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HLT45015

Certificate IV in Dental Assisting - Oral Health Promotion Specialisation

Become a Dental Assistant with specialist oral health promotion skills

Gain a formal dental qualification with specialist oral health skills

 

According to the Job Outlook website, as published by the Australian Government, the average weekly earnings for a full-time Dental Assistant is $846.* If you’re interested in a rewarding career in the health sector, set yourself to work as a qualified Dental Assistant with the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting, specialising in oral health promotion.

The Certificate IV in Dental Assisting – Oral Health Promotion Specialisation will equip you with the skills required to assist dental professionals, such as Dentists, to perform oral health care procedures. This includes processing reusable medical devices and equipment and complying with infection prevention and control policies and procedures.

You will also learn how to encourage and promote good oral health practices with the completion of the oral health promotion electives. More specifically, you will learn how to promote your own oral health program, as well as implement an individualised oral hygiene program.

As Dental Assistants are the first point of contact for a practice, the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting – Oral Health Promotion Specialisation also equips students with practice administration knowledge and skills. Throughout this course, you will learn how to manage appointments and implement customer service strategies.

Once qualified, you can apply your logic, reasoning and communication skills to promote standards of oral health care as a qualified Dental Assistant, and advise on solutions where required. You may choose to work to work as a Dental Assistant, Treatment Coordinator, Dental Receptionist, Oral Health Advisor or Dental Sterilisation Nurse.

This nationally accredited qualification also provides you with 300 hours of real working experience in an established dental clinic of your choosing. This means you will graduate with hands-on experience that employer’s value, ensuring you are well-equipped to assist a Dentist, Dental Therapist or Dental Hygienist with a range of oral health procedures. Get in touch with a Careers Advisor, who will help you throughout your work experience application process.

*Source: Joboutlook.gov.au

 

This is a Nationally Recognised course.

Eligibility Requirements

Education

You will need to have completed year 12, or equivalent. Equivalency can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate II level or higher OR
  • 2 years of industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.

Minimum Age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.

Residency Status

You will need to be a permanent Australian resident or equivalent.

Computer Requirements

In order to complete the on-line part of the course you will need regular access to the following:

Computer:       Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points

Internet:          High speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic or cable

                        (Dial-up access will be significantly slower and is not recommended)

Windows :       Operating system – Windows XP or Vista 7 or above

             Internet Browser – Internet Explorer 7 or higher or the latest version of Google Chrome

MAC :              Operating system: OS X 10.4 or later

                        Internet Browser – latest version of Google Chrome

Software:         Flash, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download)

Qualification

Certificate IV in Dental Assisting - Oral Health Promotion Specialisation

Delivery

Online combined with 300 hours of practical placement available

Length

Up to 12 months

Study Load

Submit 1 unit of competency every 2 weeks to graduate in 12 months, plus 300 hours of practical placement

Cost

Online combined with 300 hours of practical placement : Contact us on 1300 61 61 97 for course costs

Payment Options

Upfront Payment
Payment Plan

Course Outcomes

Once you’ve completed your Certificate IV in Dental Assisting, you’ll be able to assist a Dentist, Dental Hygienist or Dental Therapist with health care procedures and assist with practice administration and maintaining high standards of infection control. You could also work in the following positions:

Dental Assistant

Help Dentists perform dental procedures and make sure patients are comfortable and cared for. 

Dental Sterilisation Nurse

Work within the sterilising department, reprocessing instruments and maintaining equipment.

Oral Health Advisor

Advise patients and the community on good oral health techniques.

Dental Receptionist

Perform dental administration duties, including booking appointments, greeting patients and processing payments. 

Treatment Coordinator

Coordinate and discuss treatment options with patients.

Delivery Options and Length

Online combined with 300 hours of practical placement

Up to: 12 months

Cost & Payment Options

Upfront Payment
Payment Plan

Your course fee includes the delivery and assessment of your qualification, your study materials (including all resources) and ongoing support from our Education Team.

Upfront payment All course costs can be paid in total via VISA/MasterCard or bank deposit.

Payment plan Paid via a series of regular weekly or fortnightly instalments.

Course fees include course delivery and assessment, study materials and dedicated student support services. Please note this course does not qualify for assisted government funding.

Online combined with 300 hours of practical placement

Contact us on 1300 61 61 97 for course costs

Course Structure & Prerequisites

HLTDEN003

Assist with administration in dental practice
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.

HLTINF001

Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
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.

HLTDEN001

Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures
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.

HLTINF002

Process reusable medical devices and equipment
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.

BSBCUS401

Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to advise, carry out and evaluate customer service strategies. It applies to individuals who have well developed skills and a broad knowledge of customer service strategies for addressing customer needs and problems, and who may provide guidance or delegate work related tasks to others.

CHCDIV001

Work with diverse people
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.

CHCCOM005

Communicate and work in health or community services
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.

HLTDEN002

Assist with dental radiography
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.

HLTDEN004

Implement an individualised oral hygiene program
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to implement an individualised oral hygiene program and promote oral health. This unit applies to dental assistants and to other health care workers who are actively involved in promoting the general well-being of patients through promotion of healthy eating habits and good oral health.

HLTDEN010

Implement an oral hygiene program for older people
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to promote oral health for older people. This unit applies to dental assistants and to other health care workers who are actively involved in promoting the general well-being of older patients through the promotion of healthy eating habits and good oral health.

HLTDEN011

Implement an oral health promotion program
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to provide an oral health promotion program. This unit applies to dental assistants and to other health care workers who are actively involved in promoting general well-being through the promotion of healthy eating habits and good oral health.

HLTINF003

Implement and monitor infection prevention and control policies and procedures
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.

HLTWHS003

Maintain work health and safety
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. The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

* HLTAID003

Provide first aid
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. *This course contains a core unit, HLTAID003 Provide first aid, which must be completed through an external RTO. Foundation Education has an agreement in place with Red Cross Australia (RTOID 3605) which allows students to receive training for this unit at a reduced price. Red Cross Australia is a third party training provider who conduct training and assessment services on behalf of Foundation Education. Please note that the cost of this external training is not included in any of your course fees. Upon completion, you will need to submit a copy of your first aid certificate in order for us to process a Credit Transfer against this unit on your student record. If you have chosen your own third party provider, you must submit a certified copy of your certificate. If you have undertaken training with Red Cross Australia, you must forward Foundation Education the email you receive which contains the electronic copy of your certificate.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

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Recognition of Prior Learning

Given that some students may already be able to demonstrate their competence in some units, a recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessment process may be available to students to recognise skills and knowledge that may have been gained through formal and informal training and/or learning, work experience and life experience.

Why choose us?

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Student Testimonial
Rachel Withers, dental graduate

I started my placement four weeks ago roughly and was offered a full-time job within the practice.

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Flexible Online Study

All of our courses are delivered online, giving you the flexibility to choose your course length.

Dedicated Student Support

Our industry experienced Technical Advisors, Assessors and Support Officers will support you from enrolment through to graduation.

Industry-relevant Courses

Course material is developed in consultation with industry experts to equip you with job-ready skills.

Nationally Recognised Training

All of our courses are Nationally Recognised and accredited. 

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