Oral health therapists are at the forefront of dental disease prevention and the promotion of oral health. As an integral part of the dental team, they provide preventive dental services, examine and diagnose dental decay and periodontal disease, collaborate with dentists and specialists on more complex problems and work with community partners to educate and promote oral health.
The Bachelor of Oral Health is a full-time, five day a-week course taught over three years. 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.
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, they get the opportunity to look into one another's mouths and, by the second year, students are treating patients in public dental health clinics.
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. You will be 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.
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.