Bachelor of Dental Surgery [Indigenous Health Careers Program]

Course and Subject Handbook 2016 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Dental Surgery [Indigenous Health Careers Program]

Bachelor of Dental Surgery [Indigenous Health Careers Program]

Course code

105310

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, Chemistry (Biology desirable)

Additional selection requirements

Submit JCU internal application form by 30 September

Special admission requirements

Nominate with QTAC as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

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).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. 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 by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

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:

Blue Card Services

Current Apply First Aid and CPR Certificate:

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

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

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements.  Some placement agencies will require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. Students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement.

Application documents can be accessed at:

Australian Federal Police

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

132 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion requirements

Students who contract a blood-borne viral disease during the course of their studies will be unable to complete placements and consequently will be unable to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body.

Course learning outcomes

The James Cook University Bachelor of Dental Surgery will prepare graduates to be dental health practitioners who meet the professional attributes and competencies of the newly qualified dentist as defined by the Australian Dental Council.

On successful completion of the course, the graduate will be able to:

  • Apply an understanding of clinical and scientific principles and health and safety requirements related to the management of oral and dental conditions across all population groups in the community

  • Review legal responsibilities and ethical and social justice principles to ensure respect for all patients, independent of culture, language or background, particularly in relation to confidentiality and consent

  • Assess the oral health and preventive care requirements of individuals and populations especially in regional, rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical contexts and where necessary, formulate, implement and evaluate diagnosis, management and/or referral plans

  • Practise comprehensive dentistry in a range of clinical environments which include community sites within regional, rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical contexts

  • Retrieve, critically evaluate and apply evidence and research methods in clinical dental practice

  • Communicate clearly and coherently through  English language and numeracy proficiency, appropriate for patients, families, colleagues and professional audiences

  • Promote and optimise oral and dental health at the individual and community level

  • Reflect on current knowledge, skills and attitudes and plan ongoing professional development to ensure the capacity to deliver current best practice.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

CU1010:03 Effective Writing

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics

IA1007:03 Linking Indigenousness 1

RH1002:03 Communication Skills for Health Professionals

Teaching Period 2:

CH1020:03 Preparatory Chemistry

HS1003:03 Lifespan Development for Health A

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

BM1071:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Dentists 1

CH1010:03 Biological Chemistry for the Dentistry

DS1001:03 Introduction to Dental Science 1

Teaching Period 2:

BM1072:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Dentists 2

CH1013:03 Chemistry for the Dental Sciences

DS1002:03 Introduction to Dental Science 2

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

HS2403:03 Health Promotion for Health Professionals

DS2001:03 Biological Sciences for Dentistry 1 (Growth, Development and Microbiology)

DS2003:03 Operative Dentistry 1

Teaching Period 2:

DS2004:03 Operative Dentistry 2

DS2005:06 Pathophysiology and Therapeutics for Dentistry

Level 3

Teaching Period 1:

DS3101:12 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry

Teaching Period 2:

HS2401:03 Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care

DS3102:09 Clinical Dentistry 1

Level 4

Teaching Period 1:

DS4101:12 Clinical Dentistry 2

Teaching Period 2:

DS4102:12 Clinical Dentistry 3

Level 5

Teaching Period 1:

DS5101:12 Clinical Practice 1 (Comprehensive Oral Care)

Teaching Period 2:

DS5102:12 Clinical Practice 2 (Comprehensive Oral Care)

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

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Candidature

Expected time to complete

6 years full-time, not available part-time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must complete all level 1 and 2 subjects before attempting any level 3 subject

Must complete all level 3 subjects before attempting any level 4 subject

Must complete all level 4 subjects before attempting any level 5 subject

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

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).

Students may be required to be interviewed, in accordance with procedures approved from time to time by the Division, to assess their suitability for entry to the Dentistry profession before undertaking clinical practice and research projects.

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Approved abbreviation

BDS

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Not available

Eligibility

Not applicable