Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology

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Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology

This course will be offered in 2020.

Dental Implantology is a branch of dentistry associated with the fixed and permanent replacement of missing teeth with implant-supported crowns and bridgework. This course provides advanced training and education in a clinical dentistry specialty relevant to practicing clinicians in northern Australia, thereby contributing to the growth of specialist dental training throughout the Tropics.

Start dates
1 year full-time
Study mode

Career opportunities

There is considerable patient demand for dental implant treatment. This course offers an opportunity for you to gain an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification while expanding your scope of practice.

Upon graduation you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to undertake complex and specialist clinical diagnosis and treatment for dental patients requiring implant care. They will be able to apply this information to a range of clinically relevant contexts required for professional practice.

Course highlights

Upon graduation, you will be able to apply the skills and knowledge developed to a range of clinically-relevant contexts required for professional practice. The course comprises of two full-time subjects which take place over one year. You will have access to a range of implant systems, diagnostic and CAD-CAM technologies from different industry sectors.

The course is available to AHPRA registered dental graduates of greater than two years’ standing. Extensive use of blended and online learning delivery methods are used. Attendance at four, four-day clinical workshops at the JCU Cairns campus is compulsory.

Course overview

The purpose of the Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology is to train and educate AHPRA registered dental graduates in the academic, clinical and technical skills and knowledge to enable them to successfully identify, treat and care for patients requiring dental implants. Upon completion, you will be able to apply your education to patient care and also to the education of referring clinicians.

This course aims to:

  • Develop your skills to successfully diagnose and plan dental treatment for patients based around dental implants
  • Help you understand surgical techniques appropriate for the placement of implant components in the dento-alveolar tissues, immediately post-extraction, delayed placement and in augmented tissues
  • Teach you to design, plan and undertake restorative procedures and to take appropriate records for the restoration of placements with a wide range of implant-supported prostheses
  • Develop your skills in managing and maintaining clinical cases of a range of complexity for patients restored with dental implants
  • Teach you to manage the treatment of patients with complications arising from the use of dental implants – both iatrogenic and pathogenic.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Applications close on 30 September.


Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology

Handbook year2018

Course code


Course type

GDN – Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an undergraduate/graduate degree in dentistry at this or another University more than three years previously.

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).

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

Additional selection

Applicants must hold full registration with AHPRA as dental practitioners.

Submission of curriculum vitae

Interview (by invitation)

Post admission

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:

Closing date

30 September

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Attendance and participation in Clinical Workshops (4 across the degree) held in Cairns

Additional completion

Completion of six case-based evaluations

Course learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Graduate Diploma Guidelines in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8).

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology will be able to:

  • Consolidate, analyse and apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics and materials science relevant to dental implantology
  • Apply anatomical, physiological and biomaterials knowledge to the specialist clinical diagnosis, treatment and management of patients
  • Critically interpret and evaluate diagnostic and clinical information to facilitate successful diagnosis, planning and treatment of patients and their suitability for dental implant treatment
  • Relate and interpret complex diagnostic information from clinical and radiographic examinations and special tests to the treatment and management of dental patients, optimizing the selection of the best materials, devices and techniques
  • Apply advanced clinical and technical skills in clinical patient surgery, treatment and prosthodontic restoration
  • Apply a thorough understanding of the pathology of periodontal and peri-implant disease processes to the maintenance and treatment of dental implant patients.

Course Structure


DS6501:12 Dental Implantology Part 1 of 2

DS6502:12 Dental Implantology Part 2 of 2





Course delivery will be predominantly through online delivery due to the workplace requirements of graduate dentists.

Attendance at Cairns based clinical workshops is a requirement for course completion.


Expected time to complete

1 year full-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression

Must complete Dental Implantology Part 1 of 2 before enrolling in Dental Implantology Part 2 of 2

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical Workshops:

This course includes prescribed clinical workshops. These workshops are a compulsory/mandatory component of the course.

Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

A student who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject.

Advanced Standing


Not eligible

Maximum allowed



Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


This is a joint degree


Inclusion of majors on

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

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.