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Denturist

CDI College’s Denturist program provides the solid theoretical foundation combined with hands-on training you’ll need for a successful career in denturism.

 

The Only Denturist Program Accredited in BC

 

CDI College is one of only three schools in Canada accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Denturism and the only school accredited in British Columbia.

In the Denturist program, you’ll gain an understanding for the full scope of practice in both clinical and laboratory environments, including the building of complete and removable partial dentures, dentures on implants, and managing a professional denturists’ practice.

Additionally, you’ll also learn about pharmacology, oral pathology, gerontology, clinical and laboratory infection control, and head, neck and dental anatomy.

 

Hands-on Denturist Training in BC

 

After successful completion of the Denturist program at CDI College, graduates can seek employment as a denturist practitioner, clinic owner, and dental appliance manufacturer/supplier at a dentist-owned clinic or laboratory.

Prior to graduation, you’ll intern at a denture clinic. After you complete your internship portfolio and the theoretical, jurisprudence, complete denture and clinical exams, you’ll be ready to apply for certification to the College of Denturists of British Columbia. Denturists must be registered with their regulatory college and may used the reserved title of Registered Denturist (RD). 

As a nationally accredited program, graduates will also have their credentials as a denturist recognized across Canada.

 

Admission Requirements

 

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • English 12 (minimum B-)
  • Biology 12
  • Two of the following courses: Math 11, Physics 11, Chemistry 11
  • Negative TB skin test or chest x-ray
  • Hepatitis A & B vaccinations
  • Criminal record check (in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act).
  • Pass a spatial thinking aptitude test.
  • Pass a manual dexterity test


This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

 

