Eligible staff please register here >>>

Course Information and Fees

HC: DENTAL ASSISTING *do not use* higher certificate


HC: (higher 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. As a dental assistant you will support dentists in treating patients and will therefore be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

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 supervised by CPUT dental assisting lecturers 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 relationship which assists the student in their theoretical and practical development in the profession.

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

Postgraduate admission requirements

Dress Code
A prescribed uniform is required to be worn. This identifies the dental assistant student as part of the oral health team and is standard in the workplace. A navy pants or skirt and a recommended top must be worn at all times.


A neat appearance and good personal hygiene is essential for the dental assistant student as a member of the oral health team yu will work closely with patients in a clinical setting.

Syllabus and fees

First Year

640 ZAR
Total number of subjects to obtain the certificate: 5


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.

Experiential Learning
(Work integrated learning)

Students have to do Work Integrated Learning (WIL) as arranged by CPUT. As indicated students have to report for some of the required Work Integrated Learning (WIL) to the Faculty of Dentistry, University of the Western Cape, Tygerberg Campus. During these periods students will have to adhere to the rules and regulations of that institution.

During the March, June/July, September holidays the students will work in private practices to complete the required 360 practical hours. Two seperate assessment sheets, a logbook and portfolio have to be completed for Work Integrated Learning (WIL).

Additional Information

Students must make provision for the purchasing of appropriate dental materials as required for training 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 21 959 5571
Fax: +27 21 959 5879
Email: anthonym@cput.ac.za

NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2021 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.