About the course

About the course

Our dental assisting course provides you with the knowledge and skills to work as a dental assistant.

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

Trainees/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.

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Intake Dates & Course Length

Online: any time throughout the year

Full time: 12 months (delivered via online delivery)

You must complete 300 hrs of workplace hours during the course of your enrolment.

This fully online course is supported by a dedicated full time teacher who is available to support your learning via student web our learning management system and Microsoft Teams an interactive collaborative system whereby you can communicate with the teacher live and or via video conference.

In addition to this the teacher will visit you in the workplace at agreed times. Practical assessment will occur during these visits.

Students have the option of completing the core unit HLTAID003 Provide First Aid with an independent organisation or opt to attend campus to complete through BHI.

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

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Career Outcomes

After completion, you'll be able to apply for positions such as a qualified Dental Assistant

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Entry Requirements

You must have:

  • excellent communication skills
  • excellent English Language skills
  • meet the literacy and numeracy requirements of the course



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$0$0$0$0
Retain Course Items$560$560$560$560
Total Course Estimate$809$1,381$3,670$10,100
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$809$1,381$3,670$10,100

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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