DENT-100 is 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) to allow 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 component followed by in-class pre-clinical & clinical components) plus two practicums at a sponsoring employer/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.
Note: 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.
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.
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.
Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
- Outline the anatomical features and functions of the teeth;
- Identify the anatomical structure of the mouth, oral cavity proper and external salivary glands;
- Identify bones and anatomical landmarks of the human skull;
- Describe the functions of tooth tissues and tissues of the periodontium;
- Determine whether a patient’s treatment plan meets the criteria within the Registered Dental Assistant’s (RDA) and the Preventive Dentistry Module’s (PDM) Scope of Practice;
- Describe the use of standard precautions to prevent pathogen transmission;
- Describe the prevention, detection and intervention methods for different forms of cancer;
- Describe the different types of tobacco-related lesions and corresponding treatment interventions;
- Perform a thorough intraoral and extraoral examination of the oral soft tissue;
- Perform an examination of the tongue;
- Describe appearance, etiology and treatment methodologies for oral lesions commonly caused by removable prosthetics;
- Describe the various stages, types, classifications and common etiologies of periodontal case types;
- Demonstrate patient counseling methods for facilitating behavioral change;
- Describe ergonomic positioning for both the dental patient and operator;
- Describe various uses of a periodontal probe for a periodontal assessment;
- Detect supragingival and subgingival abnormalities using a dental explorer;
- Select appropriate periodontal instruments based on required application;
- Demonstrate appropriate use of instrument grasps and fulcrums;
- Demonstrate accurate adaptations and angulations of periodontal instruments;
- Apply safe, effective, unbroken working strokes;
- Demonstrate techniques for systematic manual supragingival and subgingival calculus removal;
- Demonstrate ultrasonic techniques for calculus removal;
- Apply the College of Alberta Dental Assistants (CADA) Code of Ethics to a professional clinical environment;
- Demonstrate the principles of instrumentation and patient management techniques within the Health Professions Act, Dental Assistant Profession Regulation and the College of Alberta Dental Assistants (CADA) policies and procedures in the pre-clinical component and patient treatment clinics.
You’ll 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, and
- 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.