The Bachelor of Oral Health

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NEW Document - Your Guide to Dentistry 2014/2015

What is the Bachelor of Oral Health?

The Bachelor of Oral Health is a full time course and all lectures and clinics are conducted face to face. There are no opportunities to complete any of the course via correspondence.

The Bachelor of Oral Health course will provide training at university level in NSW in oral-health promotion, dental hygiene and dental therapy. It will equip students with the required skills, knowledge and experience to deliver oral-health promotion, dental hygiene and dental therapy services to patients throughout Australia.

What does a BOH Graduate do?

Registration opportunities as an Oral Health Therapist

Graduates of the BOH program will be qualified in dental hygiene, dental therapy, and have skills in oral health education and promotion. BOH Graduates will also have skills in patient education and health promotion. This kind of graduate is setting the bench-mark for oral health graduates, and more services in the public sector and dentists in private practice are wanting practitioners with dual qualifications.

Dental Therapists

As a dental therapist the age group you work with would vary according to the place in Australasia you practice in. In NSW, currently, you would provide dental treatment to children and adolescents up to the age of 18. In other states this age limit is higher or absent. The work would be varied and depend on the needs of the child who comes to you. It might be simply identifying the disease risk of the child, or providing professionally applied preventive treatments, carrying out simple restorative work in deciduous and permanent teeth, through to the extraction of teeth under local anaesthetic, and the initial management of trauma. Helping parents and children change behaviours that are destructive to the health of the mouth (as well as the rest of the body) is a vital part of the job. Collaboration in health promotion projects with other health workers in the community is an integral part of the job in many parts of Australasia. Most dental therapists are based in the community, but some are based in hospital dental departments, and in nearly all states in Australia, dental therapists work alongside dentists in private practice.

Dental therapists need manual dexterity to be able to manipulate instruments inside the mouth, as well as good eyesight and colour vision. They must be able to work as part of a team where consultation with other members is possible and desirable. Some Dental therapists may work in an isolated community with a dental assistant and consult with a dentist on patient care by telephone or computer. Because they advise and treat patients and their families, good communication skills and a friendly, sympathetic manner are essential.

Dental therapists perform the following duties:

  • Provide dental health education on a one to one basis or in a group situation and collaborate with allied health professionals in health promotion campaigns, conduct extra-oral and intra-oral examinations and develop individualised treatment plans on children and adolescentsup to their 18th birthday (NSW only), take, read, and interpret intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs (x-rays), provide preventive fluoride treatments, protective coatings and dental sealants where indicated, provide local anaesthesia but not sedation, remove deposits of calculus (tartar) and stains from the teeth, provide restorations using a variety of materials in deciduous (baby) and permanent teeth including preformed crowns, provide pulp treatments of deciduous teeth and emergency pulp capping for deciduous and permanent teeth, extract deciduous and permanent teeth as long as these do not require surgical removal including incisions or the removal of bone,
  • Both dental therapists and dental hygienists may supervise dental assistants in their health care functions

Dental Hygienists

Dental hygienists provide dental hygiene treatment and information related to the prevention of diseases and disorders of the teeth and mouth. They are employed in dentists' offices, hospitals, clinics, educational institutions, government agencies such as the Australia Defence Forces and Justice Health, and in private industry.

Dental hygienists perform the following duties:

  • Hygienists work with dentists on patients of all ages and have an important role to play in the maintenance of oral health, especially of the supporting structures around the teeth. They help patients improve their self care of their own natural teeth, dentures, crown and bridgework, and implants. They may provide sealants, protective coatings and fluoride preparations to teeth and root surfaces. Dental hygienists may examine patients' teeth and gums, recording the presence of diseases or abnormalities (but not developing treatment plans). They remove calculus, stains, and plaque from teeth, smooth and polish restorations, perform root planing as a periodontal therapy; take and develop dental x rays; and apply cavity-preventive agents such as fluorides and pit and fissure sealants. Often hygienists administer local anaesthetics, remove sutures, and surgical packs, and may professionally clean implants. Although hygienists may not develop a treatment plan like dental therapists, they can prepare clinical and laboratory diagnostic tests for the dentist to interpret.
  • Like the Dental therapist, Dental hygienists may explain the relationship between diet and oral health or inform patients how to select toothbrushes and show them how to brush and floss their teeth.
  • Both Dental therapists and Dental hygienists may supervise dental assistants in their health care functions

Is this different from being a dentist?

