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

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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.

This nationally recognized program provides a wide range of training and will give you the skills necessary to make full or partial dentures, repair crowns, bridges and orthodontic appliances. You’ll learn the art and science of creating corrective devices for natural teeth and tissues.

A dental technologist is a master of their craft and an essential member of the dental-health team. To be successful, you’ll need to display meticulous attention to detail and an equal combination of technical skills and artistry.

Did you know

Each student in the Dental Technology program has an individual workstation in the dental labs!

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 

Throughout the program, you’ll recreate the appearance of natural teeth in fixed restorations such as crowns and implant restorations using porcelain, metal alloys and ceramic materials. For corrective devices like orthodontic appliances, you’ll learn the physical and biological forces of handling waxes, wires and acrylic materials.

You’ll have an individual workstation in the dental lab, complete with the latest industry-standard equipment, like:

  • press ceramic furnace
  • digital laboratory scanner
  • acrylic injection system
  • pressure thermal-forming machine

You can expect to spend, on average:

  • 32 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester
  • 10-15 hours per week studying and completing class assignments

Enter the workforce with confidence 

Dental Technicians are typically employed in dental laboratories or private dental practices. They are required to help fill prescriptions and create a variety of dental appliances as requested by dentists, prosthodontists, orthodontists and denturists.

Upon graduation, you’ll need to register with the regulatory authority in your provincial jurisdiction in order to work as a registered dental technologist.

You may also be eligible for transfer credit in the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (BTech-TM), NAIT
  • Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science - Human Science degree, Athabasca University
  • Bachelor of Oral Heath in Dental Technology degree, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, Thompson Rivers University
  • Bachelor of Technology (1 year of post-diploma studies), Memorial University of Newfoundland

 

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

Our program advisors are here to answer your questions.

  • Email: dlt@nait.ca
  • Tel: 780.471.7673
  • Fax: 780.491.3149

 



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Term 1

DNTL1110Introduction to Dental Laboratory Skills
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Dental Technology program. Co-requisites: DNTL1131, DNTL1151, DNTL1121, IPCD1171.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will familiarize the student with their role in the dental treatment team. In addition, the student will complete basic procedures common to the fabrication of both completely edentulous and partially dentate dental appliances. The function and fabrication of dental casts, custom impression trays, baseplates and occlusion rims will be demonstrated through completion of casework.

DNTL1121Orofacial Anatomy
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Dental Technology program. Co-Requisites: DNTL1110, DNTL1131, DNTL1151, IPCD1171.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course provides students with the fundamentals of head and neck anatomy. Students will study the structure and function of the teeth and supporting tissues, tooth arrangements and tooth numbering systems, tooth morphology and details of orofacial anatomy related to the fabrication of fixed and removable dental prostheses.

DNTL1131Complete Dentures: Introductory Lab Skills
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Dental Technology program. Co-requisites: DNTL1110, DNTL1151, DNTL1121, IPCD1171.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will introduce the student to basic procedures needed to restore the appearance and function of the fully edentulous patient through the provision of complete dentures. Students will learn the fundamental techniques of complete denture fabrication to the wax stage. The arrangement and function of artificial teeth will be demonstrated through completion of casework.

DNTL1151Fixed Prosthodontics: Introductory Lab Skills
  • Requisites: Co-requisites: DNTL1110, DNTL1131, DNTL1121, IPCD1171.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will introduce the principles of nomenclature, tooth morphology and occlusion. The interrelationships of cusps, fossa and grooves of teeth will be presented. Students will construct full contour wax patterns and use principles of casting in order to construct full metal crowns and other various cast restorations.

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

DNTL1141Removable Partial Dentures: Introductory Lab Skills
  • Requisites: Co-requisites: DNTL1231, DNTL1251, DNTL1171, DNTL2361. Pre-Requisites: DNTL1110, DNTL1121.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course, students will survey cast surfaces and form clasp arms. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills required to make design decisions for the fabrication of removable partial denture frameworks using existing cast anatomy. Students will practice these techniques through the completion of casework, accurately transferring information from the prescription to anatomical cast surfaces.

DNTL1171Orthodontics: Introductory Lab Skills
  • Requisites: Co-Requisites: DNTL1141, DNTL1231, DNTL1251, DNTL2361. Pre-Requisites: DNTL1110, DNTL1121.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course students will fabricate simple orthodontic appliances to improve the function and appearance of the dentition. Students will learn principles of arch development, tooth movement and arch maintenance. Students will practice the manipulation of a variety of orthodontic materials to create functional orthodontic appliances.

DNTL1231Intermediate Complete Denture Fabrication
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: DNTL1110, DNTL1121. Co-requisites: DNTL1141, DNTL1251, DNTL2361, DNTL1171. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will advance their knowledge in the theory and techniques required to restore the function and appearance of persons who are fully edentulous. In addition to refining their skills of tooth arrangement, students will learn the techniques of denture processing, selective grinding and denture finishing. Students will practice previously learned skills with a continued focus on quality and time requirements.

DNTL1251Intermediate Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: DNTL1121, DNTL1110, DNTL1151. Co-requisites: DNTL1141, DNTL1231, DNTL2361, DNTL1171. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will introduce substrate design and finishing for porcelain application restorations. Students will construct various metal substrates on casts of articulated dentition's. Students will be familiarized with dental specific CAD software and design various restorations. Provisional restorations will also be introduced.

