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Bachelor of Dental Science

Medical Science and Dentistry

Bachelor of Dental Science

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CSU's Bachelor of Dental Science is a five-year undergraduate dentistry degree, developed in close association with the industry to prepare graduates for a career as a dental practitioner.

Developed in close cooperation with the Australian Dental Council, the Australian Dental Association, local dentists, oral health practitioners and senior consultants, the Bachelor of Dental Science leads to registration as a dental practitioner in all Australian states and territories.

  • Why study this course?

    What will I learn?

    During years one and two, there will be a strong focus on core biomedical and dental sciences. Foundation theoretical materials will be presented in lecture style but small group seminars and case based interactions will feature throughout the curriculum.

    In years three to five, the focus is on understanding the medical, dental, social and community context of dental clinical practice.

    This course includes practical experience through workplace learning. Students will need to purchase a range of uniform and equipment for use throughout the degree. 

    Learning facilities

    Hand skills development will occur using state-of-the-art simulation equipment in purpose-built facilities.

    Your course is recognised by industry

    This course is accredited by the Dental Board of Australia. Graduates are eligible for registration as a dental practitioner in all Australian states and territories.

  • Career opportunities

    Dentistry provides a rewarding and diverse career path and is a health profession concerned with caring for people of all ages. Graduates could work in any of the following:

    • general dentistry practice
    • specialty dentistry practice
    • public sector dental health
    • the Australian defence forces (Army, Navy or Air Force)
    • hospital dental clinics
    • international health care
    • education
    • research industry

    Once you become registered as a dentist, your job prospects are excellent, with most students gaining employment within the first six months after completion of their course. Most final year dentistry students will know if they have a graduate position by December of their final year.

    After registration, you may specialise within a particular area of dentistry of interest to you. For example, after achieving your Bachelor of Dental Science, you may study further to become qualified in a specialist area of dentistry, such as orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, implantology or prosthodontics programs at a Master level, or biomedical or dental science research at a Doctorate level.

  • Workplace learning

    Students will commence their clinical experience and hand skills development in year one of the program. Clinical experiences of increasing complexity are combined with further development of hand skills through year two and provide a strong foundation for extended clinical practice in years three to five of the program. In the Bachelor of Dental Science, workplace learning facilities include dental simulation clinics, oral health clinics, dental technical laboratory and external workplaces such as hospital dental clinics.

    Students will undertake intense clinical practice sessions in generalist and all specialist disciplines. There will be the opportunity to engage in clinical practice at a variety of sites (University, community, rural and metropolitan) to gain optimal professional experience.

    Students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in external workplace learning experiences in years 4 and 5.

    Immunisation

    NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

    Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

    The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

    NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

    As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

    PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

    Further information is available from NSW Health.

    Information regarding vaccinations will be forwarded to Dentistry students prior to commencement of study. A list of completion dates will also be provided.

    Working with Children Check

    Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

    Students will be advised of completion date on commencement of study.

    First Aid Certificate

    All students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate, obtained at their own cost, from an accredited body (Workcover  approved) before undertaking any workplace learning. The Senior First Aid Certificate must be current for the duration of the course.

    If you are an Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse or Paramedic you may instead provide documentation from a current employer which indicates evidence of competency based CPR accreditation.

    NOTE: As many courses include workplace learning in the first session, students are advised to complete their First Aid Certificate prior to commencement of their first year of study.

    Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

    Dental students, upon enrolment, are automatically registered as a student dental practitioner with AHPRA. Dental students are, therefore, bound by the Agency's standards and regulations.

    Please note that the following subjects include an external Workplace Learning component:

    DOH335 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 3
    DOH243 Foundations of Restorative Dentistry
    DOH344 Foundations of Oral Surgery
    DOH412 Medicine and Surgery for Dental Practice
    DOH254 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 2

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    This course of 320 points duration, consists of 1 X 48 point,1 X 32 point, 2 X 24 point, 2 X 16 point, 3 X 12 point, 15 X 8 point and 1 X 4 point subjects.

