Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography)

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  • Awarded by

    Foundation Education (RTO: 22557)

  • Qualification

    Certificate IV

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    12 months

  • Start Date

    Anytime – start today!

  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Dental Assistant | Dental Therapy Assistant | Dental Sterilisation Nurse | Dental Radiographer

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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  • In a Nutshell

    The HLT45021 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography), will provide you with the essential skills and knowledge you need to become a Dental Radiographer and assist Dentists undertaking dental procedures. You will learn specialist radiation biology and protection skills to take clinical photographs and prepare and produce a prescribed dental radiographic image, as well as being able to interpret and apply medical terminology. You will graduate with job ready skills that will allow you to work in a range of sectors, including dental, oral surgery, orthodontics and community health clinics.

    Dental Assistants are imperative to all aspects of a dental practice, as they ensure that high standards of quality patient care are met. If you're looking for flexible working hours, Dental Assisting is a great option, as many practices offer casual and part-time work.

    Work Placement

    There are no mandatory workplace hours to complete this qualification. However, students must have access to a dental practice, equipment for sterilisation, imaging equipment and a qualified supervisor i.e. a person who holds Certificate IV in Dental Assisting or a higher relevant qualification to complete their course.

    Please note: This is a fee-for-service program.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who have achieved:

    • HLT31812 Certificate III in Dental Assisting or

    • HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting or

    • HLT35021 Certificate III in Dental Assisting or equivalent.

    Minimum Age
    Students under the age of 18 years require the signed consent of a parent or guardian to enrol in this qualification.

    Work Placement Requirements
    There are no mandatory workplace hours to complete this qualification. However, Students must have access to a dental practice, equipment for sterilisation, imaging equipment and a qualified supervisor i.e. a person who holds Certificate IV in Dental Assisting or a higher relevant qualification to complete their course

    Residency Status
    You will need to be a permanent Australian resident or equivalent.

    Computer Requirements

    In order to complete the on-line part of the course you will need regular access to the following:

    Computer:      Laptop or desktop computer with working speakers or headphone points

    Internet:        High speed internet such as Broadband or ADSL, T1/T2, fibre optic

    Windows :     Operating system – Windows 8 or above

    Internet Browser:   Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Internet Explorer 11

    MAC :            Operating system - OS X 10.14 Mojave or later

    Software:       PDF Reader, Microsoft Word (or Open Office which is free to download)

  • Subject Breakdown

    In this dental assisting course, the subjects you may study include:

    • HLTSTE003 - Sterilise loads
    • HLTWHS003 - Maintain work health and safety
    • BSBMED301 - Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
    • HLTDEN0027 - Take a clinical photograph
    • HLTDEN021 - Apply the principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice
    • HLTDEN022 - Prepare to expose a prescribed dental radiographic image
    • HLTDEN023 - Produce a prescribed dental radiographic image
    • HLTDET001 - Construct models
  • Why Foundation Education?

    Foundation Education provides students with access to quality vocational education and employment opportunities alongside their sister brand, the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers (AIPT), and a robust network of industry partners all around Australia.

    With courses designed by industry experts, you'll gain the knowledge and experience to graduate with the job-ready skills employers seek. Plus, you can learn at your pace and place with flexible study options.

    Whether you're interested in a career as a Dental Assistant, Teacher Aide, Office Manager, Physiotherapy Assistant, or something else, Foundation Education has a vocational study option to take you where you want to go.

    The Foundation Education difference means:

    - Flexible Online Study: The theoretical component of the courses can be completed online at your own pace.

    - Dedicated Student Support – Foundation Education's industry-experienced Subject Advisors, Assessors and Support Officers will support you from enrolment through to graduation.

    - Industry Relevant Courses: Course material is developed in consultation with industry experts to provide you with comprehensive skills and knowledge required to graduate job-ready.

    - National Recognised Training: Every Certificate and Diploma offered is nationally recognised and accredited, meeting established industry needs and national quality assurance requirements.

    Foundation Education RTO 22557

  • Where will this course take you?

    Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited HLT45021 Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (Dental Radiography) from Foundation Education.

    You will be qualified to apply for position of Dental Radiographer, or assisting a dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist with health care procedures and administrative duties. Your specialisation in dental radiography will make you a valuable employee with sought-after skills.

    This nationally recognised qualification provides the knowledge, skills and experience required to provide an advanced level of assistance to dental practitioners in a clinical environment. With specialisation in dental radiography, you'll also finish this course with the ability to apply for a radiation licence (applicable to your state), increasing your employability in the industry.

  • Career Outcomes

    Wondering where a career in Dentistry could take you? Potential job outcomes may include: Dental Assistant, Dentist, Dental Hygienist.

  • Let's talk price

    Foundation Education offers flexible payment plans beginning from just $60.85* a week!

    Enquire now to find out more about instalment plans or saving on your course fees by paying upfront.

    Please note: This is a fee-for-service program.

    *Payment plan total is $100 deposit + 78 weekly payments. Foundation Education uses the direct debiting services of Debitsuccess on payment plans. Payment plans will incur a $12 establishment fee, charged with the first instalment, plus a 3.63% transaction fee on each transaction. Weekly payment amount provided is already inclusive of the transaction fee.



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