Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)
Campus Locations for Course Delivery
Approx.Contact Hours per Week
| ||Gilles Plains||Apply Now||On Campus||20||February 2017 for 2 year program
October 2017 for those receiving RPL (Bridging + 1 year) |
Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)
- * Dental Assistant Qualification including Dental Radiography training.* Academic IELTS of 7.0 Overall with a minimum of 7.0 in all bands or equivalent or the Occupational English Test – A's and/or B's in all areas of assessment* Successful completion of the TAFE SA Dental Hygiene written assessment (test)* Satisfactory completion of
Year 12 or overseas equivalent
. In addition to the above, students with an overseas qualification in Dentistry (5 year duration)/Dental Therapy (2 year duration)/Dental Hygiene plus additional Dental Radiography training, and 5 years of practise experience, may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL application fees apply), and if successful, complete this course in 1 year. Students seeking RPL must also successfully complete the Practical Assessment. * See note 1 for additional requirements of 2 year program** See note 2 for requirements and additional requirements of 1 year + RPL program
Work Placement Duration: 50 hours
- On Full Time 2 Year Program
The written assessment will be conducted on campus and aims to assess knowledge of dental assisting and the underpinning practice, for example – basic human biology, infection control, dental industry regulations in Australia, problem solving and communication strategies.
- On 1 Year Full-Time Program - via Recognition of Prior Learning & Experience
The written assessment will be conducted on campus and aims to assess applied oral health knowledge and recent hands-on clinical workplace experience in the past five years.
Section 1: Multiple choice questions
Section 2: Short answer questions
Section 3: case scenarios
Multiple Choice Questions:
A selection of multiple choice questions covering areas including
· General Anatomy
· Head and Neck Anatomy
· Medical Emergencies
Short Answer Questions:
These questions require a demonstration of underpinning scientific knowledge and clinical application.
· Oral Biofilm
· Regulations of the practice of a Dental Hygienist working in Australia.
A clinical stations examination will be conducted on campus and will assess:
· Basic dental health education & oral hygiene instruction and communication
· Dental radiography (practical exposure of 4 films, 2 bitewings and 2 periapicals)
· Identification of intra-oral conditions
· Taking of upper and lower alginate impressions on a manikin
· Exploring and Periodontal probing on a manikin
· Application of rubber dam (multiple tooth isolation on a manikin)
· Administration of local anaesthesia (infiltration and nerve block) on a simulation model.
- This qualification satisfies the academic requirements to be eligible to apply for registration through AHPRA. Graduates will also be required to complete other requirements of registration including gaining a successful International Criminal History Check See http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Process/Criminal-history-checks/International-Criminal-History.aspx for further details.
For more specific information regarding registration requirements for Dental Hygiene can be sourced at http://www.dentalboard.gov.au/Registration.aspx
- For further information regarding the content of the practical assessment please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Apply
International Course - application process
If you are applying from onshore, generally, you will need to apply for an international course to TAFE South Australia at least two months before you want to start your studies in Australia. If you are applying from offshore it is highly recommended that you apply at least four months in advance.
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Note: You must be an International resident to apply for this course.
For Australian residents please visit TAFE SA Courses.
Dental care has changed over the years, moving from a focus on repairing cavities and decay, to proactive, preventive measures. Dental hygienists, dental assistants and dental technicians all work closely with dentists in the care and treatment of teeth and gums. As the population ages, and people become more aware of the value of their teeth, dental workers are in medium to high demand. Courses in this area can lead to work as dental assistants, with some traineeships available.
Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.
Qualifications & Skills Covered
Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)
This qualification will help progress your career as a dental hygienist by teaching you advanced techniques. You will learn about contemporary dental hygiene practice to develop your skills to work in the private or government sector.
Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full Qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.
Packaged University Offer
This course is available as a Packaged University Offer. The University program(s) for this course: Bachelor of Health Science at the University of South Australia
This allows students to accept a joint packaged offer with a local South Australian University, and upon successful completion of TAFE SA qualification, the student is eligible for a guaranteed entry into a nominated University Program. Find out more about Packaged University Offers.
The benefits of a Packaged University Offer include:
- Students will be able to apply for a single visa for the entire duration of both programs
- Guaranteed entry into selected University Programs
- Guaranteed credits shorten the duration of qualifications and reduces tuition fees over the total duration of study program
- Graduate with a dual qualification from both TAFE SA and a University (for example Advanced Diploma/Bachelor Degree)
- Graduate with a competitive mix of practical and theoretical skills
See relevant Credit Transfer details below.
You will only receive a joint offer for TAFE SA and University if you apply for a Packaged University Program. If the University course that you have selected is not part of a Packaged University Offers, you will need to apply separately to the University for your selected degree program.
Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses.
Find other TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements
|University||University Course||Points||Time Equiv.||Details|
|University of Adelaide||Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship||36 points
| ||Bachelor of Oral Health||34 points
|University of South Australia||Bachelor of Health Science||18 points
These course fees are for international students only.
|Tuition Fees||Incidental Fees|
|Semester 1||AUD $13000||AUD $1000|
|Semester 2||AUD $13000||AUD $1000|
|Semester 3||AUD $13000||AUD $1000|
|Semester 4||AUD $13000||AUD $1000|
|Fee Totals||AUD $52000||AUD $4000|
|Total Course Cost||AUD $56000|
* The other fees that will be charged in addition to the tuition fee:
· Materials and instruments
· Instrument deposit
Note: TAFE SA does not commit to any fees shown. Charges vary between courses and subjects and are
based on a rate per hour. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.
Overseas Student Health Cover
All overseas students are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Student Health Cover.
TAFE SA International offers an optional Arrival & Pick up and/or Accommodation Service. For further details please contact us.