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Dentistry: Dental Assistant

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One Education


£12 inc VAT
Study method
Online, self-paced
6 hours
Access to content
12 months
No formal qualification
10 CPD hours / points
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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A dental assistant is a dentist's right hand. They make it easier for dentists to conduct their duties and contribute to maintaining a safe, hygienic environment for dental patients. They not only support doctors with crucial facets of patient care but also manage administrative services. Sounds like the ideal career for you? Then this Dental Assistant course is your stepping stone to begin a gratifying career.

The primary responsibility of the Dental Assistant is to set up the workspaces for dentists in the office. However, they also—

  • Take appointments
  • Sanitise dental equipment
  • X-ray filming and development
  • Instructing patients on general oral hygiene

By enrolling in this course, you will get to know the duties of a dental assisting professional, as well as the latest developments in dentistry. This course will teach you about general dental equipment and terminology. Moreover, you will learn the dental office management basics and the dental practice standards of the UK. This course will also introduce you to the General Dental Council (GDC) of the UK. Additionally, this dental assistant training will educate you on dental radiology, paediatric dentistry, oral diagnosis and treatment planning. Along with these, you will be adept in infection control.

Sign up for this Dental Assistant course today and take your next step towards a promising future.

What you'll get out of this Dental Assistant course:

  • Familiarise yourself with the latest developments in dentistry.
  • Acquire a decent understanding of the dental assisting profession.
  • Get to know a number of general dental equipment.
  • Understand the fundamentals of dental office management.
  • Become well versed in dental terminology.
  • Learn in detail about oral diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • Know how to handle dental materials while ensuring safety.
  • Have a solid comprehension of infection control.
  • Gain a detailed overview of dental radiology.
  • Develop extensive knowledge of paediatric dentistry.
  • Comprehend the standards of dental practice in the UK.
  • Acquaint yourself with the General Dental Council (GDC) of the UK.

What Will I Learn From This Dental Assistant Course:

  • Learn about the dental assisting profession
  • Explore various dental assistant roles
  • Gain a full understanding of various dentistry instruments
  • Discover how to effectively manage a dental office
  • Understand how to plan treatment for patients and conduct clinical examinations
  • Learn about safety in the dental office
  • Understand how to control infections as a dental assistant
  • Discover what is required from a professional dental assistant

Why People Love And Enrol The Dental Assistant Course From One Education

  • Eligibility for an IAO & CPD-accredited certificate on successful completion of Dental Assistant Course
  • Learning materials of our Dental Assistant course contains engaging voiceover and visual elements for your comfort
  • 24/7 access to the Dental Assistant course materials for 12 months
  • Freedom to study at your own pace
  • Full Tutor support on weekdays (Monday – Friday)

Please note: This course only gives you the theoretical knowledge that you need to excel in this field. This Dental Assistant Training doesn't entitle you to practise as a professional in this specific field.


10 CPD hours / points
Accredited by CPD Quality Standards

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Course Curriculum

We’ve taken this comprehensive Dental Assistant Training and broken it down into 10 manageable units which we believe will assist you to easily grasp each concept – from the fundamental to the most advanced aspects of this skills.

This Dental Assistant course is designed with the following modules:

Module 01:
Introduction to Dental Assisting

  • The Dental Assisting Profession
  • Contemporary Trends in Dentistry
  • Education in Dental Professions
  • Professionalism in Dental Assisting

Module 02:
General Dentistry Instruments

  • Acorn Burnisher
  • Amalgam Carrier
  • Amalgam Well
  • Anesthetic Syringe
  • Articulating Paper Holder
  • Cement Spatula

Module 03:
Dental Office Management

  • Office Staff Roles
  • Patient Coordinating
  • Telephoning

Module 04:
Oral Diagnosis, Treatment Planning and Dental Terminology

  • Clinical Examination
  • Locating Teeth within the Mouth
  • Dental Terminology

Module 05:
General Handling and Safety of Dental Materials in the Dental Office

  • Material Hazards in the Dental Environment
  • Bio-Aerosols in the Dental Setting
  • Chemical Safety in the Dental Office
  • Acute and Chronic Chemical Toxicity

Module 06:
Infection Control and Instruments

  • Instrument Classification Based on Need for Infection Control
  • Guidelines for Infection Control
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Environmental Surfaces

Module 07:
Dental Radiology

  • Dental Radiology Equipment
  • Dental Radiology Film Types
  • Radiation Effects
  • Errors Due to Temperature, Solutions, Contamination, and Film Handling
  • Most Common Types of Dental Radiographs

Module 08:
Paediatric Dentistry

  • The Paediatric Dental Team and Office
  • The Paediatric Dental Assistant
  • The Paediatric Dental Office
  • The Paediatric Patient
  • Behavior Management
  • Patients with Special Needs

Module 09:
The Professional Dental Assistant

  • Characteristics of a Professional Dental Assistant
  • Knowledge and Skills

Module 10:
Standards of Dental Practice in the UK

  • The General Dental Council (GDC) of the UK
  • Responsibilities of the GDC
  • Obtaining Patient Consent for Dental Treatment

Method of Assessment

To assess your learning of our Dental Assistant course, you have to participate in an automated multiple-choice question exam. You have to score at least 60% to pass the exam and to qualify for an IAO & CPD accredited certificate. After passing the exam, you will be able to apply for a certificate.

To enhance your knowledge regarding the course and to further assess your learning, you are advised to complete the assignment questions provided at the end of the course, which you can complete anytime you wish.

After submitting the assignment, our expert tutor will assess your assignment and will give you feedback on your performance.


After completing the MCQ assessment, you will qualify for the IAO & CPD accredited Certificate from One Education, as proof of your continued professional development. Certification is available in PDF format, for £9, or a hard copy can be sent to you via post, for just £15.

Who is this course for?

This Dental Assistant Training is suitable for aspiring professionals looking for a formal online qualification and those who are new to the field who wish to develop their skillset. There are no specific entry requirements for this course, which can be studied on a part-time or full-time basis.


There are no specific prerequisites to enrol in this Dental Assistant Training. Anyone and everyone can take this course.

The Dental Assistant Training is fully accessible from any internet-enabled smart device. So, you can study from the comfort of your home!

All you need is a passion for learning, literacy, and to be over the age of 16.

Career path

This Dental Assistant course will provide you with a wide array of highly desirable career skills and get you started on the road to many fulfilling positions, such as—

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Nurse
  • Dental Receptionist
  • Dental Office Manager

The average annual salary for these career opportunities in the United Kingdom usually is between £10,000 and £30,000.

Questions and answers

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masoumeh asked:

Is it possible to study as much as we need before we take the exam or once we finished the 6 hours it will be gone ?


Dear Masoumeh, Thank you for your question. Yes, you can study as much you want before taking the exam. You will have one year of access to course materials. Thanks

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faisal asked:

Can you please tell me the duration of this dental assistant course ? When will be the exam held? Is exam online? When will I get certificatece?


Dear Faisal, Thank you for contacting us. The estimated course duration is 06 hours of continuous study. However, you will get one year access to the course after purchasing and you can complete it anytime within a year. After completing the course, you will be able to sit for the exam at your convenient time and the whole exam will be conducted online. The PDF certificate will take 24 hours and the hard copy certificate will take three to nine working days. Stay Safe Stay Healthy.

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