Apr 14, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2021-2022 Credit Catalog 
    
PUBLISHED 2021-2022 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dental Assisting


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Program Description


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.

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 an unpaid practicum at a dental office.

 

Program Overview


Fast Facts


  • This program should be completed full-time
  • Program Length:
    • Full-Time (3 Semesters)
  • This program is delivered in a classroom or blended format
  • Full-Time Intakes:
    • Fall
    • Spring
  • Practicum placements may occur outside of the Calgary region
  • Students require access to a personal computer and the Internet in order to complete the required courses

Your Career


Graduates work under a supervising professional in private clinics, specialists’ offices and community health centres as a registered dental assistant.

Student Success


Students who experience success in this program and profession:

  • Have higher secondary and/or post-secondary grades
  • Possess basic computer literacy
  • Are effective at communication in the English language
  • Are detail oriented
  • Enjoy working in a team environment

 

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.

Accreditation


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

Progression


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

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, AND,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • Biology 30, AND,
  • Chemistry 30.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Program Outline


Total Credits 40.5


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