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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.  

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 

Required Level of Schooling & School Subjects

  • NSC/NC(V) 

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Duration of Study:

Dental Therapists in South Africa typically study for 3 years.

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.

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