Oral Health Therapy is an evidence-based health profession. In this course, you will learn to perform preventive and restorative dentistry for patients of all ages. On completion of this course you will have gained skills to effectively synthesise assessment findings, formulate care plans, deliver appropriate clinical treatment and evaluate patient-centred outcomes. You will also be able to promote oral health to individuals and community groups.
During this course, you will learn how to apply critical thinking, clinical reasoning and reflective practice to be able to provide clinical services that extend from restorative care for patients of all ages. You will also be able to provide supportive orthodontic services, dental therapy and hygiene services, non-surgical periodontal treatment, oral disease prevention and health promotion. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply to the Dental Board of Australia for registration as a 'Dental Practitioner - Oral Health Therapist'. Employment opportunities are available in private general and specialists’ dental practices and in community-based settings.
Graduates will be able to apply for registration to work as an oral health therapist in general and specialist dental practices within Australia. They will be able to perform preventive and operative dentistry for patients across the lifespan. Graduates are also able to educate and promote oral health in small group and community settings.
|Duration||3 years full-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||144|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Undergraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||BOralHlth|
|AQF Level||Level 7: Bachelor Degree|
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.
|Rank Threshold||SR 75.00 | ATAR 75.00|
English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent; one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent
English Language Proficiency Requirements
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion with the last 5 years of:
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
English, Science, Mathematics or equivalent.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||Students studying via Mixed Mode in non-oral health units may be required to attend residential schools.|
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|ORAL12005 - Work-based learning takes place in the oral health simulation laboratory on campus for 2 x 3 hour sessions per week per term.|
|ORAL12004 - Work-based learning takes place in the oral health simulation laboratory and oral health clinics on campus over 5 days per term.|
|ORAL11003 - Work-based learning takes place in the oral health simulation laboratory and/or the oral health clinics on campus for up to 2 x 3 hour sessions per term.|
|ORAL12002 - Work-based learning takes place in the oral health simulation laboratory on campus for 2 x 3 hour sessions per week per term.|
|ORAL11006 - Work-based learning takes place in the oral health simulation laboratory for 2 x 3 hour sessions, per week, per term and the oral health clinic on campus for up to 36 hours per term.|
|ORAL11001 - Work-based learning takes place in the oral health simulation laboratory (up to 3 hours per week) and oral health clinics on campus 6 x 3 hour sessions per term.|
|ORAL13002 - Work-based learning takes place in a variety of settings 4-5 days per week per the term. This includes general dental practices, specialist dental practices, school dental clinics, oral health clinics on campus and residential care facilities. These clinical placements may be in Central Queensland, in other areas of Queensland and in other states and territories of Australia.|
|ORAL12006 - Work-based learning takes place in the oral health clinics on campus 4 x 3-hour sessions per week per term.|
|ORAL12003 - Work-based learning takes place in the oral health clinics on campus 2 x 3-hour sessions per week per term.|
|ORAL13001 - Work-based learning takes place in a variety of settings 4-5 days per week per term. This includes general dental practices, specialist dental practices, school dental clinics, oral health clinics on campus and residential care facilities. These clinical placements may be in Central Queensland, in other areas of Queensland and in other states and territories of Australia.|
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Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) placements apply to this course and as such are subject to compulsory pre-placement conditions referred to as mandatory checks and are outlined in the health, security and other compulsory requirements sections. Mandatory checks are determined by industry, organisations, legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures. To be eligible for a WIL placement, students must first achieve compliance with mandatory checks by each closing date prior to a WIL placement and maintain current evidence for the duration of the course.
Mandatory health requirements include immunisation and vaccination evidence (and serology where required) to the following diseases: COVID-19 (up-to-date status), Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Varicella, Pertussis, Influenza, Blood Borne Virus and Tuberculosis screening. Respirator mask fit testing is also an annual requirement for this course.
The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination status by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.
Mandatory security requirements include an Australian Federal Police clearance and working with children check.
Other mandatory requirements include a First Aid and CPR certificate, student agreement to privacy and confidentiality, fitness to participate in WIL student declaration, jurisdictional and site-specific compulsory requirements, and other training modules.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas|
|6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters|
|KNOWLEDGE Develop an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture in contemporary and historical context using the respectful and appropriate protocols and terminology|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Engage in reflective self-evaluation of own cultural values and perspectives to proactively create an inclusive workplace that affirms and celebrates cultural diversity|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Display leadership by creating inclusive work environments and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a culturally respectful manner|
|Number of units: 20||Total credit points: 144|
To meet required clinical hours and competencies for accreditation and registration, students will be rostered to placements across Queensland as well as other states and territories. These mandatory placements will be allocated to students by work-integrated learning coordinators. Placement locations are not negotiable except in limited circumstances.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|BMSC11010||Human Anatomy and Physiology 1|
|ORAL11001||Introduction to Oral Health Therapy|
|ORAL11004||Oral Anatomy 1|
|BMSC11011||Human Anatomy and Physiology 2|
|ORAL11003||Introduction to Oral Disease|
|ORAL11005||Oral Anatomy 2|
|ORAL11006||Introduction to Oral Health Practice|
|ORAL12001||Oral Disease Prevention and Management|
|ORAL12002||Oral Health Pre Clinical Practice 1|
|ORAL12003||Oral Health Clinical Practice 1|
|MBIO12013||Microbiology for Health Care|
|ORAL12004||Advanced Oral Health Practice|
|ORAL12005||Paediatric Dentistry for the Oral Health Therapist|
|ORAL12006||Oral Health Clinical Practice 2|
|ORAL13001||Oral Health Clinical Placement 1|
|ORAL13002||Oral Health Clinical Placement 2|
|HLTH12028||Health Promotion Strategies|
|ALLH11009||Research Methods for Health Professionals|
|ALLH12006||Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals|
|ALLH13011||Rural and Remote Practice for Health Professionals|
Oral Health Simulation and Prosthetic Laboratory Learning costs and information
Years 1-2 of the course include hands-on learning in the oral health simulation and prosthetic laboratories on campus during most terms. Students must demonstrate professional behaviours including regular attendance and meeting the course dress code during oral health simulation and prosthetic laboratory sessions. During simulations of oral health procedures, all students will participate in role plays as operator and patient. These essential learning activities will require touching and being touched by peers. If a student is unable to participate, it may impact the student's ability to attain required skills and complete unit assessments.
