Dentistry is an expanding health area and TAFE Western has recently announced the launch of its new dentistry course, the Certificate III in Dental Assisting in Orange in 2013. This course will address the current dental assisting training gap in western NSW and provide pathways to higher education and employment.
Fiona Ostini, Head Teacher, Health and Nursing at Orange College said, “This will be the first time that a dental assisting course will be offered in our region and we are very excited about the new initiative that will address the huge gap in training in western NSW in dental assisting.”
We have created the program in partnership with Charles Sturt University, NSW Health and the Orange Aboriginal Medical Service (OAMS) to ensure we meet the needs of our communities and industry with relevant training. The TAFE teachers on the course work in the dental industry and have knowledge of the latest practices and techniques,” she said.
“The Certificate III will be conducted through face to face teaching in the evenings and takes 12 months to complete. The course has a large hands-on component so that students can learn practical skills and we will be using the clinical facilities at the Dentistry School at CSU to help build confidence and skills.
“Dentistry is an expanding health area with the CSU Dental School established in Orange in recent years. The Dental Assisting course is a perfect pathway to gaining employment in private dental surgeries, public Dental Clinics and Aboriginal Medical Services. In addition students who complete the course could choose to apply to enter CSU’s programs in Oral Health or Dentistry.”
In further local planning it is proposed that the first Aboriginal cohort will commence their studies in Dental Assisting in July this year using the new Aboriginal Learning Centre at Orange College which is currently under construction.
For more information on the Certificate III in Dental Assisting contact Sara Morgan on 6391 5653. Enrolments are now open until February 2013.
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