Course Description

According to the Australian government’s Job Outlook website, over the five years, the number of job openings for dental assistants is expected to be between 10,001 and 25,000. Employment for dental assistants during this period is expected to grow very strongly. At last count, there were approximately 21,400 people working in this profession.

The course equips you with the knowledge and skills to efficiently support a dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist during healthcare procedures, maintain high standards of infection control and assist with practice administration. Your studies will include cleaning and sterilising instruments and equipment, processing and storage of radiographic film, safe disposal of surgery waste and maintaining the cleanliness of treatment rooms. You will also learn helpful administrative skills such as managing appointments, processing payments and maintaining accurate client records.

This course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. Theory, knowledge and initial skills are developed via our online campus OpenSpace, which is where you can access your course material and complete your assessments.

Practical skills in dental care are gained through a work placement which you will do in a dental centre or other appropriate workplace. We can provide you with additional information on how to find a suitable work placement.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

According to the Australian government’s Job Outlook website, over the five years, the number of job openings for dental assistants is expected to be between 10,001 and 25,000. Employment for dental assistants during this period is expected to grow very strongly. At last count, there were approximately 21,400 people working in this profession.

The course equips you with the knowledge and skills to efficiently support a dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist during healthcare procedures, maintain high standards of infection control and assist with practice administration. Your studies will include cleaning and sterilising instruments and equipment, processing and storage of radiographic film, safe disposal of surgery waste and maintaining the cleanliness of treatment rooms. You will also learn helpful administrative skills such as managing appointments, processing payments and maintaining accurate client records.

This course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. Theory, knowledge and initial skills are developed via our online campus OpenSpace, which is where you can access your course material and complete your assessments.

Practical skills in dental care are gained through a work placement which you will do in a dental centre or other appropriate workplace. We can provide you with additional information on how to find a suitable work placement.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist Assistant
  • Dental Prosthetist Assistant
  • Dental Therapist Assistant
Course number E0111
Qualification name HLT31812 Certificate III in Dental Assisting
Course duration Maximum 12 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case Studies, Interviews, Logbook, Multiple Choice Questions, Portfolio, Quizzes, Research Projects, Short-Answer Questions
Awarded by
  • Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)
Training package update HLT31812 Certificate III in Dental Assisting has been superseded by HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting on the 8th of December, 2015. Open Colleges will transition to the new qualification in the near future.

According to the Australian government’s Job Outlook website, over the five years, the number of job openings for dental assistants is expected to be between 10,001 and 25,000. Employment for dental assistants during this period is expected to grow very strongly. At last count, there were approximately 21,400 people working in this profession.

The course equips you with the knowledge and skills to efficiently support a dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist during healthcare procedures, maintain high standards of infection control and assist with practice administration. Your studies will include cleaning and sterilising instruments and equipment, processing and storage of radiographic film, safe disposal of surgery waste and maintaining the cleanliness of treatment rooms. You will also learn helpful administrative skills such as managing appointments, processing payments and maintaining accurate client records.

This course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. Theory, knowledge and initial skills are developed via our online campus OpenSpace, which is where you can access your course material and complete your assessments.

Practical skills in dental care are gained through a work placement which you will do in a dental centre or other appropriate workplace. We can provide you with additional information on how to find a suitable work placement.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1: Orientation to the Dental sector

  • Work ethically
  • Communicate effectively in a health setting
  • Practise high standards of personal hygiene
  • Promote a positive approach to health
  • Maintain professional work standards
  • Work effectively within the health care system
  • Take responsibility for personal skill development
  • Assess the situation
  • Apply first aid procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Evaluate own performance

Module 2: Work, Health and Safety

  • Follow infection control guidelines
  • Identify and respond to infection risks
  • Maintain personal hygiene
  • Use personal protective equipment
  • Limit contamination
  • Handle, package, label, store, transport and dispose of clinical and other waste
  • Clean environmental surfaces
  • Plan and prepare to work safely
  • Conduct work safely
  • Participate in WHS consultative activities
  • Follow emergency response procedures

Module 3: Client Service

  • Prepare the dental surgery for oral health care procedures
  • Use dental terminology in communication within the health care setting
  • Select and prepare syringe safely for local anaesthesia
  • Assist the operator during oral health care procedures
  • Maintain sterilising equipment
  • Maintain and store instruments, equipment materials and medicaments
  • Prepare the dental surgery for oral health care procedures
  • Use dental terminology in communication within the health care setting
  • Select and prepare syringe safely for local anaesthesia
  • Assist the operator during oral health care procedures
  • Maintain and store instruments, equipment materials and medicaments

Module 4: Assisting Practices

  • Prepare clients for dental radiography
  • Prepare equipment and materials for dental radiography
  • Process and mount dental radiographs
  • Maintain stock of unexposed radiographic film and chemicals
  • Assure the quality of dental radiographic processing
  • Communicate effectively with clients and other persons
  • Respond appropriately to enquiries from clients and visitors
  • Allocate appointments appropriate to client and organisation requirements
  • Calculate and record basic financial transactions
  • Handle cash and record financial transactions
  • Maintain client records
  • Assist with client recalls

Education

You will need to have completed year 10, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

English

This course involves reading learner guides and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

  • Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader X or equivalent
  • Printer and scanner.

Specific requirements for Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows XP or higher (Windows 7 or higher is recommended)
  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher

Specific requirements for Mac OS users:

  • Mac OS X v 10.5 or higher (Mac OS X v 10.6 or higher is recommended
  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Intel processor (2GHz or faster recommended)

Additional

The completion of a first aid certificate is a requirement of the course. You will need to gain your certification from an accredited provider. Whilst it is not a requirement to hold a current first aid certificate to undertake work placement in this industry, workplaces have the right to request this.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Endorsement

This course is endorsed by:

1300 Smiles has twenty three full-service dental facilities in ten major population centres in Queensland, Sydney and Adelaide, making it is easy to find affordable quality dental care and up-to-date treatments for the whole family, using only the highest quality materials.

1300 Smiles has a work placement partnership with Open Colleges for the following courses:

  • Certificate III in Dental Assisting

 

 

The course contains a minimum of 120 hours of work placement

Your work placement will need to be conducted in an accredited dental practice, supervised by a qualified staff member. 

So that you get all the practical training you need, your host organisation will need to provide access to specialist equipment and resources, such as:

  • Charts and records
  • Dental equipment and instruments
  • Rotary cutting instruments and dental materials.

You will need to complete your work placement in Australia and the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement will need to be covered by you.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197). The testamur will be issued by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd.

Fiona Greenlaw

Fiona has extensive experience working in the dental industry, both in the city and remotely. She has worked in a variety of private practices and the government sector, including Dental Health Services and the Perth Dental Hospital.

Fiona has 5 years’ experience as a trainer and assessor with a Registered Training Organisation and is currently working with the Royal Flying Doctor Service Remote Area Dental Unit.

Natalie Katers

Natalie has nearly 15 years’ experience in the dental industry, from starting her career as a dental assistant, furthering her training to become a dental hygienist and also becoming a senior educator in the vocational and higher education sectors.

Natalie has successfully trained, assessed and mentored dental assistants, hygienists and oral health therapists, as well as developed resources and curriculum guides.

Start learning for less. Our payment options could help you make considerable savings on the cost of this course. 

 

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