Certificate in Dental Surgery Assisting

Programme Features

  • Qualifications Framework Level 3 (QR Registration no.: 18/000545/L3)
  • In collaboration with Project Concern Hong Kong, Certificate in Dental Surgery Assisting will be issued jointly by Lingnan Institute of Further Education and Project Concern Hong Kong to those who have successfully completed the programme;
  • The programme is designed for practicing dental surgery assistants or those aspiring dental surgery assistants;
  • The programme is taught by experienced dentists, senior dental surgery assistants or qualified medical service/ dental professionals provided by Project Concern Hong Kong;
  • Besides lectures, there are 29 hours’ clinical training and 10 hours’ clinical practice with emphasis of both theory and practice;
  • Taught in Cantonese supplemented with English. Teaching materials are in Chinese supplemented with English.

About Project Concern Hong Kong

Project Concern Hong Kong (PCHK) was established in 1961 to promote primary health care and health promotion activities. PCHK has been providing dental services since 1971.

Programme Content

Fundamentals of Dental Surgery Assisting (30 hours)
Advanced Skills of Dental Surgery Assisting (60 hours)

Admission Requirements

•    Level 2 in five HKDSE subjects including Chinese Language and English Language or equivalent; or
•    Satisfactory completion of Diploma Yi Jin; or
•    Aged 21 or above at the commencement of the programme plus minimum 1-year health related working experience; or
•    Other equivalent qualifications to be assessed by LIFE

Tuition Fee


Scholarship Scheme
Health Education and Training Fund (PCHK Scholarship) provided by Project Concern Hong Kong


Application Fee



Lecture: Tsimshatsui
Clinical training and practice: dental clinics of Project Concern Hong Kong

Commencement Date and Programme Features

22 October 2018 (Monday)

22 October 2018 to 26 November 2018 & 7 January 2019 to 4 March 2019
Every Monday 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Clinical Training:
6 December 2018 to 20 December 2018 & 14 March 2019 to 9 May 2019
Every Thursady 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Fundamentals of Dental Surgery Assisting

Programme Features:

A. Lecture (6 sessions, total 18 hours)
  • Basic dental theory and career prospect
  • Facility, equipment and operation in dental clinics
  • Infection control and sterilization procedures
  • Handling skills of emergency cases
  • Customer service and communication skills
  • Clinical technique training
B. Clinical practice in a dental clinic (total 6 hours)
  • Charting
  • Basic dental instrument
  • Scaling and suction techniques
  • Forceps
  • X-ray and OPG
  • Clinical examination
C. Dental Health Education Project (total 6 hours)

Advanced Skills of Dental Surgery Assisting
Programme Features:
A. Lecture (8 sessions, total 24 hours)
  • Dental theory: tooth anatomy, periodontal charting
  • Basic pharmacology, anesthesia and pain control (esp. children)
  • Digital scanning and dental materials
  • Endodontics and impression
  • Infection control and occupational health
  • Skills: complaint handling, appointment, inventory control, patient record keeping
  • Introduction to orthodontics
  • Introduction to oral & maxillofacial surgery, oral pathology and implant
B. Clinical Practice in a Dental Clinic (max. 20 students per group) (9 sessions per group, total 26 hours)
  • Charting (II), 4-handed dentistry and moisture control (3-hour clinical lecture)
  • Scaling, suction and rubber dam (3 hours)
  • Infection control and filling (3 hours)
  • Minor Oral Surgery, LA and extraction (elevator) (3 hours)
  • Handpieces, burs and root canal treatment (3 hours)
  • Denture (I) Impression (3 hours)
  • Denture (II) Crown & Bridge (3 hours)
  • X-ray film holder, digital x-ray and rubber dam (II) (3 hours)
  • Clinical Examination (2 hours)
C. Clinical Training (2 sessions, total 10 hours)
  • Daily operation in dental clinics or mobile dental vans