Qualification & Code
HIGHER CERTIFICATE: DENTAL ASSISTING

HLHCDL

Campus Duration of Programme Enrolment Option(s) SAQA Credits NQF Level Admission Requirements Selection and/or interview
Bloemfontein

1 year full-time

2 years part-time

Semester 1

141

5

National Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification.

Selection

Additional Admission Requirements

For candidates who matriculated in 2007 or before:

In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 50% on Standard Grade or 40% on Higher Grade in Biology/ Physiology is required.

For candidates who completed the NSC in 2008 and thereafter:

In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in Life Sciences is required.

Minimum requirements

The minimum requirements for enrolment are an FETC with six 20-credit-bearing subjects with a rating of four, and a minimum rating of 1 (one) for Life Orientation (thus a total credit value of at least 25).

Aptitude test if the candidate passed four FETC credit-bearing designated subjects with a rating of four, plus two 20-credit-bearing designated subjects with a rating of three, and a minimum rating of 1 (one) for Life Orientation (thus a total credit value of at least 23).

English as a language subject (home or additional) with a minimum rating of three.

In addition to the above:

Life Science (Rating 4).

Note: If more applications are received than can be accommodated by the learning programme, selection will be based on academic merit.

Note: The minimum value of 25 is calculated as follows: 6 x 4 for six 20-credit-bearing subjects at level four, plus 1 for Life Orientation at level three.

A candidate who fails one or more instructional offerings must reapply for admission.

Applicants in possession of the National Certificate Vocational (NCV) will be selected according to the selection requirements as approved by Senate.

No student will be allowed to graduate without completing the Academic Literacy programme.

It is compulsory for candidates who wish to enrol for the part-time programme to be employed by an oral health care facility as a dental assistant.

Career Opportunities

Be a qualified, professional Dental Assistant or Practice Manager to oral health care providers, as well as oral health care facilities. Other opportunities include suppliers of dental services and products who also offer career opportunities in South Africa and abroad.

Remarks

Upon commencing his/her studies, the student must register with the Professional Board for Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene of the Health Professions Council of South Africa in terms of the rules and regulations of the Medical, Dental and Supplementary Health Services Professions Act, 1974 (Act 56 of 1974) and the subsequent amendments pertaining to dental assisting, as approved. A minimum of 480 hours of Work-Integrated Learning at dental clinics, hospitals and/or private dental practices is required.

Assessment: Formative and Summative.

Practical competency and skills are assessed according to specific guidelines, which include Dental Assisting: Practical and Computer Literacy. It is compulsory for students to adhere to the stipulated ethical rules and dress code during practical and Work-Integrated Learning sessions.

The radiation to which a dental assistant is exposed may be detrimental to the health of an unborn child. Due to the important practical component of the course, during which students are exposed to radiation, a female student may not complete the practical part of her course during pregnancy. Any student who suspects she may be pregnant must notify the Director of the School of Health Technology immediately.

After successful completion of this course, a Higher Certificate will be awarded during the official graduation ceremony of the CUT.

 

1ST YEAR

INSTRUCTIONAL OFFERINGS

Credits

TPB5000

Dental Practice Management I

24

MAP5000

Oral Anatomy & Pathology I

24

TAP5000

Dental Assisting: Practical I

24

TAT5000

Dental Assisting: Theory I

24

THE5011

Dental Practice: Work-Integrated Learning

36

LCS5001

Academic Literacy and Communication Studies

9

PIM5011

Personal Information Management

Total credits

141

 

1ST YEAR

2nd YEAR

INSTRUCTIONAL OFFERINGS

Credits

TPB5000

  Dental Practice Management I

24

MAP5000

  Oral Anatomy & Pathology I

24

LCS5001

  Academic Literacy and Communication Studies

9

PIM5011

  Personal Information Management

TAP5000

Dental Assisting: Practical I

24

TAT5000

Dental Assisting: Theory I

24

THE5011

Dental Practice: Work-Integrated Learning

36

For more information contact: Department of Life Sciences

Apply to CUT

Updated: 04 May 2017

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