Preparing graduates to work as Denturists for 20 years.

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.

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Overview

Program name
Denturism
Code
S101
Experiential learning
Students have the opportunity to organize their own external field experience in an oral health-care setting.
Duration
3 years (6 semesters)
Starting month
September
Credential
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Method of study
FT

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 N/A
May 2020 N/A
International students
This program is currently only available to domestic students.

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

female dental student works with an elderly denturism client

Experiential Learning

Students have the opportunity to organize their own external field experience in an oral health-care setting.

Your Field Study 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 Standards and 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.

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

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

SEMESTER 2

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

SEMESTER 3

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

SEMESTER 4

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

SEMESTER 5

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

SEMESTER 6

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

For detailed course outlines click here.

General Education Electives

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

$20,937.00 * †

Additional Cost

*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.

Please note: This program does not accept International students.

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.

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

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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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