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It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

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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).

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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.

The Denturist Technology diploma program is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience you’ll need to assess, design, fabricate and insert complete and partial dentures.

NAIT’s 3-year Denturist Technology program includes 2 years of theoretical and technical training and 1 year of practicum placement in a clinical environment. You will also have the opportunity to practice on state-of-the-art equipment in one of NAIT’s 9 dedicated treatment rooms in the NAIT Dental Clinic.

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 skills

On average you can expect to spend:

  • 32 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester
  • 10 to 12 hours per week studying and completing class assignments
  • additional time in the second and third years of the program for patient management and scheduling, which will increase while time required for study will decrease

As an oral health professional, there will be a strong focus on attention to detail, and a need to make complex adjustments on the fly. You’ll also need to display imagination and creativity to solve potential problems, and the ability to work and interact constantly with patients in high stress environments.

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Enter the workforce with confidence

Graduates of the Denturist Technology program are in demand and work in private clinics owned by registered denturists. Depending on where you would like to work in Canada, you may be required to complete an internship of 1 or 2 years (depending on the laws of the province) and pass examinations specified by the regulatory body.

If you would like to work in Alberta after graduation, you will need to apply to the College of Alberta Denturists to take the provincial registration examination.

Upon successful graduation you will be eligible for membership with the Denturist Association of Alberta and Denturist Association of Canada.

Graduates of the NAIT Denturist Technology program are eligible for credit toward:

 

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Term 1

DENT1110Removable Prosthodontics: Introductory Laboratory Skills
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Co-requisites: DENT1112, DENT1121, DENT1274A, IPCD1171 or Open Studies.
  • Open Studies: Available

In this course the students will learn common laboratory procedures for the fabrication of both complete and partial removable dentures. Students will become familiar with the materials and instruments used in a denturist laboratory.

DENT1112Complete Dentures: Introductory Laboratory Skills
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Co-requisite: DENT1110, DENT1121, DENT1274A, IPCD1171.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will introduce students 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 try-in stage. The arrangement of artificial teeth will be demonstrated through completion of casework.

DENT1121Applied Dental Anatomy and Radiology
  • Open Studies: Available

This course includes fundamentals of orofacial anatomy and radiology relevant to the denturist practice. Students will identify skeletal head and neck anatomy, hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity, orofacial musculature, temporomandibular joint anatomy, occlusion, tooth morphology and tooth notation systems. Radiology as it relates to the denturist practice will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on radiographic anatomy and identification of dental treatments including dental caries, periodontal disease, trauma, pulpal and periapical lesions as well as cysts and tumors in radiographic images.

DENT1274AOral Pathology A
  • Requisites: Corequisites: DENT1110, DENT1112, DENT1121, IPCD1171. This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will provide students with the theory of pathology and its relationship to the denture patient. Students will gain knowledge of adaptive responses, inflammatory and reparative processes, developmental and genetic disorders, environmental and nutritional pathology, microbial diseases of the oral cavity, as well as tumors of the head and neck region. Diseases unique to the oral region as well as oral manifestations of systemic diseases will be covered.

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

DENT1202Patient Documentation and Treatment Planning
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisites: DENT1110, 1112, 1121, 1274A, IPCD1171. Co-requisites: DENT1210, 1212, 1220, 1274B. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll..
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Patient documentation and treatment planning provides the student with the knowledge necessary to utilize patient records to design an effective treatment plan for the edentulous and partially edentulous patient. Students will be able to discuss basic treatment concepts and the role the dental clinician has in providing therapy for prosthodontic patients. Diagnostic information in conjunction with critical thinking skills will be utilized to create treatment plans that meet patient needs. Students will learn the importance of the patient's medical/dental history and its relationship to treatment selection.

DENT1210Initial Clinical Prosthodontics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisites: DENT1110, 1112, 1121, 1274A, IPCD1171. Co-requisites: DENT1202, 1212, 1220, 1274B. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn patient assessment procedures in a clinical environment. Students will demonstrate professional conduct, patient communication and clinic/lab asepsis protocols. Clinical applications include oral assessment, preliminary impression making procedures, face-bow registration, tooth mobility testing and maintenance of the dental treatment record. In addition, students will practice the manipulation of final impression materials, registration materials and border molding for final impressions as well as producing and mounting casts using a face bow. Emphasis is placed on accuracy of documentation in accordance to legislation.

