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, you will maintain high standards of infection control, assist with practice administration and support quality and professionalism in the dental sector.

Students within this program must be employed in dental practice and enrolled as an off campus student or undertaking a traineeship. Our workplace assessors will then support you online and in the workplace to ensure your training needs are met. 

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

Online: you can begin this course any time throughout the year

Full time: 12 months 

This fully online course is supported by a dedicated full time trainer who is available to support your learning via Student Web (our online learning plaform) and Microsoft Teams. Your trainer will also conduct at least 4 workplace visits which are arranged in consultation with you and your employer. During these visits, your trainer will conduct relevent workplace assessments.

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$576$2,880$9,368
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$1,385$3,689$10,177
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$809$1,385$3,689$10,177

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 2022 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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Course Structure

You will be required to complete 11 units. 

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

As part of this qualification, you must complete HLTAID003 Provide First Aid. You will be offered dates to undertake this unit on campus throughout your enrollment. Alternatviely, you may undertake this unit of comeptency with an independent first aid training provider and apply for a credit transfer. 

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