Dental Nurse Courses

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What does a Dental Nurse do?

A Dental Nurse assists dentists as they provide oral health treatment to patients. You might get patients ready for their treatment and work alongside dentists during procedures. Dental Nurses may prepare equipment for treatments and they might operate some dental instruments such as suction tools. You might speak with patients about their dental care or perform administrative duties such as booking appointments or taking payments.

Dental Nurses need to have excellent personal skills and be able to communicate with a range of patients. You’ll need good attention to detail and should be able to follow directions closely. It’s important that you are passionate about dental care and can demonstrate this to your patients.

Dental Nurse Courses

There are 7 courses available for people who want to become a Dental Nurse.

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How much does a Dental Nurse earn?

In Australia, a full time Dental Nurse generally earns $1,150 per week ($59,800 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for a Dental Nurse?

The number of people working as a Dental Nurse has grown strongly in recent years. There are currently 31,900 people employed in this role in Australia compared to 17,100 five years ago. Dental Nurses may find work across all regions of Australia.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Dental Nurse?

If you’re thinking of starting a career as a Dental Nurse, consider enrolling in a Certificate IV in Dental Assisting. This qualification will prepare you to work in a dental practice with topics such as patient preparation, infection control, dental radiology and practice administration. This course involves a work placement and you may be able to specialise in an area of interest such as oral health promotion or radiography.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within dentistry. Click on the occupation for information on the course you should enrol in to start your journey.

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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.