Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
This program allows students to develop all the scientific, theoretical and clinical skills required for practice as oral health therapists (which includes both dental hygienist and dental therapist practice). These skills include: clinical treatment; communication; critical thinking and evaluation; analytical thinking and problem-solving; respect for intellectual integrity and scientific truth; planning and time management; leadership and advocacy. Please note that the Bachelor of Oral Health is not a direct pathway to the Doctor of Dental Surgery.
The Bachelor of Oral Health has four main components: oral health sciences, social sciences and health promotion, preventive and clinical dentistry, and vocational clinical practice.
- Clinical and preventive dentistry
- Dental and health sciences
- Social sciences and health promotion
- Vocational clinical practice in oral health therapy.
Standard entry requirements
Satisfactory completion of the VCE and a study score of at least 25 in VCE units 3 and 4 in English (any other than EAL) and in Biology or Chemistry. A study score of 30 is required for English (EAL). International Baccalaureate (IB) students must achieve at least Grade 4 in (Standard or Higher Level) English and in one of (Standard or Higher Level) Biology or Chemistry. Students must achieve an overall IB score equivalent to the ATAR standard required for entry to the Bachelor of Oral Health course.
The Bachelor of Oral Health is recognised in all Australian states and in New Zealand and is accredited by the Australian Dental Council. Graduates are registered for practice by the Dental Board of Australia and are eligible for membership of the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists' Association and the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia. Registration may be granted in some countries other than Australia, subject to entry requirements and requirements of the registering authorities.
Graduates will be eligible for entry into a range of graduate courses in public health, health services management and research and Advanced Clinical Practice. A wide range of graduate courses in other areas are also available. Students can choose to undertake further study in humanities and social sciences, or professional areas such as business and economics, law, nursing, science, teaching and more. Bachelor of Oral Health with Honours is also available. The Bachelor of Oral Health is not a direct pathway to the Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Melbourne.
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Applicants will be required to comply with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Infectious Diseases and Immunisation Policy and other requirements, including a police check and first aid certificates.