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Dental Assisting Technology
Northern Alberta Institute of Technologywww.nait.ca
The Dental Assisting Program is designed to provide students with the education, technical knowledge, and clinical experiences to perform treatment support procedures, patient care procedures, assist with general and specialty dental procedures, manage dental practices and coordinate laboratory services. The program offers students experiences in communications, understanding and application of anatomy, radiography, safe working practices, and employment skills as well as varied opportunities to develop as a professional with critical thinking and decision making abilities. Students interact with patients and members of the dental team in the NAIT Dental Clinic and in their two professional experiences courses.
Program Type Occupational
Credential Type Diploma
Length 2 Years
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning
- Grade 12 English
- Biology 30
- Chemistry 30
- One of: Science 30, Pure Math 30, Math 30-1, 30-2, Applied Math 30, Math 31, Physics 30, Social Studies 30-1 or a 30-level language other than English
- Online Interview - During the interview you will be asked questions regarding the Dental Assisting profession. The following activities are encouraged to ensure you understand the Dental Assisting Technology program and profession:
- Review of the program website
- Attend Open House
- Atttend an Information Session
- Dental Office site visits
- Computer - A laptop computer with internet access is required for this program.
- Certifications - Proof of Standard First Aid and CPR will be required on the first day of class, and must remain current for the balance of the program. CPR must be at the level of Basic Life Support (BLS), and the BLS certification course that meets this requirement must be designed for individuals who will be health care providers, and include AED training. The NAIT Continuing Education Course that meets this requirement is CPRS100.
- Immunizations - 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, MS Excel, MS Power Point, Internet, and email.
- Additional Requirements and Information - 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.
Student Selection Process and Criteria
Student selection is competitive and based on criteria that may include academic achievement beyond the stated minimum prerequisites. Applicants with prior NAIT Health Sciences credentials may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist. The selection process is based on:
- Phase 1 - Academic entrance requirements are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and applicants are shortlisted for interviews. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 75%.
- Phase 2 - Applicants are shortlisted based on academic standing (Phase 1). Applicants with prior NAIT Health Sciences credentials or other health profession credentials may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist. Selected applicants will be invited (by email) to participate in an online interview session. After scheduled interviews are conducted, the final selection (Phase 2) is based on:
Academics - 60% (based on academic average of the required courses)
Online interview session - 40%
Interview: Consists of a series of scenario-based interview questions designed to evaluate the applicant's critical thinking and ethical decision-making abilities, communication skills, knowledge of the profession and the non-cognitive skills necessary for success in a clinical environment. The interview process will incorporate four to six questions. The length of the interview process is approximately 30-45 minutes.
See nait.ca for more information.
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), Credential Recognition (for completed certificates, diplomas or degrees) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).
Transfer Credit & Credential Recognition: In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Recognition of Prior Learning website and on the Request for Transfer Credit or Credential Recognition 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
- You must have a minimum mark of C- in the course(s) or program
Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.
If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.
This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2017/08/01 to 2018/07/31*.
Tuition $4,170.00 Year One
Books/Supplies/Instruments $3,600.00 Year One
Mandatory Fees $982.00 Year One
* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Student Aid Alberta and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.
Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.
Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available
Updated July 18, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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