HLT35021 - Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Duration 1 year
Location
Rockhampton
Next intakeMarch, 2024
Study modeMixed Mode
Total units10
Fee-Free TAFE course for eligible applicants in 2024
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Overview

If you enjoy helping people smile, then consider a qualification in dental assisting. Oral health is more than brushing and flossing, a Certificate III in Dental Assisting will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification in a dynamic industry.

This qualification reflects the role of workers who assist dental practitioners during oral health care procedures. The role includes maintaining high standards of infection control, assisting with practice administration and supporting quality and professionalism in the dental sector. The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 350 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.



This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

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Career Opportunities

Students completing HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting can enter the workforce in the role of Dental Assistant.

Structure & Availability

Standard Course Structure

Duration:

1 year


Core

Unit CodeUnit Name
HLTINF006Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTINF002Process reusable medical devices and equipment
HLTDEN015Prepare for and assist with dental procedures
HLTDEN016Assist with dental radiography
HLTDEN017Assist with administration in dental practice
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCCOM005Communicate and work in health or community services

Elective

Unit CodeUnit Name
HLTDEN028Provide effective oral hygiene instruction to patients with an oral health treatment plan
HLTAID011Provide First Aid

Standard Course Structure

IntakeLocations
February, 2024Mixed Mode, Rockhampton
March, 2024Mixed Mode, Rockhampton
April, 2024Mixed Mode, Rockhampton
May, 2024Mixed Mode, Rockhampton
June, 2024Mixed Mode, Rockhampton
July, 2024Mixed Mode, Rockhampton
August, 2024Mixed Mode, Rockhampton
September, 2024Mixed Mode, Rockhampton
October, 2024Mixed Mode, Rockhampton
November, 2024Mixed Mode, Rockhampton

This course has no residential schools.

Vocational placement is an important and vital factor in successfully completing this qualification. You must be an existing worker or a volunteer in a dental practice in order to satisfy the assessment requirements for each of the units of competency within this qualification. You are required to be working or volunteering in a dental facility for a minimum of 12 hours per week in order to gain the skills and knowledge as outlined in each of the units of competency.

Under HLTDEN015 - Prepare for and assist with dental procedures, you are required to perform 350 hours of dental assisting work and have this recorded in your student logbook.

  • at least 300 hours in a real dental clinic workplace
  • up to 50 hours in a simulated dental clinic workplace environment.
  • With adherence to infection control guidelines and in line with the current edition of The Australian Immunisation Handbook, it is a requirement that all students have surface immunity to Hepatitis B Virus (HBV).
  • Evidence must be provided in the form of a Vaccination Record with reported date of the 3 doses or age-appropriate doses and a serology result indicating blood titre level result with an antibody level of 10IU/L or greater. We recommend contacting your GP to arrange a referral for a blood test/screening.

COVID-19 vaccination for workers link to Queensland Government website

Requirements

There are no current Training Package entry requirements under this qualification, however, students should note the following important information on CQUniversity entry requirements for this course:

1. Students are required to complete the Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment unless they have completed an equal or higher-level course.

2. On the job requirements:

You must be an existing worker or a volunteer in a dental practice in order to satisfy the assessment requirements for each of the units of competency within this qualification. You are required to be working or volunteering in a dental facility for a minimum of 12 hours per week in order to gain the skills and knowledge as outlined in each of the units of competency.

Under unit HLTDEN015 - Prepare for and assist with dental procedures, you are required to perform 350 hours of dental assisting work and have this recorded in your student logbook.

- At least 300 hours in a real dental clinic workplace.

- Up to 50 hours in a simulated dental clinic workplace environment.

With adherence to Infection Control Guidelines and in line with the current edition of The Australian Immunisation Handbook, it is a requirement that all students have surface immunity to Hepatitis B Virus (HBV). Evidence must be provided in the form of a Vaccination Record with reported date of the 3 doses or age-appropriate doses and a serology result indicating blood titre level result with an antibody level of 10IU/L or greater. We recommend contacting your GP to arrange a referral for a blood test/screening.

COVID-19 vaccination for workers link to Queensland Government website


Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Fee for service$5,368
Fee for service per unit$488
TAFE Priority Skills Fund/Training Program fee per unit$5
Fee-Free TAFE$0
Co-Contribution Fee$1,705
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee$924
Co-Contribution Fee per unit$155
Co-Contribution Concessional Fee per unit$84
RPL Fee for service per Unit$244

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure please call us on 13 27 86.

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Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

Step 1: Get a Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Visit usi.gov.au to create a USI or find an existing one.

Step 2: Prepare your eligibility documentation

So that we can assess your application and eligibility for Government funding options, you’ll need to upload documentation as part of your application. You will need to provide confirmation of identity with the following documentation: 

  • Queensland Residency and Date of Birth. (e.g. Queensland Driver’s License photo must be of the back and front of the license)
  • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency (e.g. Medicare Card or Birth Certificate)

For further information on eligible documentation, visit Apply for TAFE Certificates and Diplomas.

To fast-track your application, make sure you provide a clear photo showing all the information and upload it with your application.

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