Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Dental Surgery

James Cook University (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 Australia.
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
See how to apply

Career opportunities

There is a shortage and a uneven distribution 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

  • Study a highly-respected and accredited five-year JCU Dentistry course that equips you to build a dentistry career in Australia, New Zealand or Canada
  • Gain real-life experience at JCU's public dental clinics on campus in Cairns and Townsville
  • Become work-ready after experiencing more than 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience in school clinics and rural and remote community health facilities
  • Enjoy superb teaching facilities and access to researchers as part of JCU's College of Medicine and Dentistry.

Course overview

Train alongside experienced, supportive professionals. Experience JCU's broad-based program that includes all aspects of dental practice. Explore issues of concern to northern Australia, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

Subject topics include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Dentists
  • Communication Skills for Health Professionals
  • Biological Chemistry for Dentistry
  • Dental Science
  • Health and Health Care in Australia
  • Chemistry for the Dental Sciences
  • Health Professional Research
  • Operative Dentistry
  • Health Promotion in Dentistry
  • Biological Sciences for Dentistry
  • Lifespan Development for Health
  • Clinical Dentistry
  • Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care
  • Clinical Practice (Comprehensive Oral Care).

Professional recognition

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.

Required immunisation

Before undertaking placements you’ll require immunisations, current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates, a Suitability to Work with Children check (Blue Card), and an Australian Federal Police check.

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

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.

In addition to applying through QTAC, you must submit a written application form to JCU by 30 September.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

DS1101:09 Dental Science Part 1 of 2

RH1002:03 Communication Skills for Health Professionals

Teaching Period 2:

DS1102:06 Dental Science Part 2 of 2

HS1003:03 Lifespan Development for Health A

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

DS2101:06 Preclinical Dentistry Part 1 of 2

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

HS2406:03 Health Promotion in Dentistry

Teaching Period 2:

DS2102:12 Preclinical Dentistry Part 2 of 2

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 (Domestic students)

Submit JCU internal application form by 31 August (International students)

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

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children Card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

You will find your course requirements here:

https://www.jcu.edu.au/professional-experience-placement/preparation-checklists

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:

DS1101:09 Dental Science Part 1 of 2

RH1002:03 Communication Skills for Health Professionals

Teaching Period 2:

DS1102:06 Dental Science Part 2 of 2

HS1003:03 Lifespan Development for Health A

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

DS2101:06 Preclinical Dentistry Part 1 of 2

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

HS2406:03 Health Promotion in Dentistry

Teaching Period 2:

DS2102:12 Preclinical Dentistry Part 2 of 2

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 Year 2 second semester, 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

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Students who have completed 72 credit points of their professional course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Life Sciences.

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. For eligibility information go to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Honours) Handbook page.

What is Dental Surgery?

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