Full-time / Part-time

19 August 2024 (Tentative)

1-year Full-time

2-year Part-time Day Release

Full-time: HK$28,000 per academic year

Part-time: HK$14,000 per academic year


A Dental Surgery Assistant is an important member of the dental team, who assists the dentist at the chairside with the care of patients before, during and after treatment.

Programme Details

Open for application now

(Application deadline: 5 August 2024)


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Diploma in Dental Surgery Assisting

This course provides both basic theory training and clinical practice for Student Dental Surgery Assistants. In the academic year 2024/25, the Hospital will enroll eligible local students to its 1-year full-time and 2-year part-time day release training course leading to the award of Diploma in Dental Surgery Assisting.


Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

    1. Assist the dentist at the chairside with the care of patients before, during and after treatment;
    2. Apply knowledge of infection control in the maintenance of environment, instruments and equipment in the dental clinic; and
    3. Provide dental health education to patients for prevention of dental diseases e.g. caries, periodontal diseases and erosion.


Course Structure

  • Classes will mainly cover the following areas:
·               Occupational Health and Safety ·               Infection Control
·               Dental Diseases – Cause, Diagnosis and Prevention ·               Medical Emergencies (including First Aid ^)
·               Dental Technology ·               Dental Treatment Procedures
·               Anatomy and Physiology ·               Communication Skills
·               Microbiology ·               Use of English
  • Observation or practical chairside assisting in different disciplines like Paediatric Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, etc.
  • Dental Health Education Project
  • Visits to private dental clinics, Government Oral Health Education Division or schools for children/ adults having special educational needs

^ The First Aid course related fee to be borne by the students


Teaching Mode

  • Lecture
  • Demonstration
  • Small group teaching
  • Practical training
  • Clinical observation
  • Group projects



  • Continuous assessment
  • Written examination
  • Charting examination
  • Spotter examination
  • Practical examination
  • Viva examination



All lectures, practical sessions and other class activities are mandatory.
1-year Full-time : Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
2-year Part-time Day Release* : Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
   *  Including full-time teaching for several weeks

Career Prospect

Graduates may apply for dental surgery assistant position in the organisations below:

  • Government dental clinic
  • Medical group / Private hospital
  • Clinics of dental practitioners
  • Education institute / Non-governmental organisation

Admission Requirements

(1) Five subjects, including English Language, attaining Level 2 or above in HKDSEE* ^ or equivalent; or

(2) Five subjects, including English Language#, attaining Grade E/ Level 2 or above in HKCEE, or equivalent; or

(3) Diploma of Applied Education, Diploma Yi Jin or equivalent qualification(s); or

(4) Aged 21 or above at the start of the commencing academic year; or

(5) Minimum one-year full-time working experience as a Dental Surgery Assistant.

(6) Applicants for the 2-year Part-time Day Release course should be currently employed and will continue to work as a DSA if they are accepted for the course.


* Apart from English Language, the other four subjects could be:

      – “Attained” or above in Applied Learning (ApL) subjects [subject to a maximum of two ApL subjects], or

      – Grade E or above in other language subjects.

^ “Attained” in Citizenship and Social Development is regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at Level 2

# For English Language (Syllabus A) in pre-2007 HKCEE, only Grade C or above will be considered.

Tuition Fee

Full-time: HK$28,000 per academic year (in two equal instalments)

Part-time: HK$14,000 per academic year (in two equal instalments)

Subject to revision; and non-refundable unless the course is cancelled.


Application Form  is downloadable from this page. Applicant may submit the completed Application Form*, Application Fee# together with copies of relevant supporting documents (e.g. copy of academic certificate) to the Hospital either:-

(a) by mail^:  

Para-dental Training Centre

Room 5B13, 5/F

The Prince Philip Dental Hospital

34 Hospital Road, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong

(b) in person:   

Para-dental Training Centre

Room 5B13, 5/F

The Prince Philip Dental Hospital

Monday to Friday:

8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m

1:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

(Except public holidays)


*    Applicants are allowed to apply for more than one course on the same Application Form, which preference order should be filled in carefully as the order will affect admission result. Should there be any preference change after application submission or interview, please submit request to pdtc@ppdh.org.hk as early as possible. Please note that the application is only considered to be effective upon receiving a confirmation email from the Para-dental Training Centre.


#   Application fee is non-refundable and is HK$180 per application, regardless of the number of courses being applied for. Please note that sending cash by mail would NOT be accepted. If settle payment by crossed cheque, please ensure the cheque is made payable to “The Prince Philip Dental Hospital” and that there is enough money in the bank account. In the case of cheque bouncing, the Hospital has the right to disqualify the application immediately. Please write down the 1) Course name, 2) Applicant’s name, and 3) Applicant’s contact number on the backside of the cheque.


^     Underpaid mail items will not be accepted by the Hospital. To ensure mail items be duly received by the Hospital, please pay sufficient postage before posting.


Para-dental Training Centre of the Hospital: 2859 0477 / 2859 0531