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Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene)

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Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene)

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CSU's Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) is a three-year program, developed in close association with industry to prepare graduates for a career as an oral health therapist (therapy and hygiene).

  • Why study this course?

    As a graduate of CSU's Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene), you will contribute to combating the chronic shortage and increasing demand for oral health professionals Australia-wide, while also significantly impacting the health of our local communities.

    Oral health therapists have skills in clinical diagnosis and provide core dental treatments, with an emphasis on the prevention of oral diseases and timely referrals for specialist care when necessary. CSU oral health therapy graduates are named dental practitioners when they gain entry to practice and have full scopes of practice in dental hygiene for all ages, and dental therapy in patients up to 26 years of age. The current Australian registering body, which regulates the oral health therapy profession, requires oral health therapists to promote and improve health of individuals and the community by understanding and applying principles of primary health care, health promotion and disease prevention.

    HolmesglenStudents enrolled at Holmesglen Institute will undertake lectures and pre-clinical training in Years 1 and 2 at Holmesglen, with some clinical training at Wagga Wagga. The majority of clinical training and placement will occur at various CSU clinical sites (largely based around Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga) in Year 3.  This may include clinics such as other regional NSW Health oral health clinics.

    What will I learn?

    During years one and two, you will focus on core biomedical and oral sciences. Foundation theory will be presented in lecture style and small group seminars and case based interactions will feature throughout the curriculum.

    In years two and three, the focus is on understanding the medical, dental, social and community context of dental hygiene or dental therapy clinical practice.

    Learning facilities

    CSU's Dental and Oral Health Clinics feature technologically and ergonomically advanced dental chairs and equipment and are completely paperless with digital dental x-ray machines providing immediate x-rays at patient cubical. Students will learn in these state-of-the-art clinics through practical placement throughout their course. Our facilities include:

    • 24-chair dental and oral health clinic
    • 20-place simulation laboratory
    • specialist teaching laboratory
    • sterilisation rooms.

    Holmesglen Institute's Chadstone Campus was designed to provide an optimum teaching and learning environment for students within the Faculty of Health Science and Community Studies. In addition to lecture theatres, classrooms, computer and science laboratories, this world class facility contains a specialist oral health simulation facility.

    Professional recognition

    This course is currently accredited by the Australian Dental Council until 31 December 2018.

  • Career opportunities

    Government analysts predict that the demand for dentists, dental therapists and dental hygienists will continue to increase in Australia. 

    CSU’s Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) was developed in close cooperation with the Australian Dental Council, the Australian Dental Association (ADA), local dentists, oral health practitioners and senior consultants to ensure students would graduate with the skills and knowledge required by employers and the community.

    Oral health therapy provides rewarding and diverse career paths. It is a rapidly developing health profession concerned with caring for people of all ages. Once you become registered, your job prospects are excellent. Most final year dental hygiene and dental therapy students will know if they have a graduate position by December of their final year.

    You could follow a career in any of the following:

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

    Learning through experience is considered an integral part of studying oral health at Charles Sturt University. Clinical placements make up around 60% of your course, ensuring you are confident and job ready when you graduate. You will begin your practical placements in real clinics from year one which leads to extended clinical practice in your third year.

    The program offers you the opportunity to undertake clinical placements in a mixture of generalist and specialist disciplines, including at University campus clinics in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange, as well as other placement opportunities in rural and metropolitan clinics.

    You will be required to purchase uniforms and equipment for the practical components of this course. More details of these requirements are available here.


    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.

    International students who have received immunisations in their home country must provide proof that these vaccinations are still valid. If proof cannot be provided, the student will need to have a blood test to confirm immunisations are still current.

    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.

    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.


    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    DOH203 Community Oral Health 2
    DOH100 Clinical Practice and Theory 1
    DOH113 Community Oral Health 1

  • 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

    The Bachelor Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) consists of 192 points.

    The course is of 192 points duration, consisting of:
    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1 (8)
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2 (8)
    BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 (8)
    BMS292 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 (8)
    DOH100 Clinical Practice and Theory 1 (16)
    DOH110 Oral Health Sciences 1 (16)
    DOH113 Community Oral Health (8)
    DOH200 Clinical Practice and Theory 2 (16)
    DOH203 Community Oral Health 2 (8)
    DOH210 Oral Health Sciences 2 (16)
    DOH222 Nutrition and Oral Health Care Delivery
    DOH300 Oral Health Sciences 3 (16)
    DOH310 Clinical Practice and Theory 3 (32)
    DOH313 Community Oral Health 3 (8)
    DOH321 Public Oral Health, Research and Community Service (8)
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health & Human Services (8)

    Enrolment pattern

    By Full-time study

    Year 1
    Session 1
    DOH100 Clinical Practice and Theory 1 (16) (commenced)
    DOH110 Oral Health Sciences 1 (16) (commenced)
    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1 (8)
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health & Human Services (8)

    Session 2
    DOH100 Clinical Practice and Theory 1 (16) (completed)
    DOH110 Oral Health Sciences 1 (16) (completed)
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2 (8)
    DOH113 Community Oral Health (8)

    Year 2
    Session 1
    DOH200 Clinical Practice and Theory 2 (16) (commenced)
    DOH210 Oral Health Sciences 2 (16) (commenced)
    BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 (8)
    DOH222 Nutrition and Oral Health Care Delivery

    Session 2
    DOH200 Clinical Practice and Theory 2 (16) (completed)
    DOH210 Oral Health Sciences 2 (16) (completed)
    BMS292 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 (8)
    DOH203 Community Oral Health 2 (8)

    Year 3
    Session 1
    DOH300 Oral Health Sciences 3 (16) (commenced)
    DOH310 Clinical Practice and Theory 3 (32) (commenced)
    DOH321 Public Oral Health, Research and Community Service (8)

    Session 2
    DOH300 Oral Health Sciences 3 (16) (completed)
    DOH310 Clinical Practice and Theory 2 (32) (completed)
    DOH313 Community Oral Health 3 (8)

    Note: Students are required to pass all subjects in their year level before progressing to the next year

    Key subjects:
    DOH110 Oral Health Sciences 1 (16)
    DOH210 Oral Health Sciences 2 (16)
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2

  • 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.

    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR


    Domestic applicants

    Students apply for this course through UAC for study at Wagga Wagga Campus and through VTAC for study at Holmesglen. This course has a Session 1 intake only.

    International applicants

    International students may apply. For information about applying to CSU as an international student, click here.

    This course has a higher English language proficiency requirement. Applicants should check the English language requirements by reading the 'Undergraduate courses' tab here.

    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.

    As well as the cost of the course and amenities fees, students will be expected to meet other expenses throughout their course, such as placement accommodation, equipment and uniforms. Read more about these expenses.

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYNNISOH
    VTACOn CampusHolmesglenCGSYNN1300213211
    VTACOn CampusHolmesglenFPOSYNN1300213213
    DirectOn CampusHolmesglenCGSYNNKSOM
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNN214384
    DirectOn CampusHolmesglenFPOSYNNISHH

    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 Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) qualification, students must successfully complete 192 points, including all embedded clinical competencies.

  • How to apply

    Applicants wishing to study at Holmesglen Institute should apply through VTAC.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    077426D (Wagga Wagga, Holmesglen)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • 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


    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:

    • SSS016 - Transition to Nursing Studies
    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS025 - Introduction to Bioscience

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    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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