Bachelor of Oral Health
Advocate for oral health
Oral health is an essential component of a healthy life. Complex dental work contributes to this, but proper care and prevention are just as important.
While dentists perform specialised treatments, oral health therapists have broad expertise in general oral health care and education.
What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Oral Health is an evidence-based degree that prepares you for providing general oral health care and health promotion. You will:
- learn in Australia’s newest dental teaching hospital, in the state-of-the-art Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building
- study within a close-knit oral health learning community
- benefit from early clinical exposure and extensive placements
- practise using equipment in our Dental Simulation Clinic
- tackle real-life case scenarios in teams
- improve lives through community outreach programs.
Where could it take you?
You will be part of providing high quality clinical care for all ages. You might develop hygiene maintenance programs for people managing chronic gum pain. You could advise on public health policy or design and implement educational campaigns. Perhaps you’ll open an oral health clinic with a team of oral health therapists and dentists you’re yet to meet at the University of Adelaide.
This degree is only available in blended mode and on-campus attendance is required. if you are a continuing student in the degree and are unable to attend campus, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
|Lowest ATAR to receive an offer||*|
|Median ATAR to receive an offer||*|
|Highest ATAR to receive an offer||*|
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
|Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer||*|
|Median Selection Rank to receive an offer||*|
|Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer||*|
|Minimum eligibility score||70|
|Additional criteria considered||Additional criteria|
|Recent Secondary Education||Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. 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 2022, 2023, 2024 published by SATAC (available at their website www.satac.edu.au from July 2021 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 a Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) of 70 or above, an International Baccalaureate score of 25 or above or the interstate/ overseas equivalent. Please refer to the Additional Entry Requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the BOH program.|
|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). MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.|
|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.|
|Higher Education Study||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. Please refer to the Additional Entry Requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the BOH program.|
|Vocational Education and Training (VET) study||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) with the exception of the lateral entry applicants who have completed the Advanced Diploma in Oral Health (Dental Hygiene) at TAFESA). Please refer to the Additional Entry Requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the BOH program.|
|Work and life experience||To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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.|
|Other Entry Pathways|
1. UCAT ANZ: all applicants must register and sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ).
2. SATAC application which must be lodged by 30 September 2021: Late applications will not be considered.
Applicants who have listed the BOH amongst their preferences will be asked to enter their UCAT ANZ identification number during the SATAC online application process. Applications will not be considered complete without a valid UCAT ANZ identification number entered prior to the closing date.
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 within your University Welcome email and the EnrolMe portal. 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.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who participate in its programs, and makes particular effort to encourage Indigenous students to participate in health education.
This degree has allocated a number of places just for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. Please contact the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Student Support Officer via email at email@example.com to discuss your interest in applying.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander application process
1. You should contact the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Student Support Officer to discuss your interest in applying - firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Submit a South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC) application online.
3. Submit the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Declaration Form. You may upload the form as part of your SATAC application or submit a hard copy within five working days of submitting your SATAC application to Level 6, 431 King William Street, Adelaide.
4. Attend an interview. Applicants who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and meet the minimum entry criteria will be automatically offered an interview.
|Applicant background||Semester one/Full year intake 2021|
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study||N/A||N/A|
|(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
|(D) Recent secondary education:|
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||
|Additional English Tests accepted||Occupational English Test (OET) - A minimum result of B/score of 350 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)|
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Secondary School Qualifications||Selection Rank (International)||70|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||24|
|Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)||17|
|United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia]||25|
|General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level||6|
|Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)||65%|
|British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada)||65%|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||74|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||65%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1120|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||6|
|Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education||2.2|
|Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong||7.5|
|STPM or Matrikulasi||2.67|
|Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate||70|
|The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program||70|
|Eynesbury Foundation Program||339|
|ANU Foundation Studies||59%|
|Monash Foundation Year||64|
|Trinity College Foundation Studies Program||70|
|UNSW Foundation Year||6.4|
|University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program||6.5|
|Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||54|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||4.0|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||70|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||80|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||60%|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||B+|
|Other Qualifications||Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines 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 Pathway Programs|
|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). MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.|
|International Qualifications||One from the Math or Science learning areas|
|Assumed Knowledge||High proficiency in written and spoken English.|
Additional Entry Requirements
1. Register for the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ) for Australia and New Zealand.
Last day to register for UCAT ANZ is Monday 17 May 2021.
2. Submit a formal Application online via the University's International website. Applications for 2022 must be submitted by Wednesday 30 June 2020 (11:59PM SA Time).
3. Closing dates are strictly adhered to and late submissions will not be accepted.
4. Applicants who have not yet completed their current qualification will still be required to apply by this date.
Applicants will be ranked in consideration for an offer based on their performance in the three components of the admissions process:
* Interview Results: First Ranking Level
* UCAT ANZ Results: Second Ranking Level
* Academic Results: Meets threshold and Final Ranking Level (to separate applicants with equal summed Interview and UCAT ANZ scores).
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 2022 Oral Health Admissions Guide for International Applicants
2022 Oral Health Admissions Guide for International Applicants
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $55,500|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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
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Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
- Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Professionalism and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
- Digital capabilities
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
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 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.
Dental Therapist, Oral Health Therapist, Health Promotion Professional, Dental Hygienist
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
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example 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 2||S1||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 3||S1||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|
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.
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 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.
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.
"A great part of the degree is the amount of time you get to practise in the simulation clinic, so you're confident when you start to see real patients."
Latisha SykoraBachelor of Oral Health
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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021