Yes, oral health practitioners such as dental therapists, dental hygienists, or oral health therapists are not dentists.

Dentistry is an undergraduate graduate degree program in NSW which equips graduates with the range and depth of skill needed to diagnose oral conditions and manage the care of the patient across the decades of life. Dentists provide practice oversight for dental therapists and dental hygienists, prepare the written treatment plans for dental hygienists, prescribe for patients, provide sedation, undertake complex treatments such as dealing providing ongoing treatment for dental trauma, undertake root canal therapy, take biopsies, provide inlays, veneers, crowns, bridges, surgically remove teeth, place implants, make and fit dentures and provide appliances to correct abnormal positioning of the teeth and jaws.

Usually, the dentist is the one who coordinates the dental team and may provide practice oversight for dental hygienists and dental therapists.

Dentists may specialize in such areas as oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, oral pathology, oral radiology or public health dentistry.

The Dental Team

The dental team includes oral health practitioners from specialists, dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, oral health therapists, clinical denturists, technicians, and dental assistants. The dental team has played a key role in improving oral health over recent years - people now have far fewer restorations and lose fewer teeth than a generation ago. Toothache and gum disorders can be prevented, treated and relieved more effectively. A visit to a dental practice is no longer the intimidating, painful event that it once seemed.

If you like the idea of working with people, doing a job that's worthwhile, respected, and appreciated, and that offers flexibility and security as your career unfolds, take a look at the opportunities available in today's dental team.

The team approach to the care of a patient is rapidly becoming the norm for the 21st century. It may mean that several different professionals are involved in a person’s dental treatment. The more complex the needs, the more people within the Dental Team tend to be involved and this may continue in an ongoing way for those who are special needs such as the dentally anxious, medically compromised, physically disabled, those with learning disabilities, or a long-term psychiatric condition.

As the nation's oral health has improved, expectations have also increased about the kind of care that the dental team provides. Fewer extractions and fillings mean more time spent keeping teeth and gums in good condition, providing advice and controlling disease. Here are some of the key skills you will need to pursue a career in dental care:

  • Willingness to learn and make sense of scientific knowledge: Working as a member of the modern dental team you will need a good academic background and an interest in the scientific basis of dental diseases and their treatment. It is also important for you to update and test your knowledge against the current evidence base.
  • Good manual dexterity: Being good with your hands is important as well as good eyesight, including binocular vision and colour recognition.
  • Ability to communicate persuasively and assist others to alter their lifestyles: There's a strong communication and educational element to your job. Helping people modify their behaviours is a vital part of enabling patients to keep their teeth and gums in good condition.
  • Happy to work as part of a team:The dental team consists of a wide range of people with different skills and academic backgrounds. You need to have well developed interpersonal skills and enjoy working among the variety of members of the modern dental team.
  • Excellent people skills: No two patients, and no two procedures, are ever quite the same. You would be providing dental care for people of all ages, from young children through to grandparents. You should be able to put people at their ease, gain their confidence and deal sympathetically with their problems and fears.

Postgraduate Opportunities

The Bachelor of Oral Health has undergraduate entry (Available for International students) and, like many other undergraduate degrees, could be used to apply for entry into the Doctor of Dental Medicine program.

Postgraduate study through the Faculty of Dentistry is open to graduates of the Bachelor of Oral Health. A Master of Philosophy degree is available which does not require a previous degree in dentistry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see our pre compiled list of Frequently Asked Questions

Typical Scenarios

If you are a school leaver and recently got an ATAR or are due to complete your HSC?

