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Want to make a difference to people’s health and help them look and feel their best? Turn your passion for health into a successful career with our dental assistant course.

This flexible online training programme gives you the opportunity to learn from highly qualified experts within the dental profession and will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to advance your professional development.

Explore our course breakdown below or enrol now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enrol on our dental assistant training programme, you will complete the following units of study:

    1Introduction to the Dental Profession
    2Prevention and Nutrition
    3Oral Health and Preventative Techniques
    4Occupations Health and Safety Administration
    5Preparation for Patient Care
    6Dental Charting
    8Emergency Management
    9Clinical Dental Procedures
    10Instrument Transfer and Maintaining the Operating Field
    11Basic Chairside Instruments and Tray Systems
    12Anaesthetic and Sedation
    13Dental Radiography and Equipment
    14Produce and Evaluate Dental Radiographs
    15Restorative and Laboratory Materials and Techniques
    16Restorative Materials and Dental Dam
    17Laboratory Materials and Techniques
    18Dental Practice and Office Management
    19Employment Skills
  • How Will You Benefit?

    There are many benefits associated with studying our dental assistant courses online. For example, you will:

    • Fast track your career as a dental assistant
    • Study a course that has been developed in consultation with senior members of the dental profession
    • Learn at your own pace, fitting your course around work and family commitments
    • Have your own personal tutor to answer questions and provide support
    • Avoid the need to travel to attend classes in person
    • Save 10% on the course fee by paying upfront, or choose our interest-free weekly payment plan

    Start reaping the benefits by enrolling on our dental assistant course today!

  • Career Prospects


    Dental care is a crucial element of healthcare. This means there will always be strong demand for individuals with skills in this specialist area. There are also an increasing range of cosmetic dental treatments available, further increasing demand within the sector. And while dentists may be at the forefront of providing care, they couldn’t function effectively without reliable dental assistants.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dental assistants is expected to grow by 11% by 2030.

    What do dental assistants do?

    Working as a dental assistant is a hugely rewarding job. You have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a real difference to people’s quality of life. It is also a varied role. Essentially working as a dentist’s second pair of hands, you will perform tasks such as sterilising dental instruments, passing instruments to the dentist as required during procedures, exposing dental radiographs, fabricating provisional crowns and taking impressions.

    Regulations in Ireland

    The ICI course in Dental Assisting & Nursing is offered as a foundation studies course only. It does not qualify you for membership in the Irish Dental Association to practice as a dental hygienist. The course may be useful for existing dental nurses and hygienists who wish to undertake professional development training or those who wish to undertake a foundation studies program prior to undertaking future studies in dental nursing. Most other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and many states within the United States do not regulate dental assistants.

  • Course Levels Explained

    Foundation Certificate

    Our dental assistant course leads to the awarding of a Foundation Certificate. This qualification recognises the graduate’s capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions.

    Graduates typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into our dental assistant course.

    So if you have a passion for this aspect of healthcare, simply enrol on our training programme today.

  • Course Length

    Students typically complete their studies within:

    Foundation Certificate Level24 weeks

    Studying a dental assistant course online with ICI means you work at your own pace. With no assignment deadlines, you dictate how quickly you complete the learning programme.

    If you want to fast track the course, you can complete it within a matter of months. Alternatively, you can work through the material more slowly. We allow up to three years to complete this dental assistant training programme.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    Our dental assistant course is delivered entirely online. Distance learning, also called correspondence learning, is a convenient solution that allows you to advance your professional development in this area of healthcare while balancing your studies around existing commitments, such as work or family. You determine your own timetable, and you can learn at a time and place that suits you, wherever you are in the world.

    Submit assignments and complete assessments when you want, without the costs and disruption of having to physically attend classes. Also, with ICI you benefit from having your own tutor, who will answer your questions and provide advice.

    Our online dental assistant course has been designed to be engaging and highly relevant to this career path. The knowledge and skills you gain will benefit you directly in this profession.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    ICI’s online dental assistant course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC).

    Like all our learning programmes, the course takes a practical approach to the subject, taking you far beyond simply the theory. Written and delivered by dental professionals, it will provide you with a competitive advantage in this field.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Already working as a dental assistant or in a related role? This course is for you. It will help you to build on your existing knowledge and skills, and it will increase your confidence in your abilities. It is also one of the most practical steps you can take towards advancing your career.

    The fees for this course can be claimed as a tax deduction as long as the course is sufficiently connected to your work activities.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our dental assistant course are included in the course fee. Once you enrol, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all your course and career questions and provide guidance.

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:what-do-iget-img2

    • A graduation certificate officially recognising your completion of studies and qualifications
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (for example: John Smith, DipDA)
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Service Programme.
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 29th September 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

Course Investment & Payment Plans

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€28 x 32 weeks
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How do I get started?

Click on one of the Enrol Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career as a dental assistant – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.