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Course Description

This is a competency-based course approved by the College of Alberta Dental Assistants (CADA) to provide Registered Dental Assistants (RDAs) with advanced training in the Preventive Dentistry Module (PDM) allowing them to perform the restricted activity of limited scaling under the supervision and direction of a Dentist or Registered Dental Hygienist. This course will be of interest to RDAs authorized and working in Alberta, and may be of interest to out-of-province RDAs who are looking to acquire this skill set.

Taught by qualified industry-experienced professionals, this course is delivered over approximately 24 consecutive weeks and includes 320 instructional/contact hours for online self-study theory followed by in-class pre-clinical and clinical components, plus two practicums at a sponsoring employer or dentist’s office.

Your full commitment and professionalism will be required to successfully complete this intensive course. You’ll be expected to adhere to your current regulations and standards for the profession by following your Health Professions Act, Dental Assistant Profession Regulation, Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, Bylaws and Privacy Policies put forth by your governing body and SAIT. Your 100% attendance is required for all practical components.

Admission is based on a first-qualified, first registered basis. Registration closes seven days prior to the course start date. You’ll need to upload your proof documentation at the time you register by following the online prompts provided. Payment is required upon registration by Visa or Mastercard. If you’re an out-of-province RDA, contact CADA to confirm regulatory requirements for you to learn and complete the practicum/in-office training components of this course in Alberta.

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

•    distinguish the anatomical features and functions of teeth
•    identify the anatomical structure of the mouth, oral cavity proper and extrinsic salivary glands 
•    identify the bones and anatomical landmarks of the human skull
•    describe the embryonic development of the oral cavity
•    describe the structure and function of the periodontium
•    determine whether a patient’s treatment plan meets the criteria within the Registered Dental Assistants (RDAs) and the College of Alberta Dental Assistants (CADA) Preventive Dentistry Module’s (PDM) Policies 
•    describe the importance and use of standard precautions to prevent pathogen transmission
•    describe the prevention, detection and intervention methods for different forms of cancer
•    describe and identify distinct types of tobacco-related lesions and the corresponding treatment interventions
•    identify, describe and document extraoral and intraoral soft tissue lesions
•    identify, document and explain common conditions of the tongue
•    describe the appearance, etiology and treatment methodologies for oral lesions commonly caused by removable prosthetics
•    differentiate between gingival conditions and periodontal disease
•    plan, document and execute oral health promotion and oral disease prevention
•    connect Ergonomics to operator career longevity 
•    describe the various uses of a periodontal probe for a periodontal assessment
•    detect supragingival and subgingival dental abnormalities using a dental explorer
•    select appropriate periodontal instruments based on the required application
•    demonstrate appropriate use of instrument grasps and fulcrums
•    demonstrate accurate adaptations and angulations of periodontal instruments
•    recognize safe, effective and unbroken working strokes
•    recognize appropriate techniques for systematic manual supragingival and subgingival calculus removal
•    assess, plan and select power-driven instrumentation for deposit removal as indicated  
•    compare different ways of instrumentation to detect calculus  
•    integrate the CADA Code of Ethics into a professional clinical environment within the Health Professions Act and the Dental Assistants Professional Regulation 
•    adapt to cultural differences in preventive treatment planning
•    discuss ways to create a community of professional peers
•    perform periodontal screening and recording assessment
•    perform full mouth periodontal probing
•    evaluate periodontal scaling instruments for appropriate sharpness
•    perform periodontal scaling instrument sharpening 
•    perform periodontal scaling using hand-held instruments and ultrasonic instruments.

Prerequisites

You will need to submit two separate documents:

  • proof that you’re a Registered Dental Assistant with a valid practice permit in good standing from the College of Alberta Dental Assistants (CADA) and that you’re authorized for Prosthodontic Advanced Practice
  • A signed letter from a current employer (Dentist) who is sponsoring your time off from work to attend daytime on-campus classes and to complete the practicum portions of the course on-site at your workplace (here is a sample template your employer can use to create the sponsor letter).

