Diploma of Dental Technology

Diploma of Dental Technology - HLT55118

VOCATIONAL

Gain the skills you need in dental technology to undertake entry-level roles as a dental technician.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Other
Fees:

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Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
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Fees:

Not applicable

Next intake:
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Overview

Develop the skills you need to work as a dental technician, an essential role in any dental practice.

Dental technicians provide support to dental personnel in public hospitals, as well as in public and private dental laboratories and clinics. As a dental technician, you'll use impressions to manufacture dentures, crowns, bridges and orthodontic appliances.

Through your studies in this diploma, you will learn how to construct models, impression trays, dentures, crown and bridge structures, oral splints and more. You'll also learn about infection prevention, first aid, workplace health and safety, recordkeeping, and communication and cultural safety services.

This diploma is delivered as both an apprenticeship program and a non-apprenticeship program.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Please note: this diploma is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa. If you are holding a temporary visa (other than a student visa) and your visa has a full study entitlement, you may be eligible to apply. For more information, see the international students with other temporary (non-student) visas.

Details

The apprenticeship course combines Interactive online learning with on-the-job training.

RMIT staff will liaise closely with your workplace supervisors to ensure your individual learning needs are being met. You will also attend practical classes on campus.

In the full-time (non-apprenticeship) course, you'll undertake interactive online learning with practical activitiesin the state-of-the-art simulated workplace environments at the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital in Carlton, and gain experience in all aspects of dental technology.

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including collaborative online learning, laboratory work, seminars, presentations, and group discussions.You'll have access to online resources.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes tests, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects and practical assignments.

Blended learning options

Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.

Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.

Apprenticeship students will benefit from on-the-job training while completing their studies and have the opportunity to perform practical work on campus under the supervision of our qualified teachers.

This also provides opportunities to interact with other apprentices.

Non-apprenticeship students will receive training in simulated work environments by industry trained professional teaching staff, many of whom are currently working in the industry.

This program is based at the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital in Carlton.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this diploma and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

Some of the subjects undertaken in the program include:

  • Articulate models and transfer records
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • Construct cast alloy removable partial denture framework
  • Construct crown and bridge structures
  • Construct custom impression trays
  • Construct ceramic and fixed restorations
  • Construct immediate dentures
  • Construct models
  • Construct oral splints
  • Construct orthodontic appliances
  • Construct registration rims
  • Construct complete removable acrylic dentures and appliances
  • Construct thermoformed bases and appliances
  • Maintain work health and safety
  • Join alloy structures
  • Repair and modify dentures and appliances
  • Communicate and work in health or community services.

Elective courses

  • Deliver and monitor a service to a customers
  • Computer aided manufacturing
  • Set up a business or records system for a small business.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Diploma of Dental Technology
Program code: C5387
National curriculum code: HLT55118

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Diploma of Dental Technology
City Campus
Apprenticeship: 3 years part time. Non Apprenticeship: 2 years full time
C5387
Location
City Campus
Duration
Apprenticeship: 3 years part time. Non Apprenticeship: 2 years full time
Plan code
C5387
CRICOS

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan C5387 - 3200372524

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Apprenticeship

  • Three years part-time
  • Delivered in block-release format, 24 weeks on-campus

Non-apprenticeship

  • Two years full-time
  • Students attend RMIT two days a week

Career

Graduates are qualified to undertake technical work in denture construction, cast partial denture fabrication, orthodontics, and crown and bridge construction.

This program is supported and underpinned by a national health training package and is a recognised occupation by the Australian Dental Association and Australian Dental Prosthetists Association.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

Apprenticeship

You must be employed and registered as an apprentice dental technician under a Training Agreement in a dental laboratory.

Non-apprenticeship

In accordance with industry criteria, it is recommended that students be able to demonstrate:

  • literacy skills equivalent to successful completion of Year 12 English
  • numeracy skills equivalent to successful completion of Year 11 Mathematics
  • oral communication skills in the English language sufficient to ensure that the individual can accurately provide, interpret and respond to simple and routine instructions
  • the ability to perform basic functions on a computer including accessing applications and inputting, retrieving and printing data

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., ATAR, GPA or STAT Multiple Choice (including any adjustments).

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

Additional information

Important: Additional immunisations may be required in response to changes in Government regulations or at the request of the placement host organisation.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.

The completion of the Science Stream of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation provides a guaranteed pathway into this program.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Graduates of the Diploma meet the academic entry requirements for the Advanced Diploma of Dental Prosthetics.

Graduates of this course will be guaranteed entry into the courses below.

For more information, explore our Pathway finder, or contact Study@RMIT.

Fees

2023 fees

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.

2 year duration non-apprentices

  • 2023 government subsidised place: AU$12,000* per annum
  • 2023 full-fee place: AU$17,000* per annum

2 year duration apprentices

  • 2022 government subsidised place: AU$6,000* per annum
  • 2022 full-fee place: AU$10,833* per annum

*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

Fee finder

Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.

Additional expenses

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022*.
  • 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 Exemption criteria

**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility

Defer your payment

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.

Payments and refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

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 2023 is $326. 

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.

VET Student Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.

How does a VET Student Loan work?

If your VET Student Loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.

Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your VETSL debt. You will start repaying your accumulated VETSL debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (this also applies if you are still studying).

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology advises that:

  • VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements; and
  • a VET student loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

For more information see VET Student Loans or Study Assist.

VET Student Loan cap

If your program is eligible for the VET Student Loan scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference by the due date once you exceed the cap.

It’s easy for you to keep track of your VET Student Loan debt, and you can choose to make upfront payments at any time before the census date. 

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The annual tuition fee for 2022 is AU$XX,XXX.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$XX,XXX.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.

If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact Study@RMIT for more information.

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aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.