Orthodontic Module Clinical Component

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Welcome to the final component of your Orthodontic Module completion.  Upon successfully passing the module’s theory component, you are eligible to register for the two-day hands-on portion.  Dates for these courses vary throughout the year and it is held on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30-4 p.m. at the Kaye Clinic.  Enrollment will be limited to 16 participants per course and a minimum number of participants will be required in any given course to make it feasible to deliver. The instructor/student ratio is between 1:3 or 1:6. Upon successful completion of the clinical component, participants will receive a certificate of completion.  

Clinical instruction and evaluation are provided in a clinical course (approximately 16 hours) by Registered Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists who have completed the Orthodontic Module and an instructor’s in-service. Practicing orthodontists and grad students supervise clinical procedures and offer instruction.

Clinical skills to be included in the clinical course are: 

  • Taking intra-oral photographs
  • Patient placement for exposure of extra-oral radiographs (cephalometric, hand/wrist)
  • Placement and removal of separators
  • Placement and removal of oral isolation devices in preparation for direct bonding procedures
  • Manipulation and application of materials for bonding and banding procedures
  • Removal of banding cement and bonding adhesive utilizing hand instruments
  • Preparation of the teeth for banding and bonding procedures
  • Preliminary placement of fixed and removable appliances prior to adjustment by a dentist
  • Preliminary fitting of bands
  • Bonding of non-critical attachments under the direction of a dentist, to be checked by the dentist prior to patient dismissal
  • Indirect bonding under the direction of the dentist, to be checked by the dentist prior to patient dismissal
  • Cementation of bands and appliances under the direction of a dentist, final check to be done by the dentist
  • Bonding lingual retainers under the direction of a dentist, final check to be done by the dentist
  • Checking the integrity of bands, bonds, attachments, etc.
  • Placement and removal of archwires which have been prescribed by a dentist
  • Placement and removal of archwire accessories and ligatures
  • Removal of bands and bonded metal attachments, utilizing hand instruments
  • Provide patient instruction regarding the care and use of orthodontic appliances, oral hygiene and disease control.
  • -Elastic placement, proper eating habits, patient cooperation and orthodontic emergencies


  • Completion of the theory component
  • Current CPR certificate, Level C or Healthcare Provider if an RDH, for RDA at this time CPR is only a recommendation and not a requirement. 
  • Accepted on a first come, first-served basis
  • Applicants are required to complete the clinical component within one year of successfully completing the theory component
  • Withdrawal is permitted up to 3 weeks prior to the clinical date for an administration fee of $200. After that date, there will be no refund for withdrawals.


  • Attendance is required at a 2-day clinical instruction/evaluation course - Instruction will be provided and evaluations of clinical skills will be completed during the 2-day clinical course Evaluation/Re-evaluation:
  • All clinical exercises must be completed to a satisfactory level to pass the clinical component
  • Candidates not achieving required levels, of competence, may be referred to refresher courses and will be required to re-register for the clinical evaluation course after a six-month waiting period
  • Candidates successful in both the theory and clinical components can submit copies of their certificates of completion to their respective associations for registration of the Orthodontic Module. 

Refund Policy

A $250 cancellation and/or transfer fee per participant will be deducted unless otherwise specified during course registration. Refunds for limited attendance courses will be made only if notice of cancellation is given in writing at least three weeks before the course start date.  Dates are subject to change and are based on enrollment numbers.

Please make sure you follow the rules of your regulatory body regarding immunization. Moreover, we highly recommend for you to be immunized as per the University requirement available here: https://www.ualberta.ca/media-library/services/health-centre/2023-24-health-faculty-medical-form.pdf