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Dental Assisting Technology

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C- in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

NAIT’s 2-year Dental Assisting Technology diploma program will give you the hands-on skills necessary to immediately support dentists and hygienists in their practice. From infection prevention to care procedures, dental sciences and dental practice administration, our program will prepare you to be an important member of the dental health care team.  

In our program, students obtain knowledge, skills and attitudes required for a successful career in dental assisting. 

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

Our training approach emphasizes practical experience in the skills and technology necessary to be a successful Dental Assistant. Our program features the following:

  • approximately 1730 hours of learning over 2 years
  • small group learning, which allows for the optimum student-to-instructor ratio
  • practical, hands-on approach to training in labs and practicum placements
  • on-site dental clinics with general public patients

You 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

Enter the workforce with confidence 

Dental Assistants are a vital member of the dental health-care team. As a graduate, you will perform a wide variety of oral health care services and work to improve patient care. You may find employment in a number of settings, including general dentistry or specialty practices, denturist offices, dental sales or insurance, or community health care units.

Upon graduation, you are eligible to write the National Board Examination. Graduates must successfully complete this examination to register with the College of Alberta Dental Assistants to practice in Alberta and be certified in Canada.

Graduates of the Dental Assisting Technology program are also eligible for advanced credit in the NAIT Bachelor of Technology program and in the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree program at Thompson Rivers University.

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Term 1

DEAS1120Fundamentals of Dental Radiology
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Dental Assisting Technology program. Co-requiste: DEAS1121.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will prepare the student to perform dental radiographic services. Emphasis will be placed on understanding equipment function, operation and maintenance of processing and conventional and digital equipment, the application of radiation safety measures, establishing and maintaining a basic quality assurance program, and the identification of radiographic anatomy.

DEAS1121Dental Anatomy, Histology and Patient Records
  • Requisites: Co-requisite: DEAS1120. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will identify anatomy of the head and neck, oral cavity and individual teeth. Influencing factors related to tooth development and eruption sequences will be studied. Students will record oral conditions using restorative and periodontal notation techniques.

DEAS1122Assisting with Operative Dentistry
  • Requisites: Co-requisites: IPCD1171, DEAS 1121.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn theoretical and clinical skills necessary to assist with operative dental procedures. Students will assist with both anterior and posterior dental procedures using a variety of materials. Intra-oral skills included in this course are: application and removal of dental dam, placement of cavity liners, placement and removal of matrices and wedges and application of topical anesthetic.

DEAS1123Ergonomic Practice
  • Requisites: Co-requisites: IPCD1171, DEAS1121, DEAS1120, DEAS1122, DEAS1124.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The importance of adapting the work environment to the requirements of the human body will be studied. Instrumentation techniques will be practiced using ergonomic principles. Students will demonstrate proper positioning when completing oral assessments including periodontal probing procedures.

DEAS1124Communication in Dentistry
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn the roles and responsibilities of dental healthcare professionals. Verbal and nonverbal communication techniques and appropriate use of social media will prepare students to communicate in a professional manner. Critical thinking and conflict resolution strategies will be discussed.

IPCD1171Infection Prevention and Control
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Appropriate application of infection prevention and control measures in the dental environment will be achieved by understanding pathogenic diseases and transmission, the use of personal protective measures to prevent disease transmission and physical and chemical methods of controlling microbial growth.

Term 2

DEAS1220Applied Dental Radiography
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: DEAS1123, IPCD1171, DEAS1120. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Applying principles of radiology, students will produce radiographic images, arrange dental films/images and identify radiographic anatomy. In addition, students will adapt radiographic techniques to patient requirements.

DEAS1221Oral Pathology
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Dental Assisting Technology program. Prerequisite: DEAS1121. A completion grade of C- in DEAS1121 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will study common developmental disturbances related to the structures of the head, oral cavity, and teeth. Recognition of normal and pathological entities prepares students to complete a clinical oral observation.

