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Bachelor of Dental Surgery

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.


in Australia for full-time employment outcomes* *Good Universities Guide 2022, UG study area


in Australia for median graduate salary, $104,400* *Good Universities Guide 2022, UG study area


in Queensland for learning resources, student support and skill development* *Good Universities Guide 2022, UG study area



  • Cairns: February



+estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible


5 years full-time

Entry Requirements

English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C); or equivalent

Recommended Knowledge

Biology (Units 3/4,C)



Course detail

Real stories

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    Linda Gualtieri

    Bachelor of Dental Surgery

    The simulation clinic provides a great learning opportunity, as the supervisors bring with them many years of dental experience. We are very fortunate to have academics that impart such great knowledge, expertise and practical experiences on our journey in becoming dentists.

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    Dr Tanner Pachal

    Bachelor of Dental Surgery

    Employers know we are work-ready as we have had so many different experiences treating patients and a really high volume of clinical hours. All the graduating students I speak to feel confident and ready to start their career. JCU is how all dental schools should be.

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    International Student - Malaysia

    Serene Tan

    Bachelor of Dental Surgery

    I chose to study at JCU because of its focus on remote and rural oral health. JCU’s program has much hands-on experience and is well-known for producing dental graduates who have successful graduate employment.

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    Professor Alan Nimmo

    Head of Dentistry and Professor of Medical Science

    The Bachelor of Dental Surgery program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to become effective dental practitioners. The work-ready training concludes with clinical placements in regional and rural Australia, as well as the opportunity to undertake an International placement.

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    Dr Chris Handbury

    Clinical Director Oral Health Services Tasmania

    JCU graduates make a significant contribution in delivering dental services to Tasmanians in both the public and private sectors. Many graduates start and progress their careers in the Island State. Having been involved with this program over the last 10 years, I am pleased with the high calibre of clinicians from JCU.