Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Dentistry is a rapidly changing, expanding profession. Employment prospects for Dentists are excellent, especially in the public sector and in rural areas. As a dentist, you can make a positive difference to the health and confidence of people everywhere. Our Bachelor of Dental Surgery offers a state-of-the-art grounding in one of Australia’s highest demand health professions.

Campus
Cairns
Start dates
February
Duration
5 years full-time
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English; Maths B; Chemistry; (Biology desirable)
OP/Rank
Special Entry Requirements
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Career opportunities

There is a shortage of dentists in Australia, particularly in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Queensland in particular, with its highly decentralised population faces some unique challenges in providing a health workforce for all its communities, and the demand for dental services is high.

Dentists enjoy the highest graduate starting salaries nationally*. Dentists work in private practice, in state-operated dental health services, and in teaching and research. The demand for dentists will increase in coming years as the range of services provided by dentists continues to expand and the population ages.

JCU's Bachelor of Dental Surgery will prepare graduates as generalist dentists in accordance with the dental profession's scope of practice. The Australian Dental Council has accredited Dentistry courses at JCU.

The course has accreditation by the Australian Dental Council. After graduating you will be eligible for professional registration with all dental boards in Australia and New Zealand and be able to enter dental practice.

*GradStats 2014, Graduatecareers.com.au

Course highlights

JCU established its Dentistry program in 2008 in response to the challenges and oral health needs of northern Australia. With a focus on tropical, rural and Indigenous practice the course offers:

  • All new facilities – the $75 million dental teaching complex on the Cairns campus is impressive and includes a state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratory.
  • Early clinical experience – you’ll gain real-life experience at our dental clinics on campus in Cairns and Townsville that provide dental care to the public. You’ll also gain experience at private practices and in rural and remote community health facilities across northern Queensland.

Course overview

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery at James Cook University is a five-year undergraduate degree that provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to become a competent practitioner of dentistry.

It is a broad-based program that includes all aspects of dental practice and focuses on issues of concern to northern Australia, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice. The curriculum integrates the basic sciences with dental clinical sciences and preventive oral health strategies.

In addition, our Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP) is the first initiative of its kind in Australia designed to increase the success levels of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students pursuing a health career.

Successful applicants require Hepatitis B immunisation, current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates plus a Suitability to Work with Children (Blue Card) and an Australian Federal Police before undertaking placement. It is recommended that these requirements be completed by the end of your first semester/teaching period.

Honours

An Honours degree is available for high achieving students who wish to pursue research and academic careers:

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Honours); AQF Level 8

An additional one-year program (full time or equivalent) after successful completion of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Cairns (327091) - Apply now


In addition to applying through QTAC, you must submit a written application to JCU by 30 September 2016. Download the form at jcu.edu.au/dthm/forms

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

BM1071:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Dentists 1

RH1002:03 Communication Skills for Health Professionals

CH1010:03 Biological Chemistry for 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

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

DS1002:03 Introduction to Dental Science 2

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

HS2406:03 Health Promotion in Dentistry

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

DS2003:03 Operative Dentistry 1

Teaching Period 2:

HS1003:03 Lifespan Development for Health A

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:

DS3102:09 Clinical Dentistry 1

HS2401:03 Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care

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)

Handbook

Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Course code

73010

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC). Students enrolled in this degree will be registered with the Dental Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for the duration of their program of study or until they are no longer enrolled. Graduates will be eligible for professional registration with dental boards in Australia and New Zealand.

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, Maths B, Chemistry (Biology desirable).

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3b Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Students also need to take note that in accordance with the National Registration Board’s requirement, they must hold a valid IELTS (academic module) minimum score of 7.0 in all components within 2 years prior to applying for registration.

Additional selection requirements

Submit JCU internal application form by 30 September

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.

Post admission requirements

Immunisations:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B and that they have been vaccinated or evidence that they are not susceptible for the vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Varicella and Pertussis. Students enrolled in Dental Courses are required to undergo testing for Blood-Borne Viruses (BBVs) including Hepatitis B , Hepatitis C and Human Immunodeficiency virus before, or on entry to the Course. Professional experience placement is a requirement of this course and students may be engaged in roles where there is contact that would allow transmission of a VPD or BBV.  

Students are required to comply with the above requirement prior to commencing their first Professional Experience Placement or by the end of the first teaching period of their studies, otherwise their enrolment will be terminated

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 may require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. If requested, 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

120 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:

BM1071:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Dentists 1

RH1002:03 Communication Skills for Health Professionals

CH1010:03 Biological Chemistry for 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

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

DS1002:03 Introduction to Dental Science 2

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

HS2406:03 Health Promotion in Dentistry

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

DS2003:03 Operative Dentistry 1

Teaching Period 2:

HS1003:03 Lifespan Development for Health A

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:

DS3102:09 Clinical Dentistry 1

HS2401:03 Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care

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

Cairns

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

5 years full-time or 7 years part-time (part-time study is not permitted in Years 3, 4 and 5)

Maximum time to complete

7 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

Professional 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

63 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 12 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

Nil

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

Available as an additional 24 credit points of study [end-on]

Eligibility

Application for entry to the program is by approval of the College Dean.

Achievement of an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across their undergraduate degree and/or a grade point average of 5.0 in the Level 4 of their undergraduate degree, with credits or better in specific discipline areas.

or

Current enrolment in Level 5 of the James Cook University Bachelor of Dental Surgery pass degree and requesting to concurrently study Honours part-time, and

Achievement of an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across Levels 2, 3 and 4 of their undergraduate degree, with credits or better in the discipline specific areas.

Honours

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.