Develop your specialized skills in our public clinic. Become a dental health entrepreneur or work with dental specialists and oral surgeons.

General information

Program code
6 Semesters (3 Years)
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Work integrated learning
4 Clinical Placements

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie

Program description

In this program, students prepare  for careers as Denturists. Students  develop knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with their scope of practice, in particular assisting clients in attaining and maintaining oral health. Students gain knowledge and train specifically in clinical and laboratory aspects related to their field, including complete, partial and immediate dentures, and dentures over implants. Students use a problem-solving framework, basing all decisions, judgments and interventions on current research and theory. Students are prepared for the legal and ethical responsibilities of a Denturist with an understanding of business practices related to self-employment. 

Additional program specific fee information for Denturism

Career opportunities

Denturists work independently, interdependently and collaboratively with health professionals and clients. Graduates may establish their own clinical practice, associate with other denturists or health care providers, or explore a variety of opportunities within the dental industry.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Math (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Chemistry (C or U) or Grade 11 (U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Selection Process

Applicants will be assessed based on previous academic achievements in the prerequisite courses and an average of other courses within their final year of study prior to applying to the program.

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.

Admission details

Clinics may require students to have updated flu shots, TB testing and Hepatitis B vaccination as well as a Police Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Screening and a check of the Pardoned Sex Offender Data Base). It is the student’s responsibility to ensure he or she is eligible to participate in clinical placements. The College assumes no responsibility for these matters and students should be aware that tuition will not be refunded in the event that access to a clinic is denied.

In addition to these requirements, applicants must also provide proof of a current First Aid and C.P.R. “HCP” certification, prior to the commencement of clinical courses.

Registration with the College of Denturists of Ontario (CDO) is mandatory to practice as a denturist in Ontario. Note: A history of criminal offences or charges of professional misconduct in another jurisdiction or another profession may interfere with your ability to become registered in Ontario. Should either situation apply, you are recommended to seek clarification with the CDO before applying to the denturism program at Georgian College. 

Applicants are advised that the clinical requirements of the program and future employment require good vision (with or without corrective lenses) and visual perception; ability to sit for prolonged periods of time and manipulate small instruments with repetitive motion. Applicants with back/neck/wrist or visual problems should discuss individual concerns with the Program Co-ordinator. 


Program-specific Courses

  • BIOL 1013 - Head and Neck Anatomy
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • BIOL 1040 - Anatomy and Physiology Introductory Concepts
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1048 - Dental Materials
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • DENT 1039 - Dental Anatomy
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1049 - Complete Dentures - Introduction
    (Semester 1 / 140 hours)
  • DENT 1013 - General and Oral Microbiology
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1019 - Oral Histology and Embryology
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1050 - Anatomy and Physiology for the Denturist
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1051 - Principles for the Regulated Interprofessional
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 1052 - Removable Partial Denture - Acrylic
    (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • DENT 2010 - Complete Dentures - Intermediate
    (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • DENT 2012 - Partial Denture Design
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2020 - Removable Partial Denture - Cast
    (Semester 3 / 56 hours)
  • DENT 2013 - Preventive Dentistry
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2021 - Oral Pathology for Denturists
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2022 - Radiographic Interpretation
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • GERT 1000 - Gerontology
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2011 - Introduction to Clinic
    (Semester 3 / 126 hours)
  • DENT 2015 - Prosthodontic Theory
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2023 - Pharmacology for the Denturist
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 2024 - Clinical Practice
    (Semester 4 / 168 hours)
  • DENT 3009 - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 3010 - Nutrition for the Dental Professional
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 3011 - Collaborative Heath Care for the Denturist
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • ETHC 3001 - Ethics and Professionalism
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 3000 - Clinical Practice - Intermediate
    (Semester 5 / 168 hours)
  • MGMT 3007 - Denturism Practice Management
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • DENT 3003 - Clinical Practice - Implants
    (Semester 6 / 84 hours)
  • DENT 3012 - Clinical Practice - Advanced
    (Semester 6 / 210 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 4)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 5)
  • Select 1 courses from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 6)