C3393 - Certificate III in Dental Assisting

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Plan: C3393 - Certificate III in Dental Assisting
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Certificate III in Dental Assisting
Qualification national code: HLT35015
Nominal hours: 633
Career: TAFE
Duration: 12 months
Location: Royal Dental Hospital, 720 Swanston Street, Carlton
Owning school: Social Care and Health (535T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/college-of-vocational-education
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

This National Training Package qualification provides you with the underpinning knowledge and practical skills required to safely and effectively perform the entry level roles and responsibilities of a Dental Assistant.

Dental assistants are integral members of the dental health team, and they're employed extensively in private and public sector dental clinics.

Generally, you'll work alongside the dental operator, helping provide quality customer-focused oral healthcare for patients via:

  • chair-side assistance
  • maintaining the clinical environment in a safe and hygienic manner
  • supporting infection control practices
  • performing dental reception duties
  • contributing to the administration of the practice


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Articulation and pathways

On successful completion graduates can apply for entry into the Certificate IV in Dental Assisting program.

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Entrance requirements

This program is delivered as a traineeship.

To enrol in this program as a trainee, you should:

  • find employment as a dental assistant
  • meet with your employer and an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider (Apprenticeship Network) to sign a training contract
  • nominate RMIT as your preferred Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

You will be contacted by us as soon as we are notified by the Apprenticeship Network.

There are no pre-requisites or selection tasks for this program.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Certificate III in Dental Assisting is a nationally endorsed qualification.

Some training for this program is based at the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne through a long standing partnership with Dental Health Services Victoria to ensure wide exposure to the industry.

RMIT University through its Industry Advisory Committee, consults with industry directly.  RMIT has been at the forefront of Dental Assisting training and education for over 20 years and has built up an extensive network of industry links. 


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/information-for/students-at-partners-outside-australia/getting-started/myrmit-student-portal  or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop or iPad you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers. You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT: www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit .

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students 

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