International Course Info

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1 Year


This course provides the knowledge and skills to provide an advanced level of chairside support to the operator. It includes contributing to the quality of dental care through communication skills, providing an oral health education program and implementing infection control procedures.

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide an advanced level of assistance to a dentist, dental hygienist, dental prosthetist, dental therapist or oral health therapist, which contributes to the quality of oral health care.

This qualification allows the dental assistant to select electives to address specific workplace needs in line with jurisdictional Dental Acts and Regulations.

NSW Health Medical requirements for International students to study in a Public Health Hospital are as the following:

    • NSW Federal/National Criminal Record Check - online application
    • Statuary Declaration stating they have had no criminal offences in overseas
    • NSW Health Code of Conduct - signed declaration
    • Working with Children Check - signed declaration
    • NSW Health Forms 2 and 3 - completed and signed
    • Immunisation evidence of below:

    • Hepatitis B - Full vaccination and Serology
    • Adult vaccination of ADTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertusis)
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    • MMR- Measles Mumps and Rubella
    • TB Screening if the student is from a high risk country

International students will be given the above documentation pack on their orientation day with sufficient time for them to submit their results before clinical orientation.

If immunisations have been completed overseas students will need to provide adequate evidence that these immunisations were completed to Australian standards e.g. Vaccination type/batch numbers/dates given, and doctors signature to confirm.

Work Placement Requirements:

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must complete at least 250 hours in oral health and at least 250 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. Assistance will be given to students to help find appropriate work placement arrangements.


Dental assistant


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.

  • Year 10 or equivalent
  • If English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least three years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries, including at least one year between years 7 and 12. (Recognised countries are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, USA)
  • OR Achievement of PTE Academic: minimum overall score of 42 and a minimum score of 42 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • OR Completion of two years of secondary, vocational or tertiary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries above
  • OR achievement of a minimum pass at 'C" level in each of the four components (reading, writing, listening and speaking)of the Occupational English Test (OET)
  • OR Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English scale of 162
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL (iBT) 46 or TAFE NSW General English Program

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


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


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


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    To receive this course students must complete all core units and, if available, a range of additional units.

    Note: Additional units contain compulsory and elective units which 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.

    • Packaging Rules:

      To be successful a total of units must be completed = 14

      These include: 10 core units & 4 elective units, consisting of:

        at least 3 units must be from those units listed under Groups A, B, C, D or E
      • up to 1 unit from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome
      • Any combination of electives that meets the rules above can be selected for the award of the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting. Where appropriate, electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation.

        Core Units:

        CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
      • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
      • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
      • HLTDEN001 Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures
      • HLTDEN002 Assist with dental radiography
      • HLTDEN003 Assist with administration in dental practice
      • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
      • HLTINF002 Process reusable medical devices and equipment
      • HLTINF003 Implement and monitor infection prevention and control policies and procedures
      • HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
    • HLTDEN007 Apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice
    • HLTDEN008 Prepare to expose a prescribed dental radiographic image
    • HLTDEN009 Produce a prescribed dental radiographic image
    • HLTDEN004 Implement an individualised oral hygiene program
    • HLTDEN010 Implement an oral hygiene program for older people
    • HLTDEN011 Implement an oral health promotion program
    • HLTDEN005 Assist in oral health care procedures during general anaesthesia
    • HLTDEN006 Assist in oral health care procedures during conscious sedation
    • HLTDEN012 Take an impression for study models
    • HLTDEN014 Take a clinical photograph
    • HLTDET001 Construct models
    • HLTDET002 Construct custom impression trays
    • HLTDEN013 Allocate treatment appointments according to priority
    • BSBADM409 Coordinate business resources
    • BSBMED401 Manage patient recordkeeping system
    • CHCEDU001 Provide community focused health promotion and prevention strategies
    • HLTDET003 Construct registration rims
    • HLTDET005 Construct thermoformed bases and appliances
    • HLTOHC001 Recognise and respond to oral health issues
    • HLTOHC002 Inform and support patients and groups about oral health
    • HLTOHC003 Apply and manage use of basic oral health products
    • HLTOHC004 Provide or assist with oral hygiene
    • HLTTHE001 Handle and care for operating theatre equipment
    • HLTTHE002 Assist with preparation of clients for operative procedures
    • HLTTHE003 Provide intra-operative equipment and technical support
    • BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
    • BSBRSK401 Identify risk and apply risk management processes
    • BSBPMG413 Apply project human resources management approaches
    • TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction
    • TLIP5037A Develop workplace policy and procedures


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