Bachelor of Oral Health

As an integral part of the dental team, oral health therapists work with dentists and specialists to provide dental care and oral health promotion in the public and private sectors, and within the community at large.

Oral health therapists provide treatment to patients of all ages, focusing on oral health maintenance. Their primary purpose is to address the risk 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.

Why study with us

  • Access to the latest technology, facilities and teaching laboratories
  • Learn from internationally-renowned dental professionals, who are some of the most highly respected academics in Australia and the world
  • Opportunity to undertake a rural or regional placement within the program, giving you a broader insight into oral heal in the community
  • Gain the required knowledge, skills and experience to deliver dental hygiene and dental therapy treatment services to patients, and oral health education and promotion in communities throughout Australia
  • Acquire clinical experience at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health, Sydney
    Dental Hospital, Nepean Dental Health Clinic and other Local Health District dental hospitals, and
  • Obtain qualification as Oral Health Therapist (dual qualifications as Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist) .

Who should study this course

People who are looking to become an Oral Health Therapist and are passionate about improving lives through oral health.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Oral Health set the benchmark for oral health graduates Australia wide. They are highly sought after, especially by public sector service providers and dentists in private practice, who are increasingly looking for practitioners with dual qualifications in dental hygiene and dental therapy.

Professional recognition / accreditation

Dental Board of Australia

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.

Additional information

  • Three years, full-time.

Student profiles

Alannah Flegg , student, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney

Alannah Flegg
Bachelor of Oral Health

"The SIM labs at the University helped me to have a strong understanding equipment, from hand instruments to therapy products. Being in the clinic has unveiled the diversity of the population; it has helped me adjust my oral hygiene instructions based on the type of patient. I believe that it is important to have the best clinical skills but if you can't communicate with the patient and/or their family then there is no point to all the training. Clinical sessions at the University provide the basis to learn how to communicate and motivate the patient."


Renee Boreta, graduate, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney

 

Renee Boreta
Bachelor of Oral Health

"Being an oral health therapist is very rewarding. Studying a dual qualification in hygiene and therapy means there is always something new and interesting to learn. The profession encourages not only good oral health but also overall wellbeing. The degree gives students a hands on and interactive approach to learning. By third year you are working in hospitals. Though the course was quite challenging at times, the faculty and cohort provided me with great support. Although, it was the skills I couldn’t learn from a textbook like perseverance, adaptability and patient rapport that I found were the most valuable."