This curriculum provides skills and knowledge necessary for “Dental Chair-side Assistant”. There will be both demonstration by trainers/instructors and opportunity by trainees to carry out the skills/tasks necessary for this level of technical workforce. Trainees will practice and learn skills by using typical tools, materials and equipment necessary for this curricular program.

This curriculum for “Dental Chair-side Assistant” has been developed with a purpose of
preparing technical workforce in the field of dental chair side assistance able to get
employment in the country. The technical skills incorporated in this curriculum come from the experts who have already worked in field of dental chair side assistance. Its contents are organized in the form of modules. So it is a tailor made curriculum to be implemented in a modular form.

It is a competency based curriculum too. It is also designed to produce lower level technical workforce in the field of dental chair side assistance equipped with skills, knowledge and attitudes related to dental chair side assistance technology in order to meet the demand of such workforce in the country so as to contribute in the national streamline of poverty reduction in Nepal.  

The main aim of this curricular program is to produce skilled workforce in the field of dental chair side assistance by providing training to the citizen of the country and link them to employment opportunities in the country. 

The aims of this curriculum are:

To produce lower level technical workforce in the field of dental chair side assistance
To produce such technical workforce who will be able to provide service through the
application of the skills and knowledge of dental chair side assistance technology.


After the completion of this training program, the trainees will be able:

  • To adopt universal precautions
  • To maintain cleanliness of dental clinic
  • To manage/dispose clinical wastage
  • To prepare dental equipment
  • To prepare dental instruments
  • To prepare dental materials
  • To manipulate/mix dental materials
  • To assist to manage patients
  • To prepare patients
  • To assist dental hygienist/dentist
  • To assist developing dental X-ray
  • To provide pre/post -operative instructions
  • To perform sterilization/disinfection
  • To perform preventive maintenance
  • To provide first aid services 

Salient Features

Duration:  The total duration of this curricular program will be of three months (390 hours) [320 hours of specific modules plus 70 hours of Common module.

Target group: The target group for this training will be all the interested individuals of the country with the minimum qualification of class ten passed or equivalent.

Group size: The group size of this training program will be not more than 30. 

Medium of Instruction: The medium of instruction for this training program will be Nepali or English or both. 

Pattern of attendance:  The trainees should have 80% attendance in theory classes and 90% in practical (performance) to be eligible for internal assessment and final examinations. 

Focus of the curriculum: This is a competency based curriculum. This curriculum emphasizes on competent perform of the task specified in it. Not less than 80% time is allotted to the competencies and not more than 20% to the related technical knowledge. So, the main focus will be on the performance of the specified competencies/tasks /skills included in this curriculum. 

Follow up suggestion

This is not a training program only for training sake. The ultimate success of this program will rest on the proficiency of the graduates of this training program in providing services in the community either by wage employment or by self-employment. 

In order to assess the success of this program and collect feedbacks/inputs for the revision of the program, a schedule of follow up is suggested as follows:- 

First follow up: Six months after the completion of the program

Second follow up: Six months after the completion of the first follow up

Follow up cycle: In a cycle of one year after the completion of the second follow up for five years 

Grading System

The trainees will be graded as follows based on the marks in percentage secured by them in tests/ evaluations.

  • Distinction: Passed with 80% or above
  • First Division: passed with 75% or above
  • Second Division: passed with 65% or above
  • Third Division: passed with 60% or above

Certificate requirement

The related training institute will provide the certificate of “Dental Chair-side Assistant” to those individuals who successfully complete all the tasks with their related technical knowledge specified in this curriculum. 

Admission Criteria

Individuals who meet the following criteria will be allowed to enter in this curricular program:

  • Minimum of grade ten pass or equivalent
  • Physically and mentally fit
  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • Should pass entrance examination
  • Preference will be given to female, Dalit, Janjati, and Conflict affected people

Job Prospects

On successful completion of this training, the trainees will be able to carry out skills related to adopt universal precautions, maintain cleanliness of dental clinic, manage/dispose clinical wastage, prepare dental equipment, prepare dental instruments, prepare dental materials, manipulate/mix dental materials, assist to manage patients, prepare patients, assist dental hygienist/dentist, assist developing dental X-ray, provide pre/post -operative instructions, perform sterilization/disinfection, perform preventive maintenance, provide first aid services, assist in dental emergencies, and communicate with others.