Through practical learning, you’ll be able to apply what you’ve studied straight away!
You'll learn through a mixture of on-the-job experience and off-the-job training.
The on-the-job component occurs in your workplace, under the training support of a licensed dental operator working at their own clinic or dental practice. The off-the-job component includes lectures, online activities, workshops and practical labs. On campus, you’ll study in state-of-the-art facilities at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.
You will have access to the world-class Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital in Carlton. These facilities give you access to cutting-edge technology and techniques.
You will study in fully operational dental simulation clinics, which give you hands-on experience with intra-and extra-oral radiographs, as well as clinical photography.
In this course, you’ll learn how to:
- implement and monitor infection control policy and procedure
- contribute to OHS processes
- apply principles of radiation biology and protection in dental practice
- prepare to expose prescribed dental radiographic images
- produce dental radiographic images
- take clinical photographs.
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Program code: C4385
National curriculum code: HLT45015
This program is supported and recognised by industry and recognised nationally.
Graduates will be eligible to be licensed in intra-oral and extra-oral dental radiography from the Victorian Government Department of Health.
- Certificate III in Dental Assisting qualification or equivalent.
Note: Evidence of equivalence (course guide) must be provided.
- Hold a current Level 2 First Aid qualification at the commencement of the program.
Recognition of prior learning with be required in the form of a practical entrance assessment if your qualification was attained from:
- RMIT before the introduction of the Health Training Package (2000)
RPL will include an assessment of your skills in line with the outcomes listed in Certificate III in Dental Assisting competency units.
Free TAFE for priority courses
From January 1 2019, the Victorian Government is waiving tuition fees for this program, as well as other priority government-subsidised non-apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs.
Visit Free TAFE for priority courses for further information on what this means and whether it may affect you.
If you have any questions you can contact our Info Corner team.
The tuition fees below will apply if you are not receiving a Free TAFE fee waiver.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2020 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$650* per annum
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$3,250* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$X7,500* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.