Career Pathways

Dental Assisting

It’s not just about brushing and flossing. Good oral health is important as part of our overall health and wellbeing.

Oral health is about so much more than just teeth! It includes gums, muscle and bone too. Treating teeth grinding, putting fillings into cavities, treating cracked or chipped teeth, carrying out teeth whitening and doing general cleans and checkups might be all in a day’s work in a dental practice. Dental assistants can help in all of these treatments, and can work in hospitals as well as public and private clinics.

Below is a pathway that gives you some options you might want to look at if you want to explore dental assisting by getting started in a job. Everyone has their own journey. Where you start and where you end is up to you!

Pathway key:

  • Study
  • Job Outcomes
  • Personal Story
  • Further Options

Potential Certificate III qualifications for dental assisting roles


Certificate III in Dental Assisting

With this qualification you could work as a:

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Certificate III in Sterilisation Services

With this qualification you could add to your Certificate III in Dental Assisting to be able to provide a broader range of sterilisation services in settings including hospitals, general practice, endoscopy, specialist centres and day surgeries.

Potential Certificate IV qualification for dental assisting roles


Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

With this qualification you could work as a Dental Assistant with one of these specialisations:

  • Radiography
  • Oral Health Promotion

Further option

With experience or further study, a dental assistant could become a dental practice manager.

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