Course Title: Apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4385 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Course Title: Apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 120

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Term1 2017

Course Contact: Ms. Sandra Torbica

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1408

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to minimise the risk of radiation to the patient, the operator and others during the exposure of a prescribed dental radiographic image. It also describes the quality assurance measures necessary to ensure all radiographs are of consistent diagnostic standard.

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:

HLTDEN007 Apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice


1. Apply the principles of radiation biology to protect patient, operator and others from ionising radiation

2. Determine image characteristics of a dental radiographic image to minimise the necessity for re-takes

3. Minimise radiation by maintaining quality in processing

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment: Task 1

Online quiz

Assessment: Task 2

Open Book Exam

Assessment: Task 3

Practical Assessment

Assessment: Task 4

Case Presentation

Assessment: Task 5

Written Assessment

Assessment: Task 6

Patient Portfolio

Assessment: Task 7

Written Exam

Assessment: Task 8

Workplace Assessment



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.