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Bachelor of Oral Health

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time

SATAC Code 314701

CRICOS 036335B

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.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 314701
    2017 CSP ATAR 70
    2017 CSP IB 25
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February
    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 2018, 2019, 2020 published by SATAC (available at their website www.satac.edu.au from July 2017 onwards). Academic Threshold (ATAR): To meet the minimum academic threshold for entry into the Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) program at the University of Adelaide, year 12 applicants (school leaver applicants) must achieve an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 70 or above, an International Baccalaureate score of 25 or above or the interstate/ overseas equivalent. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. Refer to Wilto Yerlo for further information.
    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).
    Assumed Knowledge A necessary precursor for success in the BOH program is a high proficiency in the written and oral use of the English language.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All applicants are advised to read the Dental Surgery and Oral Health Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) program. Failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration. Merit Ranking Process: Applicants will be ranked in consideration for an offer based on their performance in the two components of the admissions process: - Oral Assessment Results- First Ranking Level - Academic Results- Meets threshold and Final Ranking Level Formal offers will be made by SATAC. However, to secure your place in the BOH degree, you MUST enrol in all first year courses for the BOH degree by the deadline stated in the SATAC offer letter: Supporting information regarding the above will be provided by the Faculty of Health Sciences. Please note: the University reserves the right to make offers outside of the formal SATAC offer rounds until all places are filled. Offers can be made up to and during March.

    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 pass average (a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 or more). Higher Education applicants must also meet the subject prerequisite requirements listed above. Please click here for information about calculating your GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. Refer to Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Please refer to the Additional Entry Requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the BOH program.
    • VET applicants
      To meet the minimum academic threshold as a VET/TAFE applicant, you must have completed an AQF Diploma or above from a Registered Training Organisation. VET/TAFE applicants must also meet the prerequisite subject requirements (refer above). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. Refer to Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Please refer to the Additional Entry Requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the BOH program.
    • Special Entry applicants
      For 2018 entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), 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 2016). 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. Please refer to the Additional Entry Requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the BOH program.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314701
    SATAC application dates Application - Apply via SATAC now! There are two distinct parts to the application process: 1. Lodge a SATAC application to the BOH program by the closing date noted above. Late applications to the BOH program will not be considered. 2. Attend a structured oral assessment. You will not be eligible for an offer into the BOH program without having attended a structured oral assessment. 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 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and must pay tuition fees for the remainder of their studies in the BOH 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 program in the next available cycle.

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 036335B
    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
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 9
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT [US] 1120
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    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: 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).
    International Qualifications One from the Math or Science learning areas
    Assumed Knowledge A necessary precursor for success in the Bachelor of Oral Health degree is a high proficiency in the written and oral use of the English language.
    How to Apply
    The Bachelor of Oral Health 2018 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 2018 Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) program for Semester 1 2018, 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 2017. 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.
    4. 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 Oral Health 2018 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 International student place: $52,500

    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

    It is envisaged that most graduates of the degree will work as an oral health therapist, providing prevention, basic dentistry and periodontal maintenance. Graduates form a vital part of the dental team and provide preventive and general dental care for the population in both public and private sectors.

    Potential career paths include:
    > oral health therapy
    > dental therapy, dental hygiene
    > health promotion
    > early childhood to geriatric dentistry
    > health administration
    > Indigenous studies
    > special needs
    > dental health research
    > postgraduate studies.

    In order to be able to register as an oral health therapist with the Dental Board of Australia, all applicants must be able to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS academic level 7 or the equivalent.  Learn more

    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 Oral Health is accredited by the Dental Board of Australia.

    Graduate Registration

    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 ahpra.gov.au/Registration.aspx

    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 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 Therapist, Oral Health Therapist, Academic, Researcher, Health Promotion Professional, Dental Hygienist

  • 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.

  • Degree Structure

    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.