Entry Requirements:

  • You must have an ATAR:
    Each candidate’s admission score is made up from the PQA Test, the MMIs and ATAR. Offers are made to candidates who have the highest admission scores
  • You must complete the PQA Test:
    All applicants will be asked to complete a Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA), this is designed to test manual mental agility, cognition, personality, and moral orientation and decision making qualities deemed essential for candidates of the program.
  • You must attend the Interviews:
    Successful applicants will be invited to the interview stage - Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). The MMI is a series of short interviews of approximately 10 minutes each where applicants move between 7 interview stations where they are required to discuss scenarios or issues with one or more interviewers

How to apply:
Submit your Application through UAC

I have no ATAR and am under the age of 21. How can I apply for the Bachelor of Oral Health?

Entry Requirements:

  • If you don’t have an ATAR,your results from tertiary study will be considered only if you have been enrolled for at least one full-time year or an equivalent period part time. These studies need to be part of a recognised course by the AQF at diploma level or higher for your results to be considered.
    In general, if your results are from your enrolment in a bachelor's degree or higher level course at a university in Australia (or New Zealand), they can still be considered. You need to have enrolled for at least the minimum period of one full-time year (or part-time equivalent) – the equivalent of 48 credit points at the University of Sydney.
  • If your results are from a TAFE Diploma or other recognised course, then this Diploma must be completed with a minimum credit average.
  • You must complete the PQA Test:
    All applicants will be asked to complete a Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA), this is designed to test manual mental agility, cognition, personality, and moral orientation and decision making qualities deemed essential for candidates of the program.
  • You must attend the Interviews:
    Successful applicants will be invited to the interview stage - Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). The MMI is a series of short interviews of approximately 10 minutes each where applicants move between 7 interview stations where they are required to discuss scenarios or issues with one or more interviewers.

How to apply:
Submit your Application through UAC

I am a Dental Assistant and would like to become an Oral Hygienist/Oral Therapist. I am over the age of 21 and many years’ experience in the industry. How can I apply for the BOH?

Entry Requirements:

  • If you are over the age of 21 and have no ATAR or Diploma, then you can qualify for the Mature age entry scheme. You will need to complete a Tertiary Preparation course in Science and Math’s at the University of Sydney's Centre for Continuing Education; or a tertiary preparation certificate course offered at the NSW TAFE college or the Open University.
    Please refer to our website for all the information on our Mature Age Entry Scheme.
  • You must complete the PQA Test:
    All applicants will be asked to complete a Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA), this is designed to test manual mental agility, cognition, personality, and moral orientation and decision making qualities deemed essential for candidates of the program.
  • You must attend the Interviews:
    Successful applicants will be invited to the interview stage - Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). The MMI is a series of short interviews of approximately 10 minutes each where applicants move between 7 interview stations where they are required to discuss scenarios or issues with one or more interviewers.

How to apply:
Apply through the Mature Age Entry Scheme

I am under the age of 21 and completed a Cert IV in Dental Assistant. How can I apply for the BOH?

  • If you are under the age of 21 and have no ATAR but have a Cert IV then this unfortunately does not academically qualify for the Bachelor of Oral Health. You would need to complete your study at a minimum Diploma level to become eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Oral Health.
    Once you have completed a Diploma or Higher you then can put your application forward.
  • You must complete the PQA Test:
    All applicants will be asked to complete a Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA), this is designed to test manual mental agility, cognition, personality, and moral orientation and decision making qualities deemed essential for candidates of the program.
  • You must attend the Interviews:
    Successful applicants will be invited to the interview stage - Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). The MMI is a series of short interviews of approximately 10 minutes each where applicants move between 7 interview stations where they are required to discuss scenarios or issues with one or more interviewers.

How to apply:
Apply through the UAC

Admissions Procedure*

Applicants to the Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) are assessed according to performance in three areas*, each of which is considered important to their prospects for success in the course.

1. Previous academic results

Prospective students of the Bachelor of Oral Health will be asked to provide their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or record of previous tertiary study.

