Learn all the theory and practical elements of being a dental assistant and achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

The qualification provides you with all the knowledge and skills needed to assist a dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist, dental prosthetists, or oral health therapists during all health care procedures. This course follows a flipped classroom methodology, where students are exposed to learning content online via Moodle, prior to on campus tutorial to consolidate key concepts.

Students attend face to face classes on campus 3 days a week, and is considered a Full Time study load. The classes are a mix of theoretical learning and practical application of skills that they will use in workplace situations once graduated. Classroom learning is supported by online content which the student access via Moodle, with an expectation that this is completed every week before commencement of Lab based activities.  The assessment of several units is undertaken in Chisholm’s Dental lab which is set up to mimic a dental surgery environment.

All students complete a minimum 350 hours practical placement within a dental practice, this can be either in a hospital or community health care, or private setting.

If required, theory classes are delivered via zoom, with full student’s participation. Required on campus labs are completed at reduced capacity to maintain density requirements

The course includes important skills such as communication, first aid, infection control, work, health and safety processes (WHS), and working with diverse people. You will also learn Dental specific skills such as includes receiving and preparing patients, preparing dental materials, processing X-rays, using suction devices and water sprays, performing routine maintenance on equipment, sterilising and preventing cross infection of equipment.

Please note: 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.  

Students will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 prior to coming onto campus or going on placement.  Visit our Coronavirus page for up-to date information

If you have any queries regarding the practical placement of a course, please contact our student information centre on 1300 244 746 or enquiries@chisholm.edu.au.

Course code
Delivery location
Not available Online
Not available for International students
Full Time, 9 months.
Start dates
January, July 2022

Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.