Kick start your oral health care career with this entry-level course that will qualify you to work as a dental assistant.
HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting
Start your career in oral health care with this entry-level course. This qualification is perfect for people looking to work as a dental assistant in a clinic. There is a growing need for people trained in emerging technologies in dentistry. This course gives you the skills needed to be prepared for the future of the industry.
This qualification gives you the skills to assist with dental radiography, sterilise equipment, assist with oral healthcare procedures, and use office software. Our highly-experienced team of industry professionals will give you the support and one-on-guidance you need to successfully transition into the health sector.
Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a dental assistant in a clinical environment. You will also get the foundation skills needed to undertake further study in the field.
Our learning spaces are more than just classrooms. You will be studying in a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art dental clinic, which will prepare you for real-world situations while under the supervision of industry professionals.
We know that life is busy, that's why our courses are designed to be flexible. Our mixed-mode delivery means you can complete components of your study online and our 'round-the-clock support services means you're never alone. Studiosity is an online after hours tutoring service focusing on writing, research and referencing, as well as subject-specific questions.
The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 2 elective units from the list below.
|UNIT CODE||UNIT NAME|
||Communicate and work in health or community services|
||Work with diverse people|
||Provide first aid|
||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|
||Participate in workplace health and safety|
||Process reusable medical devices and equipment|
Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.
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The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to Domestic Students:
If your chosen study mode is workplace delivery, it is recommended that you are currently working in the Dental industry or have a background in Dental Assisting.
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:
Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs. For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.
If you are not currently employed or volunteering in industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practicing your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.
You will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete 250 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.
Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.
All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.
Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.