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Dental Assisting

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
The Dental Assisting Certificate Program provides career education to meet the needs and expectations of the dental industry in alignment with applicable legislation. Students will learn chairside (treatment support) procedures to enhance the delivery of dental services related to both general and specialty practice, as well as direct patient (independent) entry to practice skills. The program includes communication skills, anatomy and dental records, preventive oral health education, infection prevention and control, patient care procedures, radiography, and emergency care. Work integrated learning occurs onsite in the NAIT Dental Clinic as well as offsite in private dental practice. This 38-week full time face to face program contains two 15-week semesters and an 8-week intersession. Curriculum will also be delivered online. Graduates of this program will find employment in general dental practice, specialty practice, community health, public health systems, the health insurance industry, and dental sales, as well as institutional and educational settings.

Office of the Registrar
11762 - 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5G2R1, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements
  • 60% in each of:
    • English 30-1 or English 30-2
    • Biology 30
    • Chemistry 20
    • One of: Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Applied Math 30, Math 31, Chemistry 30, Physics 30, Science 30, Social Studies 30-1, Social Studies 30-2, 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.
      Due to the high volume of interviews conducted in the School of Health and Life Sciences, the programs do not provide applicants with feedback on their interview submissions.

Please see program page for additional requirements and considerations.

Transfer & Credit Options may be available, please see for more information.

Application Deadline

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Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated September 22, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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