The Dental Assisting program focuses on patient-centered care in support of improving oral health as a key to personal health and well-being. 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 eight-week 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.
- 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.