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Dental Therapist

Dental Therapists deliver basic dental care and examine and treat diseases of the teeth in pre-school, primary and secondary school children. They will generally refer more complicated cases to a dentist.  

How to be a Dental Therapist in South Africa

Get the Required Qualifications

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

  1. Certificate (National Senior Certificate/NC(V) specific requirements may differ according to the educational institution)
  2. Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor of Dental Therapy)
  3. 12-month internship 

Demonstrate Competence in the Required Subjects

Different educational institutions may have different admission requirements; however, you will typically be required to demonstrate competency in the following subjects:

Accumulate Years of Relevant Study and Experience

Dental Therapists in South Africa typically study for 3 years.

Find Relevant Employment Opportunities

Before commencing work, you will have to register with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa. 

Dental Therapists in South Africa often work in the government and private sector as well as in various private dental practises.

Find More Information from Relevant Regulatory Bodies

To find more information about dental therapists, contact the Health Professions Council of South Africa.


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