Program Update October 2018

Thank you for your interest in the Dental Assisting Program at the University of Saskatchewan. The program is pending university approval. Detailed program information, including admissions requirements and the application process, will be posted to this site as soon as it is available. We anticipate the application for admission opening in the Spring of 2019.


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.