The Dental Assisting Program at the University of Saskatchewan is a full-time 10-month program consisting of two 15-week terms and one eight-week term and includes one unpaid four-week practicum in the third term. Classroom learning is integrated with practical clinical experience to develop competent oral health professionals through a step-wise series of educational activities including didactic/seminar knowledge acquisition, preclinical simulation, peer-as-a-patient early clinical experience, chairside clinical immersion, and a capstone clinical practicum placement in private and/or community dental clinics. Graduates of the program must write the National Dental Assisting Examining Board examination to be registered as a dental assistant.

Program Requirements (40.5 credit units)

Fall Term (18 credit units):

  • DENA 11.1.5 - Clinical Foundations
  • DENA 12.3    - Preventive Procedures I
  • DENA 15.1.5 - Infection Prevention and Control
  • DENA 16.3    - Restorative Procedures I
  • DENA 17.3    - Dental Emergencies and Records
  • DENA 20.3    - Dental Radiography I
  • DENA 37.3    - Oral Anatomy and Histology

Winter Term (13.5 credit units):

  • DENA 27.1.5 - Dental Specialties I
  • DENA 30.1.5 - Nutrition
  • DENA 50.1.5 - Dental Radiography II
  • DENA 52.3    - Prosthodontics I
  • DENA 62.1.5 - Preventive Procedures II
  • DENA 63.3    - Practice Management
  • DENA 76.1.5 - Restorative Procedures II

Spring/Summer Term (9.0 credit units):

  • DENA 77.1.5 - Dental Specialties II
  • DENA 78.1.5 - Prosthodontics II
  • DENA 79.3    - Preventive Procedures
  • DENA 80.3    - DA Practicum