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HLT35021 / HLT45021

Certificate III in Dental Assisting and Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography)

Combine a Certificate III and IV in Dental Assisting to fast-track your career as a Dental Assistant and equip yourself with all the skills you need to succeed.

Commence your career in oral health with a Certificate III in Dental Assisting and Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography)

If you’re passionate about oral health and helping people achieve their healthiest, brightest smile, combining a Certificate III in Dental Assisting and a Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography) is an ideal route to go down. By undertaking a Certificate III and IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography) back-to-back, you will enter the workforce as a highly qualified dental assistant within just two years of commencing study.

These two qualifications combined reflect the role of workers who provide dental practitioners with advanced assistance during oral health care procedures. The role includes a variety of responsibilities, including maintaining high standards of infection control, assisting with practice administration and supporting quality and professionalism in the dental sector.

Delivered through a combination of online and practical components, this dental assisting course teaches you everything you need to know about becoming a dental assistant. From how to assist with dental procedures to communicating effectively with colleagues and patients as well as correctly maintaining and storing equipment, you’ll be fully prepped to work in a dental workplace with a comprehensive understanding and skillset. The dental radiography component in the Certificate IV equips you to assist with dental radiography on successful completion of your study.

According to talent.com, dental assistants in Australia can expect a median salary of $59,640 annually, progressing up to a yearly salary of $68,256. With the employment opportunities for dental assistants on the rise in Australia and expected to continue to climb well into the next five years, now is the perfect time to get qualified with a Certificate III and IV in Dental Assisting and set yourself up for a successful, long-term career.

Delivered through Foundation Education’s flexible online course study options, you’ll receive a high education standard and finish with a nationally recognised qualification.

The HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting and HLT45021 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography) is a Nationally Recognised course.

Course Outcomes

Once you’ve completed your HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting and HLT45021 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography), you’ll be able to provide an advanced level of assistance to a Dentist or Dental Hygienist during oral health procedures. There are a variety of employment opportunities available once you’ve graduated, including dental assistant, dental sterilisation nurse and dental receptionist.

Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

Dental assistants will assist dentists, hygienists and therapists with a mixture of dental procedures. Their responsibilities include but are not limited to prepping for procedures and cleaning up afterwards, assisting through the duration of the treatments (such as passing instruments and operating the suction apparatus), developing X-rays and carrying out general administrative duties.

Dental Therapy Assistant

Dental Therapy Assistant

As a registered healthcare professional, a dental therapy assistant specialises in the oral care of children and teenagers. Their main role is to provide help prepping young patients for examinations and treatments to improve productivity in the workplace. Dental therapy assistants focus on patient care and ensuring patients feel comfortable and receive all the necessary information regarding their examination or procedure.

Dental Sterilisation Nurse

Dental Sterilisation Nurse

Dental sterilisation nurses play a pivotal role in the dental practice. They are responsible for cleaning the instruments used in procedures, keeping the environment clean and adhering to strict infection control guidelines. The proper sterilisation of equipment is an essential part of dentistry and it’s the dental sterilisation nurse’s job to ensure they provide their patients with the highest quality dental care.

Dental Receptionist

Dental Receptionist

A dental receptionist ensures the dental practice operates smoothly and efficiently. Their responsibilities are wide and varied, ranging from being the first point of contact with patients, managing incoming calls, scheduling appointments, assisting patients with forms and advising them of policies, handling general administration, handling test results and communicating with supply vendors. They need to be highly organised with fantastic interpersonal skills.

Dental Hygenist Assistant

Dental Hygienist Assistant

With a focus on promoting oral health and preventing periodontal disease, a dental hygienist assistant assists dental hygienists and dentists in a broad range of procedures. The workload is highly interesting and the day-to-day tasks often vary. Their duties include assisting with check-ups and teeth cleaning as well as being an integral part of patient education on proper dental care and preventative care.

Course snapshot
Qualification

Certificate III in Dental Assisting and Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography)

Delivery structure

Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Theoretical Elements:

Study the theoretical elements of this course anywhere and anytime through our online learning platform. 

Practical Elements:

For mandatory work placement (350 hours, including an initial 50 hours completed in simulation), students must have access to a dental practice and a qualified supervisor i.e. a person who holds Certificate III in Dental Assisting or a higher relevant qualification.

Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography)

Theoretical Elements:

Study the theoretical elements of this course anywhere and anytime through our online learning platform.

Duration

Up to 24 months

Study load

This bundle qualification must be completed in the following order.

Certificate III in Dental Assisting:

  • Up to 12 months to complete HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting.
  • 10 course units to complete.
  • Submit 1 course unit every month to graduate in 12 months.

Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography):

  • Up to 12 months to complete HLT45021 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting.
  • 7 course units to complete.
  • Submit 1 course unit every month to graduate in 12 months.
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Delivery Structure

Starting with the Certificate III in Dental Assisting and then moving into the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography) the entire course can be broken down into four parts:

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1. Theoretical

Certificate III in Dental Assisting - Study the theoretical elements of this course, anywhere and anytime through our online learning platform.

Components

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10 course units to complete.
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Completed online, at your own pace.
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2. Work Placement

Certificate III in Dental Assisting - For mandatory work placement (350 hours, including an initial 50 hours completed in simulation), students must have access to a dental practice and a qualified supervisor i.e. a person who holds Certificate III in Dental Assisting or higher relevant qualification.

Components

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Students may need to undertake a Working with Children check to meet individual work placement employer requirements.
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We may assist you in organising a work placement location of your choosing.
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3. Theoretical

Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography) - Study the theoretical elements of this course, anywhere and anytime through our online learning platform.

Components

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7 course units to complete.
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Completed online, at your own pace.

Resources Required

For the online part of the course, you’ll need regular access to:

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

Internet: High-speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic (Dial-up access is not recommended).

Windows: Operating system – Windows 8 or above.

MAC: Operating system - OS X 10.14 Mojave or later.

Internet Browser: Google Chrome, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.

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

Office Equipment:  Printer and scanner to print and upload some of your assessments.

Mobile Phone with video capability or Video Camera: Some assessments in your course may require you to take and submit videos of you undertaking tasks for assessment.

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4. Work Placement

Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography) - You will need further access to a dental practice with relevant equipment, patients, and staff to complete practical activities.

Work Placement

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You must have access to a suitably qualified supervisor i.e. a person who holds a Certificate IV in Dental Assisting or higher relevant qualification.
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We may assist you in organising a work placement location of your choosing.

Units

Achieve your qualification by completing the following units of competency:

Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Cost & Payment

You can pay for your course upfront via VISA/MasterCard or a bank deposit. Alternatively, we offer instalment plans that can be paid over several weeks or fortnights.

Your course fee includes

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Delivery and assessment of your qualification

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Study materials (including all resources)

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Ongoing support from our Education Team

We offer two payment methods

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Full fee upfront

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Instalment plans

For more information about the course costs, please call us on 1300 616 197.

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