Program: DNTM
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 4 Clinical Placements
Length: 6 Semesters
Duration: 3 Years
Effective: Winter 2018
Location: Barrie


The Denturism program will prepare the graduate for a career as a Denturist. Students will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with their scope of practice in particular assisting clients in attaining and maintaining oral health through the provision of complete, partial and immediate dentures, and dentures over implants. Students are trained specifically in clinical and laboratory aspects related to their field. Students will use a problem-solving framework; basing all decisions, judgments and interventions on current research and theory. The program will prepare the graduate for the legal and ethical responsibilities of a Denturist and with a basic understanding of business practices related to self-employment.

Career Opportunities

Denturists work independently, interdependently and collaboratively with health professionals and clients. Denturists are able to establish their own clinical practice or associate with other denturists or health care providers.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • integrate pertinent theoretical knowledge of anatomy, physiology, morphology and pathology into the provision of denturist practice;
  • integrate principles of physics, chemistry, general science and properties of materials associated with the fabrication of dental prosthetic devices and appliances;
  • operate and maintain dental laboratory equipment in accordance with standard safety and maintenance procedures, WHMIS and infection control protocol;
  • design, fabricate, modify and repair removable prosthetic devices and appliances according to prescription or comprehensive patient assessment (in collaboration with other members of the dental profession);
  • work in a manner that is consistent with current regulations, professional standards, codes of conduct and ethical principles;
  • produce clear and accurate written and oral communications for the public and other professionals regarding denturist issues and services;
  • work collaboratively with patients and other health care providers to facilitate optimal oral health;
  • make decisions regarding denturist services that reflect critical thinking, time management problem solving and self-reflection;
  • manage client and practice information according to relevant legislation, codes of ethics, practice standards, and business;
  • evaluate well managed business practices within health care settings and the community;
  • identify the implications of denturism on the natural environment and to employ environmentally sustainable practices to reduce the impact on the environment.

External Recognition

The graduate of this program must successfully complete the clinical examination set by the College of Denturists of Ontario to be eligible for registration and practice in the province of Ontario. Registration with the College of Denturists of Ontario is a legal requirement to practice and is subject to the regulations and restrictions established by this governing body.

The Program Progression

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Summer 2019
  • Sem 5: Fall 2019
  • Sem 6: Winter 2020

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.

Additional Information 

Certain clinical placements 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 placement 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 preclinical 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.

Graduation Requirements

25 Mandatory Courses
4 Clinical Practice
2 Communications Courses
5 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
BIOL 1001Anatomy and Physiology - Introductory Concepts
BIOL 1002Anatomy and Physiology: Advanced Concepts
BIOL 1013Head and Neck Anatomy
BIOL 2007Pathology and Pharmacology - Introduction
BIOL 3000Pathophysiology and Pharmacology - Advanced
COMP 1064Computer Skills and Applications
DENT 1013General and Oral Microbiology
DENT 1019Oral Histology and Embryology
DENT 1037Dental Materials
DENT 1038Complete Dentures Lab - Introduction
DENT 1039Dental Anatomy
DENT 1040Removable Partial Denture Lab
DENT 2000Oral Pathology
DENT 2009Radiographic Interpretation
DENT 2010Complete Dentures Intermediate
DENT 2011Introduction to Clinical Prosthodontics
DENT 2012Partial Denture Design
DENT 2013Preventive Dentistry
DENT 2015Prosthodontic Theory
DENT 2016Periodontology
DENT 3001Nutrition
DENT 3002Community Dentistry
ETHC 3001Ethics and Professionalism
GERT 1000Gerontology
MGMT 3007Denturism Practice Management
Clinical Practice
DENT 2014Clinical Practice
DENT 3000Clinical Practice - Intermediate
DENT 3003Clinical Practice - Implants
DENT 3004Clinical Practice - Advanced
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 5 courses from the general education list during registration.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.