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HLT45015

Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography and Oral Health Promotion Specialisation)

Become a Dental Assistant with specialist knowledge of radiography and oral health promotion

Set yourself up with the skills and knowledge you need provide positive dental experiences

According to the Job Outlook website, as published by the Australian government, dental assisting employment opportunities are projected to grow over the next five years at a moderate growth rate*. With qualified Dental Assistants in demand, now is a great time to gain specialist knowledge in radiography and oral health promotion, as learned in the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting  Radiography and Oral Health Promotion Specialisation

The Certificate IV in Dental Assisting  Radiography and Oral Health Promotion Specialisation will equip you with the skills required to ensure the smooth running of a dental practice. You will learn how to manage appointments, record and reconcile payments and maintain patient records as part of your dental reception duties. You will also learn to implement standard and transmission-based precautions, respond to infection risk, prepare necessary equipment, instruments and materials for oral health care procedures and assist operators with the delivery of these procedures.

As part of the dual specialisation, you will learn how to expose a prescribed dental radiographic image, produce a prescribed dental radiographic image and apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice. You will also learn how to implement an individualised oral hygiene program and an oral health promotion program.

The theory components of this course are delivered online for completion in your own time, in conjunction with 250 hour of work experience in a dental clinic of your choosing. Your demonstrated ability in the dental industry will expand your opportunities in a range of areas, including community health clinics and the dental, oral surgery and orthodontics sectors.

Upon graduation, you will be qualified to provide an advanced level of assistance to dental professionals as a Dental Assistant or Dental Hygienist Assistant. With your dual specialisation, you will also be qualified to implement oral health promotion programs and produce prescribed dental radiographic images as an Oral Health Advisor or Dental Radiographer Assistant.

*Source: Joboutlook.gov.au

 

This is a Nationally Recognised course.

Qualification

Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography and Oral Health Promotion Specialisation)

Delivery

Online combined with 250 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 250 hours of practical placement

Payment Options

Upfront Payment
Payment Plan

Course Outcomes

Once you’ve completed your Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography and Oral Health Specialisation), you’ll be able to assist a Dentist, Dental Hygienist, Dental Prosthetist, Dental Therapist or Oral Health Therapist with health care procedures. You could also work in the following positions:

Dental Assistant

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

Delivery Options and Length

Online combined with 250 hours of practical placement

Flexible online learning, meaning you can study whenever and wherever suits you through our online learning platform, My eCampus.

This course also includes a minimum of 250 hours of work placement in a dental clinic as sourced by the student. 

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 on-going 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 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.

HLTDEN007

Apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to minimise the risk of radiation to the patient, the operator and others during the exposure of a prescribed dental radiographic image. It also describes the quality assurance measures necessary to ensure all radiographs are of consistent diagnostic standard.

HLTDEN008

Prepare to expose a prescribed dental radiographic image
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to interpret a prescribed request for a dental radiographic image. It also includes the preparation of the patient for dental radiography and the selection of equipment requirements.

HLTDEN009

Produce a prescribed dental radiographic image
This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to operate dental radiographic equipment and position the patient correctly to produce an intraoral and extraoral diagnostic radiographic image. Where work relates to extraoral radiography this includes orthopantomogram and may include lateral cephalograms (for orthodontic radiographic work-ups) and excludes cone beam radiography.

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. Jurisdictional legislative radiation licensing requirements may apply to some of the elective units. 

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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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