Frequently Asked Questions
What does the program cost?
Application Fee- $45
Tuition Fee- $12,500 total- includes clinical modules (a deposit of $300 is required to hold your place in the Program, following formal acceptance into the Program; full remaining Term 1 payment required by day one of the Program)
-The total fee of $12,500 will be divided between Term 1 and Term 2
-Term 1 fee= $7,500
-Term 2 fee= $5,000
$275- Approximate textbooks
$400- Approximate professional dues & licensing fees in the student’s said jurisdiction
$700- NDAEB Written Exam
$180- Approximate fee for proctored exams adminstered by Examity Online Proctoring
I love the program but I can't afford it. Are there alternatives?
The Canada-Alberta Job grant is a training opportunity that may result in an employer receiving up to $10,000 to assist with training an employee.
What are the prerequisties and how can I apply?
The Risio Institute criteria for admission:
How can I get more information?
Send us an email, we would love to connect with you!
How long will it take to complete the program?
Approximately 2 years to complete.
How can I be certain this program is being lead by dental industry professionals?
Carey Thurlow is a Registered Dental Assistant with 19+ years in the dental industry. Carey recently completed her MBA through the University of Roehampton and shares her passion of the dental industry and business administration alike. Carey previously Chaired a successful dental assisting program in Calgary, while also facilitating in the program. Seeing her students achieve success is just one of Carey's many missions!
What are the recommended immunizations for the program?
According to the ADA&C, immunizations substantially reduce both the number of Dental Health Care Providers (DHCP) susceptible to infectious diseases and the potential for disease transmission to other DHCP and patients.
All DHCP should be adequately immunized against:
• Hepatitis B;
• Rubella; (mandated under Public Health Act)
• Influenza; and
• Diphtheria, tetanus.
*Updates to the immunization recommendations for Health Care Workers may be accessed on the ADA&C website.
According to the ADA&C, Dental Health Care Providers are at an increased risk of acquiring hepatitis B in an occupational setting. Therefore, all DHCP must be assessed regarding their immunity to hepatitis B, and be provided hepatitis B immunization by their employer, if required.
If I am unsuccessful on a test or evaluation, can I retake it?
Students will be given one rewrite per exam. Additional rewrites may be requested in writing to the Program Instructor/ Tutor. All circumstances will be reviewed by the Directors on an individual basis. Student will be notified of the decision in writing.
Course extensions may be requested in writing to the Program Instructor/ Tutor. All circumstances will be reviewed by the Directors on an individual basis. Student will be notified of the decision in writing.
What is the pass grade in each course?
In order to achieve a passing grade in each module, students must prove active engagement in the online learning activities (worth 20% of the grade) and achieve 75% on all final examinations. A rubric is provided to guide the student in the engagement and assessment of the learning activities.
Is there an online instructor available to help me?
Yes, there are available scheduled tutoring sessions online for all students who wish to attend.
Can I apply for a Student Loan?
Yes! The Institute received eligibility from Student Aid Alberta and Federal Student Aid for their students to apply for funding for the 2-year program! Interested applicants can email email@example.com for more information on the student funding application process.
Is the Risio Institute Dental Assistant Distance Delivery Program an Accredited Program?
Risio Institute is approved and licensed through Alberta Advance Education- Private Career Colleges Branch. The Institute has applied to the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) and we expect an accreditation survey visit to take place in 2022! Dental Assisting schools in Alberta must be Accredited, so this is a mandatory process that we are required to complete.
Are the students that graduate from the Institute eligible to write the NDAEB written exam?
Yes, the Insititute was successfully evaluated by the National Dental Assisting Examining Board and has been granted 'written exam exligibility' for all students who successfully complete the program.
Do I need to take the NDAEB Clinical Practice Evaluation upon completion of the program?
Until the Institute receives its Accredited Status, students are required to take the NDAEB CPE. The Institute will cover the cost of the inital CPE for students who are required to complete this step (prior to the Insitute receiving Accredited Status) in order to become licensed dental assistants.
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