A record of earlier tertiary studies includes a completed diploma or advanced diploma accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

Or

Your results from enrolment in a bachelor's degree or higher level course at a university in Australia (or New Zealand). You need to have enrolled for at least the minimum period of one full-time year (or part-time equivalent) – the equivalent of 48 credit points at the University of Sydney. If the degree is more than 10 years it will not be accepted.

Or

If you have no ATAR and no previous tertiary qualification at diploma level and are over the age of 21, then you may be eligible to apply through our Mature Age entry scheme.

For information regarding Mature Age Entry, you are advised to contact the Admissions Office at the University of Sydney on 1800 793 864, or visit the Mature Age Entry Scheme on the university's website.

For more information, please refer to our “Future Students” page: using this link

2. Completion of a Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA)

All applicants to the course will be required to undertake a personal qualities assessment, which is designed to test manual mental agility, cognition, personality and moral orientation and decision making, qualities deemed essential for candidates of the program. The PQA will be conducted for entry to 2015 and results will be sent from the PQA office at the conclusion of the test period. The cost of the test will be $75.

The PQA application for 2015 entry is available from this link

Candidates should be aware before sitting the test that a test centre code of conduct must be strictly adhered to.

For more information on the Personal Qualities Assessment, a PQA Frequently Asked Questions page has been assembled to answer the most common questions relating to the PQA.

PQA’s will take place on Monday 10th November at the New Law Building, University of Sydney, Camperdown.

3. An OSCE Style Mini-Interview

Applicants who are successful in the PQA will then be invited to attend a multiple mini interview (MMI) based on the OSCE format. The MMI interview will be held on Tuesday 2nd December 2014 and Wednesday 3rd December 2014. The MMI is a series of short interviews of approximately 10 minutes each where applicants move between 7 interview stations where they are required to discuss scenarios or issues with one or more interviewers.

Applicants will be notified by email if they have been successful in obtaining an interview and will be given all relevant details regarding the interview.

Applications

Applications for the course that commences in early February 2015 must be submitted to UAC by Tuesday 30th September 2014.

Applicants who wish to transfer from other Universities must apply as per the above criteria and any requests for exemptions will be processed after enrolment by the course co ordinator . Please note exemptions are only granted for non clinical subjects and these subjects must be the equivalent to the units of study currently listed on the BOH program. Applicants are only eligible to apply for an exemption if they have received a credit i.e. 65% in their previous study.

First round Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) offers will be made in January 2015 and enrolments will be conducted in late January. If you intend travelling overseas, please contact the Faculty for confirmed enrolment dates before making travel arrangements. Offers will be made on a competitive basis, ie. successfully achieving all of the above admission criteria.

Please note the Faculty does not allow deferrment of offers. If an offer of a place in the degree is not accepted the application will be considered to have lapsed and applicants must reapply.

See the Timeline for entry to 2015 below.

International Applications

International Applicants may apply for the Bachelor of Oral Health program through the International Office.

International students must personally sit the PQA and Attend the MMI's. Please note that the PQA test and MMI’s are held on main campus Sydney only.

Details as follows:

Date PQA (Personal Qualities Assessment) – Monday 10th November 2014

Location
New Law Lecture Theatre 101, New Law Annexe building, Eastern Ave, University of Sydney, Camperdown.

The PQA application for 2015 entry is available from this link

Date MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) - 2nd and 3rd December 2014

Location
Carlslaw Building, Eastern AvenueUniversity of Sydney.

International Applicants should be aware that this program has a very strict quota and entry will be very competitive. Only those applicants who successfully pass the PQA will be able to attend the MMI and that it will be via invitation only.

Registration for the PQA closes at 5PM Friday 24th October 2014.

If you are a future international student click here to ask a question or phone 1800 899 379 (within Australia) or +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia)

Timeline for entry to 2015

 MONTH EVENT
 April 2014 On line application will open on 28th April 2014. 
 Aug 2014

Domestic Students - UAC Applications open on the 8th April.