    These subjects are:
    • BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1 (8)
    • BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2 (8)
    • CHM102 Chemistry for Dental and Veterinary Sciences (8)
    • DOH124 Foundations of Dental Practice 1 (12)
    • DOH133 Oral Microbiology (8)
    • DOH114 Oral Anatomy & Histology (12)
    • PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services (8)
    • DOH231 Dental Biochemistry (8)
    • DOH233 Pathological Basis of Human Disease (8)
    • DOH254 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 2 (16)
    • DOH253 Head & Neck Anatomy (8)
    • DOH243 Foundations of Restorative Dentistry (24)
    • DOH334 Prosthodontics 1 (12)
    • DOH335 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 3 (24)
    • DOH343 Endodontics (16)
    • DOH344 Foundations of Oral Surgery (8)
    • DOH345 Oral-Maxillofacial Pathology (8)
    • DOH403 Dental Clinical Practice 4 (32)
    • DOH412 Medicine and Surgery for Dental Practice (4)
    • DOH414 Oral Surgery (8)
    • DOH415 Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry (8)
    • DOH416 Prosthodontics 2 (8)
    • DOH483 Dental Clinical Practice 5 (48)
    • DOH491 Gerodontics, Special Needs Dentistry, Dental Public Health (8)
    • DOH493 Advanced Clinical Options (8)

    Key Subjects
    • DOH124 Foundations of Dental Practice 1 (12)
    • DOH114 Oral Anatomy & Histology (12)
    • DOH233 Pathological Basis of Human Disease (8)
    • DOH254 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 2 (16)
    • DOH253 Head & Neck Anatomy (8)
    • DOH243 Foundations of Restorative Dentistry (24)
    • DOH334 Prosthodontics 1 (12)
    • DOH335 Dental Clinical Practice 3 (24)
    • DOH343 Endodontics (16)
    • DOH344 Foundations of Oral Surgery (8)
    • DOH345 Oral-Maxillofacial Pathology (8)
    • DOH403 Dental Clinical Practice 4 (32)
    • DOH412 Medicine and Surgery for Dental Practice (4)
    • DOH414 Oral Surgery (8)
    • DOH415 Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry (8)
    • DOH416 Prosthodontics 2 (8)
    • DOH483 Dental Clinical Practice 5 (48)
    • DOH491 Gerodontics, Special Needs Dentistry, Dental Public Health (8)
    • DOH493 Advanced Clinical Options (8)


     

    Enrolment pattern

    By Full-time study

    Session 1 (30)
    • BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1 (8)
    • DOH124 Foundations of Dental Practice 1 (4)(commence)
    • DOH114 Oral Anatomy & Histology (4)(commence)
    • PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services (8)
    • CHM102 Chemistry for Dental and Veterinary Sciences (8)

    Session 2 (60)
    • BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2 (8)
    • DOH124 Foundations of Dental Practice 1 (8)(complete)
    • DOH133 Oral Microbiology (8)
    • DOH114 Oral Anatomy & Histology (8) (complete)

    Session 3 (30)
    • DOH254 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 2 (8) (commence)
    • DOH231 Dental Biochemistry (8)
    • DOH253 Head and Neck Anatomy (4) (commence)
    • DOH243 Foundations of Restorative Dentistry (12) (commence)

    Session 4 (60)
    • DOH254 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 2 (8) (complete)
    • DOH233 Pathological Basis of Human Disease (8)
    • DOH253 Head and Neck Anatomy (4)(complete)
    • DOH243 Foundations of Restorative Dentistry (12) (complete)

    Session 5 (30)
    • DOH334 Prosthodontics 1 (8) (commence)
    • DOH335 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 3 (12) (commence)
    • DOH343 Endodontics (8) (commence)
    • DOH344 Foundations of Oral Surgery (4) (commence)

    Session 6 (60)
    • DOH334 Prosthodontics 1 (4) (complete)
    • DOH335 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 3 (12) (complete)
    • DOH343 Endodontics (8) (complete)
    • DOH344 Foundations of Oral Surgery (4) (complete)
    • DOH345 Oral-Maxillofacial Pathology (8)

    Session 7 (30)
    • DOH403 Dental Clinical Practice 4 (16) (commence)
    • DOH414 Oral Surgery (4) (commence)
    • DOH412 Medicine and Surgery for Dental Practice (4)
    • DOH415 Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry (4) (commence)
    • DOH416 Prosthodontics 2 (4) (commence)

    Session 8 (60)
    • DOH403 Dental Clinical Practice 4 (16) (complete)
    • DOH414 Oral Surgery (4) (complete)
    • DOH415 Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry (4) (complete)
    • DOH416 Prosthodontics 2 (4) (complete)

    Session 9 (30)
    • DOH483 Dental Clinical Practice 5 (24) (commence)
    • DOH491 Gerodontics, Special Needs Dentistry, Dental Public Health (8)

    Session 10 (60)
    • DOH483 Dental Clinical Practice 5 (24) (complete)
    • DOH493 Advanced Clinical Options (8)

    Note: point values in parentheses indicate points completed in the listed session

  • Residential schools

    This is an on campus course however some subjects may be available to be studied by distance education. The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students.

    BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
    BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    ATAR+C

    Please note: applications for 2017 are now closed. 

