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
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.
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 training is carried out by our highly qualified dental staff.
The course also includes important skills such as communication, first aid, infection control, work, health and safety processes (WHS), and working with diverse people.
Applicants applying directly will need to arrange and complete 250 hours of clinical placement after meeting the requirements for stage 1 of the program.
||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.
There are no formal entry requirements.
Students will require a valid Working with Children Check, be able to pass a National Police Check and serology check to undertake the mandatory placement, which needs to be undertaken within 35km of our Chadstone campus.
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 for 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, which is recognised nationally.
How to apply
Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.
Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.
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|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Gov. subsidised Traineeship||$2,753.55|
|Free TAFE eligible student||FREE|
|JobTrainer eligible student||FREE|
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
Additional costs may also apply for course consumables and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses.
To view the additional costs that may apply to your course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
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 now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession