Course Information and Fees

NC: DENTAL ASSISTING national certificate


NC: (national certificate)

The purpose of this qualification is to supply the dental profession with competent dental assistants who can be employed in dental practices or dental clinics to assist dental practitioners. The qualification addresses the need in the dental profession for dental assistants with recognised qualifications and relevant education and training.

Dental Assisting students, as part of their experiential learning, work with dental students at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Western Cape. This hands-on experience enables students to make a smooth transition from the academic environment to the world of work. In this way the dental assistants are exposed to the future “employers”, which allows for sound working relationships to develop.

Career Opportunities
Dental assistants find employment with dental practitioners and other auxiliaries in dental practices, hospitals, and clinics, in both the private and public sectors.

International demand for trained dental assistants is increasing with a number of students working abroad.

Admission requirements


For all Certificate, Diploma and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

General admission requirements

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

Additional admission requirements


For all Bachelors, Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Postgraduate admission requirements

Syllabus and fees

First Year

Compulsory subject(s):
15990 ZAR
Total number of subjects to obtain the certificate: 4

Dental assisting students are registered with the Radiation Council for the purpose of monitoring their level of x-ray exposure. Students wear special clothing which identifies them as part of the oral health team and which is standard in the workplace.

Students must make provision for the purchasing of materials required during the programme.

Offering Type and Duration
Full-Time / One year

Course is offered on Tygerberg Hospital Campus.

For any queries get in touch with:

Contact: Ms Maureen Anthony
Telephone: +27 21 933 4664
Fax: +27 21 933 1048

NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2018 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.



This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.