Dental Surgery Assistants (DSA) are valued members of the oral health team. They take on a significant responsibility and greatly increase the efficiency and the productivity of the dental surgeon in the delivery of quality oral health care.

MAHSA University offers a certificate programme that is benchmarked to the standards and quality of the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA). The training is professionally supervised in clinics equipped with state of the art facilities, complete with up to date curriculum, modern equipments and conducive study environment. The programme will produce competent DSAs who are competent in chair side assisting, patient management, with good clinical and communication skills.

This 2-year programme is taught via Lecturers, Tutorials, Simulations, Small group discussions, Presentations and Professional Practice namely; chairside assisting and clinical attachment at designated public universities. Students are trained to be socially responsible, responsive to the changes in clinical and technological aspects in dentistry and adhere to the standards of professional conduct and ethics.

The goal of the DSA programme is to produce dental auxiliaries who are knowledgeable, skillful and efficient in executing their duties in assisting dental surgeons.

Programme Structure

SEM 1 Basic Dental Sciences DPAT 112
Clinical Science DCAP 113
Professional Practice 1 CACL 113
SEM 2 Dental & Behavioral Sciences DPAT 122
Clinical Science DCAP 123
Professional Practice 2 CACL 123
SEM 1 Clinical Science DPAT 132
Clinical Science DCAP 132
Professional Practice 3 CACL 133
SEM 2 Basic & Dental Sciences DPAT 132
Clinical Science DCAP 133
Professional Practice 4 CACL 133

Entry Requirement

SPM/O Level/Other equivalent qualifications approved by MQA

Pass with minimum 1 credit in any subject


Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities as Dental Surgery Assistants can be found in both Public and Private sectors that includes:

  • Government Health Services

  • Private Oral Health Services

  • Dental Faculties in both Public and Private Universities


Clinical Exposure
Students of the Certificate in Dental Surgery Assistant gain clinical experience at MAHSA dental clinics assisting the various dental specialists and also practical attachments at designated public universities.
Tuition fees for the Certificate in Dental Surgery Assistant are kept at an affordable level, to ensure there are little barriers to a good quality education.
The Certificate in Dental Surgery Assistant is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia.
Awarded by
MAHSA University
The Certificate in Dental Surgery Assistant is awarded by MAHSA University, a leader in Medical and Health Science Education in Malaysia.