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 certificate
  • Part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school

What you will learn

In this program, you will learn the skills required to be a dental assistant, including preventative and restorative oral care, radiography, and how to work as part of a dental team. The last four weeks of the 10 month program will be a practicum where you will apply your skills in a dental office.

To complete this program, you will take the following courses over the course of 10 months.

Fall Term (18 credit units):

  • DENA 11 Clinical Foundations (1.5 CU)
  • DENA 12 Preventive Procedures I (3 CU)
  • DENA 15 Infection Prevention & Control (1.5 CU)
  • DENA 16 Restorative Procedures I (3 CU)
  • DENA 17 Dental Emergencies & Records (3 CU)
  • DENA 20 Dental Radiography I (3 CU)
  • DENA 37 Oral Anatomy & Histology (3 CU)

Winter Term (13.5 credit units):

  • DENA 27 Dental Specialties I (1.5 CU)
  • DENA 30 Nutrition (1.5 CU)
  • DENA 50 Dental Radiography II (1.5 CU)
  • DENA 52 Prosthodontics I (3 CU)
  • DENA 62 Preventive Procedures II (1.5 CU)
  • DENA 63 Practice Management (3 CU)
  • DENA 76 Restorative Procedures II (1.5 CU)

Spring/Summer Term (9.0 credit units):

  • DENA 77 Dental Specialties II (1.5 CU)
  • DENA 78 Prosthodontics II (1.5 CU)
  • DENA 79 Preventive Procedures (3 CU)
  • DENA 80 DA Practicum (3 CU)

For over 50 years, the College of Dentistry has graduated nearly 1,000 dentists in Saskatchewan. By studying Dental Assisting at the college, you'll be able to learn alongside your future co-workers and take advantage of the expertise and resources available at the largest university in the province.

In recent years, there has been an acute shortage of dental assistants in the north and central parts of Saskatchewan. Our clinical placement program and alumni network will connect you with employment opportunities on graduation.


On graduation from the program, you will be eligible to sit the National Board examination and, on successful completion, be eligible for registration and licensure as a dental assistant in all Canadian jurisdictions.

Tuition estimates

Note: this is a new program and the tuition rate has not been officially approved. A rate of $12,360 for the full program has been proposed, but may change once approval is granted. Final rates will be posted in late spring 2019.

Tuition does not include the cost of residence, student fees, and books.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application Deadline
September 2019
May 15, 2019
Documents due: June 1, 2019


1. Required high school classes

  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Foundations of Mathematics 30 or Pre-Calculus 30
  • English Language Arts A30 and B30 or English Language Arts A30 and Francais Immersion 30 or English Language Arts B30 and Francais Immersion 30 or Literature 30 and Composition 30

2. Required grade average

Applications are considered up until the deadline. Admission is offered on an ongoing basis until all seats are filled.

Minimum admission average: 60%

 Learn how we calculate your admission average.

3. English proficiency

If your first language is not English, you may have to prove proficiency in English before admission.

Categories of applicants

This application will only be open to Saskatchewan residents. There is a separate category in which FIVE (5) first year spaces are reserved for persons of Canadian Indigenous Ancestry.

To be eligible as a Saskatchewan resident, applicants must have resided in Saskatchewan for at least FOUR years immediately prior to September 1 of the year admission is being sought. For 2019-2020, applicants must have resided in Saskatchewan since September 1, 2015.  Applicants who have left the province, but previously lived in Saskatchewan for an accumulated period of 15 years (permanent residency), will be considered residents. Applicants who have previously lived in Saskatchewan for an accumulated period of less than 15 years and who do not qualify under the four-year requirement will receive credit of one year toward the four-year requirement for every four years of residency in the province. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to the four-year Saskatchewan residency rule.

In order to support a claim as a resident of Saskatchewan, the following proof and circumstances will be taken into account:

  • Date of issue of your Saskatchewan Health Card1 AND either the date of issue of your Saskatchewan Drivers’ License2 OR Saskatchewan Income Tax Forms confirming taxes paid in Saskatchewan.
  • Applicants who have completed four years of full-time study at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution immediately prior to the year admission is being sought are considered Saskatchewan residents. Official transcripts must be submitted by the document deadline to support this claim
  • Reasons for any break in continuity of residence, which includes attendance at an out-of-province educational institution, summer employment where applicable and any other reason deemed to be relevant
  • Saskatchewan high school transcript (if you are NOT currently registered at the University of Saskatchewan) or
  • Resident of the Yukon, Northwest or Nunavut Territories.

1 If the date of issue of your Saskatchewan Health Card is newer than the original date of issue, a letter from Saskatchewan Health confirming the date of issue is required.
2 If the date of issue of your Saskatchewan Drivers License is newer than the original date of issue, a Drivers Abstract is required.

There is a separate category in which FIVE (5) first year spaces are reserved for persons of Canadian Indigenous Ancestry.  Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements:

Applicants wishing to apply in this category must identify themselves on the on-line application form.  Applicants must provide proof of Indigenous Ancestry by the document deadline. 

Acceptable proofs of ancestry include a certified copy of:

  • Indian Status or Treaty Card
  • Métis Membership Card
  • Nunavut Trust Service Card
  • Inuit roll number

The following are unacceptable proofs of ancestry:

  • uncertified copies of the above noted cards
  • family trees
  • letters or notes from relatives
  • photographs of grandparents, parents, relatives, etc.

Ready to apply?

The online application to this program will open on April 4th, 2019.

College info

The Dental Assisting Program (DAP) certificate is offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Dentistry.

The College of Dentistry is a dynamic college with a reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. Established in 1965, the College of Dentistry was the first institution in the province of Saskatchewan to offer a fully accredited dental program. The college strives to serve as a leader in innovative scholarly pursuits, research, interdisciplinary collaboration, community outreach and engagement.

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Phone: 306-966-5117 
Toll Free (Canada/USA only): 1-877-363-7275 
Fax: 306-966-5126 

Email: cda.admissions@usask.ca

Admissions, College of Dentistry 
University of Saskatchewan 
105 Wiggins Road 
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E4