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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.
Next course start date: October 28, 2019
Training is carried out by our highly qualified dental staff. 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.
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.
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.
The course also covers important skills such as communication, first aid, infection control, work, health and safety processes (WHS), and working with diverse people.
This is a Free TAFE course
Students who are eligible for Victorian Government subsidised training may not have to pay course tuition fees when they enrol in a Free TAFE course.
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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.
Communicate and work in health or community services
Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures
Assist with dental radiography
Assist with administration in dental practice
Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
Process reusable medical devices and equipment
Participate in workplace health and safety
Apply and manage use of basic oral health products
Provide or assist with oral hygiene
| Code || Name |
|CHCCOM005||Communicate and work in health or community services|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|HLTAID003||Provide first aid|
|HLTDEN001||Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures|
|HLTDEN002||Assist with dental radiography|
|HLTDEN003||Assist with administration in dental practice|
|HLTINF001||Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures|
|HLTINF002||Process reusable medical devices and equipment|
|HLTWHS001||Participate in workplace health and safety|
|HLTOHC003||Apply and manage use of basic oral health products|
|HLTOHC004||Provide or assist with oral hygiene|
Learners 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 & safety, processing medical devices & 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 whilst 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 Certificate III in Dental Assisting.
You can continue your study with the HLT45015 - Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Practice Administration OR Radiography).
How to apply
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Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire course.
These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
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