JR: I have another site in Quebec City which 1 opened in l995. Since then
36 students have taken courses there. The vision of the school is
identical to the one in Toronto. To provide Canadian technicians with an
alternative source of practical education.
CW: There are also other schools that follow the Bego System; these are
located in Boston, Berlin, West Palm Beach, and in Hungary.
J: What was the original idea behind the McNicoll school?
JR: Well, I was tired of hearing technicians say that there were no
challenging courses offered in Canada . I think
about it, after a technician graduates from the various colleges there is
nothing available to them. Without new challenges people stagnate. Now
with our school we are challenging technicians to become better, to push
their limits. It is like a graduate school for technicians.
J :Are you competing against George Brown and all
the other colleges?
MP: No, we do not otter diploma courses. We just want to complement or add
to what the colleges are doing. In fact, we invite all the colleges to
work with us.
J: Who can take the course at your school?
JR: I would say that anyone who is serious
at becoming a better technician
should look into the courses we offer. We can take six students for
hands-on intense courses. We feel this is the best number. Everyone will
get a lot of attention. By intense I mean courses that last from one to
three days and that are loaded wit Ii the latest practical
MP: We will focus on combination cases, casting
and attachments. We will look at different materials and how to combine
these to achieve optimal results. We will also base courses on the new
milling technology since very little has been done in this subject. The
curriculum follows P.R.A. which stands for Precision Removable
J: Who will teach the courses?
JR: Mark, master dental technicians who traveled
the globe, lecturing on topics we mentioned above and of course myself.
J: How would you define success?
JR: When the
technician is satisfied I feel I have been successful. In the end the
patient will benefit Success is having Mark take the course at the
McNicoll School in Quebec City and he so impressed by it that he makes a
proposal to open a school in Toronto.
J: Will the school award credit points?
MP: the school canít assign points. We are accredited by the S.Q.D.M. in
Quebec, and we will follow the guidelines of the
C. D.T.O. in Ontario. I am sure that our courses will be accredited.
In dealing with the operators of the McNicoll
school one canít help but realize that they feel that a strong educational
program must be a central contributing factor to technicianís success.
Education has to be regarded as t he most reliable indicator of continuing
competence that follows any professionís initial certification. With the
opening of its second location, the McNicoll School is encouraging a
learning curve that will keep pace with innovation and excellence.