OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS
The Faculty of Dentistry regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses, including the DMD and the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry. It reserves the right to change these criteria and processes without notice. Statements in this communication provide general advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods. Applicants are advised to consult the Faculty of Dentistry’s website
Applicants need to be aware of their personal health status, including that in relation to immunisation and infectious diseases, and the NSW Department of Health guidelines concerning the undertaking of "exposure-prone procedures". Participation in screening and vaccination according to the NSW Health Department Circular Occupational Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases (PDF) is a prerequisite for ALL students enrolled in the Faculty of Dentistry for clinical practice in the facilities of NSW Health. The "Adult Vaccination Record Card" provided to students with their offer of a place is required to be completed and made available to the Health Service prior to the commencement of a clinical placement.
Please note it is the applicant's responsibility to be familiar and adhere to these requirements. The Dental Programs are both physically and mentally demanding, thus applicant's personal health is a factor to be considered when deciding to accept a place in the program.
A summary of the Australian National Guidelines for the Management of Health Care Workers Known to be Infected with Blood Borne Viruses states:
“Dental trainees, on entry to (undergraduate) dentistry, are required to undergo testing for BBVs. If found to be positive for one or more BBVs, they must not proceed with their dental studies.”
Whilst the Guidelines refer to undergraduate dentistry, they would also cover the postgraduate DMD which replaced the undergraduate BDent as the dental program offered by the University of Sydney:
The Guidelines were released in February 2012 and can be found at the following link:
NSW Health will be revising PD2005_162 Health Care Workers infected with HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C in accordance with the National Guidelines.
In the interest of equity and fairness to all applicants, those applicants who do not meet the Medical School’s admission criteria, including the required Grade Point Average (GPA) and GAMSAT results, will not be considered for admission to the Dental Program. The GPA and GAMSAT results requirements shall apply, regardless of circumstances such as illness, misadventure or disadvantage during the dental degree or test.
More information on the admission requirements of other graduate-entry medical schools can be found in the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Guide, available from the GAMSAT website.
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 Sydney Medical School:
- Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness
- St John Ambulance Australia
- Royal Life Saving Society Australia
- Australian red Cross Society
International students may provide First Aid certificates which are recognized by their own governments.
Criminal record Checks
The NSW Department of Health has a policy that requires all dental students to be subject to a criminal record check. Students are required to complete a Student Undertaking declaration form at enrolment. Students are then required to obtain (and pay the relevant fee) a National Police Certificate either through a state or territory police service or the Australian Federal Police.
Dental students are also required to provide any NSW Health Facility in which they are placed with a signed Commission for Children and Young People Student Declaration form and a signed form stating that they have read and understood the NSW Health Code of Conduct.
For further information, please visit the NSW Department of Health website
New IELTS Requirements by AHPRA
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has recently announced that graduates in all health disciplines will be required to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS level 7 or equivalent. Please note that this standard applies to all applicants for initial registration as a medical practitioner or medical specialist. It does not apply to students.
For details, please visit the websites at
- AHPRA registration requirements
- http://www.dentalboard.gov.au/Registration.aspx, and
- http://www.dentalboard.gov.au/.../default.aspx?record=WD10%2F3733&dbid=AP&chksum=UZH3MRD41QxQQJvW8GPHYQ%3D%3D (PDF)
Applicants should be aware that the presentation of forged documents in connection with admission to the Dental Program is a criminal offence and the University may take appropriate action against such cases, or other admissions irregularities, including the withholding of relevant information. Action may include cancellation of an application for admission, an offer of admission, or enrolment.