About the course

About the course

This dental assisting course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to assist a dentist, dental hygienist, dental prosthetist, dental therapist or oral health therapist during oral health care procedures.

Within this role, tasks will include maintaining high standards of infection control, assisting with practice administration and supporting quality and professionalism in the dental sector.

This course will be delivered via blended delivery involving both online face to face classes, as well as on campus practical classes in our simulated dental environment at Elgar Campus. 

To achieve this qualification, students must complete at least 250 hours of work placement within a dental practice. This requirement must be organised by the student. 


Course will be replaced

Please note: This training package will change in the near future and minor alterations to the course will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 9 months (July intake: theory and practical classes will be scheduled 3 days per week in Semester 2, 2021. You will then have the duration of Term 1, 2022 to complete the work placement component of this qualification)


For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion, you may wish to apply for employment opportunities as a dental assistant

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Entry Requirements

You must have:

  • excellent communication skills
  • excellent English language skills
  • successfully completed Year 10

You'll also be required to find your own practical placement with a suitable dental practice.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion enables you to apply for Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Free-TAFE or Job TrainerGovernment Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$572$2,861$9,291
Service Fee$166$166$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83$83
Material Fee$83$83$83$83
Retain Course Items$560$560$560$560
Total Course Estimate$892$1,464$3,753$10,183
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$892$1,464$3,753$10,183

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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