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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.
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Our training approach emphasizes practical experience in the skills and technology necessary to be a successful Dental Assistant. Our program features the following:
You can expect to spend, on average:
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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