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 as a trainee.

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

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. We also offer off-campus workshops to support you during this course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

On campus course: February and July

Traineeship: any time throughout the year

Full time: 12 months

You will also source and complete 250 hours of work placement in a dental practice.

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 11 

You are 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.


Direct entry (it is a requirement to attend an information session and a group interview)


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 TAFEGovernment Subsidised ConcessionsGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$553$2,765$9,195
Service Fee$160$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80$80
Material Fee$165$165$165$165
Retain Course Items$560$560$560$560
Total Course Estimate$965$1,518$3,730$10,160
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$965$1,518$3,730$10,160

* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Student tuition & materials fees published are indicative, and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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