Program: DNTM
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 4 Clinical Placements
Length: 6 Semesters
Duration: 3 Years
Effective: Fall 2024
Location: Barrie


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. 

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. integrate pertinent theoretical knowledge of anatomy, physiology, morphology and pathology into the provision of denturist practice;
  2. integrate principles of physics, chemistry, general science and properties of materials associated with the fabrication of dental prosthetic devices and appliances;
  3. operate and maintain dental laboratory equipment in accordance with standard safety and maintenance procedures, WHMIS and infection control protocol;
  4. 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);
  5. work in a manner that is consistent with current regulations, professional standards, codes of conduct and ethical principles;
  6. produce clear and accurate written and oral communications for the public and other professionals regarding denturist issues and services;
  7. work collaboratively with patients and other health care providers to facilitate optimal oral health;
  8. make decisions regarding denturist services that reflect critical thinking, time management problem solving and self-reflection;
  9. manage client and practice information according to relevant legislation, codes of ethics, practice standards, and business;
  10. evaluate well managed business practices within health care settings and the community;
  11. 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 College of Denturists of Ontario approved the submission by Georgian for approval of its Denturism Program on November 2, 2017. 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.

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2024
  • Sem 2: Winter 2025
  • Sem 3: Summer 2025
  • Sem 4: Winter 2026
  • Sem 5: Summer 2026
  • Sem 6: Fall 2026

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 for Prior Learning 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.

Additional Information

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. 

Graduation Requirements

24 Program Courses
5 Clinical Practice
2 Communications Courses
4 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.

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Winter intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
BIOL 1013 Head and Neck Anatomy 42
BIOL 1040 Anatomy and Physiology Introductory Concepts 42
DENT 1048 Dental Materials 28
DENT 1039 Dental Anatomy 42
DENT 1049 Complete Dentures - Introduction 140
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
DENT 1013 General and Oral Microbiology 42
DENT 1019 Oral Histology and Embryology 42
DENT 1050 Anatomy and Physiology for the Denturist 42
DENT 1051 Principles for the Regulated Interprofessional 42
DENT 1052 Removable Partial Denture - Acrylic 56
DENT 2010 Complete Dentures - Intermediate 84
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
DENT 2012 Partial Denture Design 42
DENT 2020 Removable Partial Denture - Cast 56
DENT 2013 Preventive Dentistry 42
DENT 2021 Oral Pathology for Denturists 42
DENT 2022 Radiographic Interpretation 28
GERT 1000 Gerontology 42
Clinical Practice  
DENT 2011 Introduction to Clinic 126
Semester 4
Program Courses  
DENT 2015 Prosthodontic Theory 42
DENT 2023 Pharmacology for the Denturist 42
Clinical Practice  
DENT 2024 Clinical Practice 168
General Education Courses  
Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration. 84
Semester 5
Program Courses  
DENT 3009 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 42
DENT 3010 Nutrition for the Dental Professional 42
DENT 3011 Collaborative Heath Care for the Denturist 42
ETHC 3001 Ethics and Professionalism 42
Clinical Practice  
DENT 3000 Clinical Practice - Intermediate 168
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 6
Program Courses  
MGMT 3007 Denturism Practice Management 42
Clinical Practice  
DENT 3003 Clinical Practice - Implants 84
DENT 3012 Clinical Practice - Advanced 210
General Education Courses  
Select 1 courses from the general education list during registration. 42
 Total Hours2156

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of three years (as stated above) may take a maximum of six years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission. 

Disclaimer: The information in this document 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. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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