How to Become a Dental Assistant

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HLT35015Open CollegesCertificate III in Dental Assisting

Studying this Open Colleges' online Certificate III in Dental Assisting (HLT35015) course provides you with the training to develop your skills as a professional dental assistant.

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HLT35015Foundation EducationCertificate III in Dental Assisting

The online Certificate III in Dental Assisting (HLT35015) course provides you with the education and training to build your career as a qualified dental assistant.

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HLT35015/HLT45015Foundation EducationCertificate III in Dental Assisting & Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Oral Health Promotion Specialisation)

Gain specialist skills in oral health with this online Certificate III in Dental Assisting (HLT35015) & Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Oral Health Promotion Specialisation) (HLT45015) dual qualification.

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HLT35015/HLT45015Foundation EducationCertificate III in Dental Assisting & Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography Specialisation)

Specialise in radiography and set yourself up for a rewarding career in the dental services sector with this Certificate III in Dental Assisting (HLT35015) & Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography Specialisation) (HLT45015) qualification.

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HLT43015Open CollegesCertificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Physiotherapy)

The online Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Physiotherapy) (HLT43015) course will give you the skills to begin pursuing a career as a physiotherapist's assistant or aide.

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HLT45015Foundation EducationCertificate IV in Dental Assisting (Oral Health Promotion Specialisation)

This Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Oral Health Promotion Specialisation) (HLT45015) course provides you with job-ready skills in dental assisting with a specialisation that allows you to provide high-quality services to dental patients.

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HLT45015Foundation EducationCertificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography and Oral Health)

Provide high-quality services in two key areas of dental service with this Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography and Oral Health Promotion Specialisation) (HLT45015) course.

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HLT45015Foundation EducationCertificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography Specialisation)

Learn how to assistant dentists with radiography procedures by studying this Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Radiography Specialisation) (HLT45015) course.

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Definition of Dental Assistant

Most dental procedures require the hands-on involvement of a Dental Assistant, making them an important part of any dental practice. Providing support to the dentist and other clinicians, they greatly increase efficiency and enable the provision of a higher standard of dental care.

One of the major aspects of a Dental Assistant’s work is patient care. They greet patients, help them feel at ease, prepare them for treatment, and educate them on procedures and proper oral care.

Another key responsibility is to function as an extra set of hands, working alongside the dentist or hygienist during examinations and treatments, passing equipment, mixing materials for fillings, operating suction devices and recording information.



The Dental Assistant ensures that proper standards of infection control are maintained, prepping and cleaning rooms and equipment before and after each patient. They may also be tasked with some clerical duties such as managing stock, updating patient records, documenting procedures and processing X-rays.

What are the responsibilities of a Dental Assistant ?

  • Greeting patients and helping them feel at ease.
  • Performing reception duties, updating patient records and managing stock.
  • Preparing patients, rooms, materials and equipment before procedures.
  • Documenting treatments and processing X-rays.
  • Assisting dentists and other clinicians by organising and passing instruments and materials during dental procedures.
  • Operating water sprayers and suction devices during examinations.
  • Upholding standards of infection control, cleaning and processing instruments and rooms after use.
  • Educating patients on procedures, oral hygiene techniques and post procedure treatment plans.

Career Outlook for Dental Assistant

The average age of people working as is 27 with 2.20% of them being male. 58.20% of are employed full-time and they typically work around 35.5 hours per week.

 

Unemployment is average and, with A Bachelor Degree or higher, the average Community Worker can earn around $893 per week Before Tax. In 2015 there were 18,400 working and the future growth of the profession is predicted to be moderate, with numbers around 19,300 in 2020.