Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics

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Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics

This course is available to Domestic Students only.
Location
Cairns
Commencing
July
Duration
2 years part-time
Attendance mode
Mixed
Entry Requirements
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in dentistry completed more than 2 years before application
QTAC Code
Not applicable
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If you're already an AHPRA registered dental graduate, here's a unique JCU course that gives you the opportunity to enhance your academic knowledge, clinical and technical skills. Choosing to study this JCU Graduate Diploma offers you the significant benefits to gain postgraduate skills under a blended learning environment well suited to the busy clinician.

The purpose of the Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics is to train and educate AHPRA registered dental graduates who want to enhance their orthodontic academic, clinical and technical skills and knowledge to enable them to successfully identify, treat and care for patients requiring orthodontic treatment.

Continue your busy dental practice while you study. This two-year part-time JCU course is offered from JCU's state-of-the-art Cairns Dental School, with extensive use of blended and online learning delivery methods. You'll have the opportunity to treat patients from initial record taking, diagnosis, treatment planning, bonding of fixed appliances and issue of retainers. These finished cases will be supervised and assessed by a national and international faculty.

The Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics requires compulsory face-to-face (at Cairns campus) and online attendance (via LearnJCU) on prescribed dates:

  1. One-week face-to-face intensive clinical workshop (at the beginning of the course)
  2. Six-weekly clinical sessions (Cairns campus) throughout the course (2 years).
  3. Six-weekly online seminars/tutorials (via LearnJCU) throughout the course (2 years).
  4. One -week face-to-face final exams/ finished cases (Cairns campus) at the end of the course.

Career Opportunities

Your Graduate Diploma qualification will equip you to serve the orthodontic treatment needs of a large cohort of patients who present with dental issues to which orthodontic treatment is the only solution.

This orthodontics course provides you with skills and knowledge that enable you to undertake clinical diagnosis and treatment for patients who require orthodontic treatment. When you graduate, you'll be able to offer an enhanced scope of care in a field of dentistry that is experiencing significant demand.

JCU graduates have acquired enhanced skills and knowledge to enable them to:

  1. Apply the scientific basis of orthodontics, with particular emphasis on current theories relevant to growth and development; diagnosis; treatment planning; and, clinical management of malocclusions.
  2. Properly diagnose orthodontic dental malocclusions and skeletal discrepancies.
  3. Formulate a competent treatment plan following consideration of the underlying aetiological factors and addressing the patient’s chief complaint.
  4. Implement biomechanical methods to treat orthodontic cases.
  5. Provide orthodontic treatment based on evidence-based dentistry.
  6. Critically analyse orthodontic literature and apply it clinically.

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Applicants must also complete and upload the following forms and documentary evidence with their application:

Applications close on 24 March each year.

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Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics

Handbook year

2020

Course code

116506

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 degree in dentistry at this or another University more than two years previously.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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

Additional selection
requirements

Applicants must hold full registration with AHPRA as dental practitioners. Interview (by invitation)

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

Closing date

24 March

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Additional course rules

Compulsory attendance and participation at all prescribed clinical workshops

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of Graduate Diploma of Orthodontics, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply the scientific basis of orthodontics, with particular emphasis on current theories relevant to growth and development; diagnosis; treatment planning; and, clinical management of malocclusions.
  • Properly diagnose orthodontic dental malocclusions and skeletal discrepancies.
  • Formulate a competent treatment plan following consideration of the underlying aetiological factors and addressing the patient’s chief complaint.
  • Implement biomechanical methods to treat orthodontic cases.
  • Provide orthodontic treatment based on evidence-based dentistry.
  • Critically analyse orthodontic literature and apply it clinically.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent RequirementsInherent 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 adjustmentsReasonable 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

DS6601:06 Fundamentals of Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

DS6602:06 Clinical Orthodontics

DS6603:06 Reflective Orthodontic Practice

DS6604:06 Advanced Clinical Orthodontics

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

Attendance at Cairns-based clinical workshops is mandatory for course completion.

Candidature

Expected time to complete

2 years part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical sessions: This course includes prescribed clinical sessions. 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

Not applicable

Credit

Eligibility

Not eligible

Maximum allowed

Not applicable

Currency

Not applicable

Expiry

Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF ORTHODONTICS

Approved abbreviation

GDipOrtho

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Annual Tuition Fee: $50,512 (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

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

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