HLT35021 – Certificate III in Dental Assisting

HLT35021 - Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Introduction

HLT35021 – Certificate III in Dental Assisting qualification reflects the role of workers who assist dental practitioners during oral health care procedures. The role includes:

  • Maintaining high infection control standards.
  • Assisting with practice administration.
  • Supporting quality and professionalism in the dental sector.

Dental assistants are frequently the first point of contact for patients, allowing them to make the practice friendly and give high-quality care. Client service delivery, administrative activities such as reception, appointment scheduling, payment and receipts, and clinical management will all be handled by dental assistants. Dental assistants can also serve as health promotion and clinic management advocates.

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Course Details

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CT : Credit Transfer

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Duration  : 52 weeks
Amount of Training : 530 hours of theory (Theory, Lecture and Structured Interactive learning), 140 hours of simulation-based training/assessment, and 320 hours of clinical placement
AQF Level :3
Course Delivery : Blended
Campuses : Melbourne, Sydney, Perth
Organisation delivering the program :Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (RTO ID: 21985)
Organisation issuing certification :Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (RTO ID: 21985)
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HLT35021 - Certificate III in Dental Assisting
  • 52 weeks
  • Amount of Training is 530 hours of theory (Theory, Lecture and Structured Interactive learning) and 140 hours of simulation-based training/assessment.
  • Blended delivery
  • Available to domestic and international students

This qualification reflects the role of workers who assist dental practitioners during oral health care procedures. The role includes maintaining high standards of infection control, assisting with practice administration and supporting quality and professionalism in the dental sector.

The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 350 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the Units of Competency.

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

The following units of competency have been selected for the course delivery.

CORE UNITS

CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services 
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 
HLTINF002 Process reusable medical devices and equipment 
HLTDEN015 Prepare for and assist with dental procedures 
HLTDEN016 Assist with dental radiography
HLTDEN017 Assist with administration in dental practice.

ELECTIVES

HLTDEN028 Provide effective oral hygiene instruction to patients with an oral health treatment plan 
HLTDEN030 Assist the dental practitioner during medical emergencies in a dental setting 

Dental assistants work alongside the dental operator, helping provide quality customer-focused oral healthcare for patients via:

  • supporting infection control practices
  • chair-side assistance
  • maintaining a safe and hygienic clinical environment
  • dental reception duties
  • contributing to the administration of the practice.

The total tuition cost for domestic students for the HLT35021 – Certificate III in Dental Assisting is:

State Fees Funding
Victoria AUD $8,000 No State Funding Available
Western Australia AUD $8,000 No State Funding Available
New South Wales AUD $8,000 No State Funding Available

*The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as Student service and resource fees.

To know more about the IHNA Fees & Charges, click here.

Melbourne (Heidelberg) Campus
597-599, Upper Heidelberg Road, Heidelberg Heights, VIC – 3081, Australia
Perth Campus
Level 2, 12 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA – 6000, Australia
Sydney Campus
Level 7, 33 Argyle Street, Parramatta, NSW – 2150, Australia

IHNA has selected blended mode of delivery for this course to support students in the development of the skills and knowledge they are expected of as a dental assistant. The delivery will incorporate online and on-campus theory and simulation-based training and simulation-based assessment. This includes:

  • Structured Interactive Learning (SIL)
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Simulation Based Training (SBT)
  • Simulation Based Assessment (SBA)
  • Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

All students are expected to complete SIL at their own time as a part of self-directed interactive learning which equates to 10 hours of study per week.

Lectures will be delivered online in an asynchronous mode, for which recording will be available on Canvas. There will be 10 hours of lecture every week.

Tutorials will be conducted online in a synchronous mode. There will be 10 hours of tutorials every week.

Simulation based training (SBT) and simulation-based assessment (SBA) will be conducted on-campus in block.

Students will be provided with dedicated support sessions every week.

All learning and teaching activities including formative and summative assessments will take place on Canvas as this is IHNA’s Learning Management System.

  • The PEP is an essential component of this course. Students will commence the PEP upon the completion of theory assessments and SBA. During the PEP, students will apply the required essential knowledge and skills to demonstrate competency for each unit of this course. Students are required to undertake 160 hours of PEP in a dental clinic at the end of each semester to meet the requirements of a total of 320 hours.
  • Each student will work with a workplace supervisor during the PEP. An IHNA trainer and assessor will monitor the student’s progress during practical placement.
  • Where a student breaches the PEP requirements as stated in the Entry Requirements, they could be excluded from their PEP. IHNA will not be responsible for any such exclusion.

There are no mandatory entry requirements for this qualification; however, following IHNA admission criteria will be applicable:

  • Applicants are required to be 18 years old and above.
  • Successful completion of an ACSF test with demonstrated competence as per IHNA LLN requirements (issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission).
  • It is also essential for students to possess basic computer skills.

Additional requirements for professional experience placement:

  • A satisfactory National Police Clearance / Australian Federal Police Clearance Certificate (AFP) / NCC will be required for all practical placements
  • Working With Children Check (WWCC)
  • IHNA highly recommends students to complete the immunisation process before the Professional Experience Placement start date as some facilities will not provide placement to student without Immunisation.

The delivery will incorporate online and on-campus theory and simulation-based training and simulation-based assessment. This includes:

  • Structured Interactive Learning (SIL)
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Simulation Based Training (SBT)
  • Simulation Based Assessment (SBA)
  • Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

Students can have their competency from prior learning and work experience recognised in this unit through providing a portfolio of evidence, possibly including third party reports, and participating in an interview process. A practical demonstration may also be involved to determine currency and confirmation of skills. Refer to IHNA’s RPL policy for more information.

If you’re eligible for RPL or CT you may be able to complete the course in a shorter duration with reduction to total course fees. Check your eligibility with us.

  • Students can have their competency from prior formal training recognised through mutual recognition and credit transfer. Evidence required includes a statement of attainment or testamur and transcript. It is also possible to access the students’ USI transcript with their permission to obtain evidence of completed national recognised training.
  • Applicants for Credit Transfer must complete the credit transfer application form, attach a copy of a verified Award or Statement of Attainment and submit the application to the Course Coordinator.
  • The Course Coordinator must check the Award or Statement of Attainment and grant Credit Transfer for identical units that have been identified as being completed at another Registered Training Organisation.
  • Verified copies of Qualifications and Statements of Attainment used as the basis for granting Credit Transfer must be placed in the student files.
  • The student and the Course Coordinator must sign the completed Credit Transfer record. Granting of Credit Transfer must be recorded as a unit outcome in the students file. Student’s individual training plans will be adjusted to reflect any Credit Transfer granted.
  1. Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Apply Now” on the top right corner of the course page.
  2. Interview: Once you’ve met IHNA’s eligibility criteria you will be contacted for an interview with an admissions consultant
  3. Offer Letter: If you’re successful with the interview you will be offered a place for the course as per the availability of each intake.
  4. Enrolment Fee: After signing the offer acceptance an invoice will be issued for the course. You may be eligible for government funding, so please call our team to know more.
  5. Confirmation of Admission: We will issue a conformation of admission once the enrolment fee has been received.

Call us on 1800 22 52 83 for any questions regarding your application.

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