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 (18.0 credit units):

  • DENA 11 Clinical Foundations (1.5 credit units)
  • DENA 12 Preventive Procedures I (3.0 credit units)
  • DENA 15 Infection Prevention and Control (1.5 credit units)
  • DENA 16 Restorative Procedures I (3.0 credit units)
  • DENA 17 Dental Emergencies and Records (3.0 credit units)
  • DENA 20 Dental Radiography I (3.0 credit units)
  • DENA 37 Oral Anatomy and Histology (3.0 credit units)

Winter Term (18.0 credit units):

  • DENA 27 Dental Specialties I (1.5 credit units)
  • DENA 30 Nutrition (1.5 credit units)
  • DENA 50 Dental Radiography II (1.5 credit units)
  • DENA 52 Prosthodontics I (3.0 credit units)
  • DENA 62 Preventative Procedures II (1.5 credit units)
  • DENA 63 Practice Management (3.0 credit units)
  • DENA 76 Restorative Procedures II (1.5 credit units)
  • DENA 79 Preventative Procedures III (3.0 credit units)
  • DENA 80 Dental Assisting Practicum (3.0 credit units - 1.5 credit units taken in Winter Term and 1.5 taken in Spring/Summer Terms)

Spring/Summer Term (4.5 credit units):

  • DENA 77 Dental Specialties II (1.5 credit units)
  • DENA 78 Prosthodontics II (1.5 credit units)
  • DENA 80 Dental Assisting Practicum (3.0 credit units - 1.5 credit units taken in Winter Term and 1.5 credit units taken in Spring/Summer Terms)

For complete course listings, please visit the Course Catalogue.