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Certificate III in Dental Assisting HLT35015

Overview

This program provides the knowledge and skills needed to assist a dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist during dental procedures, to help maintain high standards of infection control and to assist with practice administration. These dental assisting skills are practised and further developed under the supervision of the dentist in the workplace.
You must be employed as a dental assistant in a dental practice setting before enrolling in this course. Previous dental assisting experience is desired, but not essential. You may be employed in private or public practice and working in general or specialist practice.

To achieve this qualification, you must complete a minimum of 250 hours of practical work during your course of study.

Qualification: Certificate III in Dental Assisting HLT35015
Program No: C3-HS24
Campus: CIT Bruce 
Duration: 2 semesters part-time (approx. 6 hours per week).
Cost Info:

Enrolment fees for this course are based on the costs per subject as indicated below. In addition, a Service and Amenities fee of $40 will be payable each semester. Further information is available at Course fees and assistance

Indicative Cost: $2,380
Likely Job Outcome: Dental assistant.
Application Type: Public
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Additional Information

This qualification is recognised throughout Australia.

To achieve this qualification, you must complete at least 250 hours of practical work in dental assisting. This practical work will be completed in your workplace.

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

You must:
- be employed in a dental surgery as a dental assistant.

If you are entering this program as a Trainee under the Australian Apprenticeships arrangements, you must be employed in a dental surgery to complete this program and you must register with an Apprentice Network Provider (ANP) prior to enrolment.

To study any course at CIT (excluding degrees and non-accredited training) you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

  • Literacy Skills Information

    • We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework levels of at least 2 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with a lower level program, or enrol in the Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways (FSK10213) to develop your literacy skills. Please visit Foundation Skills or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

  • Transition Information

    • Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

  • Subject Cancellations/Changes

    • To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at infoline@cit.edu.au.


Subject Information

Complete 11 subjects (9 Core and 2 Electives)

Core - complete all 9

  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
    • CIT Code: COMM500
      Cost: $60.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, management and other industry providers.
      This unit applies to a range of health and community service contexts where workers may communicate face-to-face, in writing or using digital media and work with limited responsibility under direct or indirect supervision.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
    • CIT Code: CLTS145
      Cost: $80.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
      This unit applies to all workers.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
    • CIT Code: HESC497
      Cost: $110.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • HLTDEN001 Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures
    • CIT Code: HESC532
      Cost: $1100.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required for a dental assistant to assist the operator by preparing the dental surgery including preparing necessary equipment, instruments and materials for oral health care procedures, and to assist the operator during the delivery of these procedures.
      This unit applies to dental assisting work.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • HLTDEN002 Assist with dental radiography
    • CIT Code: HESC533
      Cost: $600.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required for a dental assistant to prepare patients for dental radiography. It also describes the skills and knowledge to process and mount conventional dental radiographs.
      This unit applies to dental assisting work.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • HLTDEN003 Assist with administration in dental practice
    • CIT Code: HESC534
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required for a dental assistant to assist the operator by managing appointments to suit the patient and the organisation, recording and reconciling payments, and maintaining patient records.
      This unit applies to dental assistants who assist with administration in dental practice.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
    • CIT Code: HESC513
      Cost: $50.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures, including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks.
      This unit applies to individuals working in health and direct client care contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • HLTINF002 Process reusable medical devices and equipment
    • CIT Code: HESC537
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to clean, sterilise and package reusable medical devices and equipment.
      This unit applies to workers in office based health practice settings such as general practitioner (GP) surgeries, dental practices and other environments where a limited range of sterilisation equipment may be available. They follow established procedures and work under general supervision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
    • CIT Code: WPHS101
      Cost: $40.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others.
      The unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, either under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility.

      Prerequisites: Nil

Electives - complete 2

Not all electives will be offered each semester
  • HLTINF003 Implement and monitor infection prevention and control policies and procedures
    • CIT Code: HESC543
      Cost: $120.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide information about infection prevention and control procedures, integrate those procedures into work practices and monitor workplace performance.
      This unit applies to individuals working in health or direct client care contexts, who have a coordination, team leading or supervisory responsibility in relation to infection prevention and control.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
    • CIT Code: WPHS102
      Cost: $80.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to implement and monitor work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and work practices as part of a small work team.
      This unit applies to workers who have a key role in maintaining WHS in an organisation, including duty of care for other workers.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Related Courses

Certificate IV Dental Assisting (Radiography) HLT45015

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au