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Pave your way to a bright future in Dental Assisting

Explore a world of possibilities when you embark on a rewarding career in Dental Assisting.

Discover the variety of Dental Assisting jobs available

There are so many rewarding career opportunities in the dental field. By supporting patients about dental hygiene and promoting overall health, you'll play a vital role in making a meaningful difference in the community. Here are some of the most popular careers in dental.

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Dental Assistant

Excellent for the all-rounders, as a Dental Assistant you’ll support dentists, hygienists and therapists with a range of dental procedures. Your responsibilities will include prepping, clean-up, basic assistance during procedures, developing X-rays and general administrative duties.

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Dental Sterilisation Nurse

Not as patient-facing as other positions, this is a pivotal role in the dental practice, as proper sterilisation is vital for patient safety. As a Dental Sterilisation Nurse you’ll keep environments clean and adhere to strict infection control guidelines to provide patients with the highest quality care possible.

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Dental Hygienist Assistant

A Dental Hygienist Assistant supports Dental Hygienists to help promote oral health and prevent periodontal disease. This means you’ll be helping with an interesting range of procedures, including check ups, teeth cleaning, and patient education on preventative care.

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Dental Practice Manager

A role for the ambitious Dental Assistant, Practice Managers are responsible for overseeing the business and administrative side of the practice, which includes supervising and hiring junior staff, managing records, databases and processing payroll. Overall, you’d ensure the clinic runs smoothly and efficiently.


I just started studying the Certificate III in Dental Assisting, and I've found the supporting staff amazing! I had an issue with one of the unit assessments, so I used their Live Chat to ask for help. It's what we need from online learning.

I’m currently studying for my Certificate IV in Dental Assisting, and I've received great support and assistance. Every time I've needed help, the Student Support team has been really efficient. I highly recommend this institution!

I just finished the Certificate III and IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography) from Foundation Education. It was a bit hard to finish as I work full time, but thanks to the wonderful Dental Faculty team, I completed all my assignments. Thank you also to the Student Support team, who responded immediately to my online enquiries. It was a great experience.

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Our Dental courses will get you there

Designed for both beginners as well as those seeking to formalise their on-the-job experience, our nationally recognised courses will lead you to a bright and rewarding future.


Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Make your start in a career that predicts a high rate of employment growth and prepare yourself with the necessary skills and training required to work as a Dental Assistant.


Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Gain valuable skills and experience in dental assisting to provide an advanced level of support to dentists, dental therapists and dental hygienists.


Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography)

Achieve valuable skills and experience in dental assisting, specialising in dental radiography, that will prepare you for a long-lasting and rewarding career in the dental health industry.

Meet Holly, Dental Trainer and Assessor at Foundation Education.

As a passionate Trainer and Assessor at Foundation Education, Holly brings her wealth of knowledge and expertise to support and guide our students on their education journey. With her wealth of experience in many disciplines within the health industry and a genuine commitment to student success, Holly provides the mentorship and training needed to excel in the Dental industry.

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We partner with industry-leading Dental health providers

When you study Dental Assisting with us, our goal is to help you feel confident and ready for your new career as soon as you graduate.

That's why we’ve proudly partnered with Dental health providers around Australia to deliver practical placement opportunities for our students.

Explore our Dental placement partners


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Dental Trainer and Assessor, Nasrin, is a tutor, friend and mentor all rolled into one.

With great experience in the Dental industry, Nasrin brings her wealth of knowledge and expertise to support and guide our students on their educational journeys. With her deep understanding of the role of a Dental Assistant and a genuine commitment to student success, Nasrin is dedicated to providing the mentorship and training needed to excel in the industry.

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*Source for projected job growth figures: Seek, 2023