The University of Adelaide

Bachelor of Oral Health

The University of Adelaide

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00123M

Oral health is an essential component of a healthy life. Studying the Bachelor of Oral Health is the first step towards an exciting and fulfilling career working with people of all ages to improve their oral health and to promote an awareness of how oral and general health are closely connected. The Bachelor of Oral Health is a comprehensive and evidence-based degree, and is the only professional oral health degree available in South Australia. It provides students with in-depth knowledge and skills relating to the prevention and management of oral diseases and health promotion; and prepares them to practice oral health therapy at the highest level. The relatively small number of students accepted into the degree each year means that students work and study as part of a close-knit and supportive oral health learning community. The degree offers a combination of innovative teaching methods including online interactive classes, case-based scenarios, group work, and simulation using the advanced facilities in the Dental Simulation Clinic. Students are given early exposure to clinical practice and undertake extended placements in a variety of dental settings in both city and rural locations. A community outreach dental program offers students the chance to develop their skills, while helping to improve the oral health of disadvantaged people across South Australia. Through their advocacy and clinical practice, University of Adelaide oral health graduates strive to empower individuals and communities to maintain optimal oral health throughout their lives. Graduates have highly sought-after skills and have a wide variety of career options available to them in both public and private sectors.


The curriculum of the Bachelor of Oral Health has an overall educational approach centred on case-based learning, small group learning and self-directed learning. The emphasis on learning relevant scientific information throughout the degree occurs concurrently with the development of clinical skills. Case-based scenarios aim to provide a realistic context for student learning and have been designed to integrate with material presented in the four focus areas in a coordinated approach. Students are introduced to dental scenarios from day one and have hands-on experience of many aspects of clinical dentistry during the first semester of first year. This learning approach develops problem solving strategies, a disciplinary knowledge base and professional skills. Students play an active role as a problem solver confronted with an issue/patient scenario, which mirrors a real-world situation. In many examples, the students study real-life cases.


  • Dental and health science
  • Human biology
  • Clinical practice
  • Professional studies

Standard entry requirements

  • ATAR: 70
  • IB: 25 Prerequisites: SACE: One 20-credit SACE Stage 2 Tertiary Admission Subject from the Mathematics or Science Learning Areas
  • OR IB equivalent subjects
  • OR Equivalent University courses (i.e. 1st year Human Biology as part of the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences program). For more information, visit:


The Bachelor of Oral Health is accredited by the Dental Board of Australia. To be eligible to work in Australia, Bachelor of Oral Health graduates are required to register with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) on the completion of the degree. To gain professional registration through AHPRA and register as an oral health therapist with the Dental Board of Australia, all applicants must comply with the English language skills requirements as determined by AHPRA. For further details, visit Graduates are also eligible for membership of the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association and the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia. International applicants should note that successful completion of this degree may not qualify them to practice/register in their home country. Students will have to contact the relevant health registration bodies of their home country for further information.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
North Terrace International: $160,500 No
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

Further information

Students undertaking clinical placements are required to obtain clearances. For more details, visit:

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