About the course

About the course

Our dental assisting course provides you with the knowledge and skills to work as a dental assistant. You can complete this course as a student in our on-campus course or undertake off-campus study while working in a dental practice.

Our on-campus training utilises a simulated dental environment at our Elgar Campus.  Applicants not employed in a dental practice must source and complete a minimum of 250 hours of practical work placement in a dental practice.

With this nationally recognised health qualification you can competently assist a dentist, dental therapist or dental hygienist during oral health care procedures. You will learn all aspects of chairside assisting including:

  • infection control
  • radiography
  • oral hygiene instruction
  • practice administration
  • how to support quality and professionalism in the dental sector

Workplace-based students: Our workplace assessors will work with you online and in the workplace to ensure your training and learning needs are met to a competent standard. We also offer off-campus workshops to support you during this course.

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Intake Dates & Course Length

On campus course: There are two intakes per year February and August.

Please note: that for those who enrol in the August you will be required to pay the Service and Amenity fee on enrolment and then again in the new year for the second half of your course.

For off-campus/workplace you can enrol at anytime.

Full time: 12 months

For on-campus students you will need to source and complete 250 hours of work placement in a dental practice.

Off-campus you will need to complete 300hrs of work placement in the Dental Clinic that you are employeed.

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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 are required to find your own practical placement with a suitable dental practice.


To apply for this course, you must also be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider and have a training contract with an employer. 

We can provide information and support on how to apply for a traineeship with an employer listed by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider. Contact the Skills & Jobs Centre on (03) 8892 1350 or email sajc.elgar@boxhill.edu.au.


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.

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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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