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Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Location
Cairns
Commencing
February
Duration
5 years full-time
Attendance mode
Internal
Entry Requirements
English (Units 3/4,C) or English (4,SA), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C) or Maths B (4,SA), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C) or Chemistry (4,SA)
Special entry requirements apply
CRICOS code
073997A
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JCU Dental Surgery graduates are healthcare practitioners who are sought-after in a variety of healthcare settings.

Graduates pursue careers as dentists in various areas including private practice, hospitals, community health services, The Australian Defence Force, education, or research.

This course is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) and graduates can apply for membership of the Dental Board of Australia.

Gain a comprehensive education in oral health and healthcare in Australia and train to meet the need for highly-skilled dentists in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

Study the foundational theory of dental science and the promotion of oral healthcare in underserved communities. Train alongside experienced, supportive professionals and explore issues of concern, particularly relating to tropical, rural and indigenous practice.

Be equipped with practical work skills in JCU’s world-class dental teaching complex, with a state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratory. Apply your theoretical knowledge as you assess, diagnose and perform dental work on real patients. Expand your network and experience through extensive professional placements.

JCU Dental Surgery students graduate in high demand, with a broad range of knowledge and skills to stand out in a competitive field.
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About JCU's Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Do you have a passion for improving health? Are you especially dedicated to those with poor health access, such as Indigenous communities and remote populations? With your Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from JCU, you will be equipped with a world-class education that prepares you to work anywhere, including rural, tropical, and with Indigenous populations.

A Dental Degree with Abundant Opportunities

You want to make a difference, but you also appreciate the importance of having a solid foundation for your career. In Australia, dentists have the highest starting salaries of any profession, and with your dental degree, you will be able to make a difference and work almost anywhere.

With your BDS degree, you can work in private practices across the nation. You will also be able to work in state dental health services or move into teaching or research. After graduation, you will be ready to take advantage of the high demand for dentists throughout Australia, and particularly in Queensland.

By studying a Bachelor of Dentistry in Queensland, you will position you as a leader in facing the challenge of the state’s oral health.

Proper Preparation to Study Dentistry

With your dental degree, you will be ready for any dental career you choose. Becoming a dentist requires the right preparation, and you can be sure of getting everything you need when you study dentistry at JCU.

As you prepare with your BDS degree, you will be able to take advantage of JCU’s world-class dental teaching complex, including a clinical simulation laboratory for practical experience and observation. You will also gain real-life experience at the university’s public dental clinics. By the time you graduate, you will have considerable real-world experience in a variety of environments, from rural community health centres, to state-of-the-art training complexes.

Not only will you have useful practical training, you will also acquire the accredited degree you need to move into any dentistry career. JCU’s Bachelor of Dental Surgery, like a Bachelor of Dentistry, will be accredited by the Australian Dental Council, and you will be ready to register with any dental board in Australia or New Zealand.

A Dental School Offering Comprehensive Learning

As you earn your Bachelor of Dental Surgery, you will learn from the best with over 2000 hours of supervised clinical placements in private practices as well as rural and remote clinics across northern Queensland. As you train alongside experienced professionals, you will gain crucial insight into the dental health issues of rural, tropical and Indigenous people.

Your undergraduate dentistry courses will help you grasp a wide range of important aspects of dentistry. You will gain extensive training in subjects like:

  • Health care in Australia
  • Communication skills for health professionals
  • Dental science
  • Clinical dentistry experience
  • Issues in rural and remote health care
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Biological chemistry
  • Operative dentistry
  • Research for health professionals
  • Clinical practice issues
  • Lifespan development
  • Biological science

Your comprehensive understanding of the issues facing modern health care and dentistry will prepare you for any dental career. You will have a strong mastery of the safety requirements and scientific principles needed to work across all population groups. You will be able to communicate clearly, and critically evaluate situations to attend to the specific needs of your patients.

Become a Dentist and Help Communities

With your BDS degree, you will have the social justice principles necessary to work effectively with people across the social and economic spectrum. You will also be able to work in all contexts, and move effortlessly from remote rural environments to urban environments.

You will also know how to communicate clearly, assess patient needs accurately, and make the right decisions for patients and their families. Equipped with the right training, you will become effective at promoting the oral health of individual patients and the community as a whole.

A Bachelor of Dental Science That Can Lead to Career Success

With your Bachelor of Dental Surgery (similar to a Bachelor of Dentistry), you will be able to take advantage of the high demand for dental services. At the same time, you will be ready to meet any challenge, whether it comes from a fast-moving urban practice or a remote tropical clinic. You will be ready to fulfill your dream of a profitable career while making a positive difference to people across Australia.
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View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects, as well as pre-placement requirements.

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.

Applicants must complete a separate degree specific application form. Forms must be returned by 31 August.

What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to internationaladmissions@jcu.edu.au. If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

Ready to apply? Apply now.

You will need to fill out any forms required for International Applications and return them to JCU by 31 August.

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at enquiries@jcu.edu.au or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Handbook year

2020

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

Recommended: Biology

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

At the discretion of the College Dean, students may be required to undertake a prescribed English language test to ensure that they have an acceptable level of English language proficiency, including at least at the level required to be admitted to the course, to safely participate in professional experience placements.

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Credit

Eligibility

Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points

Currency

Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit 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.

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$67,200 (Estimate only)

Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

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

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.

JCU offers pathway study options if you don't meet the academic of English language requirements for direct entry into your preferred JCU degree, or if you want to enhance your career prospects. Contact us for more information.

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