Course Title: Take impressions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: DENT5248C

Course Title: Take impressions

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6123 - Advanced Diploma of Dental Prosthetics

Course Contact : mark doherty

Course Contact Phone: (03) 9341 1407

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Craig McCracken 9341 1410
Zanne Frazer 9341 1402
Olga Tsibidis 9341 1410

Nominal Hours: 75

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

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
HLTIN302B Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work

Course Description

Take a range of impressions for clients who are partialy dentate or edentulous

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDP603C Take impressions


1. Assess the client

Performance Criteria:

1.1Confirm client's medical history
1.2Interpret prescription where required
1.3Provide full details of the procedure to the client and/or carer
1.4Obtain and document consent following ethical and legal requirements
1.5Select the equipment and instruments for the impression
1.6Prepare personal protective equipment for the client and members of the dental team
1.7Adjust the dental clinic to accommodate the client's needs


2. Select impression tray and modify if required

Performance Criteria:

2.1Select an appropriate impression tray for the technique and the client
2.2Modify the impression tray where necessary to assure comfort and accuracy


3. Select and prepare impression materials

Performance Criteria:

3.1Select impression materials in accordance with desired outcome
3.2Consider clients' comfort and the indications for the use of particular materials
3.3Prepare the correct materials and medicaments using the correct technique, to the correct consistency and quantity required
3.4Modify materials where indicated



4. Perform impression taking procedure

Performance Criteria:

4.1Implement standard precautions to prevent the spread of infection
4.2Position and prepare the client for the procedure
4.3Instruct client on participation during the procedure
4.4Place impression tray and mixed material in client's mouth
4.5Carry-out muscle trimming
4.6Monitor and reassure the client throughout the procedure and provide first aid support if required
4.7Remove the impression when set
4.8Examine the client's mouth for injury and impression material debris following removal of the impression
4.9Restore the client's comfort and appearance
4.10Document details of the procedure in accordance with standard procedures and relevant guidelines
4.11Assess the quality of the impression for the required prosthetic appliance

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit you will have the skills and knowledge required to take a range of impressions for clients who are dentate or edentulous.

Details of Learning Activities

Research the following:
•Legal issues relating to health records management; consent, duty of care; confidentiality
•Denture bearing areas and oral pathology
Participate in individual/team scenarios/role plays/case studies dealing with
•Client history taking
•Oral examination – visual and digital
•Treatment planning
•Advice to clients
•impression taking

Participate in simulated workplace scenarios for:
•client history taking
•oral examination
•treatment planning
•advice to clients
•impression taking
In the supervised clinical environment perform
•client history taking
•oral examination
•treatment planning
•advice to clients
•impression taking

Teaching Schedule

•Relevant current legislation and guidelines
•Impression Taking
•Impression materials
•Impression tray alternatives
•Instruments and equipment
•Interpersonal communication
•Behaviour management techniques
•Time & task management
•Implementing current NHMRC infection control guidelines
•Occupational health and safety
Teachers: Zanne Frazer, Craig McCracken, Olga Tsibidis, Patricia Iliopolos & Peter Daffy

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

"Pocket Atlas of Oral Diseases" by G.Laskaris (Thieme books) "Prosthetic Treatment of the Edentulous Patient" 5th Ed. by R M Basker and J C Davenport (Blackwell Munksgaard books) The Royal Australian College of General Practicianers – New Guide to Medicines and Drugs DK Publications


Other Resources

Online research.

RMIT Library

Overview of Assessment

Impression technique clinically demonstrated. Patient records reviewed.

Assessment Tasks

Report on impression taking procedures, materials, instruments and equipment - Word processed patient record report for every patient treated
Assessor: Zanne Frazer

Case Studies– presentation patients (Patient records)- Written report (patient record) and oral presentation
Assessor: Zanne Frazer


Complete journal of experience in relation to outcomes of clinical experience placement - Word processed patient record report for every patient treated
Assessor: Zanne Frazer

* Co assessed with this will be elements of HLTHIR501A:- Maintain an effective health work environment, HLTIN301C:- Comply with infection control policies and procedures and HLTWHS401A:- Maintain WHS processes*

Pool of Clinical Observers: Zanne Frazer, Patricia Iliopolos, Craig McCracken, Olga Tsibidis, Julie Stirton, Peter Daffy& Dr Evelyn Soh



Assessment Matrix

Perform elements and performance criteria of competence as designated for this unit of competence to the required standard consistently across a range of variables during clinical placement See critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate this competency unit. . Consistent clinical demonstration addressing all the performance criteria across a wide range of variables. 80% Evidenced via thorough completion of clinical logbook.
Patient records and case histories addressing performance criteria. 20%

*All assessment tasks must be successfully completed before competency can be obtained

Other Information

Clinical logbook must be kept up to date.
Clinical priviledges will be removed if theory is not passed progressively.

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