shortlisted for the interview based on their academic average for the required high school courses. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 71%.
The following applicants may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist:
- Applicants with prior NAIT Health and Life Sciences credentials
- Applicants who have successfully completed at least one approved Open Studies course in the School of Health and Life Sciences with a minimum of 75%
- Applicants who have completed DENT1110 with a minimum average of 75%
Final selection is based strictly on the interview scores. Applicants who are offered conditional acceptance need to maintain the academic average presented in phase 1 in order to secure final acceptance. Please refer to Student Selection Processes for more information
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Additional Requirements and Considerations
The following activities are encouraged to ensure an understanding of the Denturist Technology program and profession:
Review of the program website
Attend Open House
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.
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.
Prospective students interested in determining if the Denturist Technology 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.
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
|Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary - Health Sciences||1250.00||1|
Available to full-time students entering a Health Sciences program at NAIT of two or more years' duration. Awarded on the basis of superior academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I||1000.00||3|
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 Alberta Denturists - Lucien Maynard Award - Fall||500.00||1|
Awarded on the basis of clinical proficiency, academic achievement and qualities of leadership to a second year student of the Denturist Technology program.
|College of Alberta Denturists - President's Award of Excellence - Fall||500.00||1|
Awarded on the basis of academic achievement, clinical proficiency, and qualities of leadership to a second year student of the Denturist Technology program.
|Denturist Association of Alberta First Year Award||1000.00||1|
Available to first year students enrolled in the Denturist Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|Denturist Association of Alberta Third Year Award||1000.00||1|
Available to third year students enrolled in the Denturist Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|Denturist Society of Saskatchewan - The Clarence Phipps Memorial Award - Fall||1000.00||2|
Available to a second year student enrolled in the Denturist Technology program. The award will be granted to a Saskatchewan resident on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement, leadership qualities, willingness to assist others, and all-round personal development.
|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.
|Shaun Yandt Clinical Excellence Award - Spring||1500.00||1|
This award has been established in memory of a valued member of the Denturist program staff at NAIT. Shaun was a graduate of the NAIT Denturist class of 1981. He spent several years dedicated to his private practice but truly found his calling when he began his teaching career at NAIT in 1993. In his role as Clinical Director, he demonstrated a passion for clinical excellence. He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in 2011. Available to students enrolled in the third year of the Denturist Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of professionalism, recognizable effort and continued improvement in their clinical achievements, critical thinking and effective connection of theory with clinical applications, and a high level of commitment to patient care and well being.
|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.
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.