DOH310 Clinical Practice and Theory 3 (32)


This is the final clinical subject in oral health therapy which further develops a deeper learning in advanced clinical skills. The subject provides optimum opportunity to apply professional integrity, self motivation, self assurance and self direction. Advanced concepts in models of behaviour change and preventive and therapeutic oral health care will be covered. The knowledge and competency skills acquired throughout the program are integrated within this subject content as students prepare for entry to practice. Students cannot complete this subject unless all competencies are completed which are required for registration as an oral health practitioner with AHPRA. Students will display a high level of professionalism and ethical behaviour.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DOH310
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy/Hygiene) course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically appraise published scientific literature and apply the relevant knowledge to oral health practice
  • be able to apply entry level proficiencies in all scopes of oral health therapy practice with emphasis on prevention skills in performing an extensive range of treatment and preventive procedures within the scope of the oral health practitioner
  • be able to discern the correct referral pathways and justify when and why this referral is required
  • be able to apply a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to oral health care
  • be able to identify and apply the appropriate requirements of special needs clients within the oral health setting
  • be able to assess and implement critical preventive strategies for high need communities including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • be able to demonstrate entry level skill in working cooperatively with dental and allied health care professionals to meet the holistic needs of the patient
  • be able to apply advanced educational, preventative and therapeutic oral health care
  • be able to consistently demonstrate clinical proficiency in all areas of oral health practise
  • be able to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes at a level ready to be registered as a health professional in all learning environments including the patient and simulation clinics


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • advanced dental hygiene instrumentation
  • advanced dental therapy skills
  • appropriate and timely referral for comprehensive cases
  • successful re-evaluation of patient care
  • effective time management skills
  • patients with special needs
  • differential diagnosis of oral pathological lesions

Specialised Resources

Fully equipped simulated clinic and patient clinic. Registered clinicians must supervise students in these settings. Patients with high oral health needs are required for students enroled in this subject within the clinical setting.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.