The Certificate III in Dental Assisting will teach you all the necessary skills to assist dentists, dental hygienists, dental prosthetists, dental therapists or oral health therapists during oral health care procedures.
Career opportunities, include:
Pathways to further study:
- HLT45015 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Practice Administration OR Radiography)
- HLT55115 Diploma of Dental Technology
- HLT65015 Advanced Diploma of Dental Prosthetics
- Bachelor of Oral Health
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Studying the Certificate III in Dental Assisting at Holmesglen
You will be trained in our purpose-built facilities, which have been designed to simulate the workplace environment. This includes receiving and preparing patients, preparing dental materials, processing X-rays, using suction devices and water sprays, performing routine maintenance on equipment, sterilising and preventing cross infection of equipment.
To maximise your employment opportunities, in this one-year, hands-on course, you will complete specialised training in the recognition and response to oral health issues and providing oral hygiene to patients.
The training is carried out by our highly qualified dental staff.
This course can also be undertaken as a traineeship, so is ideal if you are currently working in a dental assistant role and looking for a formal qualification, or interested in undertaking a traineeship as a dental assistant.
A dental assistant will typically work in a private or public dental practice. Their role includes maintaining high standards of infection control, assisting with practice administration and supporting quality and professionalism in the dental sector.
The course includes important skills such as communication, first aid, infection control, work, health and safety processes (WHS), and working with diverse people.
||Provide first aid
||Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures
||Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
||Process reusable medical devices and equipment
||Participate in workplace health and safety
||Assist with dental radiography
||Communicate and work in health or community services
||Work with diverse people
||Assist with administration in dental practice
||Apply and manage use of basic oral health products
||Provide or assist with oral hygiene
| Code || Name |
|HLTAID003||Provide first aid|
|HLTDEN001||Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures|
|HLTINF001||Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures|
|HLTINF002||Process reusable medical devices and equipment|
|HLTWHS001||Participate in workplace health and safety|
|HLTDEN002||Assist with dental radiography|
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|HLTDEN003||Assist with administration in dental practice|
|HLTOHC003||Apply and manage use of basic oral health products|
|HLTOHC004||Provide or assist with oral hygiene|
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.
Students who wish to enrol directly are required to arrange and complete 250 hours of clinical placement after meeting the requirements for stage 1 of the program.
This includes infection control, workplace health and safety, processing medical devices and equipment and 50 hours of simulation assisting with oral health procedures.
This will facilitate learners to gain the necessary background to successfully find clinical placement or employment while completing the program.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.
Qualification and recognition
On completion, you will receive the HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting
How to apply
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|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Free TAFE eligible student||FREE|
Additional costs may apply to students who may require a Working With Children Check, National Police Check, consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and immunisation costs as relevant to the course requirements.
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out more about paying for your course.