DEAS1222Prosthodontic Procedures I
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: DEAS1122, DEAS1123, IPCD1171. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn to assist with fixed prosthodontic procedures. Students will record bite registrations, diagnostic and final impressions; fabricate custom trays; construct diagnostic models, provisional crown and bridge templates; place and remove retraction cord; and fabricate, insert and remove provisional crowns and bridges.

DEAS1223Pre-Clinical Science I
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: DEAS1123, IPCD1171. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn instrumentation techniques required to perform the restricted activity of limited scaling procedures as outlined in the Dental Assistants Profession Regulation of the Health Professions Act.

DEAS1224Patient Management and Emergency Treatment
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: DEAS1124. A completion grade of C- in DEAS1124 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Emergency situations may arise within the dental office. To prevent or manage an emergency, the following topics will be studied: measurement of blood pressure, monitoring vital signs, common pharmaceutical agents, the needs of medically compromised and special needs patients and procedures to respond to medical/dental emergencies.

DEAS1225Oral Health Education and Promotion
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: DEAS1123, IPCD1171. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will counsel patients on homecare techniques that promote optimal oral health. The importance of lifestyle choices; nutritional needs for oral health; and the role of soft dental deposits, calculus and stain as they contribute to oral diseases will be studied.

DEAS1291Field Placement I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the DAT program. Prerequisites: DEAS1123, 1124, 1120, 1121, 1122, IPCD1171. Co-requisites: DEAS1223, 1224, 1225, 1220, 1221, 1222. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will have the opportunity to interact with all members of the dental health team and gain experience in a dental practice.

Term 3

DEAS2320Radiography for Patient Care
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Dental Assisting Technology program. Prerequisite: DEAS1220. A completion grade of C- in DEAS1220 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In the NAIT Dental Clinic, students will produce diagnostic dental images using conventional and digital equipment. Students gain experience by adapting techniques to situations which they will encounter in the dental office.

DEAS2322Prosthodontic Procedure II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Dental Assisting Technology program. Prerequisite: DEAS1222. A completion grade of C- in DEAS1222 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

As a continuation of Prosthodontic Procedures I, students will anticipate and assist with complex prosthodontics procedures. Students will also learn the advanced prosthodontic skills of: fabricating occlusal rims, fabricating, inserting and adjusting mouth guards, maintaining removable appliances, and implementing tooth whitening systems.

DEAS2323Pre-Clinical Science II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Dental Assisting Technology program. Prerequisite: DEAS1223. A completion grade of C- in DEAS1223 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will develop clinical skills when providing dental therapies including polishing procedures, pit and fissure sealants and fluoride treatments.

DEAS2326Dental Specialty Procedures I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Dental Assisting Technology program. Prerequisite: DEAS1122. A completion grade of C- in DEAS 1122 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is an introduction to the dental specialties of oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics and implants. A study of the materials, instruments and equipment associated with those procedures performed in a general dental practice are emphasized.

DEAS2391Field Placement II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the DAT program. Prerequisites: DEAS1220, 1221, 1222, 1223, 1224, 1225, 1291. Co-requisites: DEAS2320, 2322, 2323, 2326. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will continue to apply previously learned skills and interact with all members of the dental health team in a dental practice environment.

Term 4

DEAS2423Clinical Patient Care
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Dental Assisting Technology program. Prerequisites: DEAS2323, 2320, 2322. Co-Requisites: IPDE1201, DEAS2425, DEAS2427, DEAS2426. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In the NAIT Dental Clinic, students will have opportunities to provide comprehensive patient care based on the needs of the patient.

DEAS2425Community Dental Health
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Dental Assisting Technology program. Prerequisite: DEAS1225. A completion grade of C- in DEAS1225 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will prepare graduates to work with other health professionals in community health care. Students will learn dental screening techniques, health promoting activities and managing dental health services in a community setting.

