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.


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: DOH310. 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.


DOH200 and DOH210 and DOH204 and BMS291 and BMS292

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • to be able to demonstrate cultural competence in the clinical environment
  • 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 demonstrate 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 needs 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 demonstrate competence in the following clinical skills: local anaesthetic (infil & IDB), class I & PRR, Class II (preferably in AgAm, GIC & composite), Class III, Class IV, Class V, pulpotomy, SSC, complex AgAm, extraction of immobile tooth, deep caries management, NSPT, OPG and hygiene review


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Orthodontics
  • Bleaching
  • Orthopantogram and lateral cephalogram
  • Microabrasion
  • Paediatric specific treatment
  • Non-accidental injuries
  • Special needs patients
  • Management of the aging dentition
  • Management of the third molars
  • Advanced adult referral pathways
  • Restoring the occlusal vertical dimension, landmarks and requirements

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 96 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students will complete four blocks of 6-weeks placement in a dental clinic. Typically two of the blocks will be at the Wagga Wagga CSU Dental Clinic. The remaining placement blocks will be at a CSU Dental Clinics or an external site which may include an Aboriginal Medical Service or Local Area Health District dental clinic.

Special Resources

Students will be required to travel for placement and will be responsible for associate travel and accommodation costs. Prior to starting placement students will be required to obtain a Senior First Aid Certificate, proof of appropriate immunisation, and National Police and Working with Children checks.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.