Version Effective: 1st of June, 2018
Version Effective: 1st of June, 2018

HLT35015 - Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Course Details

Course Summary

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.

Course Details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • Domestic
Fees For detailed information on Course Fees, visit www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire or Apply Online
Study Area
  • Health
Skill Area
  • Health
AQF Level Level 3: Certificate III

Admission Codes

International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

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.

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

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

Course Structures

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 9 core units
  2. Complete 2 elective units
Standard Course Structure

1 year full-time

  • RPL/RCC/Credit
  • Employer Based (VET Providers Only)
  • Mixed Mode
Core
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety More Information Training.gov Details
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures More Information Training.gov Details
HLTDEN001 Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures More Information Training.gov Details
HLTINF002 Process reusable medical devices and equipment More Information Training.gov Details
HLTAID003 Provide first aid More Information Training.gov Details
HLTDEN002 Assist with dental radiography More Information Training.gov Details
HLTDEN003 Assist with administration in dental practice More Information Training.gov Details
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services More Information Training.gov Details
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people More Information Training.gov Details
Elective
HLTDEN014 Take a clinical photograph More Information Training.gov Details
BSBWOR204 Use business technology More Information Training.gov Details
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

Below is the recommended study sequence for this course. Please enrol in your units as per the following order.
Units with the same sequence number should be enrolled into at the same time.
Sequence Unit
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


Course Assessment Information

Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
Practical Task
Third Party Verification
RPL
Course Learning Outcomes
Where and when can I start?
The availabilities listed here are for 2019 and beyond.
Please view the more details information for any additional information related to the intakes

Domestic 2019 Availabilities

Standard Course Structure

Mixed Mode
Mixed Mode for this course may refer to on-campus workshops or residential schools located at Rockhampton.
Or it may refer to work placements which can be located anywhere. Please see the More Details section for more information.
February: Full Time/Part Time
March: Full Time/Part Time
April: Full Time/Part Time
May: Full Time/Part Time
June: Full Time/Part Time
July: Full Time/Part Time
August: Full Time/Part Time
September: Full Time/Part Time
October: Full Time/Part Time
November: Full Time/Part Time
For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here
More Details

More Details

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.  


Practical Placement Information
Vocational placement is an important and vital factor in successfully completing this qualification. You must be working or volunteering in a dental practice in order to satisfy the assessment requirements for the units of competency within this qualification. This may include: private general dental practice, private specialist practices such as orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and public community / school oral health clinics.  

You are required to complete 300 hours work placement to develop competence in a workplace environment. It is also recommended that you put aside up to 12 hours a week for independent learning/study and to prepare for workplace assessment and online assessment.