GET YOUR TEETH INTO THIS DENTAL ASSISTANT COURSE GETS YOU IN THE CHAIR
DENTAL assistants fill an important healthcare role which requires both technical skills and a calm and level head for dealing with people at their most vulnerable in a clinical situation.
TAFE’s Certificate III in Dental Assisting is a nationally recognised course for people who work or want to work in the field.
Vicki Fearnley, TAFE’s head teacher of dental studies, said that in this line of work all team members must pay strict adherence to certain obligations and responsibilities to their patients and must work in close tandem with a dentist.
The course units cover administration procedures, infection control, processing reusable instruments and equipment, safety procedures, dental radiography, healthcare communications and first aid.
Ms Fearnley said gradu- ates of the course are wellversed in the code of ethics developed by the Dental Assistants Professional Association (DAPA) to “set the standards of behaviour to maintain and improve the status of dental assisting within the health care profession.”
“This course is an allround preparation and qualification for a varied and interesting career,” she said.
“It suits thorough, methodical people who can show empathy for clients.”