USask, Sask Polytech, NITHA partner on accredited dental therapy program

April 7, 2021
The University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) have partnered to establish an accredited dental therapy program. The program, which USask says is the only one of its kind in Canada, will train students to become dental therapists in remote communities. The program will focus on recruiting Indigenous students, training students in the areas they are live, and developing career paths for dental aides and dental assistants through a laddering model. “This has been a high priority for our Board of Chiefs and we are excited to collaborate towards improving the oral health of Indigenous Peoples in the province, a vision that we all share,” said Tara Campbell, NITHA executive director. “This marks as a new beginning for dental therapy education in Canada.” Sask Polytech | USask (SK)