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Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

Campus Teaching Hospitals

Degree Type Masters Extended

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code N/A

CRICOS 088341G

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is designed to provide specialist dental training through clinical training and research, and offers dentists the chance to consolidate and extend their skills in the specialisation area of their choice.

This degree is a professional postgraduate training program, not a PhD degree. As such, throughout the three years of the degree, students work in the clinical area as members of the health care team. Clinical placements may be undertaken in both metropolitan and rural public and private health care settings. Specialisations are available in endodontics, oral pathology, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics and special needs dentistry.

Graduates of the degree are prepared for careers in their area of specialisation, and will be eligible for specialty registration in Australia provided other qualifications and strict conditions outlined by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) are fulfilled. Before applying, prospective candidates should ensure that this degree allows them to register in the country in which they intend to work.

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry specialisations are all accredited by the Australian Dental Council.

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  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    Mid-year entry? No
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    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only.
    Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent or higher. Applicants who hold a relevant Honours or Master's degree or equivalent will also be considered.

    Applicants must have:
    *at least two years of general practice AND an Honours (research training) degree OR * successful completion of the Primary Examinations of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons OR * successful completion of the Primary Examinations of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons (UK).

    Students must also register with the Dental Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

    Additional Entry Requirements
    *Inherent requirements - Yes - refer http://health.adelaide.edu.au/current-students/clinical-placements/ ELR required as part of AHPRA registration.

    All applicants must: * complete application form https://health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/dclindent/application.html and provide direct to the School of Dentistry; * provide evidence of current AHPRA registration; * provide a short description of research interests and aptitudes; * provide evidence of professional qualifications;* provide details of employment history; * provide 2 professional referees; * provide a full CV including work history and publications.

    Students applying for the following specialisations must complete an interview in person via phone or skype: - Periodontics
    - Oral Pathology
    - Endodontics
    - Paediatric
    - Special Needs and
    - Prosthodontic.

    Students applying for the specialisation in Orthodontics must complete a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI, in person) and manual dexterity assessments.

    Students accepted into the program are: - required to maintain AHPRA registration - have the appropriate level of immunisation recommended by the Immunisation Guidelines for Health Care Workers in South Australia 2014 Policy Guideline, tuberculosis (TB) screening and criminal history clearances (CHC), Prescribed Communicable Infections (PCI) screening. http://health.adelaide.edu.au/currentstudents/clinical-placements/. A full copy of the University's policy on prescribed communicable infections is available here.

    Strict quotas apply.

    Please note that applications for entry to the Doctor in Clinical Dentistry close on 30 April in the year prior to enrolment.

    How to Apply

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 088341G
    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 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent or higher.

    Applicants who hold a relevant Honours or Master's degree or equivalent will also be considered.

    Applicants must have:
    *at least two years of general practice AND an Honours (research training) degree OR * successful completion of the Primary Examinations of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons OR * successful completion of the Primary Examinations of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons (UK).

    Students must also register with the Dental Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

    Additional Entry Requirements
    *Inherent requirements - Yes - refer http://health.adelaide.edu.au/current-students/clinical-placements/ ELR required as part of AHPRA registration

    All applicants must:

    * complete application form https://health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/dclindent/application.html and provide direct to the School of Dentistry

    • provide evidence of current AHPRA registration

    • provide a short description of research interests and aptitudes

    • provide evidence of professional qualifications

    • provide details of employment history

    • provide 2 professional referees

    • provide a full CV including work history and publications

    Students applying for the following specialisations must complete an interview in person via phone or skype:

    • Periodontics

    • Oral Pathology

    • Endodontics

    • Paediatric

    • Special Needs and

    • Prosthodontic

    Students applying for the specialisation in Orthodontics must complete a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI, in person) and manual dexterity assessments.

    Students accepted into the program are:

    • required to maintain APHRA registration

    * have the appropriate level of immunisation recommended by the Immunisation Guidelines for Health Care Workers in South Australia 2014 Policy Guideline, tuberculosis (TB) screening and criminal history clearances (CHC), Prescribed Communicable Infections (PCI) screening. http://health.adelaide.edu.au/currentstudents/clinical-placements/. A full copy of the University's policy on prescribed communicable infections is available here.

    Strict quotas apply

    Please note that applications for entry to the Doctor in Clinical Dentistry in the following specialisation areas Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics and Endodontics close on 30 April in the year prior to enrolment. Applications for entry to the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in the following specialisation areas Oral Pathology and Special Needs Dentistry close on 31 October in the year prior to enrolment. Late applications are not accepted.


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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $40,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $50,000

    Scholarships

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

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry degree may permit specialty registration in Australia, provided other qualifications and strict conditions are fulfilled. Furthermore, candidates should ensure that the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry degree from the University of Adelaide is registrable in the country in which they intend to work.

    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

    Throughout the program, students will work in the clinical area as members of a health care team. Clinical placements will be undertaken at public and private health care facilities.
    Students undertaking clinical placements in the dentistry program are required to obtain the following clearances:

    • AHPRA registration
    • criminal history clearance
    • immunisation
    • prescribed communicable infections screening
    • tuberculosis screening

    For further information, visit: www.health.adelaide.edu.au/current-students/clinical-placements/

    Professional Accreditation

    The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry specialisations are all accredited by the Australian Dental Council.

