Sink your teeth into a fulfilling career as a dental assistant and help others to feel confident when they smile. Contribute to the success of every area of the dental practice from assisting during dental procedures to cleaning and sterilising equipment, to learning key administration skills.
This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Maintain high standards in infection prevention and control
Process reusable medical devices and equipment
Prepare for and assist with oral healthcare procedures
Assist with dental radiography
Apply workplace health and safety
Perform first aid
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A mandatory 250 hours of work placement
Practise your skills in a simulated dental clinic environment or in a real workplace
Work with real clients during your work placement to gain confidence and valuable experience in the industry
A First Aid certificate
Strong foundational skills to pursue a further study pathway with the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting, where you could specialise in radiography, oral health promotion, or general anaesthesia and conscious sedation
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:
National Police Check
A Working with Children Check (WWCC)
Vaccination and health screenings
Signed code of conduct form and any other forms
Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Fine motor skills
Great communication and teamwork skills
The ability to multi-task
Intermediate English language proficiency
Access to the internet and a computer or other mobile device
Time for self-paced study and assessment completion outside of scheduled class times
Adequate fitness and mobility to perform manual lifting and deliver First Aid, like performing CPR while kneeling on the floor
The ability to perform uninterrupted CPR for two minutes on an adult and infant mannequin at floor level
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like: Dental assistant, Dental nurse and Dental assistant and receptionist
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Dental Assisting does not have any pre-requisite courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Dental Assisting qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 11 Units of competency, including 9 core and 2 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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