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