    Potential careers

    Oral Pathologist, Orthodontist, Paediatric Dentist, Periodontist, Prosthodontist, Endodontist, Special Needs Dentist, Specialist Dental Practitioner, Dentist

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  • Degree Structure
    The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is a combined clinical training and research program normally taken over three years (minimum three years; maximum four years).

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Areas of Specialisation

    There are 7 areas of specialist training offered by the School of Dentistry. Specialist training areas include:

    • Endodontics
    • Oral Pathology
    • Orthodontics
    • Paediatric Dentistry
    • Periodontics
    • Prosthodontics
    • Special Needs Dentistry

    Example Study Plan

    To qualify for the degree of Doctor of Clinical Dentistry the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units.

    Core Courses

    DENT 7200 Research Methods, Experimental Design & Ethics
    DENT 7280 Doctor of Clinical Dentistry Research A

    Specialisation
    Students must also complete courses in their specialisation or major area of study. The following specialisations are offered:
    Endodontics
    Oral Pathology
    Orthodontics
    Paediatric Dentistry
    Periodontics
    Prosthodontics
    Special Needs Dentistry.

    Research Dissertation
    Students complete a research dissertation of not longer than 40,000 words, and must allow for undertaking the research and preparing the dissertation as follows:
    Year 1
    DENT 7200 Research Methods, Experimental Design & Ethics
    DENT 7280 Doctor of Clinical Dentistry Research A
    Years 2 and 3
    Equivalent of 3 units embedded in each of the Specialist Clinical Courses.
     
    Indicative study plan for Endodontics
    Year 1 DENT 7212A Specialist Clinical Endodontics I Part 1 DENT 7212B Specialist Clinical Endodontics I Part 2
    Year 2 DENT 7213A Specialist Clinical Endodontics II Part 1 DENT 7213B Specialist Clinical Endodontics II Part 2
    Year 3 DENT 7214A Specialist Clinical Endodontics III Part 1 DENT 7241B Specialist Clinical Endodontics III Part 2
    Indicative study plan for Oral Pathology
    Year 1 DENT 7222A Specialist Clinical Oral Pathology I Part 1 DENT 7222B Specialist Clinical Oral Pathology I Part 2
    Year 2 DENT 7223A Specialist Clinical Oral Pathology II Part 1 DENT 7223B Specialist Clinical Oral Pathology II Part 2
    Year 3 DENT 7224A Specialist Clinical Oral Pathology III Part 1 DENT 7224B Specialist Clinical Oral Pathology III Part 2
    Indicative study plan for Orthodontics
    Year 1 DENT 7232A Specialist Clinical Orthodontics I Part 1 DENT 7232B Specialist Clinical Orthodontics I Part 2
    Year 2 DENT 7233A Specialist Clinical Orthodontics II Part 1 DENT 7233B Specialist Clinical Orthodontics II Part 2
    Year 3 DENT 7234A Specialist Clinical Orthodontics III Part 1 DENT 7234B Specialist Clinical Orthodontics III Part 2
    Indicative study plan for Paediatric Dentistry
    Year 1 DENT 7242A Specialist Paediatric Dentistry I Part 1 DENT 7242B Specialist Paediatric Dentistry I Part 2
    Year 2 DENT 7243A Specialist Paediatric Dentistry II Part 1 DENT 7243B Specialist Paediatric Dentistry II Part 2
    Year 3 DENT 7244A Specialist Paediatric Dentistry III Part 1 DENT 7244B Specialist Paediatric Dentistry III Part 2
    Indicative study plan for Periodontics
    Year 1 DENT 7252A Specialist Clinical Periodontics I Part 1 DENT 7252B Specialist Clinical Periodontics I Part 2
    Year 2 DENT 7253A Specialist Clinical Periodontics II Part 1 DENT 7253B Specialist Clinical Periodontics II Part 2
    Year 3 DENT 7254A Specialist Clinical Periodontics III Part 1 DENT 7254B Specialist Clinical Periodontics III Part 2
    Indicative study plan for Prosthodontics
    Year 1 DENT 7262A Specialist Clinical Prosthodontics I Part 1 DENT 7262B Specialist Clinical Prosthodontics I Part 2
    Year 2 DENT 7263A Specialist Clinical Prosthodontics II Part 1 DENT 7263B Specialist Clinical Prosthodontics II Part 2
    Year 3 DENT 7264A Specialist Clinical Prosthodontics III Part 1 DENT 7264B Specialist Clinical Prosthodontics III Part 2
    Indicative study plan for Special Needs Dentistry
    Year 1 DENT 7272A Specialist Clinical Special Needs Dentistry I Part 1 DENT 7272B Specialist Clinical Special Needs Dentistry I Part 2
    Year 2 DENT 7273A Specialist Clinical Special Needs Dentistry II Part 1 DENT 7273B Specialist Clinical Special Needs Dentistry II Part 2
    Year 3 DENT 7274A Specialist Clinical Special Needs Dentistry III Part 1 DENT 7274B Specialist Clinical Special Needs Dentistry III Part 2



    Assessment

    Students engage in evidence-based clinical research and conduct a major research project. Research activity continues throughout the three years of the degree, including oral presentations of the research proposal and results, culminating in the submission of a dissertation. Students also develop academic literacy and presentation skills in the specialist clinical courses provided throughout the degree.
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