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About Dentistry

Number one for student experience

Graduate with confidence. As a leader in student experience* and support^, JCU Dentistry students receive over 2,000 hours of clinical practice and begin with hands-on experience in first semester.

Be the world of difference

Make an impact in rural and remote health. JCU Dentistry students learn while improving oral health care in underserved communities.

State-of-the-art facilities

Experience learning in world-class facilities and practice on real patients in JCU's simulation laboratory and public dental clinic. Use the latest in advanced technology to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment.

Graduate success

JCU Dentistry was awarded five stars for graduate employment and median salary^, which was the top result in Australia.


The Bachelor of Dental Surgery at James Cook University is a five-year undergraduate degree that provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to become a competent practitioner of dentistry.

It is a broad-based program that includes all aspects of dental practice and focuses on issues of concern to northern Australia, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice. The curriculum integrates the basic sciences with dental clinical sciences and preventive oral health strategies.

In addition, our Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP) is the first initiative of its kind in Australia designed to increase the success levels of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students pursuing a health career.

Successful applicants require Hepatitis B immunisation, current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates plus a Suitability to Work with Children (Blue Card) and an Australian Federal Police check before undertaking placement. It is recommended that these requirements be completed by the end of your first semester/teaching period.

College of Medicine and Dentistry
Take a fly-through video tour of the College of Medicine & Dentistry facilities at JCU Cairns.

^Good Universities Guide 2020 *QILT 2016-2017 Data