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body or mind

Body

Field

Medical Field

Boss or Team

Team

Communication

Good Communicator

Work With

People

Math & Science

Maths & Science

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years

Environment

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.

Required Qualifications

To become a dental assistant in South Africa, you will typically need the following qualifications:

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

Level of Schooling & School Subjects:

Duration of Study

Dental Assistants in South Africa typically study for 1 year, full-time or  2 years, part-time.

Employment Opportunities

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

There are plenty of employment opportunities for dental assistants in South Africa who often work in the following places:

  • private practice
  • public hospitals
  • the medical division of the Defence Force
  • medical aid companies
  • sales representatives for dental supply companies
  • dental laboratories

Further Information:

The Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

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