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International Course Info

Course code:

HLT45021

Course fee:

A$12,410

Duration

0.5 Year

OVERVIEW

The Certificate IV in Dental Assisting prepares you to provide advanced dental assistance care across the dental services industry with job outcomes including dentist assistant and oral health assistant.

Learn how to prepare and assist dental health practitioners with oral health practices and promotion and learn to work in a range of dental settings. This may include assisting with dental radiography, anaesthesia and sedation, applying infection control procedures and sterilising reusable medical devices.

TAFE NSW has developed this course in consultation with peak bodies and industry partners. Our extensive network gives you the opportunity to learn in diverse workplaces and improve your technical and professional dental assisting skills.

SCHOLARSHIPS

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LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Prepare sterilisation equipment including cleaning and checking steriliser and accessories
  • Select sterilisation method for reusable medical devices (RMD) following manufacturer requirements
  • Contribute to the development of risk control strategies in line with workplace procedures and policies
  • Provide information about Work Health and Safety (WHS) policies and procedures to the work team
  • Prepare Work Health and Safety (WHS) incident records according to workplace and legislative requirements

GAIN PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Cleaning sterilisation equipment
  • Setting up for oral healthcare procedures
  • Assisting with dental practice administration
  • Processing reusable medical devices

DEVELOP YOUR PROFESSIONAL CONFIDENCE

Develop the qualities you need to get ahead:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good people skills
  • An interest in helping people
  • The ability to problem-solve
  • Attention to detail

GLOBAL INDUSTRY DEMAND

The global dental industry market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.28% in the forecast period of 2020-2027 to reach US$42,244.27 million by 2027.

The Asia-Pacific region is the fastest growing dental market globally. Globally, the market is set to enjoy a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.6% for the period 2019 to 2025. Australia's ageing and growing population are key contributors to the growth of the dental services industry. Dental services are mostly delivered in the private sector.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

PreRequisite:
English Language Requirements:

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you require may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Prior experience working in the dental industry
  • An interest in oral health care
  • The motivation to offer an advanced level of assistance in a fast-paced environment


If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

STARTING DATES, COURSE FEES AND LOCATIONS

From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

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LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Randwick Feb , Jul A$12,410
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Randwick Feb , Jul A$12,410

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.

CAMPUS FACILITIES AND SUPPORT

TAFE NSW offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience.

Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

COURSE STRUCTURE AND UNITS

To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules 8 Units must be completed
  • 2 core units
  • 6 elective units, consisting of at least 4 units from the electives listed below.
  • up to 2 units from the electives listed below or any other endorsed Training Package or accredited course.
  • Core Units
  • HLTSTE003 Sterilise loads
  • HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
  • HLTDEN021 Apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice
  • HLTDEN022 Prepare to expose a prescribed dental radiographic image
  • HLTDEN023 Produce a prescribed dental radiographic image
  • BSBMED401 Manage patient recordkeeping system
  • HLTOHC007 Recognise and respond to oral health issues
  • HLTDEN018 Implement an individualised oral hygiene program
  • HLTDEN025 Implement an oral health promotion program
  • HLTDEN024 Implement an oral hygiene program for older people
  • HLTDEN019 Assist in dental procedures during general anaesthesia
  • HLTDEN020 Assist in dental procedures during conscious sedation
  • HLTDEN029 Assist in dental procedures during relative analgesia
  • SIRXMGT001 Supervise and support frontline team members

KEEP LEARNING WITH TAFE NSW

From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.

STUDY PATHWAYS

Whatever your career ambitions, we will help you get there with a range of courses to develop your skills, build your knowledge and prepare you for work.

TAFE NSW is here to create exceptional learner experiences and provide quality, personalised services to make sure you achieve your goals.

Explore your study options across a range of disciplines and talk to your TAFE NSW Education Agent or contact us.


STUDY PACKAGES

Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.


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