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Denturist

This program offers the student a solid theoretical foundation and comprehensive skills-based training, so that program graduates will be able to practice as independent, licensed Denturists. The program covers the complete scope of practice in clinical and laboratory environments. Topics include complete and removable partial dentures, dentures on implants, and practice management.

After meeting the graduation requirements of the Denturist program, graduates (candidates) are required to intern at a denture clinic. This internship is mandatory under Schedule B (Internship Portfolio Requirements) of the Bylaws of the College of Denturists of BC, and is a necessary component of the licensure process. It must be completed prior to sitting the College of Denturists Licensing Examinations.

CDI College, through its Denturism department and Employment Services, will assist in placement of graduates into internships and monitor their progress in preparation for their licensing examination. It is, however, the obligation of the student to find their internship and follow the policies and procedures, regulations, and professional conduct necessary to meet the needs to complete their internship portfolio requirements.

CDI College has been granted conditional approval from the College of Denturists of British Columbia (CDBC)..

Admissions Requirements

  • High school graduation or equivalent.
  • English 12 (minimum C+).
  • 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 college’s admissions test.
  • Pass a spatial thinking aptitude test.
  • Pass a manual dexterity test.

Program Courses

CESED - Career and Employment Strategies
This course builds on the skills learned in the Student Success Strategies course. It provides information on how to use the communication skills learned in order to make a successful presentation to a prospective employer. Students also learn to uncover the hidden job market and identify employment opportunities. Self assessment during this course allows students to identify their personal skills that are transferable to the workplace and to describe these skills to a prospective employer. Students are videotaped during a mock interview and participate in the analysis of their performance in the interview.
CDEN3 - Commerce of Denturism B
Application of the knowledge gained in semester 3, the students will be required to complete a theoretical business plan for a denture clinic. This may include off campus research.
DENIMD - 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.
DEN401 - 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.
CPT2 - Clinical Patient Treatment 2
Continued practical application of the techniques learned in DEN203 (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.
PHARM - 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.
CDEN2 - Commerce of Denturism A
The intricacies of a denture clinic as a business are covered in this introductory course. The skills needed to effectively manage all areas of a practice from human resources to proper financial management will be presented. The students will learn to read financial statements, deal with suppliers and understand their obligations as possible employers.
DEN302 - Removable Partial Dentures - Lab Fundamentals and Design 2
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 CPT1.
DEN301 - 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 CPT1.
CPT1 - Clinical Patient Treatment 1
Practical application of the techniques learned in DEN203 (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.
OPATH - Oral Pathology
Utilizing the students’ knowledge of Head, neck and Dental Anatomy learned in Semester 1, this course empowers them with the ability to recognise 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.
GERON - Gerontology
Students will learn what is being studied about the effects of ageing and the relevance of understanding the issues faced by one of denturists' largest target market.
CDEN1 - 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.
DEN203 - 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.
DEN202 - 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.
DEN201 - 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.
BASAP - 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.
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.
HNDA - 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 emporomandibular joint.
DEN102 - 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.
DEN101 - 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.
SSSED - 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. This course discusses the professions within dentistry, including ethics, jurisprudence and regulation. 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 Dental Technicians of BC stating the scope of practice and legal requirements of dental technicians.