First year will be required to purchase equipment for simulation in Term 2, at an approximate cost of $1300.
Second year students will be required to purchase equipment for Term 2, at an approximate cost of $400.
Equipment can be used for clinical and oral health education purposes after graduation.
Oral Health Clinical Learning
Years 1-3 of the course include hands-on learning in the oral health clinical setting on and off campus during most terms. Students must demonstrate professional behaviours including regular attendance and meeting the course dress code during oral health clinical sessions. Whilst learning oral health procedures, all students will participate in role plays as operator and patient. These essential learning activities will require touching and being touched by peers. If a student is unable to participate, it may impact the student's ability to attain required skills and complete unit assessments.
Second year students will be required to purchase equipment for Term 1, at an approximate cost of $500.
Equipment can be used for clinical purposes after graduation.
The Bachelor of Oral Health course involves extensive training in a clinical environment, initially using simulator technologies before progressing to full-time clinical placements in an oral health environment. Students should be prepared in their final year of study to spend four (4) days per week in full-time clinical placements as part of the course requirements. Before commencing work placement, students must have gathered the following to provide to the appropriate academic supervisor and their workplace supervisor:
Complying with the Dental Board of Australia's Guidelines for Registered health practitioners and students in relation to blood-borne viruses (6 July 2020) in terms of being aware of their blood-borne virus (BBV) status and being offered testing for BBVs at or before entry to their course. Student health care workers who will be performing EPPs must be tested for BBVs in accordance with these Guidelines.
Unit Credit/Recognition of Prior Learning
Credit for a unit may be granted to students who are able to demonstrate appropriate prior learning in the last 5 years for clinical units and in the last 7 years for theoretical units at a recognised educational institution. The normal maximum amount of credit which may be granted to a prospective student enrolling into the Bachelor of Oral Health course is 72 credit points - this is based on previously completed equivalent studies. Refer to the Credit Transfer website for further details on the guidelines and application process or contact your Course Advisor. You can apply for direct credit against CQUniversity units, if equivalent tertiary level study has been completed. You must supply relevant documentation (study guides, unit profiles, etc) to do this. If your study was undertaken more than 10 years ago, you may not be eligible for credit.
Deferment of Initial Offer
There is no deferment permitted in the Bachelor of Oral Health course. If a student receives and accepts an offer to study this course, they MUST be prepared to study every term throughout their degree. If a student chooses to defer from the course for whatever reason, they will be automatically cancelled from the course. Students who have completed some study in the course may have a Leave of Absence (LOA) approved under special circumstances.
Leave of Absence (LOA) and Return from Leave of Absence (RLOA) of Course
Domestic Students: There is a process where students can apply for a Leave of Absence (LOA) part way through their course. For more information regarding a Leave of Absence for the Bachelor of Oral Health course please contact 13 CQUni (132786) or send us an email at https://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
International Students: Please refer to Leave of Absence Policy and Procedure
Change of Course (CHOC) for current CQUniversity Students
Internal transfers for current CQU students are not permitted. Students cannot change courses from another CQUniversity course into CB29 Bachelor of Oral Health. Students who wish to change into CB29 must apply via QTAC/VTAC/UAC. Strict quota limits apply to each year of the course. Please go to the following link for further information on a Change of Course: www.cqu.edu.au/courses/how-to-apply/domestic/current-students-change-of-program
or contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86)) or send us an email at https://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
Readmission into the Course
There is a process where students previously enrolled in a course seek to recommence their studies in that course after their enrolment has lapsed or been cancelled. Applications for readmission to the same course are made directly to the University. For more information regarding admissions availability for the Bachelor of Oral Health please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86)) or send us an email at https://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
Timeline on Course Completion
Years 1, 2 and 3 must be completed full-time and consecutively. If Leave of Absence (LOA) is approved, or if a student fails a unit, a student will be required to comply with a study plan that is designed to maintain their clinical skills and scientific knowledge.
Student and Graduate Registration
As per Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, all students enrolled in this course will be placed on the student register of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) for the duration of their course. Education providers are obligated to notify AHPRA of any student impairment that may place the public at substantial risk or harm. Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Oral Health course, graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Dental Practitioner - Oral Health Therapist - with the Dental Board of Australia (DBofA). Such registration is required for practice in Australia as an oral health therapist. To be accepted for registration with the DBofA, graduates are required to disclose any criminal history, physical and/or psychological impairment and to meet the published standard of English language proficiency. For further information on these requirements, applicants are advised to consult the MRPB's published information at http://www.dentalboard.gov.au/Registration.aspx
It is strongly recommended/requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the internet. It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that include but are not limited to, email, internet, video streaming and electronic assessment submission.
Degree with Distinction
To be eligible for consideration for the award of an undergraduate Degree with Distinction, a student must have achieved a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 6.00 for their course. This calculation should be based on all relevant units' grades studied as part of the undergraduate degree course, for which the Degree with Distinction is to be awarded.