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

    There are four focus areas in the Bachelor of Oral Health that continue throughout the three year degree:

    • Dental and Health Science
    • Human Biology
    • Clinical Practice
    • Professional Studies
    An Oral Health research project is undertaken by students in third year and provides the opportunity to focus on a major area of interest that will enhance a student’s role as an oral health professional.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Below is an indicative study plan for the Bachelor of Oral Health.
    Indicative study plan
    Year 1            S1 ORALHLTH 1201AHO Dental & Health Science IOH Part 1 ORALHLTH 1202AHO Clinical Practice IOH Part 1 ORALHLTH 1203AHO Human Biology IOH Part 1 ORALHLTH 1204AHO Professional Studies IOH Part 1
    S2 ORALHLTH 1201BHO Dental & Health Science IOH Part 2 ORALHLTH 1202BHO Clinical Practice IOH Part 2 ORALHLTH 1203BHO Human Biology IOH Part 2 ORALHLTH 1204BHO Professional Studies IOH Part 2
    Year 2S1 ORALHLTH 2201AHO Dental & Health Science IIOH Part 1 ORALHLTH 2202AHO Clinical Practice IIOH Part 1 ORALHLTH 2203AHO Human Biology IIOH Part1 ORALHLTH 2204HO Professional Studies IIOH
    S2 ORALHLTH 2201BHO Dental & Health Science IIOH Part 2 ORALHLTH 2202BHO Clinical Practice IIOH Part 2 ORALHLTH 2203BHO Human Biology IIOH Part 2
    Year 3S1 ORALHLTH 3201AHO Dental & Health Science IIIOH Part 1 ORALHLTH 3202AHO Clinical Practice IIIOH Part 1 ORALHLTH 3204AHO Oral Health Elective IIIOH Part 1
    S2 ORALHLTH 3201BHO Dental & Health Science IIIOH Part 2 ORALHLTH 3202BHO Clinical Practice IIIOH Part 2 ORALHLTH 3204BHO Oral Health Elective IIIOH Part 2

    Further information

    Dental and Health Science
    Dental and Health Science 1 aims to introduce students to the oral cavity and to the areas that support the practice of an oral health therapist. This includes management of the oral environment, periodontology, cariology, minimal intervention and prevention. Students are introduced to the behavioural sciences and psychology relevant to the practice of oral health therapy. 

    The Dental and Health Science 2 stream will build on the knowledge developed in Dental and Health Science 1 and introduce the role of the oral health therapist in specialised dental practice. It covers community dental health issues and develops the role of the operative and preventive oral health therapist.

    Dental and Health Science 3 aims to further develop and consolidate the paedodontic clinical role and the more specialised aspects of the oral health therapist including, areas such as early childhood, special needs, geriatric dentistry, and dental public health.

    Human Biology
    This stream aims to equip students with the biological grounding for the practice of oral health. It is an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the human body and in particular to the oro-facial regions. This leads to the study of the Human Biology 2 stream, which prepares students to understand the medical aspects of clinical oral health practice including pharmacology, the use of local anaesthetics and the management of dental and medical emergencies in dental practice.

    Clinical Practice
    Clinical Practice provides students with the opportunity to integrate theoretical knowledge with practical application in a clinical setting. This stream will build on students’ skills as clinicians in oral health therapy practice. Each successive year assists in the consolidation of skills in preventive (minimal intervention), periodontal and restorative clinical practice.

    Professional Studies
    This stream will assist students in developing a broad range of generic skills to support their role as oral health care workers. Communication skills will be developed to assist students in their role as oral health educators. Team building communication introduces the concept of teamwork, which underpins the professional role of member of the dental team. It will enable students to communicate effectively and facilitate the establishment of professional working relationships with patients and other members of the dental team. Students are also introduced to evidence-based dentistry to enable them to apply evidence-based decision making to the clinical issues they may be faced with.

    Oral Health Elective
    This stream is third year only and provides the opportunity to focus on a major area of interest that will enhance a student’s role as an oral health professional. Study will be in the form of a research-based project that will allow exploration of a focus area in greater depth.

    Assessment

    Assessment will be based on a combination of written assessments, exams, clinical, laboratory and performance assessments by tutor and self-reflection. Tests of understanding and other assignments are also assessable.
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Last updated: Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017