Dental Assisting

Certificate III

National Code: HLT35015

Course information

About the course

Course Number: HLT35015-01V01

Are you a highly reliable person with good communication skills and a desire to help others? Our Certificate III in Dental Assisting could be the perfect course for you. This course will equip you with the skills required to effectively assist a dentist, dental hygienist, dental prosthetist, dental therapist or oral health therapist in undertaking oral health care procedures. You will develop strong skills in maintaining high standards of infection control, assisting with dental radiography, preparing for health care procedures and processing reusable medical devices and equipment.

Studying the Certificate III in Dental Assisting through North Coast TAFE ensures you will receive outstanding levels of support throughout the course. All course facilitators are professionals that are currently practising in the industry; this means they are always up-to-date with industry changes and advancements and able to incorporate this knowledge into their teaching.
As a component of the course, you will undertake 250 hours of work placement. This will give you valuable experience in the practical aspects of a dental assistant's role.

Undertaking this course through North Coast TAFE will also give you access to a number of specialist health hubs and a Shared Health Research and Education Centre, where you will learn in a supportive environment alongside student doctors and other allied health professionals.

Enrolling in First Aid Units of Competency

If you are seeking to enrol in a First Aid unit of competency you are advised that to complete the unit you must be able to perform basic life support skills, for example control bleeding and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). If you have a disability that would prevent you from performing required basic life support skills you are advised that you will not be able to achieve the unit of competency.

Other requirements


Many TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following:


Before you undertake a clinical work placement:

• If you are over 18 you will be required to undertake a National Criminal Record Check. Visit:
• You will be required to sign the NSW Health Student Undertaking where you agree to notify NSW Health if your status changes after the date of issue of your National Police Certificate or during the completion of your course.
• You will be required to undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.
• You will be required to read and sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form. Visit: and type 'clinical placement' in search area.

2. AGED CARE WORK - As per NSW Health requirements for the National Criminal Record Check.

3. COMMUNITY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES - Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Children's Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:

4. STUDENT READINESS FOR WORK PLACEMENT - Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILTIES - For more information visit:

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North Coast TAFE offers a wide choice of courses, some that attract government subsidies and some that do not. The fees payable will vary, depending on your personal circumstances, your study history and the course you choose.

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