Program Courses

SSS2 - Student Success Strategies
This course provides an introduction to the personality styles that will be encountered in the workplace and allows students to practice appropriate and productive interaction between the various styles. Emphasis is placed on the types of communication that works with each style in order to achieve a good working relationship and to manage and resolve conflicts that arise. Students are also introduced to strategies for setting personal goals, managing time and managing the stress that results from study or work. Included is a lecture by the College of Denturists of BC stating the scope of practice and legal requirements of denturists.
DNT001 - Basic Anatomy and Physiology
An understanding of the human body and its main systems is a must for all health care practitioners.  This course will provide students with these fundamentals allowing them to understand how to relate their specific dental specialty to the total well-being of their patients.
DNT002 - Head, Neck, and Dental Anatomy
This extensive course will cover all aspects of Cranial Facial structures including: tooth nomenclature & morphology, osteology of the skull, muscles of the head & neck, nerves of the head & neck, arteries, veins & glands of the head & neck, and the temporomandibular joint.
DNT101 - Complete Dentures - Introduction
Focus on theoretical and practical applications of complete dentures and the rational that pertains to their use.  This will include a history and progression of complete dental prosthetics and an understanding of the laboratory equipment and materials used in the steps leading to the fabrication of modern complete dentures.
DNT102 - Removable Partial Dentures - Introduction
Focus on theoretical and practical applications of removable partial dentures and the rational that pertains to their use. Students will learn how to classify the many partial edentulous scenarios they will encounter and gain an understanding of the laboratory equipment and materials used in the steps leading to the fabrication of acrylic removable partial dentures with wrought wire clasps.
CLIC - Clinical, Laboratory Infection Control
Students will be introduced to the importance of a thorough and practical Asepsis program for the denture clinic and both of its environments (Clinic & lab). The need for protecting patients and themselves will be reinforced through review of the main infectious diseases they will encounter every day. Students will learn the step by step procedures to be employed in their practices.
DNT201 - Complete Dentures - Lab Fundamentals 1
Focus on building on skills introduced in semester 1, traditional setup of complete dentures, utilizing 0, 10 & 20 degree teeth.  Fabricating final impression trays, wax devices, traditional systems for polishing and finishing complete dentures, as well as introduction to the practice of repairing, relining, soft relining and rebasing dentures.
DNT202 - Removable Partial Dentures - Lab Fundamentals and Design 1
Focus on building skills introduced in semester 1, students will learn theories that apply to the physics of cast framework removable partial dentures and the complexities of design. Emphasis will be placed on the proper attention to details.  Students will survey casts, fabricate altered cast impression trays and wire bending.
DNT203 - Removable Prosthetics Pre-Clinical Fundamentals
Denturists are intra-oral practitioners and this course will introduce the students to the clinic environment, the clinical procedures performed on patients and how the devices they have been fabricating in the lab are applied in the oral cavity.  Students will practice Intra and extra-oral examinations, the use of intra-oral instrumentation, materials and treatment room equipment.  Lessons learned in Clinical, Laboratory Infection Control will be reinforced. Students will be able to see and work on one patient. This course will also introduce the students to the DOMX software.
DNT204 - Conventions of Denturism
Denturists are regulated by the College of Denturists of BC.  This course covers all legal aspects of Denturism from the Health Professions Act to the bylaws and regulations of the College of Denturists of BC and differentiates the governing bodies from the provincial and national associations. Students will develop an understanding of both their obligations to patients and their rights as practitioners. The ideas of Ethics and Code of Conduct are explored in detail.
DNT205 - Gerontology
Students will learn what is being studied about the effects of aging and the relevance of understanding the issues faced by a Denturists larges target market.
DNT206 - Oral Pathology, Microbiology & Histology
Utilizing the students’ knowledge of Head, neck and Dental Anatomy learned in Semester 1, this course empowers them with the ability to recognize Oral Pathologies.  Theories on etiology and pathogenesis are covered as well as a review of those conditions most commonly encountered with denture patients especially oral cancers.
CPT100 - Clinical Patient Treatment 1
Practical application of the techniques learned in DNT203 (Pre-Clinical Fundamentals) is the focus of this portion of the program.  All skills and knowledge acquired in the first two semesters will be applied as students begin treating edentulous patients in the onsite Clinic.
DNT301 - Complete Dentures - Lab Fundamentals 2
Expanding the skills learned in semesters 1 and 2, this course allows the student to improve their proficiency in the lab.  Introduction to biological tooth set up techniques and testing of speed and accuracy is a component of this course.  It also provides them time to complete the lab procedures related to their patient work in CPT100.
DNT302 - Removable Partial Dentures - Lab Fundamentals and Design
Expanding the skills learned in semesters 1 and 2, this course furthers their knowledge of removable partial dentures and introduces them to the varieties of materials that can be employed in their design.  This course will also provide the student with time to complete lab procedures related to their patient work in CPT100.
DNT303 - Pharmacology
Students will learn the effects that prescription and non-prescription drugs have on the oral cavity and as result how this relates to denture treatment.
CPT200 - Clinical Patient Treatment 2
Continued practical application of the techniques learned in DNT203 (Pre-Clinical Fundamentals) is the focus of this portion of the program.  All skills and knowledge acquired in the first three semesters will be applied as students continue treating edentulous patients in the onsite Clinic.  The students will be charged with finishing a prescribed number of cases in order to have completed this course.
DNT401 - Complete and Removable Partial Dentures - Focus on Occlusion
Focus on building skills introduced in semester 1, 2 & 3 students will be introduced to the variations of occlusion and their choices in occlusal schemes in order to successfully treat the diverse functional limitations presented by patients.
DNT402 - Implant Disciplines
Denturists have a limited scope of practice that allows them to treat edentulous patients utilizing dental implants.  This course introduces them to dental implant sciences and prepares them for the eventual increases in scope of practice relating to dental implants.
DNT501 - Dental Orthodontics and Digital Dentures
This course introduces students to theory and fabrication of Dental appliances (i.e. mouth guards, night guard) and Digital Dentures. Students will learn the new technological advances in the fields of Digital Dentures. The focus will be more on understanding how digital technology has evolved in Denturism and the main providers of this technology.
DNT502 - Commerce of Denturism and Professionalism
The intricacies of a denture clinic as a business are covered in this course.  The skills needed to effectively manage all areas of a practice from human resources to proper financial management will be presented. Students will learn the fundamental business communication skills that will allow them interact with patients and other health care providers and in a professional manner. The students will learn to read financial statements, deal with suppliers and understand their obligations as possible employers. Students will be required to complete a theoretical business plan for a denture clinic. Students will also learn how to create a professional resume, cover letters and other employment documents.
DNT503 - Dental Radiography
This course prepares students to take and process dental radiographs according to provincial/federal standards.  Students are introduced to basic physics and principles of radiography, safety precautions, and the operation of the dental x-ray unit.  They will expose using analog and digital dental radiographs using bisecting angle and paralleling techniques.  Instruction will be provided on recognizing dental errors and solving problem situations, along with client education and management. Students will learn the basic principles of radiation, the functions of the dental X-Ray machine, the ALARA concept, how x-Rays are generated, the biological effects of ionizing radiation, radiographic techniques, dental radiographic film and digital processing.
DNT601 - Clinical Practice 1
This is the first part of the mandatory clinical requirement for the program. Students will start to build their portfolio of competencies through the active participation in clinics. Students will be introduced to the daily operations of the denturist clinic and will learn how to interact with the clients and mentors while they start working towards the completion of the required competencies. Students are required to set their goals based on the required number of competencies and units to be completed. The completed work will be assessed based on the competency rubrics.
DNT601A - Clinical Practice 1 Evaluation
This one week session  is  dedicated to the students who have completed the requirements of Clinical 1. This course takes the form of a formal evaluation of the  first part of  their clinical practice. Clinical instructors will evaluate the student’s work and progress and provide the students with the appropriate feedback and critique on their work thus far based on the current standards, bylaws and requirements set by the CDBC. Students will be required to present two case presentations whereby they demonstrate how they improved on their skills and techniques based on the goals they set at the start of Clinical 1. Based on their results and self-assessments, students will be able to re-evaluate their goals to carry on to Clinical 2.
DNT602 - Clinical Practice 2
This is the second part of the mandatory clinical requirements for the program. This clinical component is a continuation of the Clinical 1. Armed with updated goals as a result of their Clinical Practice 1 assessments, students will continue to build their portfolio of competencies through the active participation in clinics. The completed work will be assessed based on the competency rubrics.
DNT602B - Clinical Practice 2 Evaluation
This session is dedicated to the students who have completed the requirements of Clinical 2. This course takes the form of a  formal evaluation of the second part of their clinical requirements. Instructors will evaluate the student’s work and progress and provide the students with the appropriate feedback and critique on their work based on the current standards, bylaws and requirements set by the CDBC. Satisfactory completion of the required competencies is required for graduation. Unsatisfactory completion of any competency will require the students to remedy the work and correct any deficiencies before being allowed to proceed to the CDBC licensing exam.

CDI College - Denturist Program

CDI College's Denturist program provides hands-on training for people wanting to make an exciting new career change and move into the field of dentistry. 

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