Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology

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.

Campus
Cairns
Start dates
February
Duration
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Limited

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.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

DS6501:12 Dental Implantology Part 1 of 2

DS6502:12 Dental Implantology Part 2 of 2

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology

Course code

115206

Course type

GDN – Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Division

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
requirements

Applicants must hold full registration with AHPRA as dental practitioners.

Submission of curriculum vitae

Interview (by invitation)

Post admission
requirements

Immunisations:

Students must provide evidence that they have been vaccinated or evidence that they are not susceptible  for the vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) of Hepatitis B, 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.

Computer and internet access is required due to online/external course delivery

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
requirements

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

CORE SUBJECTS

DS6501:12 Dental Implantology Part 1 of 2

DS6502:12 Dental Implantology Part 2 of 2

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

External

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.

Candidature

Expected time to complete

1 year full time or equivalent part time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

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
requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation
requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

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

Eligibility

Not eligible

Maximum allowed

Nil

Currency

Not applicable

Expiry

Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF DENTAL IMPLANTOLOGY

Approved abbreviation

GDipDImplant

This is a joint degree

No

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

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.