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Certificate for Dental Surgery Assistants

Offered by: MAHSA University
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Exam BodyInternal Qualification, Malaysia
Course Duration2 Yrs
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
FacultyFaculty of Dentistry
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryMalaysia
Level of StudyCertificate Level
Field of StudyMedicine & Healthcare
Course Description

The Dental Surgery Assistant (DSA) is a valued member of the oral health team. The Dental Surgery Assistant takes on a significant responsibility and greatly increases the efficiency and the productivity of the dental surgeon in the delivery of quality oral health care.

Some of the tasks of a DSA include:

  • Assisting the dental operator by pre-assessing the need for the procedure, holding and passing instruments.
  • Retracting tissues and suctioning to assist better vision of the operating field.
  • Retrieving, setting up and laying out dental equipment and dental instruments.
  • Mixing materials.
  • Sterilizing dental instruments and equipment.
  • Developing dental radiographs.
  • Charting for the dental operator.
  • Exposing radiographs.
  • Fabrication bleaching trays.
  • In-office bleaching.
  • Applying sealants.

MAHSA University College offers a certificate course that is to the standard and quality of the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA). The training is professionally supervised in clinics equipped with state of the art facilities, complete with up to date curriculum, modern equipments and a conducive study environment. The course will produce competent DSA’s who are competent in chair side assisting, patient management, with good clinical and communication skills.

This 2-year course is taught via Tutorials, Lectures, Seminars, Problem Based Learning (PBLs), Simulation clinics, Clinical visits to external clinics. The main objective of the course is to produce DSA’s with the highest level of clinical assisting skills, possess current knowledge, act with professionalism, are effective communicators, are of good conduct, efficient, ethical and safe.


Year 1

Semester 1

  • Student Development
  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Oral Health Services
  • The Law and Dental Practice
  • Health Promotion
  • Infection Control
  • Managing Clinical Requirements (PMCR 1131)
  • Pengajian Malaysia (Malaysian Studies)
  • Pengajian Islam (Islamic Studies) – for Muslim Students
  • Pendidikan Moral (Moral Education) – for Non-Muslim students.

Semester 2

  • Patient Care
  • Dental Care ‘A’
  • Dental Care ‘B’
  • Dental Care ‘C’
  • Dental Care ‘D’
  • Dental Care ‘E’
  • Hospital Dentistry

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Clinical Chair-Side Assisting

Semester 2

  • Clinical Chair-Side Assisting
Entry Requirements

Pass the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia with at least one (1) credit in any subjects and Pass in Science, or other equivalent qualifications.

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Career Prospects

Dental Surgeons, Dental Technologists and Dental Surgery Assistants have a choice of working in government clinics and hospitals of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defence, Department of Aborigine Affairs, in the universities, as well as the private sector.

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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