C4320 - Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

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Plan: C4320 - Certificate IV 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 IV in Dental Assisting
Qualification national code: HLT43012
Nominal hours: 155
Career: TAFE
Duration: 9 months P/T (Practice admin.) 12 months P/T (Dental radiography) and 18 months P/T (Oral health p)
Location: Building 154 level 3 (Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne, 720 Swanston St, Carlton)
Owning school: Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences (174T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/vocational-engineering-health-and-sciences/
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 in the areas of Dental Radiography, Oral Health Promotion, General anaesthesia or Practise Administration depending on the electives you choose. The program combines off the job training in the workplace. Educators from RMIT University liaise closely with workplace supervisors to facilitate training that meets your individual learning needs.

The program is delivered through:

  • on the job training
  • face to face classroom theory based subjects
  • hands on practical based workshops        


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Articulation and pathways

There is currently an articulation pathway to Advanced Diploma Oral Hygiene for this program.

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.


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Entrance requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of two years experience in general dental practice and be currently employed and supported by a dental practice throughout the duration of the program In addition you must hold the Certificate III in Dental Assisting or equivalent, have good communication skills, be computer literate and hold a current level 2 first aid program at the commencement of the program.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) will be required for any prospective student holding a qualification attained from RMIT before the introduction of the Health Training Package (2000), Australian Dental Association (Victoria Branch), interstate (not under HLT07) or overseas.

RPL assessment will include an assessment of your skills in line with the outcomes listed in HLT31807 Certificate III Dental Assisting competency units.  

Working with Children Check: When you become a student you will be required to hold a Working with

Children Check before undertaking clinical components of this program. Failure to obtain satisfactory checks may result in you being unable to complete this program         


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External accreditation and industry links

The Certificate IV in Dental Assisting is a nationally endorsed an recognised training program qualification that is supported and underpinned by a national health training package.

RMIT University and the School of Life and Physical Sciences, through its program advisory committees consults with industry directly around all aspects of the program. RMIT has been at the forefront of Dental Assisting training and education for over 10 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

Library resources and services

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, past exams, 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 (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop 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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