Study Oral Health Therapy

Study the Bachelor of Oral Health and graduate to become an oral health therapist registered with the Dental Board of Australia.

Oral health therapists work with patients of all ages, focusing on oral health maintenance. They work to address factors associated with dental caries and periodontal disease. They assess patients’ oral health through clinical examination and radiographs, provide treatment services, and identify conditions requiring referral.

What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Oral Health is a three-year, full-time course that offers students dual qualifications in dental hygiene and therapy, and oral health education and promotion.

During the first two years of the course tuition mainly takes place at the Camperdown Campus, the Westmead Centre for Oral Health and Sydney Dental Hospital. Your academic program will include the biomedical and behavioural sciences unit, and you will be introduced to oral health in society and clinical practice.

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. In your final year, you will have the chance to apply everything you have learned to a research project, in which you build a program of care based on the needs of the community in which you undertook your placement.

Course aims

This course will equip 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.

Why study at Sydney?

Study oral health therapy with us to:

  • gain valuable clinical experience throughout the program, beginning with your first week at our facilities at the Sydney Dental Hospital and the Westmead Centre for Oral Health
  • immediately after graduating you’ll be fully qualified to work as an oral health therapist
  • learn from leading dental professionals, academics and researchers who are key members of the dental community
  • have the opportunity to undertake a rural or regional project within the program giving you a broader insight into oral health in the community.

Key academic staff

Dr Kimberly Mathieu Coulton, Bachelor of Oral Health - Academic Coordinator and Head

“From the first week of the course, students spend time in the simulation clinic becoming familiar with the anatomy of the oral cavity, the instruments and patient positioning. In second semester, students get the opportunity to look into one another’s mouths and by the second year, students are treating patients in public dental health clinics.

We teach students to search the literature for evidence to support their treatment decisions before treating a patient. Teaching in this way is key to best practice and sets the foundation for life-long learning."

Read more about what Kimberly has to say about this course

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Oral Health set the benchmark worldwide. They are highly sought after by dental providers looking for practitioners who have dual qualifications.