Course Title: Assist with dental radiography

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4385 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Course Title: Assist with dental radiography

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 50

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: Sue 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 prepare patients for dental radiography. It also describes the skills and knowledge to process and mount conventional dental radiographs. 

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 codes of practice.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDEN002 Assist with dental radiography


1. Prepare for dental radiography

2. Prepare equipment and materials for dental radiography

3. Process and mount dental radiographs

4. Maintain stock of unexposed radiographic film and chemicals

5. Assure the quality of dental radiographic processing

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. There must be evidence that the candidate has:


Assessment: Task 1

Workplace assessment 1

Assessment: Task 2

Simulated practical assessment

Assessment: Task 3

Mounting Assessment 1

Assessment: Task 4

Simulated Manual Developing

Assessment: Task 5

Mounting assessment 2

Assessment: Task 6

Written assessment

Assessment: Task 7

Workplace Assessment 2


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.