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Additional information

body or mind



Medical Field

Boss or Team



Good Communicator

Work With


Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years


Either Alone or In a Busy Environment

Dental Assistant

Dental assistants work closely with dentists to prepares patients for dental examinations. They may assist dentists in providing care and treatment as well as do general office administration as well.

Admittance requirements 

NC in Dental Assisting 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

  1. NSC/NC(V) (Entry into programmes subject to the specific requirements of the educational institution)
  2. National Certificate in Dental Assisting

Level of Schooling & School Subjects:

  • NSC/NC(V) 
  • English
  • Maths
  • Physical Science or Biology

Duration of study

1-year full-time study – 2 years part-time.


Once qualified, you will have to register with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in order to work.

Career opportunities include working as dental assistants in private practice, in the public hospitals as well as in the medical division of the defence force, medical aid companies, sales representatives for dental supply companies and dental laboratories. 

Further Information:

The Health Professionals Council of South Africa

Educational Institutions offering this qualification:

Cape Peninsula University of Technology:

Durban University of Technology:

Central University of Technology:

Tshwane University of Technology:

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