DEAS2426Dental Specialty Procedures II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Dental Assisting Technology program. Prerequisites: DEAS2320. A completion grade of C- in DEAS2320 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is an introduction to the dental specialty of orthodontics. A study of the materials, instruments and equipment associated with those procedures performed in a dental practice are emphasized.

DEAS2427Administrative Dental Procedures
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Dental Assisting Technology program. Pre-requisite: DEAS1121. A completion grade of C- in DEAS1121 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn the skills required of a dental office business assistant. Reception skills, maintenance and control of simple bookkeeping procedures, completion of dental claim forms and application of fee guides will be studied.

DEAS2491Dental Practice Experience
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the DAT program. Prerequisites: DEAS2320,2322,2323,2326, 2391. Co-requisite: DEAS2423, 2425, 2426, 2427, and IPDE1201. A completion grade of C- in DEAS2320,2322,2323, and 2326 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will continue to apply clinical, laboratory and business skils in a dental practice environment. Students will interact with members of the dental team and learn from direct experiences in a working environment.

IPDE1201Interprofessional Dental Education
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students from different health care professions will learn with, from, and about one another to improve patient care. Role clarity and communication within the healthcare team will be explored with an emphasis on the dental healthcare team. Conflict management, teamwork, and safety from an interprofessional perspective will also be studied. Students will apply skills within the diverse health care team.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $702
Tuition Cap: $6,568

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $3,550
Level 1 Term 2: $450
Level 2 Term 1: $275
Level 2 Term 2: $225

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: CL
International Applicants: CL

Entrance Requirements

  • 60% in each of:
    • Grade 12 English
    • Chemistry 20
    • Biology 30
    • One of: Science 30, Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Pure Math 30, Applied Math 30, Math 31, Physics 30, Social Studies 30-1 or a 30-level language other than English.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Online Interview:
    • The 1st round of interviews will occur in December for applicants who complete their applications by November 1st.
    • The 2nd round of interviews will occur in April for all other shortlisted applicants.
    • Please refer to the Online Interview handout for more information

Competitive Entrance Requirements:

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 75%.

Applicants with prior NAIT Health and Life 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.

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 the Student Selection Criteria and Process for more information

Additional Requirements and Considerations

The following activities are encouraged to ensure an understanding of the Dental Assisting Technology program and profession:

  • Review of the program website
  • Attend Open House
  • Attend Program Preview
  • Dental Office site visits
  • Review of the College of Alberta Dental Assistants website

CPR (Basic Life Support - BLS): Students must provide evidence of current BLS certification at the program orientation, 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.

Immunization Requirements: 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 will result in denial of access to clinical training, and therefore, students will not be able to complete course and program requirements.

Police Information Check: Students are required to provide a current Police Information Check (also referred to as a Security Clearance or Criminal Record Check) which must include a Vulnerable Sector Search. Please do not proceed with the Police Information Check until an offer of acceptance and follow-up instructions have been issued by the program. The Police Information Check is only considered valid when reviewed by a NAIT official within 90 days of completion. If you do not meet the police information check requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, which may ultimately impede your progress in the program.

Computer literacy: Strong computer skills are required, which include the use of all programs in Microsoft Office and proficient use of the Internet.

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 the clinical setting throughout the program: official documentation from a physician or dentist must be presented if a student is unable to be a patient.

Laptop Requirement:

Students are required to provide their own laptops for the duration of their studies at NAIT. This is referred to as a BYOD (bring your own device) model. The NAIT campus provides a wireless environment for students to use. NAIT also provides a virtual environment (VDI) for students to access course-related software. The VDI model allows students to access software and work on projects both on and off campus.

Notes: Apple laptops are STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. Often there are NO MAC VERSIONS of the required software. NAIT Tech Support will be available to assist with software licensing and installation issues as much as possible.

Additional Requirements:

  • Cordless keyboard and mouse are required
  • Windows 10
  • Fully licensed Microsoft Office 365
  • Up-to-date Virus protection for your computer

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If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.


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