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School of Health and Life Sciences

Dental Technology

Sep 08, 2020
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  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
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Advanced Credit

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Transfer Credit

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  • 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

 

Have questions? We've got answers

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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Open Program still has seats available.
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.
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*Program availability is subject to change without notice.