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Bachelor of Oral Health

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Overview

The Bachelor of Oral Health will prepare you for a rewarding career as an oral health therapist. You will gain the required knowledge, clinical skills and experience to deliver dental hygiene and therapeutic treatment services, and oral health education and promotion, to patients and communities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The Bachelor of Oral Health is a full-time, five day a-week course taught over three years.

Why study oral health with us?

  • Clinical experience – during your three years, you’ll enjoy opportunities offered at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health, Sydney Dental Hospital, Nepean Dental Health Clinic and other Local Health District dental hospitals.
  • Facilities – you’ll have acess to the latest technology, facilities and teaching laboratories. From your first week, you’ll spend time in the simulation clinic, becoming familiar with the anatomy of the oral cavity, the instruments and patient positioning. In second semester, you’ll get the opportunity to look into one another's mouths and, by the second year, will be treating patients in public dental health clinics.
  • World-class teachers – you’ll learn from internationally-renowned dental professionals, who are some of the most highly respected academics in Australia and the world.
  • Rural or regional placement – giving you a broader insight into oral health in the community.
  • Qualification – the Bachelor of Oral Health is fully accredited by the Australian Dental Council. Our graduates are eligible for registration with the Dental Board of Australia and are licensed with the Environmental Protection Authority to use diagnostic radiation. Upon registration, you will be able to practise as a dental therapist, dental hygienist or oral health educator across the public and private sectors throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Who should study this course? 

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

Important information

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for coursework award courses in dentistry.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the inherent requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the inherent requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

Please note that places in this course are limited and subject to strict enrolment quotas.    

Subject areas

There are no majors for this course.

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What you'll study

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.

Units of study

Assumed knowledge

While there are no prerequisites for the Bachelor of Oral Health, applicants are expected to know or have studied subjects in Biology and/or Chemistry before commencement of the course.

 

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

  • secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), or approved higher education study, including approved preparation courses. (Lowest ATAR to be considered: 83 for domestic applicants; 80 for international applicants)
  • Satisfactory performance in a series of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) - see below for more information.
  • English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

All eligible applicants must attend the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Eligible domestic applicants are required to participate in the MMIs on the main campus. Eligible international applicants may choose to take part in the MMIs on the main campus or via Skype.

About the MMIs

The MMIs are a series of short interviews of approximately 5 minutes each, where applicants move between interview stations and are required to discuss scenarios and/or issues with one or more interviewers. On the day of your interview, you must register 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. Your interview will last 35 minutes. However, you should allow at least one hour in addition to this time in case there is a delay, or there is a need to clarify a matter.

Registration

All applicants, except Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants and Early Offer Year 12 (E12) applicants, are required to register online for the MMI via this website.  Applicants are required to register online during the registration period and pay a non-refundable Interview Booking and Administration fee of $100 (incl. GST). Online payment via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) will be required at the time of booking to secure the interview booking. See timeline below for important dates, including registration open and close dates.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants and E12 applicants are not required to register for the MMI or pay the associated Interview Booking and Administration Fee. 

MMIs (face-to-face only) will be held on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 December 2018 in the Education Building on Main Campus. Applicants will receive by email a confirmation of interview specifying the details of their MMI (e.g. interview date and venue) after registration, and are required to confirm their attendance by email. They will then be notified of a specific time of their MMI on 21 November 2018. Please be advised that the interview time and date are not negotiable. However, international applicants may choose to attend an MMI via Skype on 27 September 2018.

Note: Invitations will be sent by email to the email address provided when registering for the MMI, and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants and E12 applicants, to the email address listed on your UAC application. Please ensure you provide your own phone number and current email address and check all mail boxes including the junk mail box regularly for any correspondence from the University. It is the responsibility of applicants to check their accounts and the University will not be held responsible for any unread email communication or for any resulting delays or disadvantage.

If an applicant fails to pay the Interview Booking and Administration fee (Aboriginal and E12 applicants excepted) or to attend the interview at their scheduled time, their application for admission to the BOH for 2019 entry will be deemed to have lapsed, and will not be considered further.