    Selection for entry to the Bachelor of Dental Science is a two stage process with applicants first being selected for interview based on UMAT (Undergraduate Medical Admissions Test) score (domestic students) or GPA (international applicants). Following interview, applicants will be selected for offer based on a combination of UMAT score and interview outcome; ATAR/GPA may be used to rank applicants with identical UMAT scores.

    The following selection criteria will be adopted when assessing applicants:
    1. A demonstrated interest in, and understanding of, rural and regional Australia, oral health inequalities, and dental practice within these regions.
    2. High level academic ability.
    3. The capacity to communicate effectively.
    4. Evidence of skill in manual dexterity and spatial sense.
    5. Evidence of the understanding of teamwork and motivation to become a dental practitioner.
    6. Evidence of community involvement

    The following NSW HSC or equivalent subjects are assumed knowledge for the Bachelor of Dental Science course: English Standard, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.

    Each year at least 25% of places will be set aside for applicants who have a significant rural background or who are Indigenous applicants.  Applicants who wish to apply for one of these places will submit an additional form which details their eligibility for this pathway.

    Domestic applicants

    The selection of applicants for interview is based on performance in the UMAT. All applicants must:

    • register for and sit the UMAT
    • apply for the Bachelor of Dental Science via UAC
    • applicants applying via the Rural and Indigenous Applicants pathway are required to submit a supplementary information form, available here.

    Applicants with overall scores of 50, with at least 50 in each of the three constructs, will be ranked based on overall score. The top-ranked applicants will then be invited for interview.

    At least 25 per cent of available interview places will be allocated to applicants who apply via the Rural and Indigenous Applicants pathway.

    Current CSU students

    Applicants who are currently studying at CSU may apply either via UMAT or via an Internal Applicant form. This form will be available from the Course Director from 1 June 2016.

    All applicants must also apply via UAC.

    Selection and interview process

    Approximately 100 applicants will be selected for interview. Applicants will be notified whether they have been selected for interview in the week of 25 October 2016. Notification will be by email, sent to the address provided on the UAC application.

    Interviews will be held from 21-25 November 2016.

    Following interview, applicants will be ranked based on UMAT score and interview score (equally weighted). Where two applicants have the same score, ATAR will be used to rank the applicants.

    Applicants will be notified whether they have received an offer via UAC. To receive an early round offer, applicants must have CSU listed as their first preference.

    International applicants

    International applicants seeking entry in 2017 should apply direct to the University and will be selected for interview based on GPA. International applicants studying their final year of school, including those studying in Australia, are required to provide school reports for the two final years of schooling.

    Applicants selected for interview will be interviewed by Skype with interviews held in:

    • week commencing 2 May 2016 for applications submitted prior to 18 April
    • week commencing 27 June 2016 for applications submitted prior to 13 June
    • week commencing 29 August 2016 (if needed).

    Offers will be made after each round of interviews and once all places are filled, no further interviews will be held.

    This course has a higher English language proficiency requirement. Applicants should check the English language requirements by reading the 'Undergraduate courses' tab here. The IELTS test must have been taking within the last two years.


    Equipment: Students will be required to purchase various dental instruments. Students are also expected to have a laptop.

    Prior study / assumed knowledge: It is expected that all applicants to this course have a strong science background (Chemistry / Mathematics / Physics) and a high level of competency in English. The profession of dentistry requires good vision, spatial awareness, depth perception and excellent hand-eye coordination and manual (hand) skills.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Scholarships

    A range of scholarships are available to Bachelor of Dental Science students, including the:

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusOrangeFPOSYNNISBK
    UACOn CampusOrangeCGSYNN214738

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    In order to graduate with the Bachelor of Dental Science qualification, students must successfully complete 320 points, including all embedded clinical competencies.

  • How to apply

    Applications for the Bachelor of Dental Science close on 30 September.

    Please note: All Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents should apply through UAC.
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    CRICOS Code(s)

    074610F (Orange)

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  • About the School
    School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

    The School of Dentistry and Health Sciences brings together CSU’s rich history of health professional education in dentistry, oral health therapy and medical radiation science. The School is committed to research, high quality teaching and service to students and to rural and regional communities. Students have the opportunity to develop their hands-on skills in CSU’s state-of-the-art simulation clinic, dental technology / clinical support laboratory, biodental science learning suite and anatomy teaching facilities. The School operates out of facilities at several CSU campuses, largely in Orange and Wagga Wagga. Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst and Dubbo campuses are also home to additional dental clinical facilities.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS010 Introduction to Chemistry
    • SSS011 Introductory Physics
    • SSS029 Introduction to Anatomy

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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