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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing this course in 2021 and 2022 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus. Remote study is not available for this course. Applicants will be eligible for admission only if they are able to demonstrate they are physically present in Australia on the date specified in the offer made to them by the University.

­­About this course

Oral health therapy students graduate with dual qualifications in dental hygiene and dental therapy. There is a strong focus on developing skills to prevent disease and manage oral health conditions with an adult restorative scope of practice.

When you study to be an oral health therapist, you will work closely with professional dental practitioners and learn to perform a range of preventive and minor restorative tasks, educate the community on self-care oral health practices, and provide evidence-based oral health therapy methods for treating patients of all ages.

The degree consists of scientific knowledge and clinical skills to provide oral health care using a population-based approach. You will learn how to access and apply evidence to inform clinical care, including the knowledge to provide holistic care which improves overall individual and community wellbeing. A feature of the program is comprehensive hands-on experience in simulation and patient clinical environments.

Why study oral health with us?

  • Clinical experience – A minimum of 1,500 hours of practical experience over three years. You’ll participate in clinical placements offered at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health, Sydney Dental Hospital, Nepean Dental Health Clinic and other Local Health District dental hospitals. Practical experience includes simulation practice, patient treatment in public dental clinics, private clinics, residential aged care facilities and block rural placements.
  • Facilities – you’ll have access to the latest technology, facilities and laboratories.
  • World-class teachers – you’ll learn from internationally-renowned dental professionals, who are some of the most highly respected academics in Australia and the world.
  • Rural or regional placement – giving you a broader insight into oral health in the community.
  • Accreditation – the Bachelor of Oral Health is fully accredited by the Australian Dental Council.

Who should study this course? 

People who are looking to become an oral health therapist and are passionate about improving lives through oral health.

Please note: completion of the Bachelor of Oral Health program does not guarantee entry into the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).

View the dentistry study pathways guide for possible entry pathways.

Subject areas

There are no majors for this course.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place.

Refer to the UAC website for key dates. 

For other useful information, visit our 'how to apply' page.


Closing dates 

Refer to the UAC website for key dates. 

Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February). Visit the key dates page for the commencement date of each academic year.


Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on how to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page. 


Closing dates: 

Direct applicants: 15 January of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships website for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February). Visit the key dates page for the commencement date of each academic year.

What you'll study

The Bachelor of Oral Health is undertaken full-time over three years. Students will complete units of study giving credit for 144 credit points in order to be awarded the pass degree.

In their first year, students will receive instruction in biomedical sciences, head & neck and professional practice and will be introduced to oral health in society and oral health therapy in clinical practice.

The remaining two years will be devoted to the development of advanced treatment planning and sound clinical reasoning, critical appraisal and clinical practice.

Units of study

Assumed knowledge

Biology and/or Chemistry. Bridging courses are available for students who have not studied the assumed knowledge during secondary school

Sample Study Plan

Bachelor of Oral Health

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Foundations of Oral Health I Oral Health Clinical Practice I

Life Sciences I

  2 Foundations of Oral Health II Oral Health Clinical Practice II Life Sciences II  
2 1 Foundations of Oral Health III Oral Health Clinical Practice III Life Sciences III
  2 Foundations of Oral Health IV Oral Health Clinical Practice IV Life Sciences IV  
3 1 Foundations of Oral Health V Integrated Oral Health Clinical Practice I Comprehensive Oral Health Management I  
  2 Foundations of Oral Health VI Integrated Oral Health Clinical Practice II Comprehensive Oral Health Management II  

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Important note: There are limited places available for this course. Applicants who receive an unconditional offer must confirm the place and enrol within ten calendar days of the date of the offer letter or the offer will lapse.

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Note: For USYD internal transfer applicants, please refer to

Other requirements

  • Successful applicants must provide evidence that they hold a current approved First Aid Certificate during the Bachelor of Oral Health orientation week. Find out more.
  • Before you attend a placement in a NSW Ministry of Health facility, you will need to meet certain requirements to be verified by the NSW Ministry of Health to ensure your safety and that of other students, staff and patients. Find out more.
  • The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has announced that all health disciplines will be required to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS level 7 or equivalent. Please note that this standard applies to all applicants for initial registration as a dental practitioner or dental specialist. Find out more.
  • Find out here what the additional costs are for materials and equipment. 

Impermissible conduct

The Sydney Dental School reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to vary or cancel an offer of admission if your conduct prior to enrolment causes the faculty to form the view that you are unsuitable for admission to its programs.

Examples of conduct that might make you unsuitable for admission to Sydney Dental School programs include (but are not limited to):

  • Failure to treat University of Sydney employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community with respect and courtesy, including failure to use appropriate language and tone in your written or verbal communications;
  • Failure to act honestly and ethically in your dealings with University of Sydney employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community;
  • Conduct that results in you being suspended or excluded from the University of Sydney;
  • Conduct that gives the Sydney Dental School reasonable cause to believe that enrolling you in clinical training may place you, your peers, or members of the public at risk of harm; and
  • Conduct that results in you being charged with a criminal offence.


Please note the Sydney Dental School regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses including the Bachelor of Oral Health. It reserves the right to change these criteria and processes without notice. Information on this website provides advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for this course.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

Bachelor of Oral Health allows students to provide dental care to public patients within the two teaching hospitals at Westmead Centre for Oral Health and Sydney Dental Hospital.

Additional opportunities available to students include the chance to:

  • undertake a rural placement - conduct an assessment of the oral health needs of a rural community, and develop an appropriate oral health promotion to meet the specific needs of the community
  • complete an extramural placement in the third year of the course, allowing students to conduct dental care in community clinics
  • complete an aged care project, participating in research at an aged care facility
  • complete a preschool project, providing an opportunity for students to develop and deliver an oral health promotion program targeting children under five.


Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Oral Health program has been fully accredited for the full five years by the Australian Dental Council.

Graduates are eligible for registration with the Dental Board of Australia and are licensed with the Environmental Protection Authority to use diagnostic radiation.

Graduates qualify to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as an oral health therapists.

Career Pathways

Oral health therapist, dental hygienist, dental therapist are integral parts of the dental team, providing preventative services to patients of all ages in both the public and private sector. Areas in which you can advance your career:

  • School and community dental services
  • Hospitals
  • Residential care settings
  • General private practice
  • Specialist private practice
  • Research
  • Education
  • Oral health promotion

Further study

The Bachelor of Oral Health offers undergraduate entry and satisfactory completion of award requirements provides for admission, but does not guarantee admission to, the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Outstanding graduates may be eligible for admission to a higher degree by research.

Domestic students

International students

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