Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent registrable dental qualification awarded by a recognised institution

  • At least 2 years of General Dental Practice experience

  • Current registration with the Dental Board of Australia or other national dental registration authority.

Additional entry

Completion of the Primary Examination of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (or equivalent) would be an advantage.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non-English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Post admission

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B.  A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body.  If a student has not complied with the above requirement before the start of their first placement, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

For more information, contact the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences.

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

For more information, refer to:

Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Current Apply First Aid and CPR Certificate:

Candidates must hold a current First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements.  Candidates are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Some professional/clinical placement agencies may require that candidates hold an advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate before undertaking a professional or clinical placement. Candidates are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Closing date

Final date for lodging the JCU Application – 30 June, or 31 December (for mid-year entry the following year).

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

72 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply an advanced and integrated body of knowledge and professional competencies behaviours and ethical frameworks in the discipline of orthodontics, across rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical contexts

  • Synthesise and interpret complex and varied individual and population health presentations and data to design, implement and evaluate management plans, in response to stable, unpredictable and/or complex orthodontic situations

  • Develop strategies to promote and optimise the health, welfare and autonomy of individuals and populations

  • Deliver and facilitate safe and effective collaborative patient‐centred health outcomes, within a clearly defined and accepted scope of orthodontic practice

  • Evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence to reflect critically on theory and professional practice

  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability in planning ongoing personal and professional development and in collaboration with others

  • Communicate theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non‐specialist audiences, through high‐level written and oral English language and numeracy skills

  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and ethically execute a substantial research‐based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.

Course Structure

Core Subjects

DS8141:06 Research Project (Part 1 of 4)

DS8142:06 Research Project (Part 2 of 4)

DS8143:06 Research Project (Part 3 of 4)

DS8144:06 Research Project (Part 4 of 4)


Select a major from the list below


Type of major

Single, Mandatory

Credit points in major

48 credit points

Special requirements






Cairns (Not offered in 2014)




Not available

Paediatric Dentistry


Not available

Oral Surgery


Not available

Oral Medicine


Not available



Not available

Restorative Dentistry


Not available







Expected time to complete

3 years full-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Students will undertake clinical activities in the TROPICAL QLD CENTRE FOR ORAL HEALTH. In addition there may be Hospital placements in Years 2 and 3.

Special assessment requirements

All candidates must demonstrate basic clinical competency in the relevant dentistry discipline before undertaking professional or clinical placements.

Accreditation requirements

Australian Dental Council

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

The grade of Pass Conceded may not be awarded in subjects for this course

Supplementary exam for final subject


Advanced Standing


Not applicable

Maximum allowed

Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable