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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.

Please note: The information on this page is for non-trainees only. View the traineeship version of this course.

This course follows a flipped classroom methodology, where students are exposed to learning content online via myChisholm, 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 myChisholm, 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.

You will be required to complete a minimum of 350 hours of industry (work) placement over the course of your studies.

Free TAFE Pathways

In addition to being a Free TAFE course, this course is also part of the Free TAFE Pathways initiative.

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

Please note: Students may be required to undertake an assessment of their literacy and numeracy as part of their application process.

Nationally Recognised Training logoChisholm is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides Nationally Recognised Training (NRT). This means you can be assured that our training will provide you with a qualification that is recognised and respected across Australia.

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.