Dental Assistant Courses

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What does a Dental Assistant do?

Dental assistants receive patients into the surgery, then help them relax and prepare for treatment by a qualified dentist. During treatments you’ll be using water sprays and suction devices as well as handing specific instruments to the dentist. Afterwards, you’ll be cleaning and sterilising the dental equipment to prevent cross contamination.

As a dental assistant you’ll be giving advice to patients about teeth cleaning, flossing and ongoing oral health, and how to take care of their teeth before and after dental surgery. If you have specialist qualifications you may also be taking dental x-rays and other radiographic images.

Dental Assistant Courses

There are 6 courses available for people who want to become a Dental Assistant.

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How much do Dental Assistants earn?

A full time Dental Assistant will earn $1,116 per week ($58,032 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should act as a guide only. Individuals with more experience can expect a higher salary than those new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for Dental Assistants?

31,900 workers were employed as Dental Assistants as of May 2019. According to the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, the projected employment growth over 5 years is 14.2% which is around 4,500 job openings. Job openings occur due to employment growth and job turnover, for example workers leaving this occupation.

Source: The Labour Market Information Portal - 2019 Occupational Projections

How long does it take to become a Dental Assistant?

To become a dental assistant, you usually have to complete vocational training to acquire a qualification. Courses often take one to two years to complete, depending on whether a student is pursuing a certificate or a dual certificate.

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au