Working with people and health

The programme is focused on patient service, prevention of tooth disease, assistance in connection with dental treatment hygiene in the clinic and administration. The programme is a vocational education and training programme which alternates between time at the school and internships at a dental clinic.

The dental clinical assistant must have: a general overview; psychological sense; a practical approach; and be in possession of cooperative and communicative competences.

The dental clinical assistant can find jobs in private sector dental clinics and in municipal dental services. There are opportunities for internships and jobs abroad.

Patient contact
As a dental clinical assistant, you are often the first patient person the patient meets at the dental clinic. You are the clinic's public face and play a central role in the patient's experience of the clinic's atmosphere and culture. Psychology and patient service are therefore important elements in the programme.

Dual role at the dentist's chair
When the patient is sitting in the dentist's chair, you need to be able to sense when the patient needs a comforting hand. At the same time, you need to provide effective assistance for the dentist by ensuring they always have the correct instruments and materials.

Hygiene at the clinic
It is crucial for the patient's sense of security that the clinic's hygiene is top-class. The dentist requires effective help, not least when it comes to operations. You will be specially trained to ensure optimal hygiene for operations through hygienic working techniques.

Independent patient tasks
As a dental clinical assistant, you yourself can have patients in the chair. You can provide teeth polishing and fluoride treatment, teach patients correct tooth brushing and take x-rays. You train the practical components of the tasks on dolls, or two students practice on each other.

You must also have courses such as accounting, so you can undertake the administrative functions at a dental clinic.

Particularly in municipal dental services, the dental clinical assistant takes part in the educational work with guidance on oral hygiene for children. This takes place both in the clinic, in day care centres and in schools.

Jobs - also abroad
The dental clinical assistant programme is a vocational education and training programme which alternates between time at the school and internships in the dental clinic where you are employed. You can become a trainee in a private dental practice or municipal dental services. You also have opportunities for internships and jobs abroad.

Further and continuing education

As a graduate from the dental surgery assistant programme, you have the option of further education:

Admission requirements and enrolment

Study start and registration

The basic module starts 22 January and 17 August in 2018.

You must register via

Please remember to attach your school diplomas and graduation diplomas as well references.

If you have a signed training agreement (internship), it should be sent directly to:    

Jette Woetmann,
Department of Dentistry and Oral Health
Vennelyst Boulevard 9
DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Restricted admission

Restricted admission has been introduced to Basic Module 2 on the dental surgery assistant programme.

If you have a signed training agreement with a dental clinic, you are guaranteed admission to basic module 2 of the dental surgery assistant programme.

If you have not managed to enter into a training agreement with a dental clinic, the school has a number of quota places that students without a training agreement can apply for.

If you are searching for an internship, it is a good idea to create a profile at

This is free of charge and gives you a good opportunity to be found by the dental clinics that are looking for new students.

What is a quota place?

A "quota place" is a place on the second part of the basic module for students who do not already have a signed internship agreement. There are a limited number of quota places and if you do not have an internship but dream of becoming a dental surgery assistant, then you should apply for a quota place.

From among the applicants to the quota places, the Department of Dentistry and Oral Health selects the best qualified and invites them to an interview before admission. You will be invited to the interview by email, so it is important that you check your email, as you may otherwise lose the opportunity to be admitted.

The school's assessment emphasises the following:

  • Academic aptitude (that you are able to attend and actively participate in the teaching every day)
  • Experience (your experience of voluntary work, part-time job or full-time jobs)
  • Personal competences (flexibility, initiative, independence, sense of responsibility and being good at coming into contact with other people)
  • Good Danish skills
  • Able to comply with the programme’s hygiene requirements
  • Initiative in relation to finding an internship

There is no guarantee that you will get a quota place even though you apply and have been interviewed. The quota places provide admission to a twenty-week basic module, after which you have to find an internship.

Open house events

There are open house events on the following dates in 2018:

  • Wednesday 10 January 2018  
  • Wednesday 13 June 2018 

Both days from 15:00 - 17:00.

Order a new diploma

It is possible to order a new diploma - for payment: Order a new diploma