Course Title: Prepare for and assist with dental procedures

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3407 Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Course Title: Prepare for and assist with dental procedures

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 350

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Important Information:

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Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


535T Social Care and Health

Face-to-Face or Internet

VE 2022 (All)

Course Contact: Sue Fatone

Course Contact Phone: +61393411406

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this course you will learn the skills and knowledge required to prepare the dental surgery including equipment, instruments and materials, for dental procedures and assist the practitioner during dental procedures.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDEN015 Prepare for and assist with dental procedures


1. Prepare dental surgery for dental procedures.

2. Use dental terminology.

3. Record personal, medical and dental details.

4. Select and prepare syringe local anaesthesia.

5. Assist practitioner during dental procedures.

6. Manage waste and decontaminate the clinical area during changeover of patients.

7. Maintain and store instruments, equipment materials and medicaments.

8. Work legally, ethically and professionally in a dental setting.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations, and through the application of learned skills and insights to your written tasks. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on CANVAS.