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Denturist


This twenty month diploma program leads to a career in the profession of Denturism. Graduates of this program acquire the specialized knowledge, skills and professional attributes to assist their patients in attaining and maintaining oral health. This includes provision of complete dentures, partial dentures, overdentures and dentures over implants. After completion of a post graduate externship, graduates are eligible to take the licensing examination of the College of Denturists of BC.



This program is currently under review. We are not currently accepting applications for September 2017. Please check back for updates for this program at a later date

Program Status:
Anticipated launch of new program September 2018

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Anticipated launch of new program September 2018 2 years Diploma Downtown Full-time

Program Description

Program Description

The following is a description of the enduring skills, knowledge and attitudes and sensitivities that a graduate of the denturist program will possess:


The ideal graduate should be able to demonstrate an ongoing dedication to the responsibility afforded him or her by his or her credential. This requires an ability to relate to the patient, the community and the profession at a level which is fair, understanding and collegial, recognizing the knowledge base that is inherent in the curriculum, accepting the responsibility for the care of the patient and accepting the role of the professional denturist of putting the patient needs above their own. The denturist will adhere to the realization that with the title of professional comes the level of contribution to society that far supersedes the individual needs. The denturist will realize that this is not a 9 to 5 job, rather it is a career, lifestyle and position which requires a maturity and dedication to the patient.


Specifically, the denturist will:

  • Apply knowledge of anatomy, orofacial anatomy, physiology, morphology, pathology, periodontology, histology and embryology to working with patients and in laboratory work
  • Gather and analyze information about a patient from medical records, dental history, patient comments and concerns, intra and extra-oral examinations, referral notes and be sensitive to the appropriate use of relevant information
  • Recognize patient conditions requiring dental health care beyond and denturist scope of practice
  • Assess patient needs and design a treatment plan based upon the diagnosis, offer options, and when appropriate, confer with various members of the dental health care professions
  • Identify and collaborate with various health care resources available to denturists and patients
  • Analyze information concerning the proposed treatment plan and forecast the success of the prosthesis in terms of clinical principles and patient expectations
  • Apply knowledge of health and safety, including WHMIS, in working with patients and in the lab
  • Apply the principles of dental psychology to working with patients
  • Use knowledge and skills related to pharmacology and emergency care while working with patients
  • carry out clinical infection control procedures
  • Educate patients on preventative oral care, health and lifestyle information
  • Explain principles of gerontology in working with elderly patients
  • Interpret radiographs
  • Work with patients to fabricate, repair, rebase, reline and insert complete, immediate or partial dentures, employing prescribed and accepted clinical and laboratory procedures
  • Work with patients to construct dentures over osseous integrated implants
  • Manage a practice
  • Problem solve on their own in a professional environment with often very little direct support, supervision and/or confirmation of activity
  • Work with others with respect and awareness of the ultimate goal of patient safety and well being
  • Critique others in a positive, helpful manner
  • Research and evaluate resources, identify and analyze concepts through theoretical reasoning, make skillful decisions and communicate the analysis and decision making process in formal written format
  • Accept responsibility to be ethical and honest in all that he or she does
  • Accept responsibility for preparing patients for prosthetic devices, making realistic promises and doing so in an empathetic manner

Health Requirements:

  • If you have back, hand or shoulder problems, they may be affected by the physical demands of the profession. Prospective students with respiratory problems may be affected by dust from grinding and polishing, and/or odours and fumes from materials used. Those with sensitive skin and conditions such as sensitivity to latex may also be affected by some materials used in denturist practice.
  • Updated immunizations strongly recommended: measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B vaccine and current influenza vaccination. Please review Important Health Requirements for the VCC School of Health Sciences.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

Admission to the Denturist Program is a competitive selection basis.

  • Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent
  • English 12 with a C+, or equivalent
  • English language proficiency
  • Human Biology 12 with a C+ or better
  • Math 11 or Physics 11, with a C+ or better
  • All applicants educated outside Canada require a Comprehensive ICES evaluation (toll free 1.866.434.9197)
  • Two Career Investigations/Summaries
  • SELECTION PROCESS

  • All qualified candidates take the Industrial Psychology International (IPI) Aptitude test and the twelve applicants with the highest combined academic and aptitude test scores are offered seats. Aptitude tests dates will be announced.

Upon Acceptance:

  • Completion of First Aid and CPR-Level C training
  • Proof of a negative TB skin test or chest xray

All requests for transfer credits or course exemptions for all courses in the program must be submitted with application to the program. Click here for Request for Transfer Credit (PDF) form.

**Applicants should note that criminal records check will be required for licensure with the College of Denturist of BC. If this is a concern, applicants are encouraged to contact that College, prior to, or during the application process.


Recommended Characteristics:

  • Interest in and empathy with people
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people of all ages and from all walks of life
  • Skilled in problem solving and analysis
  • Mature with positive self-image and high standards of personal integrity
  • Desire to help others be successful
  • Ability to take initiative and handle responsibility
  • Good vision and hand-eye coordination


Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee 7009
Student Union Fee $119
College Initiative Fee $201
Laundry Fee $170
Uniform Fee $60
Student Union Health Plan Fee $292
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $292
U-Pass Fee $820
Other Costs $21 - Graduation Fee
$280 - Campus Resource Fee
$239 Material Fee
$25 - Tools Deposit
$1,350 - Textbooks and Supplies

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.


Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Denturists are denture specialists. As a licensed denturist, your scope of practice covers relining, rebasing and repairing dentures, as well as fabricating full and partial dentures, dentures over implants and partial dentures over implants.

VCC’s two-year accredited denturist program is the only one of its kind in British Columbia.

Come for a tour of the dental department, meet instructors and learn about the job market, career prospects and admission requirements.

Join us at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200-block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.





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Program Highlights

Program Highlights

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 

Term 1

(DENT 1866) Anatomy and Physiology
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1.0 credits
(DENT 1867) Professionalism 1
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1.0 credits
(DENT 1868) Health and Safety
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1.0 credits
(DENT 1869) Dental Anatomy and Morphology
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3.0 credits
(DENT 1873) Preclinical Prosthetics 1
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13.0 credits
(DENT 8057) Dental Histology and Embryology
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1.0 credits


Term 2

(DENT 2000) Dental Laboratory Science
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0.5 credits
(DENT 2001) Fundamentals of Oral Pathology
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0.5 credits
(DENT 2007) Orofacial Anatomy and Physiology
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1.0 credits
(DENT 2008) Dental Psychology
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0.5 credits
(DENT 2009) Preclinical Prosthetics 2
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17.5 credits


Term 3

(DENT 2151) Periodontics & Preventative Care
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1.5 credits
(DENT 3000) Professionalism 2
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0.5 credits
(DENT 3006) Applied Oral Pathology 1
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1.0 credits
(DENT 3007) Preclinical Prosthetics 3
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4.0 credits
(DENT 3008) Clinical Prosthetics I
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11.5 credits
(DENT 3843) Pharmacology and Emergency Care
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1.0 credits
(DENt 3005) Clinical Infection Control
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0.5 credits


Term 4

(DENT 4000) Business Management
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1.5 credits
(DENT 4006) Gerontology
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0.5 credits
(DENT 4007) Applied Oral Pathology 2
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1.0 credits
(DENT 4008) Radiographic Interpretation
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0.5 credits
(DENT 4009) Preclinical Prosthetics 4
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4.0 credits
(DENT 4010) Clinical Prosthetics 2
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12.0 credits
(DENT 4011) Case Presentations
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0.5 credits


Term 5

(DENT 2500) Clinical Internship
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15.0 credits