Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)

Duration (incl. holidays) 104 weeks
Teaching Duration101 weeks
(2 Semesters is 1 academic year)
CRICOS Code073245G
National Code40633SA
Course TypeAccredited Course
Course UnitsView Units
Example Career ProfileDental Workers/ Dental AssistantsDental Workers/ Dental Assistants
FacultiesHealth and Lifestyle
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Campus Locations for Course Delivery

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 CampusApplication Study Mode Approx.Contact Hours per Week Commences
 Gilles PlainsApply NowOn Campus20February 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

    Course Notes

    • 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.

      Written Components:
      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
      · Biology
      · Histology
      · General Anatomy
      · Head and Neck Anatomy
      · Medical Emergencies
      · Microbiology
      · Periodontology
      · Radiography
      · Epidemiology

      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.

      Practical Assessment:
      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 for further details.
      For more specific information regarding registration requirements for Dental Hygiene can be sourced at
    • For further information regarding the content of the practical assessment please contact

    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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    Enquire online or apply now.

    Note: You must be an International resident to apply for this course. For Australian residents please visit TAFE SA Courses.

    Employment Outcomes

    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) (40633SA)
    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.

    Credit Transfer

    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

    Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene)

    Credit Gained
    UniversityUniversity CoursePointsTime Equiv.Details
    University of AdelaideBachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship36 points 18 months Details
     Bachelor of Oral Health34 points  Details
    University of South AustraliaBachelor of Health Science18 points 6 months Details


    These course fees are for international students only.

    Tuition FeesIncidental Fees
    Semester 1AUD $13000AUD $1000
    Semester 2AUD $13000AUD $1000
    Semester 3AUD $13000AUD $1000
    Semester 4AUD $13000AUD $1000
    Fee TotalsAUD $52000AUD $4000
    Total Course CostAUD $56000

    * The other fees that will be charged in addition to the tuition fee: · Materials and instruments · Instrument deposit · Uniform

    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.

    Additional Services

    TAFE SA International offers an optional Arrival & Pick up and/or Accommodation Service. For further details please contact us.

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