Unlock your potential and start a rewarding career in Oral health as a Dental Assistant. This qualification is suitable for individuals looking to gain the skills and knowledge to confidently assist Oral Health professionals during a variety of oral health care procedures. You will support quality and professionalism in the dental sector, and develop a strong understanding of Infection Control and Workplace Health and Safety policies and procedures. In your role, you will assist with administration practice, dental radiography and sterilise dental equipment and devices.
|How to Apply||Please Enquire or Apply Online|
|AQF Level||Level 3: Certificate III|
You must be working in relative industry in order to satisfy the assessment requirements and work hours for the units of competency within this qualification. Students are required to complete 300 hours vocational placement to develop competence in the workplace environment with on-the-job and online assessment and 370 hours / flex / independent learning with assessment preparation and online assessment. This includes: private general dental practice, private specialist practices such as orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and public community Oral health clinics. Candidate must possess sound language, literacy and numeracy skills.
Graduates will be eligible to apply for positions as a dental assistant within a variety of settings. This includes: private general dental practice, private specialist practice (orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, special needs and paediatric dentistry), as well as public school dental clinics, adult dental clinics, community health centres, prisons, Aboriginal dental services and residential care facilities. Pathway opportunities to the Bachelor of Oral Health degree at CQUniversity. Certificate IV is a natural progression from Certificate III and both contain many of the same units. Certificate IV also contains a radiography specialisation which is particularly useful to students in this field
1 year full-time
|HLTWHS001||Participate in workplace health and safety||More Information|
|HLTINF001||Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures||More Information|
|HLTDEN001||Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures||More Information|
|HLTINF002||Process reusable medical devices and equipment||More Information|
|HLTAID003||Provide first aid||More Information|
|HLTDEN002||Assist with dental radiography||More Information|
|HLTDEN003||Assist with administration in dental practice||More Information|
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services||More Information|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people||More Information|
|HLTDEN014||Take a clinical photograph||More Information|
|BSBWOR204||Use business technology||More Information|
|BSBWOR203||Work effectively with others||More Information|
|1||HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety|
|2||HLTINF001 - Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures|
|3||HLTDEN001 - Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures|
|4||HLTINF002 - Process reusable medical devices and equipment|
|5||HLTAID003 - Provide first aid|
|6||HLTDEN002 - Assist with dental radiography|
|7||HLTDEN014 - Take a clinical photograph|
|8||HLTDEN003 - Assist with administration in dental practice|
|9||BSBWOR204 - Use business technology|
|10||BSBWOR203 - Work effectively with others|
|11||CHCCOM005 - Communicate and work in health or community services|
|12||CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people|
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This course is primarily offered by online study and assessment.
In order to fulfill the assessment requirements for units of competency, the student must be current and working in the industry. Students are required to complete 300 hours vocational placement to develop competence in the workplace environment with on-the-job and online assessment.
Students should allocate a minimum of 8 hours per week of independent self-paced learning in preparation for practical and theory assessment.
Additional Resources and Textbooks
All learner guides are hard-copy format only and will be mailed to students.
PPE such as closed in shoes, Gown or scrubs, eyewear and a uniform are the responsibility of the student and/or their employer.
Recommended non-mandatory reading available online and to borrow from the CQUniversity Library: “Modern Dental Assisting” Edition 12, Bird, Doni L and Robinson, Debbie S.