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

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4385 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

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

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 300

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.

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

VE 2018 (All)

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 preparing necessary equipment, instruments and materials for oral health care procedures, and to assist the operator during the delivery of these procedures. 

This unit applies to dental assisting work.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDEN001 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

Refer to elements

Overview of Assessment

Before the critical aspects of evidence are considered all prerequisites must be met.

The candidate must show evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage tasks and manage contingencies in the context of the job role. 


Assessment: Task 1

Written Test

Assessment: Task 2

Workplace Assessment 1

Assessment: Task 3

Workplace Assessment 2

Assessment: Task 3

Workplace Assessment 2

Assessment: Task 4

Instrumentation Portfolio


To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.