Course Title: Produce a dental radiographic image

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4320 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Course Title: Produce a dental radiographic image

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 90

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Term1 2013,
Term2 2013,
Term1 2014,
Term2 2014,
Term1 2015,
Term1 2016

Course Contact: Ms. Sandra Torbica

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9341 1408

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to operate dental radiographic equipment and position the client and radiographic film in order to produce a diagnostic image

All procedures are carried out in accordance with work health and safety (WHS) policies and procedures, current infection control guidelines, Australian and New Zealand Standards for maintaining infection control and the policies and procedures of the dental practice or organisation.  All tasks are carried out in accordance with state or territory legislative requirements

This unit applies to dental assisting work

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures
 HLTIN302C Process reusable instruments and equipment in health work
 HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

HLTDA412D Produce a dental radiographic image


1. Position client to obtain radiographic image

2. Position dental radiographic film

3. Operate radiographic imaging equipment safely to produce image

4. Process and provide quality assurance for the exposed dental radiographic film

Learning Outcomes

1.1 Implement and maintain radiation safety measures for the client, operator and others throughout the procedure
1.2 Position the client correctly
1.3 Maintain communication with the client

2.1 Select the appropriate technical variables on the dental radiographic unit according to manufacturer specifications, procedure and client requirements
2.2 Select the appropriate radiographic technique according to the tooth under investigation and the anatomy of the oral cavity
2.3 Select and position correctly the appropriate film for the client’s requirements
2.4 Select and use film locating devices to position the film correctly when appropriate
2.5 Select accessories when appropriate according to manufacturer specifications

3.1 Operate equipment according to manufacturer specifications and legislative requirements for the safe use of radiation in dentistry
3.2 Ensure the client does not move and remains visible throughout the procedure
3.3 Remove the exposed dental radiographic film package carefully from the mouth
3.4 Label the exposed radiographic film package correctly prior to processing

4.1 Process the radiographic film correctly
4.2 Assess visual qualities of the processed film
4.3 Identify and correct processing errors
4.4 Identify and correct errors in technique
4.5 Mount and store radiographic images correctly

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will include demonstration of underpinning knowledge, and skills; assessment activities may include oral presentation, written work, written tests, simulated practical assessment, portfolio of simulated films with critique sheets, logbook and third party report, patient films with critique sheets and a workplace assessment.