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Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 5 years full-time

SATAC Code 314122

CRICOS 002788J

Studying dentistry leads to a flexible and rewarding career that benefits people’s lives by improving their oral health. The only professional dental degree in South Australia, the Bachelor of Dental Surgery supports students’ learning to become highly skilled dentists who provide patient-focused care.

The degree offers hands-on experience with an emphasis on preventive-based approaches to oral diseases. Clinical experience is embedded into the degree from first year, and students learn through a variety of innovative and flexible learning approaches including case studies and simulation. The Dental Simulation Clinic is a high-tech environment where students develop their patient care skills using equipment found in real-life clinical settings. From 2017, dentistry students will have the opportunity to learn in Australia’s newest dental teaching hospital, located in the state-of-the-art Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences (AHMS) building.

Extensive clinical placements across metropolitan and rural settings are built into the degree, along with a community outreach dental program that allows students to develop their skills while helping to improve the dental health of disadvantaged people across Adelaide and South Australia.

University of Adelaide dental graduates become advocates for their patients and for the community’s future oral health needs. Graduates have the knowledge and skills required to register as a dental practitioner in Australia and have a variety of employment opportunities in both private and public practice; as well as the defence force, academia and other areas.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 314122
    2016 CSP ATAR 90
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants To be considered as a secondary school leaver, applicants must not have completed more than 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) university study (48 units) at an Australian or overseas institution.

    For full details of Tertiary Entrance Rules under the SACE/NTCE refer to the Tertiary Entrance Booklet 2017, 2018, 2019 published by SATAC (available at their website: www.satac.edu.au from July 2016 onwards).

    Academic Score (ATAR) To meet the minimum academic threshold for entry into the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) program at the University of Adelaide, year 12 applicants (school leaver applicants) must achieve an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 90 or above, an International Baccalaureate score of 31 or above or the interstate/ overseas equivalent.

    Bonus Points: Bonus points for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree are available for school-leaver applicants. For more information go to www.adelaide.edu.au/study/undergraduate/high-school/getting-in/bonus/ . Please refer to Additional entry requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the BDS program.

    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: two Science subjects: one chosen from Chemistry, Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics, Physics; and one chosen from Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Physics; OR IB: two Science subjects (one of Chemistry, Mathematics (SL or HL) or Physics AND one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics);

    OR Equivalent University courses (i.e. 1st year Human Biology as part of the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences program).

    Assumed Knowledge A necessary precursor for success in the BDS program is a high proficiency in the written and oral use of the English language.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Please note the information below refers to entry to the Dental Surgery program for 2017 entry. For information relating to 2018 entry into the Dental Surgery program, please click the following link: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/degree-finder/2018/bds_bds.html.



    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      To meet the minimum academic threshold as a Higher Education applicant, you must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study, achieving at least a credit average (a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or more).

      Calculating your GPA

      Higher Education applicants must also meet the prerequisite subject requirements (refer above). Please refer to Additional entry requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the BDS program.

    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015).

      If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components.

      Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.

    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314122
    SATAC application dates Application - Apply via SATAC now!

    There are two distinct parts to the application process: 1. UMAT: all applicants must apply to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT). 2. SATAC application to the BDS program must be lodged by 30 September 2016. Late applications to the BDS program will not be considered.

    All applicants are advised to read the Dental Surgery and Oral Health Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) program. Failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration.

    Please note: International students who obtain Australian Permanent Residency (or some other immigration status that entitles you to the educational benefits of Permanent Residency) during the program will not automatically be transferred into a CSP and must pay tuition fees for the remainder of their studies in the BDS program. If you wish to be considered for a CSP you will need to compete for entry as a commencing first year student under the same conditions as all new domestic applicants to the BDS program in the next available cycle.

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 002788J
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 90
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 31
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 19
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 5
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 12
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 85
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] 95%
    SAT [US] 1410
    Abitur 2.3
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 3.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 9.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.33
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 83
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 412
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    Prerequisites
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: two Science subjects: one chosen from Chemistry, Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics, Physics; and one chosen from Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Physics; OR IB: two Science subjects (one of Chemistry, Mathematics (SL or HL) or Physics AND one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics);

    OR Equivalent University courses (i.e. 1st year Human Biology as part of the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences program).

    International Qualifications Two subjects: One from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics and one from Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics.
    Assumed Knowledge A necessary precursor for success in the BDS degree is a high proficiency in the written and oral use of the English language.
    How to Apply
    The Bachelor Dental Surgery 2017 Admissions Guide details important information regarding the additional entry requirements for applications to the degree at the University of Adelaide. All applicants are advised to read the 2017 Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) program for Semester 1 2017, failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration.

    Application Process:
    1. All international applicants must submit a formal Application online via the University's International website.
    2. The online application will also serve as the registration to sit the PQA, and students will be prompted to select the relevant PQA test venue on the application system.
    3. Applicants must submit their application and payments prior to the 30 June 2016.
    4. Applicants who have not yet completed their current qualification will still be required to apply by this date. Closing dates are strictly adhered to and late submissions will not be accepted.
    5. In addition to this application, please note than any student studying for an Australian Year 12 qualifications or for the IB in Australia must also apply directly to SATAC before SATAC's September closing date.

    Important information for International students who obtain Australian Permanent Residency (or some other immigration status that entitles you to the educational benefits of Permanent Residency) is also contained in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery 2017 Admissions Guide.

