Becoming a Dental Assistant

How do I become a dental assistant?

To become a dental assistant you must complete a Certificate III in Dental Assisting through a traineeship which includes: 

  • Workplace based training in a clinical setting,
  • Theoretical component through a recognized training authority.

For those Dental Assistants interested in progressing their career, additional training is available at the Certificate IV level and can include dental radiology, infection control, general anaesthesia and health promotion.


What do dental assistants do?

Dental assistants are important members of the dental health care team. They assist clinicians of the oral health team to deliver high quality dental care.

A dental assistant career would be a good choice for people who have good communication skills and enjoy working with people. In addition, if you enjoy working with your hands as well as your mind and want a dental job with responsibility, then dental assisting would be an ideal career choice for you.

The Dental Assistant supports dental clinicians in providing dental care and education including:

  • Preparing, maintaining and managing surgery spaces
  • Recording dental examinations
  • Managing stores
  • Preparing and providing equipment, dental materials and instruments for each patient
  • Sterilising and maintaining equipment and instruments
  • Recording dental charts, recording patient appointments and assisting with enquiries
  • Maintaining high standards of infection control

Where do dental assistants work?

There is demand for dental assistants in both the private and public dental health sectors.


Working for Oral Health Services Tasmania

Oral Health Services Tasmania employs dental assistants and offers a range of work environments including busy urban clinics, hospitals, community clinics and mobile dental units. There are also opportunities to work in clinics located in some of our remote island communities.

Oral Health Services Tasmania currently supports a limited number of traineeships in Dental Assisting. For more information visit the TasTAFE website.

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