Bachelor of Oral Health

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Oral Health is setting the benchmark for oral health graduates. More services in the public sector as well as dentists in private practice are seeking practitioners with qualifications in oral health.

The Bachelor of Oral Health is a full-time course taught five days a week over three years. The course equips you with the required skills, knowledge and experience to deliver oral health education and promotion, dental hygiene and dental therapy services to patients and communities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

During the first two years of the course tuition mainly takes place at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health and at Sydney Dental Hospital. You will receive instruction in the biomedical and behavioural sciences, and be introduced to oral health in society and clinical practice. You will be able to treat your first hygiene patients in Semester 1 of second year and your first therapy patients in the Semester 2 of second year.
The third year of the course involves intensive clinical practice as well as placements in a variety of locations, including a rural placement of two weeks and involvement in health education and promotion projects.
"Please note that places in this course are limited and subject to strict enrolment quotas".

Units of study

Further course information

Study plan

The Bachelor of Oral Health is undertaken full-time over three years. Students will complete units of study giving credit for 144 credit points in order to be awarded the pass degree. In their first year, students will receive instruction in anatomy, biology, chemistry, physics, sociology and psychology, and will be introduced to oral-health in society and oral health in clinical practice. The remaining two years will be devoted to clinical practice, together with epidemiology, further biomedical sciences and marketing and promotion.

Progression rules

In the Bachelor of Oral Health, students must pass each topic in each unit of study. If the overall aggregate result for a unit of study is below 50 per cent, or the student fails a number of topics, as specified in the Bachelor of Oral Health Assessment Weighting document at the commencement of each semester, remediation and reassessment will not be offered and the unit of study will need to be repeated. If remediation and reassessment results in a fail for any topic, the entire unit of study will need to be repeated.

Course opportunities

Bachelor of Oral Health allows candidates to provide dental care to public patients within the two teaching hospitals at Westmead Centre for Oral Health and Sydney Dental Hospital. Additional opportunities available to students include the chance to undertake a rural placement, conduct an assessment of the oral health needs of a rural community, and develop an appropriate oral health promotion to meet the specific needs of the community; complete an extramural placement in the third year of the course, allowing students to conduct dental care in community clinics; complete an aged care project allowing students to participate in research at an aged care facility; complete a pre-school project providing an opportunity for students to develop and deliver an oral health promotion program targeting children under five.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Oral Health degree are valued members of the oral health team which include specialists, dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, prosthetists, technicians and dental assistants. Graduates from this course will be able to practice as dental therapists, dental hygienists or oral health educators in the public sector or in private practice throughout Australia and New Zealand. They may provide dental care in a variety of settings both metropolitan and rural/remote including community health centres, public hospitals, and community and aboriginal medical services.

Course accreditation

The Bachelor of Oral Health program has been fully accredited for the full five years by the Australian Dental Council. Graduates are eligible for registration with the Dental Board of Australia and are licensed with the Environmental Protection Authority to use diagnostic radiation.

Further study

The Bachelor of Oral Health offers undergraduate entry and satisfactory completion of award requirements provides for admission, but does not guarantee admission to, the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Postgraduate study in various disciplines including orthodontics, oral medicine and oral pathology, paedeatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, special care dentistry, conscious sedation and pain control and oral implants offered by the Faculty of Dentistry is open to graduates of the Bachelor of Oral Health. Outstanding graduates may be eligible for admission to a higher degree by research. Refer http://sydney.edu.au/dentistry/student/postgrad.php

Admission

Admission requirements

For details regarding specific application requirements please visit http://sydney.edu.au/dentistry/student/boh.php#admissions

Assumed knowledge

Recommended studies: Chemistry or a chemistry bridging course

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

Further requirements

In addition to submitting a UAC application by the specified date, applicants must complete the Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA) test and attend a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) at the Camperdown Campus. If applicants have a tertiary record of one or more years of full-time study, their ATAR will not be considered. Applicants will need to have achieved at least a pass average in their tertiary record.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants who wish to study on-campus may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Further admission requirements

As part of the application process, international applicants must complete the Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA) test and attend a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.