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Learn the theory and practical elements of being a dental assistant

This qualification provides the knowledge and skills needed to assist a dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist during all health care procedures. You will learn how to help maintain high standards of infection control and to assist with practice administration.

Chisholm offers flexible training options for students.

No industry experience: Attend three days per week at Frankston campus. You are required to source 250 hours of work placement at a dental practice in order to complete this qualification.

Traineeship: Flexible options. Delivery can be provided in your own workplace or on campus. Chisholm offer this option throughout Melbourne and some regional areas within Victoria. Please contact the department to find out more!

Full time: Three days per week
Trainees: One evening per week. Blended delivery via zoom and at Frankston campus, or in the workplace only.

Please contact department to discuss course delivery options. If you have any queries on the practical placement of a course, please contact our student information centre on 1300 244 746 or

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, to continue your learning journey, this program will be delivered remotely where possible.

Participants will be required to engage with theoretical components of the course online and via video conferencing software rather than attend classes. Refer to our COVID-19 Online Service Standards for details of minimum technical requirements and support available.

Practical skills training and assessment will be carried out in scheduled small classes to meet social distancing requirements. Practical Placement is a required component of this course and will be scheduled as soon as possible with an appropriate placement host. Given the current environment, however, this may take longer than normal and therefore, expected completion dates for the course may need to be extended to take account of deferred placement.

If you have any queries on the practical placement of a course, please contact our student information centre on 1300 244 746 or

Course code
On campus
Not available Online
Not available for International students
Full Time, 9 months.
Start dates
28 Jan (Frankston FULL), 13 July (FULL), 14 July (for trainees only)