Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The oral health therapist is an educator and motivator with an important role in the promotion of oral health for patients and the broader community. As a member of the dental team, the oral health therapist works to provide appropriate dental care for patients. Clinical procedures include some fillings, scaling and cleaning and the management of gum problems, and simple extractions in children, the application of fluoride and other solutions to teeth and gums, local analgesia, dental radiography, taking impressions and a range of orthodontic duties. The curriculum integrates theory and practical studies from a number of areas within health sciences including dental, biomedical and social sciences.
Detailed information about the course structure is available through official Curtin pages: http://handbook.curtin.edu.au/courses/31/319454.html
- The course commences with a study of relevant health sciences, communication and research methods, together with preventive dentistry and oral health therapy techniques. These subjects, further developed in years two and three, cover a broad field relating to community dentistry and to practical and clinical aspects of oral health therapy. Practical sessions run throughout the three years. Clinical experience commences in the second year and continues throughout the course.
Standard entry requirements
Please refer to https://study.curtin.edu.au/offering/course-ug-bachelor-of-science-oral-health-therapy--b-oralhtv2/ for further information on entry to this course.
All practising oral health therapists must be registered with the appropriate Dental Board. Registration permits the oral health therapist to work in private practice and the School Dental Service.
Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au.
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