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Overview

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

The Bachelor of Oral Health will prepare you for a rewarding career as an oral health therapist. You will gain the required knowledge, clinical skills and experience to deliver therapeutic dental hygiene and restorative treatment services for patients of all ages, and oral health education and promotion to patients and communities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Why study oral health with us?

  • Clinical experience – during your 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.
  • 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, as well as the timeline on this page.

Applicants must also register for and attend a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). Please carefully read the admission criteria and timeline information on this page.

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

Transferring

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. However, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that they register for the MMI process if applying for the Bachelor of Oral Health.

For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

Closing dates 

Refer to the UAC website and the timeline on this page for MMI registrations.

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

Starting date

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

 

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need 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. 

Applicants must also register for and attend a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). Please carefully read the admission criteria and timeline information on this page.

 

Closing dates: 

Direct applicants: 1 September of the preceding year. Please also refer to the timeline on this page for MMI registrations.

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.

Please also refer to the timeline on this page for other key dates.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March). 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

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:

  • secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), or approved higher education study, including approved preparation courses. (Lowest ATAR to be considered: 83 for domestic applicants; 80 for international applicants)
  • satisfactory performance in a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) - see below for more information including MMI registration requirements.
  • English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

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.

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

In 2021 for 2022 entry only, all eligible applicants must attend the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) via Zoom as part of the admissions process. Eligible international applicants are required to participate in the online MMIs in September. Eligible domestic applicants are required to participate in the online MMIs in December.

About the MMIs

The MMIs are a series of short interviews of approximately 5 minutes each, where applicants are required to discuss scenarios and/or issues. On the day of your interview, you must register 30 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time. Your interview will last 35 minutes. However, you should allow at least one hour in addition to this time in case there is a delay, or there is a need to clarify a matter.

MMI Registration

All applicants, except Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants and applicants who are made a conditional Early Offer Year 12 (E12) offer, are required to register online for the MMI during the registration period and pay a non-refundable Interview Booking and Administration fee of $100 (incl. GST). Online payment via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) will be required at the time of booking to secure the interview booking. See timeline below for important dates, including registration website link and open and close dates.

After registration, and within 3 working days, applicants will receive an email confirmation specifying the date/time of their MMI and are required to confirm their attendance by email within 5 calendar days. Please be advised that the interview date and time are not negotiable. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants and applicants who are made a conditional E12 offer are not required to register for the MMI or pay the associated Interview Booking and Administration Fee. These applicants will receive an email confirmation on 16 November 2021 specifying the date/time of their MMI and are required to confirm their attendance by email within 5 calendar days. Please be advised that the interview date and time are not negotiable.

Zoom link for MMI

Applicants who reply to confirm their attendance at the MMI will receive an email containing the Zoom link and other information by the Friday prior to their scheduled interview (see timeline below).

Note: Invitations will be sent by email to the email address provided when registering for the MMI, and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants and applicants who are made a conditional E12 offer, to the email address listed on your UAC application. Please ensure you provide your own phone number and current email address and check all mail boxes including the junk mail box regularly for any correspondence from the University. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check their accounts; the University will not be held responsible for any unread email communication or for any resulting delays or disadvantage.

If an applicant fails to register and/or pay the Interview Booking and Administration fee (Aboriginal and conditional E12 offers excepted) or to attend the interview at their scheduled time, their application for admission to the BOH for 2022 entry will be deemed to have lapsed, and will not be considered further.

Timeline for 2022 entry
 
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the University may review the admissions process and application timeline for Bachelor of Oral Health 2022 entry. 
 

We’ll aim to be as flexible as possible while retaining our academic requirements in order to ensure students seeking to apply to our undergraduate courses are impacted as little as possible. Please revisit this website on a regular basis for any updates.

Note:

  1. All dates below are subject to change
  2. Times and dates listed are Sydney, Australia time
  3. Last updated 14 September 2021.
31 March 2021 International direct applications open.

1 April 2021

UAC applications open for domestic applicants, apply via UAC. E12 scheme applications open, please apply through E12.

2 August 2021

MMI registrations open for domestic and international applicants, register here.

1 September 2021

International direct applications* close. Applicants must ensure that they have submitted their application for the BOH. If an applicant has not applied, the MMI will be cancelled at the cost of the applicant.

MMI registrations close for international applicants to attend the MMIs on 30 September 2021.

19 September 2021

E12 Scheme applications close.

24 September 2021

International applicants who have confirmed their attendance at the MMI will receive their Zoom link by this date.
30 September 2021 MMIs via Zoom for international applicants.

5 November 2021

MMI registrations close for domestic applicants. Applicants must ensure that they have submitted their application for the BOH via UAC. If an applicant has not applied, the MMI will be cancelled at the cost of the applicant.

Last day to add the BOH to your preferences on your UAC application.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants need to ensure that they have also applied through the Cadigal Program.

12 November 2021

E12 scheme conditional offers made.

16 November  2021

E12 applicants who have received a conditional offer, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who have applied through the Cadigal Program will be notified of the date/time of their MMI and are required to confirm their attendance within 5 calendar days.
3 December 2021 Domestic applicants who have confirmed their attendance at the MMI will receive their Zoom link in the afternoon.

7-9 December 2021

MMIs via Zoom for domestic applicants.

November- Mid December 2021

Direct international offers made.

26 January 2022 (TBC)

Official first round offers for the BOH will be released on UAC website.

February 2022

 If required, second round offers for the BOH will be released.

21 February 2022

 Bachelor of Oral Health classes for Year 1 commence. (Note All Year 1 students are required to attend the compulsory orientation sessions.)
 

* Taylor's College applicants may contact their USFP coordinator or the FMH Admissions Office for information.

Note: For USYD internal transfer applicants, please refer to https://sydney.edu.au/students/change-course/internal-course-application.html

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. 

Offers and enrolments

The admission process is very competitive, with the aim being to select applicants who have the ability to succeed in the course. Successful applicants who apply through UAC will receive their offers from UAC; successful international applicants who apply directly to the University will receive their offers from the University Admissions Office. 

Domestic students are required to accept their place and enrol in the course within 10 calendar days of an offer. This will help to ensure that all our places are filled for next year and that no one who merits a place in the BOH misses out. Due to the intensity of this course, orientation is held and classes commence in February 2022 and as such, enrolments are earlier than most other undergraduate courses. See the timeline above for key dates.

You will be invited to enrol online for your course and be notified of your compulsory orientation sessions closer to the time. 

Please note: Do not plan any holidays from February 2022 as all students are required to attend classes and must meet strict attendance requirements to commence and progress in this course.

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.

Disclaimer

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.

 

Career Pathways

Oral health therapists are an integral part of the dental team, providing preventative dental services to patients of all ages in both the public and private sector. Career opportunities include:

  • 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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