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Course Number: HLT45015-03V01 (ORAL HP)
Are you a highly reliable person with good communication skills and a desire to help others? Our Certificate IV 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 of oral health therapist in undertaking oral health care procedures. As well as developing specialist skills and knowledge in the area of oral health promotion, you will also gain strong foundational skills in maintaining high standards of infection control, assisting with dental radiography, preparing for health care procedures and processing reusable medical devices and equipment.Choosing to study the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting through North Coast TAFE ensures that 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 in 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 the Shared Health Research and Education Campus, where you will learn in a supportive environment alongside student doctors and other allied health professions studying with the University of NSW and the University of Newcastle.
North Coast TAFE wants you to know that while this qualification has no formal entry requirements, we do want you to succeed, so we are providing information about the skills and knowledge that would help you perform this qualification. You do need to have, or be able to attain, a level of literacy and numeracy that will help you complete your course and ultimately to work in your chosen field. Students who complete this qualification level will have a broad range of skills and knowledge that can be applied to specialised and/or skilled work areas. They will be able to identify, analyse, compare and act on information from a range of sources and have a limited responsibility for the organisation of others.North Coast TAFE can provide support for reading, writing, maths and English Language. If you would like to know more about our support options please contact us.
CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING
If you already have skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. To find out more about applying for credit follow this link
This web page also provides information on how to use your existing TAFE NSW qualifications to undertake a higher level qualification at TAFE NSW (e.g. Cert II to Cert III, Cert III to Cert IV, Cert IV to Diploma, etc.)
TAFE to University
Many TAFE NSW courses offer you the opportunity to gain both vocational and university qualifications. To find out more about the pathways to higher education please follow this link
Assistant to Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Prosthetist, Dental Therapist or Oral Health Therapist.
A TAFE NSW Certificate IV or Diploma could give you up 6 to 12 months advanced standing in a university degree and some Advanced Diplomas offer even more credit.
Choosing a TAFE to University Pathway at North Coast TAFE is a great way to get practical ‘job ready’ skills and then gain entry to a university at an advanced stage.
More information can be found on our TAFE 2 uni page on our website.
Why study something again if you already have the skills and knowledge? Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is about helping you get your qualification faster and getting you to where you want to be!
Working with one of our RPL assessors we’ll review your life and work experiences as well as any previous study you may have done to confirm just what we can match up with your current course of study.
Note: Some short, licensing or compliance courses, eg Food Safety for Supervisors or First Aid are not granted RPL as demonstrated competency is required by regulatory authorities.
Find out more about RPL at North Coast TAFE
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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.
Your government subsidised fee, and your eligibility for concessions, exemptions and scholarships, are all calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.
The 2017 subsidised fees indicated on this page are indicative only and based on 2016 fees. The state government may make some small changes to fees and subsidies for 2017 enrolments and we will update our site if and when that happens.