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Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Provided by Open Colleges

Course Overview

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In this course you will develop the skills to support a dentist, dental therapist or dental hygienist during healthcare procedures, assist with practice administration and maintain high standards of infection control.

You will learn:

  • Cleaning and sterilising instruments and equipment
  • Processing and storage of radiographic film
  • Safe disposal of surgery waste
  • Maintaining the cleanliness of treatment rooms.

Also learn helpful administrative skills such as managing appointments, processing payments and maintaining accurate client records.

This nationally recognised course is delivered through a combination of online learning and a work placement. Theory, knowledge and initial skills are developed via Open Colleges online campus, OpenSpace, which is where you can access your course material and complete your assessments.

The practical skills you require in dental care are then gained through a work placement which you will do in a dental centre or other appropriate workplace. Open Colleges can provide you with additional information on how to find a suitable work placement.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

Course Quick Look

Awarded By:
Open Colleges
Qualification:
Certificate lll
Study Mode:
Online
Duration:
Maximum 12 months
Nationally Recognised:
YES

Subjects

Module 1: Orientation to the Dental sector

Communicate and work effectively in health

  • Work ethically
  • Communicate effectively in a health setting
  • Practise high standards of personal hygiene
  • Promote a positive approach to health
  • Maintain professional work standards
  • Work effectively within the health care system
  • Take responsibility for personal skill development

Apply first aid

  • Assess the situation
  • Apply first aid procedures
  • Communicate details of the incident
  • Evaluate own performance

Module 2: Work, Health and Safety

Comply with infection control policies and procedures

  • Follow infection control guidelines
  • Identify and respond to infection risks
  • Maintain personal hygiene
  • Use personal protective equipment
  • Limit contamination
  • Handle, package, label, store, transport and dispose of clinical and other waste
  • Clean environmental surfaces

Participate in WHS processes

  • Plan and prepare to work safely
  • Conduct work safely
  • Participate in WHS consultative activities
  • Follow emergency response procedures

Module 3: Client Service

Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work

  • Prepare the dental surgery for oral health care procedures
  • Use dental terminology in communication within the health care setting
  • Select and prepare syringe safely for local anaesthesia
  • Assist the operator during oral health care procedures
  • Maintain sterilising equipment
  • Maintain and store instruments, equipment materials and medicaments

Prepare for and assist with oral health procedures

  • Prepare the dental surgery for oral health care procedures
  • Use dental terminology in communication within the health care setting
  • Select and prepare syringe safely for local anaesthesia
  • Assist the operator during oral health care procedures
  • Maintain and store instruments, equipment materials and medicaments

Module 4: Assisting Practices

Assist with dental radiography

  • Prepare clients for dental radiography
  • Prepare equipment and materials for dental radiography
  • Process and mount dental radiographs
  • Maintain stock of unexposed radiographic film and chemicals
  • Assure the quality of dental radiographic processing

Assist with administration in dental practice

  • Communicate effectively with clients and other persons
  • Respond appropriately to enquiries from clients and visitors
  • Allocate appointments appropriate to client and organisation requirements
  • Calculate and record basic financial transactions
  • Handle cash and record financial transactions
  • Maintain client records
  • Assist with client recalls

Payment Options

Flexible