Bachelor of Oral Health Science

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

This two-and-a-half-year degree gives you an overview of rural health sciences before focusing on oral health and promotion. You'll learn how to assist in the prevention and treatment of tooth decay and gum disease and promote oral health to rural Victorians. In the first and second years of this degree, you'll focus on applied science subjects such as human biosciences, principles of public health and determinants of health. You'll have access to La Trobe University's new on-campus clinical facility to practise their skills in dentistry, oral health practice, special needs dentistry and pharmacology before entering into external clinical placements. Before starting last semester, you must complete a summer semester that includes a two-week placement at either a rural Victorian dentistry practice or overseas, before returning to La Trobe's Bendigo Campus to finish your studies. Before starting this degree you'll need to complete their Level 1 First Aid / CPR certification, get required vaccinations, and provide a current police check and Working with Children Check.


Students will undertake a number of subjects in common with nursing, public health, social work and pharmacy students. The first two years include specific oral health and health science subjects to underpin the theoretical and clinical practice of oral health. Students will also complete various pre-clinical and clinical oral health subjects throughout the course. This will give them clinical experience working with a variety of patients, primarily in public health settings in rural areas.


  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dental Therapy
  • Evidence based oral health practice
  • Oral Health Science
  • Preventive Dentistry.

Standard entry requirements

  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL
  • And a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physical Education. Non-Year 12: Demonstrated proficiency equivalent to stated Year 12 prerequisites. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


The Bachelor of Oral Health Science is accredited by the Australian Dental Council until 2016. Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details. Graduates of the Bachelor of Oral Health Science may be eligible to apply for registration with Dental Board of Australia through AHPRA. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Bendigo International: $111,000
  • ATAR: 83
  • Full-time : 2.5 years

Further information

Students must also undergo a review of immunisation status before commencing clinical placements, as this is a prerequisite for placements at some venues. Please note that students may be required to relocate to various clinical facilities as part of their clinical placement. Students can study this course through La Trobe's Regional Reward. This course has limited opportunities for entry with advanced standing. Applicants may apply for entry including previous tertiary study, but offers may not include advanced standing for all previous subjects.

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