    Ranking: Applicants will be ranked in consideration for an offer based on their performance in the three components of the admissions process:
    * Oral Assessment Results: First Ranking Level
    * PQA Results: Second Ranking Level
    * Academic Results: Meets threshold and Final Ranking Level.
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $10,600

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $76,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    As a University of Adelaide-qualified dentist, students will be ready for a dynamic career in the dental industry and will be sought-after by employers. Some of the choices graduates might have are:
    • Private practice: once students are registered with the Dental Board of Australia they can enter private practice on their own, work as an associate with an established practitioner, or join a partnership.
    • Public sector: students can work as a dentist in government, and community or school-based dental clinics across Australia.
    In order to be able to register as a Dentist with the Dental Board of Australia, all applicants must be able to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS academic level 7 or the equivalent.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    From first year, students undertake compulsory clinical placements in a range of metropolitan and rural settings. These compulsory placements can extend beyond the academic year and can include after-hours and weekend work.

    Professional Accreditation

    The Bachelor of Dental Surgery is accredited by the Australian Dental Council.

    To be eligible to work in Australia as a dentist, graduates are required to register with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Dental Board of Australia on the completion of the degree. In order to register, all applicants must comply with the English language skills requirements as determined by AHPRA. For further details, visit ahpra.gov.au/Registration.aspx

    The Bachelor of Dental Surgery qualification is recognised by:
    • The Dental Board of Australia. Once registered, graduates are also eligible for membership of the Australian Dental Association.
    • The Dental Council of New Zealand under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement.
    • The Commission of Dental Accreditation of Canada. Further examinations are necessary to work in Canada.
    • Singapore Dental Council
    International applicants should note that successful completion of this degree may not qualify them to practise/register in their home country. Students will have to contact the relevant health registration bodies of their home country for further information.

    Potential careers

    Dental Practitioner, Dentist, Academic, Researcher

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Global Learning Experience

    Dentistry students have the opportunity to undertake part of their clinical placement during a two-week study tour to Vietnam, working as a clinical team in schools and private practices.

  • Degree Structure
    The Bachelor of Dental Surgery consists of an integrated course in each year level, with clinical experiences being provided from day one.

    The focus of the degree is to emphasise a holistic, preventive-based approach to oral health care, with a minimally invasive approach if restorative treatment is required. Students will be expected to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of relevant biological and medical sciences in managing their patients and demonstrate high levels of professionalism, including an ability to effectively monitor their performance and a desire to continue to learn and grow as a member of the dental profession.

    The dynamic curriculum uses a case-based learning approach to integrate learning across disciplines. The emphasis is on learning relevant scientific information throughout the degree at the same time as the development of clinical skills.

    From first year, students will undertake compulsory clinical placements in a range of settings, including a city-based dental hospital and community dental clinics located in metropolitan Adelaide, rural South Australia and interstate.


    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan


    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 DENT 1005AHO / DENT 1005BHO Dental Science and Practice I Parts 1 & 2
    Year 2 DENT 2005AHO / DENT 2005BHO Dental Science and Practice II Parts 1 & 2
    Year 3 DENT 3005AHO / DENT 3005BHO Dental Science and Practice III Parts 1 & 2
    Year 4 DENT 4004AHO / DENT 4004BHO  Dental Science and Practice IV Parts 1 & 2
    Year 5 DENT 5005AHODENT 5005BHO Dental Science and Practice V Parts 1 & 2


    Further information
    All courses are compulsory. The Bachelor of Dental Surgery does not contain elective courses. 


    Year 1
    From a patient-centred care focus, this stream introduces students to the practice of dentistry and provides a foundation for understanding the normal structure and function of a healthy body. This includes the oral cavity, evidence-based maintenance of patients' health and dentistry as a career. By working through a series of integrated learning activities, students develop an integrated knowledge base related to evidence-based patient care and related biodental, clinical and behavioural sciences, clinical skills and professional behaviours. These integrated learning activities provide small-group discovery experiences (SGDE) for students by presenting various practice situations that focus on the initial phases of patient care.  Student learning from these SGDE involve development of research skills and are supported by class meetings, laboratory, tutorial and simulation and clinical exercises. Learning is also supported by independent study and discussion of findings in class. Students work in a collaborative environment to learn to critically evaluate themselves, and plan and implement strategies for improvement.

    Year 2
    Second year builds on first year, maintaining the focus on patient-centered care. The aim is to develop an understanding of the changes that occur in the oral cavity when an imbalance of the oral ecosystem develops. The emphasis will be to restore and maintain the balance towards health. As in first-year, students’ SGDE involve participation in integrated learning activities, supported by class meetings, laboratory, tutorials, simulation and clinical sessions and independent study. Second year continues the emphasis on a scientific basis of dentistry by integrating research-informed knowledge of the structure and function of body with an emphasis on developing systematic scientific skills to examine, assess risk and systematically manage healthy patients with minor conditions.

    Years 3 & 4
    Students will extend their Dental Sciences studies to include the understanding of dental disorders and the human diseases which have direct relevance to oral health and dental practice. The scientific basis of dental practice, and the health and the community components will continue throughout the year. Students clinical skills in comprehensive treatment planning will be developed further through the provision of supervised care for patients in both general dental practice and dental specialities. As in previous years, students’ SGDE involve participation in integrated learning activities, supported by class meetings, simulation and clinical sessions and independent study

    Year 5
    In fifth year, students integrate the knowledge gained from the previous four years of study and consolidate their clinical skills in a range of settings in order to develop as dental professionals and manage patients with an increasingly complex range of dental problems.

    Assessment

    A range of assessment formats are used throughout the program. Assessment consists of examinations that may be in the format of written papers using a range of question formats or clinical assessments. There is also continuous self-monitoring of clinical performance and tutor feedback during each clinic or simulated clinic session. At the end of a clinical placement period, tutors complete summative assessments of clinical performance. Other forms of assessment during the semester include Tests of Understanding, assignments, and participation in small group tutorial sessions.

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