Prepare for a new career in the dental field as a dental assistant, working with both dentists and hygienists to treat, educate, and support patients.

Quick facts
  • 10 month program
  • Offered in Saskatoon
  • Starting Sept. 4, 2018

What you will learn

The Dental Assisting Certificate is a 10-month program based in Saskatoon and offered through the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Students learn how to educate dental patients and to assist dentists and hygienists in chair-side procedures by becoming a dental assistant for private dental clinics, specialists’ offices or health centres. Students who have successfully completed the program can choose to write a certification exam for either Saskatchewan or Alberta.

The College of Dentistry was established in 1965 at the University of Saskatchewan—on Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis—and was the first institution in the province of Saskatchewan to offer a fully accredited dental program. In 2018, the college marked the 50th year of its doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program.

Credentials and accreditation

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 Saskatchewan. Graduates are licensed by the Saskatchewan Dental Assistants Association as Registered Dental Assistants once they have passed the National Dental Assisting Examining Board examination.

Program dates

This Dental Assisting Certificate program begins on September 4, 2018, at the University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry in Saskatoon.

Apply today

Applications for this Fall 2018 program opened on July 1 and are currently being accepted through SAIT and ApplyAlberta.

Complete details regarding admission and application requirements, course information, tuition, starting salary and more are available through SAIT.