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Overview

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A Dental Assistant works behind the scenes (sort of) by assisting dental related professionals (such as Dental Practitioners, Hygienists and Therapists) in providing care and treatment to patients.  

In your work as a Dental Assistant, you’ll find yourself receiving and preparing patients, preparing and sterilising tools and equipment, working directly with a patient during dentistry, (for example, using the water sprays, suction devices and cleaning up the patient during treatment).  You may also perform advisory, receptionist and clerical tasks too.

Skills required will be professionalism, discretion, organisation, attention to detail and a friendly nature.  

Job Opportunities

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  • Dental Assistants work in most parts of Australia.

  • The majority work in Health Care and Social Assistance.

  • Opportunities for part-time work are possible.

  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around AU $21,000 to $56,000 per annum (depending upon location and experience).

Types of Courses

A Certificate II or III is usually required to enter into a career as a Dental Assistant.

Short Courses:

Short courses related to being a Dental Assistant are a great way to find out more about what such a career is about.  You can also enjoy related topics to help you build on your knowledge or enhance your opportunities to score a role.

Short Courses can last around 3 to 7 weeks and can focus in on a variety of niche topics.

Certificate II Course:

A Certificate II course in Dental Assisting will start to build on your knowledge in preparation for higher education.

Certificate III Courses:  

Usually, last around 12 months and do require work experience to pass.  You’ll learn everything you need to know about Dental Assisting so that you can work professionally and adhere to legal requirements.  When you graduate, you’ll be fully qualified to work as a Dental Assistant.

Career Outcomes

There are related jobs that you can work within as part of your career as a Dental Assistant, such as;

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygiene Assistant
  • Dental Therapy Assistant
  • Dental Prosthetist Assistant
  • Oral Health Advisor
  • Dental Sterilisation Nurse
  • Dental Radiographer
  • Treatment Coordinator
  • Dental Receptionist

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