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Dental Assisting

Open for Fall 2021

Waitlisted for Spring 2021

Length: 10 months Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom or Blended

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This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Winter 2021 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. Learn more

Overview

Learn to educate dental patients and assist dentists and hygienists in chair-side procedures by becoming a dental assistant for private dental clinics, specialists’ offices or health centres.  

The Dental Assisting program focuses on patient-centred 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 the completion of required online courses.

Is this the right fit for me?

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.

Accreditation

The Dental Assisting program delivered by SAIT is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.

Credentials

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Dental Assisting certificate.

Graduates must write the National Dental Assisting Examining Board examination to be registered in Alberta. Graduates are licensed by the College of Alberta Dental Assistants as Registered Dental Assistants once they have passed the National Dental Assisting Examining Board examination.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a registered dental assistant in: 

  • private dental clinics 
  • specialist offices 
  • community health centres 

Related careers include: 

  • dentist 
  • dental hygienist 
  • dental technologist 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $7,879 

Year 1 (International:) $24,012

Year 1: TBA 

Year 1 (International): $22,926 (+fees TBD) 

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for spring 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020 until March 31, 2021.
  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020 until Aug. 20, 2021.
Term Program start
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 

SAIT's Dental Assisting program

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.This 10-month certificate program prepares dental assistants in the skills of clinic operations, chair-side procedures, intra-oral procedures, patient education and interpersonal skills to enable them to become effective members of the dental health team.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Spring 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020, until March 31, 2021.
  • Fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020, until Aug. 20, 2021. 

Admission requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents with an overall average of at least 60%:

  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2,
  • Biology 30,
  • Chemistry 30.
  • All applicants to SAIT must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Dental Assisting and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades. 

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status and monitor changes to your application status.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add hps.info@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages. 

Additional requirements

Student information and dental health examination required by the first day of class.

Practicum requirements

The School of Health and Public Safety has many practica partners located within Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited and students may be required to relocate outside of Calgary for practicum.

Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regard to assigning practicum placements. 

In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, successful candidates will be requested to provide proof of the following requirements:

  • Current Heart and Stroke Foundation Health Care Provider Level (C) CPR
  • Updated immunization records
  • Security clearance -  Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Health and wellness status

Courses

Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Semester 1

Course code Course name Credit
DENT-201 Clinical Foundations 1.5
DENT-202 Preventive Procedures I 3.0
DENT-206 Restorative Procedures I 3.0
DENT-207 Dental Emergencies & Records 3.0
DENT-237 Oral Anatomy & Histology 3.0
INFC-215 Infection Prevention & Control 1.5
XRAY-200 Dental Radiography I 3.0
Semester 1 total 18.0

Semester 2

Course code Course name Credit
DENT-227 Dental Specialties I 1.5
DENT-252 Prosthodontics I 3.0
DENT-262 Preventive Procedures II 1.5
DENT-263 Practice Management 3.0
DENT-276 Restorative Procedures II 1.5
NUTR-230 Nutrition 1.5
XRAY-250 Dental Radiography II 1.5
Semester 2 total 13.5

Semester 3

Course code Course name Credit
DENT-278 Prosthodontics II 1.5
DENT-294 Dental Specialties II 1.5
DENT-297 Preventive Procedures 3.0
PRAC-278 DA Practicum 3.0
Semester 3 total 9.0
Program total 40.5

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transferring to, within or from SAIT is available. Visit  Transfer Options to learn more.

Costs

2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $6,657 $682 $288 $252 $7,879

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $22,699 $682 $288 $344 $24,012

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 domestic tuition and fees. 

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 TBA $- $- $- TBA

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 fees and program totals 

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $22,926 $- $- $- TBA

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • CPRS 001 BLS Provider (Level C) CPR course. Annual update required (CPRS 002 BLS Renewal [Level C] CPR). All CPR courses must be from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Call SAIT Life Support Training at 403.210.4009 for further information.
  • Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practicum including relocation costs.
  • There is a fee associated with obtaining a Police Information Check (including Vulnerable Sector Check), payable to the police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • National Dental Assisting Examining Board exam fee is approximately $450.
  • College of Alberta Dental Assistants annual dues are approximately $300.
  • Books, supplies and uniform are approximately $1,500.
  • Personal protective equipment (Rx safety glasses, face shields) may range from $100 - $750 depending on individual requirements.
  • Students are required to have access to a personal computer, printer and Internet. 
  • Students must have their immunizations reviewed by the SAIT Health Clinic. There is a $50 charge to review vaccine history. Any vaccines to be administered will result in additional charges.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

✅ Plan ahead ❗️

You are required to complete several health, confidentiality and consent forms before starting your program. All completed and signed paperwork is needed on orientation day. 

Ensure you complete all three steps below ahead of orientation.

Get started on pre-orientation requirements

Fall 2020

Orientation

Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 3, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

We are expecting to meet you at student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes that begin on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

Delivery 

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required forms

Your dentist will need to complete the following dental health form. Please email your completed for to julie.mcruvie@sait.ca on orientation day.

Dental Health form

Required certification

Practicum placements and patient care clinics require students to provide proof of completion of the Heart and Stroke Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider course. Students need to maintain current BLS certification throughout the practicum. Proof of completion must be provided to the School of Health and Public Safety prior to the first practicum visit or patient care clinic.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE) and uniform

The industry-approved PPE and uniform you'll need will be discussed during your orientation. 

Personal protective equipment will be $50 or higher depending on individual requirements. Dental assistants must wear safety glasses or face shields during dental procedures. Glasses must have solid side shields and cannot be regular prescription glasses. Prescription lenses can be placed in safety glass frames, or the dental assistant can wear safety glasses which fit over prescription glasses or a face shield over safety glasses. 

Safety goggles and shield

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices and SAFE 165: Safety at SAIT.

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.8481
Email: hps.info@sait.ca

Academic chair

Stacey Chaisson, Academic Chair
Email: stacey.chaisson@sait.ca

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Health and Public Safety
403.284.8500
hps.info@sait.ca

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