DNTL2361Preparation for Patient Care
  • Requisites: Co-requisites: DNTL1141, DNTL1231, DNTL1251, DNTL1171. Prerequisite: DNTL1121. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisites is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course, the student will learn the cause and progression of dental diseases. Oral observation, recording procedures, shade selection, maintenance of oral appliances and producing diagnostic alginate impressions will be practiced in a clinical setting. Routine practices for infection control will be applied.

Term 3

DNTL1241Intermediate Removable Partial Denture Fabrication
  • Requisites: Pre-requisite: DNTL1141. Co-requisites: DNTL2331, DNTL2351, DNTL2271, IPDE1201. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course, students will learn the steps and techniques required to fabricate cast metal removable partial denture frameworks. Students will complete a wax-up of a removable partial denture framework for maxillary and mandibular arches, which will then be invested and cast. The student will divest, trim, and finish these cast metal frameworks to completion. Previous course work will be carried over into this course to facilitate learning outcome completion.

DNTL2271Intermediate Orthodontic Fabrication
  • Requisites: This course is not available to Open Studies students. Co-Requisites: DNTL1241, DNTL2331, DNTL2351, IPDE1201. Pre-Requisite: DNTL1171.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course students will fabricate simple fixed orthodontic appliances to improve the function and appearance of the dentition. Students will practice the manipulation of a variety of orthodontic materials to create fixed orthodontic appliances.

DNTL2331Advanced Complete Denture Fabrication
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: DNTL1231. Co-requisites: DNTL1241, DNTL2351, DNTL2271, IPDE1201. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn techniques of denture fabrication to adapt to varying jaw relationships. In addition, students will set teeth for an immediate complete denture and will learn how to apply techniques for processing a reline and rebases for complete dentures. Techniques to improve the efficiency and productivity of previously learned processes will be taught. Emphasis will be placed on the students' preparation for employment in the commercial laboratory environment.

DNTL2351Advanced Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Requisites: Co-Requisites: DNTL1241, DNTL2331, DNTL2271, IPDE1201. Prerequisite: DNTL1251. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will introduce the techniques required to build and fire dental porcelains. The students will apply dental porcelain and metal-ceramic techniques to construct individual crowns as well as porcelain fused to metal bridges. Colour theory will be applied when constructing aesthetic restorations.

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.

Term 4

DNTL2341Advanced Removable Partial Denture Fabrication
  • Requisites: Prerequisites: DNTL1231, DNTL1241, DNTL1251. Co-requisites: DNTL2331, DNTL2351, DNTL2361. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisites is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course students will develop previously learned skills and techniques of definitive removable partial denture fabrication to compromised partially dentate arches. Students will learn advanced skills and techniques in framework wax-ups, characterization of wax denture bases, processing acrylic resins, master cast duplication, and trimming and finishing metal frameworks as well as acrylic resins.

DNTL2371Advanced Orthodontics Fabrication
  • Requisites: This course is not available to Open Studies students. Co-Requisites: DNTL2341, DNTL2431, DNTL2451. Pre-Requisite: DNTL2271.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course students will fabricate simple removable orthodontic appliances to improve the function and appearance of the dentition. Students will practice the manipulation of a variety of orthodontic materials to create fixed orthodontic appliances.

DNTL2431Applied Complete Denture Fabrication
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: DNTL2331. Co-requisites: DNTL2341, DNTL2451, DNTL2371. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will build on the student's previous knowledge and skills of the fabrication of conventional complete dentures.Techniques to improve the efficiency and productivity of previously learned processes will be taught. Emphasis will be placed on the students' preparation for employment in the commercial laboratory environment. Students will learn treatment options and practical case work involving dental implants for completely edentulous patients. Techniques of acrylic injection processing, dental surgical templates, artificial tooth selection and lingualized occlusion will be applied through completion of practical case work.

DNTL2451Applied Fixed Prosthodontics
  • Requisites: Pre-requisites: DNTL2351. Co-requisites: DNTL2341, DNTL2431, DNTL2371. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will demonstrate their understanding of pressed all-ceramic procedures in the construction of restorations. Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing technology (CAD/CAM) as well as advanced porcelain build-up techniques will be used to manufacture crowns and fixed implant restorations.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $180
Tuition Cap: $1,940

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $567
Tuition Cap: $6,111

Mandatory Fees

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

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $3,475
Level 1 Term 2: $375
Level 2 Term 1: $325
Level 2 Term 2: $375

Dates & Deadlines

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

Application Deadline: May 01, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: CL
International Applicants: CL

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 English (English 30-1 or 30-2)
  • Math 20-1 or 20-2 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20
  • Biology 30
  • One of: Science 30, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Pure Math 30, Math 31, Social Studies 30-1, Art 30 or a 30-level language other than English.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Competitive Entrance Requirements:

65% overall average Note: Competitive entrance requirements are determined by the program area and are subject to change without notice.

Additional Requirements and Considerations

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 may result in denial of access to clinical training.

Computer literacy: Basic computer literacy is required, which includes basic word processing, Internet, and email.

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.

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Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

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.


*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

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