Course Title: Take impressions

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: DENT5248C

Course Title: Take impressions

School: 155T Vocational Health and 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

Zanne Frazer 9341 1402
Craig McCracken 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:

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


2. Select impression tray and modify if required

Performance Criteria:

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


3. Select and prepare impression materials

Performance Criteria:

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


4. Perform impression taking procedure

Performance Criteria:

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

Facilitator led discussions using :Powerpoint presentations

  • In class activities
  • Simulated clinical workplace activities
  • Reading chapters from Prosthetic Treatment of the Edentulous Patient" 5th Ed. by R M Basker and J C Davenport

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


Teaching Schedule

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 Iliopoulos & Julie Stirton

Prosthetists student groups attend on the following days:

PTC 12 Thursday afternoons & full day Fridays clinical experience

PTC 13 Monday afternoons & full day Tuesdays clinical experience

Class schedules are detailed in the timetables provided on Blackboard (subject to change at the discrection of RMIT, in this event notification will be provided to your student email);

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
Assessors: Zanne Frazer, Craig McCracken

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


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


* Co assessed with this unit will be elements of HLTHIR501C:- 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.

Evidenced via thorough completion of clinical logbook.

Patient records and case histories addressing performance criteria

Other Information

Clinical logbook must be kept up to date.

All work must be suitable for insertion in the patient’s mouth, failure to provide suitable work will lead to removable of clinical priviledges until evidence is provided that the work is appropriate for patient treatment.

Patient files must be entered on the day of treatment in order to avoid removal of clinical prililedges

Clinical priviledges will be removed if theory is not passed progressively.


RMIT University requires that you present 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. Penalities can include charges of acedemic 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 to submit your learning guides and assessments.

Special consideration:

Please note: Students may apply for Special Consideration as per the information via the RMIT website if they believe 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 assesment time or assessment submission date. The application for Special Consideration is NOT granted automatically on application.

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Non completion or non-submission of compulsory tasks:

Failure to complete any or all of the compulsory tasks listed above will prevent the student from achieving a CA (competency achieved) result for unit HLTDP603C/DENT5248CTake Impressions. This will result in the student not completing the unit successfully. NYC (not yet competent) will be recorded and re enrolment will be required to continue the unit/program. Fees will be incurred.

Please note: A second opportunity for assessment will not be granted unless the student has applied for and been granted special consideration as per RMIT assessment policy.

Assessment Appeal Process:
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 is available

Students are required to support the learning outcomes of this Unit with further self managed research to support positive outcomes in this Unit.

To undertake practical exercises and /or assessment students MUST present for the assessment process as follows:

Please note these are also WH&S requirements for clinical safety.

In appropriate practical class attire (Protective clothing for legs - if shorts, must cover knees, lab coat, safety glasses)
Fully covered in leather(not suede) footwear

Hair to be contained by tying back or in appropriate hair cover.
No artificial fingernails to be worn
The wearing of henna is acceptable.
Short, clean fingernails
No jewellery to be worn on the hands or wrists. Wedding rings or jewellery that cannot be removed for cultural reasons must be taped with an appropriate waterproof tape
All cuts/ skin abrasions on the hands or wrists must be covered with a waterproof dressing

A student that is non-compliant with any of the above requirements will not be permitted to undertake laboratory work or clinical treatment/assessment at the scheduled time.

Students may only have access to laboratory facilities on enroled days.


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