DENT1212Intermediate Laboratory Skills for Complete Dentures
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisites: DENT1110, 1112, 1121, 1274A, IPCD1171. Co-requisites: DENT1202, 1210, 1220, 1274B. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will develop additional techniques required for complete denture fabrication. The arranging of various tooth forms to achieve balanced occlusion will be practiced. Standard procedures such as denture repairs, fabrication of registration devices, and processing/finishing of acrylic resin dentures are major course components. Students will utilize final impressions from patient cases to make master casts. Students will develop an understanding of maxillomandibular relationships.

DENT1220Fundamentals of Removable Partial Denture Design
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisites: DENT1110, 1112, 1121, 1274A, IPCD1171. Co-requisites: DENT1202, 1210, 1212, 1274B. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of removable partial denture design. The Kennedy classification system will be used to classify partially edentulous arches and the impact of classification on design will be explored. Students will learn the components of removable partial dentures and how to combine components into elementary classification designs.

DENT1274BOral Pathology B
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisite: DENT1274A. Corequisites: DENT1202, DENT1212, DENT1212, DENT1220.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is a continuation of DENT1274A Oral Pathology. Students will learn the theory of pathology and its relationship to the denture patient. Students will gain knowledge of adaptive responses, inflammatory and reparative processes, developmental and genetic disorders, environmental and nutritional pathology, microbial diseases of the oral cavity, as well as tumors of the head and neck region. Diseases unique to the oral region as well as oral manifestations of systemic diseases will be covered.

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 3

DENT2310Patient Treatment I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisites: DENT1210, DENT1212. Co-requisite: DENT2315. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will combine technical and clinical skills to provide all phases of removable prosthodontic treatment. In the NAIT Denturist Clinic, students will provide comprehensive treatment for a variety of patients.

DENT2315Prosthodontic Theory I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisites: DENT1202, DENT1210, DENT1212, DENT1220. Co-requistes: DENT2310. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn theoretical concepts required to provide removable prosthodontic services on patients missing some or all of their natural teeth. The theory required to take impressions, record jaw relations, perform try-in and denture evaluations, as well as denture insertion procedures and post insertion patient care will be studied.

DENT2320Intermediate Removable Partial Denture Design
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisites: DENT1212, DENT1220. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Designing and design verification techniques of removable partial dentures will be practiced. Students will learn options for selecting and combining partial denture components. Biological and biomechanical information will be used to make partial denture designs. Tooth modifications will be discussed and preparations will be cut onto surveyed models. The procedures used to communicate the completed design to other dental health professionals will be practiced throughout this course.

DENT2425Introduction to Dental Implant Sciences
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Co-requisite: DENT2310, DENT2315, DENT2320.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will learn an interdisciplinary approach to dental implant therapy as a treatment option for edentulous patients. Patient selection, the biology of osseointegration, and methods of prosthesis support will be studied. Technical skills for the fabrication of radiographic and surgical stents, impression procedures, retention systems, and denture set-up and processing will be developed using a patient simulation case.

Term 4

DENT2410Patient Treatment II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisites: DENT2310, DENT2315, DENT2320. Co-requisite: DENT2415. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In the NAIT Denturist clinic, students will continue to provide treatment for complete and partial denture patients. Critical thinking skills will be demonstrated by supporting treatment choices for both typical and atypical patient cases, as well as managing multiple patient loads. In addition, students will interact with dental healthcare providers both verbally and through the use of referral documents.

DENT2415Prosthodontic Theory II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisite: DENT2315. Co-requisite: DENT2410. A completion grade of C- in DENT2315 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will integrate previously learned theory from complete and partial denture courses. Students will study advanced techniques of taking master impressions, common procedures used in current denturist practices, principles of esthetics and learn treatment options for patients with temporomandibular disorder.

DENT2420Applied Removable Partial Denture Design
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisite: DENT2320. Co-requisites: DENT2410, DENT2415. A completion grade of C- in DENT2320 is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In a simulated setting, students will provide removable partial denture (RPD) treatment for various patient scenarios. Students will make design decisions using evidence gathered during examinations. Emphasis will be placed on maintaining or improving the health of the patient's existing oral tissues. Students will develop written communication skills by preparing prescription documents for patient design cases.

