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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.    

Majors

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 BOH, 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:

  • a secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), or approved higher education study, including approved preparation courses.
  • domestic applicants must have an ATAR or equivalent of 83 and above to be considered.
  • all applicants must register and attend a series of mini multiple interviews (MMI's).
  •  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.

Refer to the dentistry website for admission guidelines, timeline and application processes.

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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