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School of Health and Life Sciences

Dental Assisting Technology

Sep 08, 2020
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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"
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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.

Have questions? We've got answers

If you’re looking for more information or have a question about the Dental Assistant Technology program, we can help.

Our program advisors are here to answer your questions.

Email: dat@nait.ca

Tel: 780.471.7676

Fax: 780.491.3149

 

 


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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.
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