30th August 2014 - Sydney Uni Live  (Courses and Careers Day)

 Sep 2014 30 Sep 2014  UAC Applications close (no late applications accepted) 
 Oct 2014 24 Oct 2014 PQA registrations close
 Nov 2014

10 Nov 2014 PQA held at the New Law Lecture Theatre 101, New Law Annexe.

Applicants will receive a Tax Invoice on payment, and following the closing date they will be emailed a PDF with a Respondent number on it to print out and take with them on the day of the test.  The week before the test, applicants will also receive a reminder email and the opportunity to reprint their confirmation letter if necessary.

 Dec 2014 2nd and 3rd Dec 2014 MMI interview held at the Carlslaw building, Camperdown.(Applicants will receive an invitation with details.)
 Jan 2015 University of Sydney Information Day
 Feb 2015 TBC Feb 2015 Orientation Day and Week 1
  TBC Feb 2015 Year 1 classes commence
  TBC Feb 2015 The Deans welcome
  This timeline charts the key steps to follow during your journey to studying with us:
PQA


PQA Enquiries

Any enquiries regarding PQA results must be directed to

Course structure

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.

Demand for graduates

The demand for graduates from the course is expected to be strong. Work completed for NSW Health demonstrates that, over the next 10 years, the availability of dental services will fall. The degree course in oral health is expected to address this by providing increased numbers of dental hygienists to the public and private sectors, and increased numbers of dental therapists to the public sector.

Recognition of the course

The course has been accredited by the Australian Dental Council. International Applicants should check with the Relevant Dental Council in their home country to obtain information regarding registration.

Location of teaching

Teaching in the first and second years of the program will be carried out in existing facilities at Wesstmead as well as NSW's dental teaching hospitals:

  • Westmead Centre for Oral Health, and
  • Sydney Dental Hospital

Teaching in the third year will take place wholly within the teaching hospitals.

First Aid Certificate

Successful applicants must provide evidence that they hold a current approved Senior First Aid certificate at enrolment. The following organisations conduct First Aid Training courses that are accepted by the Faculty of Dentistry

Australian Red Cross Society
Medilife
New South Wales State Emergency Service
Royal Life Saving Society Australia
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
St. John Ambulance Australia
University of Western Sydney.
Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness

Prospective students must meet their own cost for the training for the First Aid Certificate as it is not funded by the Faculty.

NSW Health Requirements

Course Specific Requirements


NSW Health Requirements

The course requires you to undertake clinical placements in NSW Public Health Facilities, or other child-related placements, you will need to complete some additional checks and clearances as part of your enrolment.

The following will guide you through the steps necessary to ensure that all checks are completed prior to you commencing placement.



Infectious Disease Status

Students in the Faculty of Dentistry are required to perform exposure- prone procedures. Students who are HIV positive, HBV e-antigen positive, HBV DNA positive or Hepatitis C PCR test positive will not be able to complete the course requirements for the Bachelor of Oral Health degree because of NSW Health Department Guidelines preventing them from performing exposure-prone procedures. All details can be found here.[[http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/placements/essential_preparation/preplacement_requirements/vaccinations.shtml]]

Prior to commencement of clinical placement, students are required to comply with the NSW Health Department Circular, Occupational Screening and Vaccination Against Infectious Diseases, which is posted on the NSW Health website


Once established, proof of immunity or vaccination must be carried with students at all times. As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, applicants are advised to consult their doctor well in advance of commencing the course.

Because a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, applicants are advised to consult their doctor well in advance of commencing the course.

National Criminal Record Check

All successful applicants are required to obtain a National Criminal Record Check clearance as mandated by NSW Health. For further information please see the Criminal Records Check page.

Further information

Course Inquiries

ENQUIRIES AND FUTURE STUDENTS

The University now requires that all domestic future student enquiries be directed to Sydney Student where they will be managed by the enquiries team in the Student Recruitment Unit.

If you are a future domestic student Ask a question about a course or phone the Helpline 1300 362 006

If you are a future international student click here to ask a question or phone 1800 899 379 (within Australia) or +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia)

Applications
Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
Quad 2
8 Parkview Drive
Homebush Bay NSW 2127
Australia
Phone: +61 2 9752 0200
Website: www.uac.edu.au


Student forms

credit application