Course Title: Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3299 Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Course Title: Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 130

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term1 2013,
Term2 2013,
Term2 2014,
Term1 2015,
Term2 2015,
Term1 2016,
Term2 2016

Course Contact: Ms. Suzanne Dellas Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1406

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required for a dental assistant to assist the operator by preparing the dental surgery, including preparation of necessary equipment, instruments and materials, for oral health care procedures and to assist the operator during the delivery of these procedures

All procedures are carried out in accordance with work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures, current infection control guidelines, Australian and New Zealand Standards, State/Territory legislative requirements and organisation policy

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This unit must be assessed after successful achievement of pre-requisites:

       HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
       HLTIN302B Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work
       HLTOHS200B Participate in OHS processes

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDA303D Prepare for and assist with oral health care procedures


1. Prepare the dental surgery for oral health care procedures

2. Use dental terminology in communication within the health care setting

3. Record personal, medical and dental details

4. Select and prepare syringe safely for local anaesthesia

5. Assist the operator during oral health care procedures

6. Maintain and store instruments, equipment materials and medicaments

Learning Outcomes

1.1 Make accessible in the clean zone of the surgery the client’s necessary charts and records
1.2 Identify correctly the planned procedure
1.3 Anticipate and select correctly the equipment, instruments materials and medicaments for the planned procedure and arrange them in their likely order of use
1.4 Give personal protective equipment to the client and members of the dental team
1.5 Support aseptic techniques to prevent the spread of infection

2.1 Communicate with other members of the dental team using dental terminology
2.2 Receive, understand and document written and oral instructions using dental terminology
2.3 Understand frequently used abbreviations and symbols in dentistry
2.4 Understand and use the Schedule of Dental Services and Glossary

3.1 Actively encourage clients to provide complete information without embarrassment or hesitation
3.2 Make accurate, legible and legal records of the client’s personal, medical and dental information as directed by the operator
3.3 Verify this information in accordance with operator requirements
3.4 Maintain confidentiality of client information

4.1 Select and prepare the correct syringe, cartridge and needle for local anaesthesia as directed by the operator
4.2 Check the expiry dates for the local anaesthetic cartridge prior to use
4.3 Transfer the unused local anaesthetic syringe to the operator in accordance with infection control guidelines for the transfer of sharps between health care workers

5.1 Select and transfer to the operator the instruments, equipment, materials and medicaments required for oral health care procedures
5.2 Assist the operator to maintain a clear field of vision
5.3 Clear the mouth of oral fluids and debris and control moisture
5.4 Retract and protect the client’s soft tissues using instruments and materials appropriate to the procedure
5.5 Monitor the client’s well-being and take the necessary actions without delay to support the client and the operator
5.6 Prepare the correct materials and medicaments using the correct technique, to the correct consistency and quantity required and within the designated timelines as directed by the operator
5.7 Select additional instruments and materials as required without contaminating sterile stock

6.1 Check that instrument sharpness conforms to operator specifications and advise of any deficiency
6.2 Maintain instruments and equipment in good working order
6.3 Store instruments, equipment, materials and medicaments correctly
6.4 Monitor storage requirements, shelf life and expiry dates of materials and medicaments
6.5 Report faults in equipment or instruments promptly to the operator
6.6 Ensure maintenance records are legible and accurate
6.7 Arrange for the servicing of instruments and equipment in line with instructions, at intervals recommended by the manufacturer or as recommended

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include demonstration of underpinning skills and knowledge, assessment activities may include quizzes, Dental Instrumentation Portfolio, Simulated workplace assessment, Workplace assessment, and written work.