The Dental Assisting program focuses on patient-centered care in support of improving oral health as a key to personal health and wellbeing. As vital members of the dental health team, dental assistants work in private dental clinics, specialists' offices and community health centres. Skills and content covered include clinic operations, chair-side procedures, intra-oral procedures, patient education and interpersonal skills.
The program is divided into two 15-week semesters and one eightweek semester. Students are required to attend classes on SAIT campus for this program. Classroom learning is integrated into a dental clinic setting. The clinical components include patient education, radiographs, selective rubber cup polishing and fluoride application.
This program includes one unpaid four-week practicum in the third semester at a dental office which may be outside of Calgary. Students in this program require access to a personal computer and the Internet to facilitate completion of required online courses.
Graduates work under a supervising professional in private clinics, specialists' offices and community health centres as a registered dental assistant.
- Graduates of the Dental Assisting program have a 98% employment rate.
- Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.
- Basic computer skills are advantageous to dental assistants.
- Students who experience success in this program have effective communication skills in English.
- Health care practitioners are detail oriented in the care they provide and enjoy working in a team environment.