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USask Collaboration Establishes First Dental Therapy Degree Program in Canada

May 18, 2022
by University of Saskatchewan


Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) has given its support for a new national dental therapy educational program and approved $2.1 million in funding to establish the program, which will be run collaboratively through a partnership between the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA), the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) College of Dentistry, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and Northlands College.

The partnership will launch the Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Dental Therapy program in Fall 2023, thereby establishing Canada’s first and only dental therapy degree program. The dental therapy program will start accepting students in March 2023 through the USask website. Classes will start in August 2023. Students can choose to study in La Ronge at the Northlands College campus, in Prince Albert at the USask campus, or in Regina at the Sask Polytech campus. The program will accept seven students per year at each campus location, for a total of 21 students per year.

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2 Comments » for USask Collaboration Establishes First Dental Therapy Degree Program in Canada
  1. Dr. Wasan Taki says:

    What is the duty and job for dental therapy program gradiates??? Please need more details and explanation. How this degree will help dental industry????

  2. Heidi Belcourt says:

    The program’s focus will include: the recruitment of Indigenous students; utilizing multiple campuses to enable students to learn where they live; and the use of a laddering model to develop a career path for dental aides and dental assistants. The laddering model will also enable students to complete the program in steps, allowing them to take a break from their studies and find employment if needed. The program will also offer dual licensing opportunities for dental hygienists.

    “Dental therapists are an integral part of the oral health team. They are trained to perform restorative dental treatment such as fillings, extractions and other preventive services,” said Sandra Blevins, dean of Sask Polytech’s Schools of Health Science and Nursing. “Sask Polytech is very excited for the opportunity to work in partnership to create Canada’s only dental therapy program. This partnership will allow us to capitalize on all of our resources to provide training that will ultimately improve the oral health of the people of Saskatchewan.”

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