If you’re not authorized by CADA for the Prosthodontic Advanced Practice, you can complete training for this skillset at any CADA-approved training provider in Alberta and submit your proof of course completion to CADA to update your member profile, and authorize you for this newly acquired Advanced Practice skill.

 

Certifications and Professional Designations

You’ll receive a SAIT completion/result letter signed by your instructor upon successful completion of this DENT-100 course. Submit the letter to CADA to update your member profile and for authorization to use your newly acquired Preventive Dentistry Advanced Practice skill.

Funding

Learn more about how to finance your training and education, including the Canada Alberta Job Grant.

Career Opportunities

With the Preventive Dentistry Advanced Practice authorization under your belt, you have the opportunity to progress in your current dental assistant role and to take on increased responsibility while enjoying a bump in pay. It’ll also give you additional skills to provide care to patients within under-served populations.

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Section Title
Preventive Dentistry Module
Type
Lecture - Online Asynchronous
Dates
Nov 17, 2024 to Jan 18, 2025
Type
Exam
Days
M
Time
1:00PM to 4:00PM
Dates
Jan 27, 2025
Type
Laboratory - In Person
Days
F
Time
1:00PM to 9:00PM
Dates
Feb 07, 2025 to Mar 07, 2025
Type
Laboratory - In Person
Days
F
Time
1:00PM to 9:00PM
Dates
Feb 07, 2025 to Mar 07, 2025
Type
Laboratory - In Person
Days
Sa, Su
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Feb 08, 2025 to Mar 09, 2025
Type
Laboratory - In Person
Days
Sa, Su
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Feb 08, 2025 to Mar 09, 2025
Type
Laboratory - In Person
Days
F
Time
1:00PM to 9:00PM
Dates
Mar 28, 2025 to Apr 04, 2025
Type
Laboratory - In Person
Days
F
Time
1:00PM to 9:00PM
Dates
Mar 28, 2025 to Apr 04, 2025
Type
Laboratory - In Person
Days
Sa, Su
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Mar 29, 2025 to Apr 05, 2025
Type
Laboratory - In Person
Days
Sa, Su
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Mar 29, 2025 to Apr 05, 2025
Type
Lecture - Online Asynchronous
Dates
Apr 06, 2025 to Apr 30, 2025
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
320.0
Location
  • Main Campus
Delivery Options
Blended  
Course Fee(s)
Potential Discount(s)
Required Software
Please note that you will be required to purchase sets of instruments from SAIT during your time in Clinic. Outside instruments will not be permitted. There is no software required for this course. Note minimum technical requirements to use the Brightspace (D2L) online learning platform.
Reading List / Textbook

1. Bird, D., & Robinson, D. (2015). Torres & Ehrlich modern dental assisting (14th ed.). Amsterdam, NL: Elsevier HlthSciences Division 

2. Nield-Gehring, J. S. (2016). Fundamentals of periodontal instrumentation and advanced root instrumentation (8th ed.). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

3. Wilkins, E. M. (2016). Clinical practice of the dental hygienist (14th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning

Please visit the SAIT Bookstore to purchase your textbooks

 

Section Notes

Before Course Start – Campus Access:

  • Purchase the following supplies during the first week of your on-campus clinic: three SAIT-supplied instrument cassettes (note: outside instruments are not permitted.) You’ll also be required to supply your own clinical attire and personal protective equipment—look for an official supply list included in your online course. You’ll also be asked to download/print three blank logbooks, also included in the course.
  • You’ll have access to the course on the start date. Log in to the course in Brightspace(D2L), read through the homepage announcements.
  • Read Health and Safety on Campus, Campus Map, Transit & Parking. We recommend downloading the SAIT Alert App to access the most current campus information.
  • Please note: There is no pre-clinical class on February 14/15/16, 2025 (Family Day).
  • This course officially ends by April 30, 2025 – once you have completed Practicum 2 and submitted Logbook 3.

If you have any questions, contact ConEdAdvising@sait.ca

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