Course Title: Apply professional tooth whitening agents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: DENT5822

Course Title: Apply professional tooth whitening agents

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6119 - Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)

Course Contact: Sue Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 93411406

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Manager: Mr Nicholas Greer

Telephone: +61 3 9341 1420



Nominal Hours: 25

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

HLTAMBFC301B - Communicate with clients and colleagues to support health care
TAFEDH011 - Take impressions and construct study models
TAFEDH015 – Manage patients with simple to moderate dental hygiene treatment needs
TAFEDH016 - Use chemotherapeutic agents to manage and prevent oral conditions and disease
HLTDA417A - Take a clinical photograph

Course Description

This unit deals with the knowledge and skills required to initiate bleaching treatment for cosmetic purposes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

TAFEDH024 Apply professional tooth whitening agents


1. Preparation and presentation of the surgery

Performance Criteria:

1.1 All equipment, materials and instruments required for the selection of bleaching agents are gathered and arranged within the treatment cubicle.


1.2 Review patient‟s case notes and approved treatment plan, and prepare to cater for any predetermined special needs of the patient.


1.3 Bleaching agents are selected using evidence based criteria and according to relevant guidelines and manufacturer‟s recommendations to ensure patient‟s safety.


1.4 Equipment and instruments are maintained according to relevant guidelines for instrument maintenance.


1.5 All necessary safety precautions during the preparation and presentation stages have been followed.



2. Prepare the patient for the application of bleaching agents

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Patient‟s medical history and records are reviewed to eliminate any contraindications to proposed application and to confirm treatment prescriptions.


2.2 Patient‟s treatment plan, records and radiographs are reviewed to determine and confirm the prescription of bleaching agents.


2.3 Customised stents that have been previously constructed are available for use if indicated.


2.4 An explanation of the actions of the selected bleaching agent and/or devices, the application procedure, the potential side effects and the predicted outcome, is given to the patient. Adhering to the principles of informed consent, the patient is informed of possible negative outcomes resulting from any planned treatment. Consent is confirmed with the patient.


2.5 The patient is given the opportunity to ask questions concerning any aspect of the proposed bleaching agent or device that is to be used and any concerns or issues are clarified.


2.6 Periodontal debridement carried out on prior appointments is reviewed to confirm readiness for the initiation of bleaching.


2.7 All extrinsic staining/discolouration on the patient‟s teeth is removed from smooth and fissured enamel surfaces.


2.8 Stains/discolouration are reviewed after completion of periodontal debridement and stain removal, to confirm the need for bleaching, and any concerns at this stage are redirected to the dentist.


2.9 All proposed treatment applications are carried out according to occupational health, safety and welfare guidelines and Infection control policy and procedures.



3. Initiate prescribe bleaching treatment

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Application procedures ensure patient and operator safety and comfort.


3.2 Apply prescribed agents and devices according to relevant guidelines and manufacturer‟s recommendations.


3.3 Patient is given clear instructions on the home use of any recommended bleaching agent and/or device.


3.4 Follow up care is planned to monitor patient progress, treatment outcomes and safe use.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have the knowledge and skills required to initiate bleaching treatment for cosmetic purposes.

Details of Learning Activities

A combination of learning activities have been designed to help students to achieve learning outcomes of this unit:

  • Facilitator led classroom based lecture and or workshop using PowerPoint Presentations
  • Written classroom tasks
  • Demonstration and classroom discussion
  • Group discussions
  • Participation in group activities based on simulated workplace exercises
  • Clinical practice, peer evaluation/feedback session/completion of practical worksheets
  • Online learning resources accessed via myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard)
  • Self managed research to support completion of assessment tasks.

Teaching Schedule

This unit is delivered as per the timetable issued on Induction Day and is also located on BlackBoard. The classes will be delivered, on level 3 or 2 of Building 154, RMIT (within the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne) or in the undergraduate clinic Level 2 Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.  There will be opportunity for you to attend clinics off site.

Notification will be provided via student email if the date or location changes.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be expected to utilise a range of recent and appropriate library, electronic, text and other resources. Students will be provided with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies (BlackBoard).

  • RMIT ADOH prescribed textbooks
  • RMIT Studies (Blackboard) for RMIT Online resources.
  • RMIT Library for textbooks and other resources.
  • RMIT Library (Dental Guides):

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:

  • candidates must demonstrate their ability to apply essential knowledge identified for this competency unit before undertaking independent workplace application
  • this competency unit should be assessed in conjunction with relevant competency unit(s) in delivery of the Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)
  • evidence must demonstrate the individual’s ability to apply their knowledge within the requirements of dental hygiene practice 
  • consistency of performance should be demonstrated over the required range of workplace situations relevant to an identified work role 


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: 

Practical Assessment

Assessment 2:

Written theory examination


Assessment Mapping Matrix

Elements/Performance Criteria Covered

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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.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, students will need to complete all the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.


Assessment Task 1: Practical Assessment

Students will attempt the assessment under supervision of the assessor and they will be graded with either a S (Satisfactory) or NYS (Not Yet Satisfactory) according to the assessment guidelines and criteria outlined in the tafehd024 Assessment Outline. All assessment criteria must be successfully completed in order to achieve a satisfactory result.

Feedback to students will be provided at an allocated time at RMIT.


Assessment Task 2: Written theory examination

This is conducted as per timetable. The written test will be conducted under supervision at RMIT under exam conditions. Detailed information will be discussed with students during their attendance to lectures.

In order to achieve a satisfactory result, student must score 70% of the overall mark. Feedback to students will be provided at an allocated time at RMIT.

Assessment Matrix


Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT Student Page for extensive information about study support, assessments, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

RMIT provides all students with an extension range of online and campus based study support services ranging from:

Study and Learning Centre

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Disability Liaison Unit:  


RMIT University requires that you present only YOUR work for assessment.

Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is the presentation of the work or idea of another person. Plagiarism is NOT acceptable. Penalties can include charges of academic misconduct, cancellation of results and exclusion from your course. Please note: It is also a disciplinary offence to allow your work to be plagiarised by another student. When signing the coversheet (electronic or paper based), you are declaring that the work is not plagiarised.

Special Consideration

Please note: Students may apply for Special Consideration as per the information via the RMIT website  if they believe that to complete assessment for this unit by the submission date has been affected by factors beyond their control. Special consideration must be lodged prior to or within 48 hours of the scheduled assessment time or assessment submission date. The application for Special Consideration is NOT granted automatically on application.

RMIT Assessment Appeal Process

Students may appeal against their assessment result as per the information via the RMIT website. The Appeals Against Assessment policy and procedure applies to all coursework programs in all careers. The appeal process is staged and students are required to follow each stage in order to ensure their full entitlement to appeal, this is available on;ID=nwjxaifdrgle (unresolved)


It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensure the maximum opportunity to gain competency.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

If you think you have some or all of the knowledge and competencies described, please discuss the Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer options that may be available to you with the Program Coordinator. For more information go to:

Course Overview: Access Course Overview