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
Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
Two sessions
School of Dentistry and Health Sciences
Enrolment restrictions

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

Assumed Knowledge


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
Special 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.

Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.