There is a rapidly growing demand for dental nurses and dental assistants in the health services field across the globe and particularly in countries with severe nurse shortages such as Australia. To meet this demand, there are a number of fine dental nursing schools and programs offered by respected private institutions and universities across the nation. So whether you are planning to achieve a Certificate in Dental Assisting or pursue your Dental Technician Diploma, there are a number of options to choose from around Australia that will allow you to gain extra skills and qualifications and boost your employment opportunities in the field of dentistry and health services.
DNA Kingston Dental Nursing School
Registered training organisation DNA Kingston is one of the largest dental training institutions in Australia. Since 1999, the dental nurse training institution has offered prospective students a variety of courses to choose from, from full-time and part-time diplomas and certificates, to postgraduate studies in Certificate III and IV in Dental Assisting, Business Management (Dental Practice Manager) and Dental Technology (Dental Technician). DNA Kingston also offers courses to improve dental nursing skills for already-practicing nurses; these courses include Infection Control Management, Intra-Oral Radiography and Introduction to Medical Reception.
The school is registered under the Accreditation Council of Western Australia and prides itself in a curriculum that heavily implements state and national registration policies and procedures. DNA Kingston has also won the award of "Western Australia’s Small Training Provider of the Year" in 2002, and was a finalist of The Australian Department of Education and Training’s Training Excellence awards from 2003 to 2007.
DNA Kingston Dental Nursing School, Kingston College
38 Meadowvale Ave.
South Perth, Western Australia 6151
Australian Dental Association (ADAQ)
The Australian Dental Association of Queensland, known widely as the national "voice of dentistry," offers dental nursing training and education specifically to staff employed by members of ADAQ--which include 90 per cent of all registered dentists and dental specialists throughout Australia--and employees of the University of Queensland’s Dental College. ADAQ's professional Registered Training Organization (RTO) offers quality and affordable training for all eligible students, including nationally accredited courses such as its Certificate III in Dental Assisting and Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography). ADAQ’s dental nursing programs generally run for an entire academic year, with enrolments accepted in July and February.
Australian Dental Association
26-28 Hamilton Place
Bowen Hills QLD 4006
RMIT Dental Nursing Programs
The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s Life and Physical Sciences College in Carlton, Victoria offers an extensive and highly competitive one-year dental nursing program that provides prospective nursing students with weekly practical training combined with 308 hours of in-class instruction. With RMIT being one of Australia’s leading educational institutions, the school offers a number of internationally-recognised dental study and dental nursing degrees. These include the Certificate III in Dental Assisting, Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Practice Administration), Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Oral Health Promotion) and the Diploma of Dental Technology (Apprenticeship).
The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
School of Life and Physical Sciences
Building 154, Level 3
720 Swanston St.
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