Term 5

DENT2490Introduction to Denturist Practice
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisites: DENT2410, DENT2415, DENT2420. A completion grade of C- in all prerequisite courses is required to enroll.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will orientate students to denturist practices. Students will become familiar with office philosophies, policies, and procedures prior to providing patient treatment. The practicum coordinator will monitor the student's progress in consultation with students and preceptors.

Term 6

DENT3530Practice Management
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Co-requisite: DENT3591.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will develop business skills required to associate in or operate a successful Denturist practice. Students will explore the principles of small business management, business structures and identify the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur. Management components including ongoing business records, computers in the Denturist office, third party dental insurances, leasing, product valuation and marketing will be discussed.

DENT3591Denturist Clinical Practice I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisite: DENT2490
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In a denturist practice students will apply clinical, laboratory skills and business skills under the supervision of a registered practitioner. Students will gain experience in communication, professionalism, financial management, record keeping and infection prevention and control.

Term 7

DENT3692Denturist Clinical Practice II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisite: DENT3591.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is a continuation of DENT3591. In a denturist practice students will apply clinical, laboratory and business skills under the supervision of a registered practitioner. Students will gain experience in communication, professionalism, financial management, record keeping and infection prevention and control.

Term 8

DENT3610Patient Treatment III
  • Requisites: This course is available to student in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisite: DENT3692. Co-requisite: DENT3620
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In the NAIT Denturist clinic, students will provide comprehensive prosthodontic patient care. Students will gain experience in communication, professionalism, financial management, record keeping and infection prevention and control.

DENT3620Advanced Lab Skills
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Denturist Technology program. Prerequisite: DENT3692. Co-requisite: DENT3610
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will integrate previously learned skills and theories to problem solve situations which they may encounter in practice. Students will practice time management strategies when completing multiple laboratory activities.

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Dates & Deadlines

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

Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2020

Term Start Date: Sep 08, 2020

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 English (English 30-1 or 30-2)
  • Math 30-1 or 30-2 or Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30
  • Biology 30
  • One of: Science 30, Physics 30, Chemistry 30, Math 31, 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 71%.

The following applicants may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist:

  • Applicants with prior NAIT Health and Life Sciences credentials
  • Applicants who have successfully completed at least one approved Open Studies course in the School of Health and Life Sciences with a minimum of 75%
  • Applicants who have completed DENT1110 with a minimum average of 75%

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

  • Immunization - General

Once accepted into the program, students must ensure their immunizations are current to the Alberta Health Services Immunization Standards. The program will contact you with specific instructions for completing the immunization requirements. If you do not meet the immunization requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, and there may be restrictions to campus lab and clinic experience, which may ultimately impede your progression in the program.

  • Health Requirement - Skin Issues

Any prospective students with serious skin disorders such as psoriasis, dermatitis or a 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.

  • Computer Literacy - Basic

Basic computer literacy is required for a successful progression in this course. This comprises, but is not limited to, possessing fluency in basic word processing, spreadsheet creation, and an understanding of email and web best practices.

  • First Aid – PRIOR TO ENTERING PROGRAM

CPR-C (Basic Life Support - BLS) - Students must provide evidence of current BLS certification for entry into the program and remain current throughout clinical training. One of the following courses or certifications can be used to meet this requirement: + NAIT CPRS100 - Basic Life Support + NAIT CPRS500 - Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C. + Canadian Ski Patrol (CPR-C) + Heart & Stroke Foundation (BLS for HCP (C), BLS, CPR C) + Lifesaving Society (CPR-C) + Red Cross (CPR-C or HCP) + St. John Ambulance (CPR-C or HCP).

  • Program Exploration Activities: Applicants are encouraged to complete the following activities to ensure an understanding of the Denturist Technology program and profession:
    • Review the program website
    • Attend Open House
    • Attend Program Preview
    • Complete clinical site visits

Prospective students interested in determining if the Denturist Technology program is a good fit for them may enrol in DENT1110 Removable Prosthodontics: Introductory Laboratory Skills via Open Studies. In this course, students learn common laboratory procedures for the fabrication of both complete and partial removable dentures, and become familiar with the materials and instruments used in a denturist laboratory.

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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.
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