Timeline for 2019 entry

Note:

  1. All dates below are subject to change
  2. Times and dates listed are Sydney, Australia time
  3. Last updated 6 November 2018.
  • 20 April 2018: International applications open.
  • 1 August 2018: UAC applications open for domestic applicants, apply via UAC. E12 scheme applications open, please apply through E12. Internal Transfer applications open in the Sydney Student Portal. MMI registrations open for domestic and international applicants, register here.
  • 25 August 2018: University of Sydney Open Day.
  • 5 September 2018: International applications close at midnight.
  • 7 September 2018: International MMI registration closes at midnight.
  • 27 September 2018: MMI via Skype for international applicants.
  • 28 September 2018:  E12 Scheme applications close.
  • Mid-late October 2018: International offers made.
  • 18 October 2018: HSC exams commence.
  • Early November 2018 (TBC): E12 scheme conditional offers made.
  • 16 November 2018: Close of adding the Bachelor of Oral Health to your preferences on your UAC application. Direct and internal transfer applications close for the Bachelor of Oral Health.
  • 19 November 2018: For domestic applicants, MMI registration closes at midnight. Applicants must ensure that they have submitted their application for the Bachelor of Oral Health via the UAC. If an applicant has not applied, the MMI will be cancelled at the cost of the applicant.
  • 21 November 2018: Applicants who have registered for an MMI will be notified of their interview date/time.
  • 3-4 December 2018: MMI for all eligible domestic applicants including E12. All applicants, except Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants and E12 applicants, must register for the MMI (see registration closing dates above). The interview date and time are not negotiable.
  • 14 December 2018: ATAR scores released on the UAC website. Applicants can change preferences till midnight on this date.
  • 16 December: University of Sydney Open Day, Camperdown Campus.
  • Late December 2018: Official first round offers for the Bachelor of Oral Health will be released on the UAC website.
  • Early-mid January 2019: If required, second round offers for the Bachelor of Oral Health will be released. 
  • Early February 2019: Online enrolment for new and continuing students.
  • 11 February 2019: Bachelor of Oral Health classes commence. (Note: All students are required to attend the compulsory orientation sessions from 11 February.)

Other requirements

  • Successful applicants must provide evidence that they hold a current approved First Aid Certificate at enrolment. Find out more.
  • Before you attend a placement in a NSW Ministry of Health facility, you will need to meet certain requirements to be verified by the NSW Ministry of Health to ensure your safety and that of other students, staff and patients. Find out more. 
  • The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has announced that 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. Find out more.
  • Find out here what the estimated costs are for materials and equipment. 

Offers and enrolments

There are only approximately 50 student places available each year in the BOH. The admission process is very competitive, with the aim being to select applicants who have the ability to succeed in the course. Successful applicants who apply through the UAC will receive their offers from the UAC; successful international applicants who apply directly to the University will receive their offers from the University Admissions Office. 

Students are encouraged to either accept or decline their place as soon as possible. This will help to ensure that all our places are filled for next year and that no one who merits a place in the BOH misses out. Due to the intensity of this course, orientation is held and classes commence on 11 February 2019 and as such, enrolments are earlier than most other undergraduate courses. See the timeline above for key dates.

You will be invited to enrol for your course online and be notified of your compulsory orientation sessions closer to the time. 

Please note: Do not plan any holidays from the beginning of February 2019 as all students are required to attend classes and must meet strict attendance requirements to commence and progress in this course.

Impermissible conduct

The Sydney Dental School reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to vary or cancel an offer of admission if your conduct prior to enrolment causes the faculty to form the view that you are unsuitable for admission to its programs.

Examples of conduct that might make you unsuitable for admission to Sydney Dental School programs include (but are not limited to):

  • Failure to treat University of Sydney employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community with respect and courtesy, including failure to use appropriate language and tone in your written or verbal communications;
  • Failure to act honestly and ethically in your dealings with University of Sydney employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community;
  • Conduct that results in you being suspended or excluded from the University of Sydney;
  • Conduct that gives the Sydney Dental School reasonable cause to believe that enrolling you in clinical training may place you, your peers, or members of the public at risk of harm; and
  • Conduct that results in you being charged with a criminal offence.

Disclaimer

Please note the Sydney Dental School regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses including the Bachelor of Oral Health. It reserves the right to change these criteria and processes without notice. Information on this website provides advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods.

Course opportunities

Bachelor of Oral Health allows students 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, participating in research at an aged care facility
  • complete a preschool project, providing an opportunity for students to develop and deliver an oral health promotion program targeting children under five.

 

Professional 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.

 

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.

Oral health therapists are an integral part of the dental team, and provide preventative dental services 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. They also work with community partners to educate and promote oral health.

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. Outstanding graduates may be eligible for admission to a higher degree by research.

Renee Boreta

Graduate profile

Renee Boreta

"Each day as an oral health therapist is a rewarding experience and studying to have a dual qualification in hygiene and therapy means there is always something new and interesting each day. The profession covers a broad spectrum of health encouraging not only good oral health but also overall wellbeing."

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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