Denturism Program (S101)

2019-20202020-2021
  • Program Name:
    Denturism
  • Code: S101
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    3 years (6 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: Waterfront Campus
  • Starting Months: September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $20,937.00 * †
  • Experiential Learning:
    Students have the opportunity to organize their own external field experience in an oral health-care setting.

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Overview

Leadership Claims

Preparing graduates to work as Denturists for 20 years.

Program Overview

Students in the Denturism program are educated within the guidelines of the Denturist’s scope of practice. This includes assessment, treatment planning, design, fabrication and maintenance of various dental prostheses and oral devices.

Full Description

The Denturism program prepares students to provide care as independent oral health care professionals.

Utilizing the Denturism model of care, students will learn to:

  • assess a patient's health history and oral health conditions
  • design a treatment plan
  • take impressions
  • complete procedures to fabricate the construction of removable partial or full dentures

Students will also provide services related to:

  • denture repairs
  • relines
  • removable oral devices

In addition, students will learn techniques in the fabrication of implant overdentures through simulation.

The program consists of a challenging curriculum, including academic, clinical and laboratory skills. Emphasis is placed on interprofessional education, whereby students learn to function within a collaborative oral health-care team. Students are to assume responsibility for ensuring the client base required to participate in the clinical component of the program.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the College of Denturists of Ontario (CDO) provincial licensing examination. (NOTE: Additional fees apply.) Successful completion of the examination is one of the requirements to be registered to practice as a Denturist in the province by the College of Denturists of Ontario. See denturists-cdo.com for further information about the registration process in Ontario.

Denturism is an accredited program and recognized by the College of Denturists of Ontario

Your Field Education Options

This three-year program offers valuable field experience that includes both onsite and offsite opportunities.

During the first year, students will spend time developing comprehensive lab skills that they will draw upon for the remainder of the program and throughout their future careers.

In the second year, students will build upon that foundation as they start working directly with patients, under the supervision of faculty, at our onsite state-of-the-art WAVE Dental Clinic.

In the final year, students will continue to develop their skills by treating a broad range of clients who have complex oral health care needs. Students can expect this work to be located at both our onsite WAVE Dental Clinic and offsite with a field partner.

PLEASE NOTE: Clinical hours include early mornings that can extend into the evening. Students are responsible for finding their own field experience opportunities and are required to get pre-approval of the placement site from program faculty.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Practice in a professional, competent and ethical manner within the defined scope of practice and consistent with current regulations and standards of practice.
  2. Assess and evaluate patients’ oral health status using determinants of health and risk analysis to identify denturism needs, support treatment decisions and provide appropriate referrals to other health care professionals as required.
  3. Design, implement and evaluate a range of primary, interceptive, therapeutic, preventative, and on-going oral health care services to meet the unique needs of patients.
  4. Design, fabricate, insert and maintain a variety of dental prosthesis and oral devices.
  5. Identify, select, implement and evaluate quality assurance standards and protocols which contribute to a safe and effective working environment.
  6. Establish and maintain professional and inter-professional relationships which contribute to patient care, safety and positive health care outcomes within the scope of practice of denturists.
  7. Facilitate the development of specific oral health attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviours in patients by selecting and utilizing principles of teaching and learning.
  8. Develop and present a model for a denturist practice that addresses relevant business principles, current legislation and standards of practice.
  9. Develop ongoing reflective professional development strategies and plans related to realistic career goals in the profession.
  10. Integrate theory, principles, concepts and relevant research into competent denturism practice.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT 1025 Complete Dentures Laboratory Practice I
DENT 1040 Complete Dentures Laboratory Theory I
DENT 1052 Dental Anatomy
DENT 1165 Dental Materials for the Denturist
BIOL 1008 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
COMM 1003 English Skills
  or
COMM 1007 College English
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
ANAT 1038 Head and Neck Anatomy
DENT 1027 Complete Dentures Laboratory Practice II
DENT 1041 Complete Dentures Laboratory Theory II
DENT 1105 Infection Prevention and Control
DENT 1106 Partial Dentures Theory and Lab I
BIOL 1011 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
GSSC 1053 Collaborative Health Care in Canada
COMM 1007 College English (if necessary)

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT 2007 Practice/Partial Dentures II
DENT 2013 Radiographic Interpretation
DENT 2015 Complete Dentures Clinical Theory I (full year course)
DENT 2016 Complete Dentures Clinical Practice (full year course)
HIST 1003 Periodontology, Histology and Embryology
NUTR 1112 Nutrition
PATH 1019 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology I

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT 2009 Practice/Partial Dentures III
DENT 2015 Complete Dentures Clinical Theory I (full year course)
DENT 2016 Complete Dentures Clinical Practice (full year course)
PATH 1004 Oral Pathology I
PATH 1020 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II
GSSC 2027 Gerontology
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT 2038 Oral Pathology II
DENT 3004 Removable Prosthodontics Clinical Practice (full year course)
DENT 3020 Removable Implant Prosthodontics for the Denturist I
DENT 3021 Removable Prosthodontic Theory and Applications (full year course)
DENT 3026 Community Placement (full year course)
DENT 3023 Jurisprudence, Ethics and Professional Responsibilities

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name
DENT 3004 Removable Prosthodontics Clinical Practice (full year course)
DENT 3006 Removable Implant Prosthodontics for the Denturist II
DENT 3021 Removable Prosthodontic Theory and Applications (full year course)
DENT 3026 Community Placement (full year course)
DENT 3040 Managing a Denturist Practice

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the College of Denturists of Ontario provincial licensing examination. Successful completion of the examination is one of the requirements to be registered to practice as a Denturist in the province by the College of Denturists of Ontario. See denturists-cdo.com for further information about the registration process in Ontario.

Denturists are members of a self-regulated health-care profession.

Denturists practice in various settings, including:

  • private practice
  • community health settings
  • hospitals
  • teaching institutions
  • research
  • innovation facilities
  • the dental industry

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

$20,937.00 * †

Additional Costs

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of the program starting in the Fall of 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in the Fall 2019 and at later dates.

There will be additional costs to the program in each year of study, including textbooks, appropriate laboratory/clinical attire, sundries, and personal protective equipment. There is a refundable rental fee for some equipment on loan to the student.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) - A grade of 70% or higher is required.
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U) - A grade of 60% or higher is required.
  • Grade 11 Biology (C or U) or Grade 12 (U) - A grade of 70% or higher is required.
  • Grade 11 Chemistry or Physics (U) or Grade 12 Chemistry or Physics (C or U) - A grade of 60% or higher is required.

Please note: The manual dexterity test is no longer required for this program.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, Math or Science, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English, Math or Science.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

International student applicants please note that you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent status to work as a Denturist in Ontario.  Please visit the College of Denturists of Ontario for more information regarding the qualifying examination and Certificates of Registration.

Special Requirements

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR S101

Pre-placement Health Form

  • Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for the program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually)

  • In compliance with the requirements of our onsite clinic and our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months.

This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered "vulnerable persons" under the law.

  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for "individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s)."
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a "clear" police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a "not clear" status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement/record_check

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Contact Us

Contact Qian Yang at qyang@georgebrown.ca for information about the Denturism program.

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

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