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CB29 - Bachelor of Oral Health

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

In the Bachelor of Oral Health course, you will learn to perform preventive and operative dentistry for patients across the lifespan in general and specialist practices. You will be able to educate and promote oral health to community groups and individuals. On graduation, you will be eligible to apply to the Dental Board of Australia for registration as an Oral Health Therapist.

Career Information

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.

Course Details
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

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2020

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Please note that this course is only available for full time study.
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

All students are required to be interviewed before being accepted in the course. International applications should be lodged before 8th December each year for Term 1 entry in the following year. Eligible students are required to successfully undergo and pass a telephone interview about oral health therapy as a career as part of the selection criteria for this course. Telephone interviews take place in late December and early January. Entry is competitive in terms of Higher School Certificate results and pre-requisites of English and Science. Up to two (2) places for international students can be offered each year.
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

All students are required to be interviewed before being accepted in the course
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Term 2 availability is only for students who have completed CQUniversity's STEPS/TEP course. All students are required to be interviewed before being accepted into this course.
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

All students are required to be interviewed before being accepted in the program
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Term 2 offering is only for students who have completed CQUniversity's STEPS/TEP program.
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Distance
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2020

Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Please note that this course is only available for full time study.
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

All students are required to be interviewed before being accepted in the course. International applications should be lodged before 8th December each year for Term 1 entry in the following year. Eligible students are required to successfully undergo and pass a telephone interview about oral health therapy as a career as part of the selection criteria for this course. Telephone interviews take place in late December and early January. Entry is competitive in terms of Higher School Certificate results and pre-requisites of English and Science. Up to two (2) places for international students can be offered each year.
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

All students are required to be interviewed before being accepted in the course
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Term 2 availability is only for students who have completed CQUniversity's STEPS/TEP course. All students are required to be interviewed before being accepted into this course.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2016

All students are required to be interviewed before being accepted in the program
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2015

Term 2 offering is only for students who have completed CQUniversity's STEPS/TEP program.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2014

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2014

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold OP 11 | SR 77 | ATAR 76.5
Rank Cut-Off OP 5 | SR 93 | ATAR 93
Entry Requirements

Prerequisites - Domestic Students

English (4, SA) and one of either Biology (4, SA); Chemistry (4, SA) or Physics (4, SA).

English 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 within the last 5 years of:

· a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or

· bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

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 as below.

· An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.0 overall with a minimum 7.0 for Reading and Writing and 7.0 for Speaking and Listening, or

· An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

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.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements
N/A
Health Requirements
Students must comply with and meet the Inherent Requirements for the Bachelor of Oral Health course.
Assumed Knowledge

English, Science, Mathematics or equivalent.

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CL13 - Diploma of Health Science
Professional Accreditation

The Bachelor of Oral Health course at CQUniversity is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) and approved without conditions by the Dental Board of Australia (DBofA) until 31 December 2020. The course is accredited by the Australian Dental Council in accordance with s48 of the National Law.

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Students studying specified units via Mixed Mode will be required to attend compulsory residential schools for the specified units.
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Practicum/Work Placement

ORAL13001 - Work-based learning takes place in a variety of settings. 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 or in other health districts in Queensland.
ORAL11001 - Work-based learning takes place in a variety of settings. This includes general dental practices, specialist dental practices, school dental clinics, oral health clinics on campus and residential care facilities.
ORAL12006 - Work-based learning takes place in a variety of settings. This includes general dental practices, specialist dental practices, school dental clinics, oral health clinics on campus and residential care facilities.
ORAL13002 - Work-based learning takes place in a variety of settings. 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 or in other health districts in Queensland.
ORAL11003 - Work-based learning takes place in a variety of settings. This includes general dental practices, specialist dental practices, school dental clinics, oral health clinics on campus and residential care facilities.
ORAL12003 - Work-based learning takes place in a variety of settings. This includes general dental practices, specialist dental practices, school dental clinics, oral health clinics on campus and residential care facilities.
HLTH12031 - Students will be required to volunteer for up to 25 hours in a community-based agency.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 65
2018 74
2017 66
2016 75
2015 77
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

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 accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Ethical behaviour involves the capacity of thinking and acting in ways consistent with what society, the law, and institutional, organisational and professional bodies state their values are. All behaviour must therefore conform to these stated values.

Students and graduates of the Bachelor of Oral Health must think, act and behave ethically because they are governed by CQU’s codes, guidelines and policies and those of the Dental Board of Australia, respectively. Students are accountable and responsible for maintaining ethical behaviour in all contexts. Students need to understand and demonstrate ethical thinking and behaviour in all contexts.

Students of Oral Health must ensure to behave appropriately towards individuals and groups they interact with. Compliance with CQUniversity policies is essential. This will facilitate safe, competent interactions and relationships with students and staff, clinical placement staff, patients (when applicable), and members of the community.

Reasonable adjustments may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs. However, such adjustments must not compromise the codes and standards or result in unethical behaviour. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

You will be able to comply with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

  • You will treat personal information obtained in classroom and clinical settings as private and confidential.
  • You will respect an individual’s/group’s diversity by demonstrating sensitivity to religious, cultural and individual differences.
  • You will demonstrate an ability to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues and take responsibility for ensuring awareness of ethical behaviour.
  • You will comply with medico-legal requirements relating to infection control, informed consent, privacy and confidentiality with patient/client information in academic and clinical settings.
Behavioural Stability

Behavioural stability involves the capacity of being able to personally function in a consistent and stable manner in a wide range of circumstances and environments with appropriate constructive behaviour.

Students must be able to personally function with stable behaviours because Oral Health professionals may work in highly demanding clinical settings.

  • Students need to demonstrate behavioural stability in order to work constructively in diverse and changing academic and clinical practice settings.
  • Oral Health students may be exposed to complex human situations and must, therefore, ensure behavioural stability in all areas of their practice.
  • Students are required to build personal resilience to be able to accept feedback from others in order to improve performance.

Reasonable adjustments may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs, however, these must support stable, effective and professional behaviour in both academic and clinical settings and must take into consideration the parameters set by the institution and/or organisation. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You will need to be able to interact positively and effectively with other students while attending activities related to the course.
  • You will need to be receptive and respond appropriately to different viewpoints, to constructive feedback and to direction from academics and clinical staff.
  • You will need to be able to cope effectively with your own emotions, responses and behaviour when dealing with challenging situations in clinical settings.
Legal Compliance

Legal compliance involves the capacity of understanding that Australian law as well as layers of institution/organisation rules apply to almost every context. People therefore, need to function in a responsible manner within the law, as well as within the applicable rules to every situation in their daily interactions.

Students must be able to function with an awareness and understanding that Oral Health practice is mandated by specific legal and regulatory requirements and standards to enable the safe delivery of care. Students need to provide a Student “Blue Card”and a "National Police Check".

Students need to demonstrate knowledge and compliance with Australian Law, institution and/or organisational policies and procedures related to Oral Health practitioners.

  • Students with a criminal conviction and/or history may be impacted in the ability to undertake placements and this may prevent them from being able to complete the course requirements.
  • Students of Oral Health must be aware of any rules and regulation for the safe delivery of care as they are responsible and accountable for their practice.

Reasonable adjustments for a student’s individual needs may be considered, provided that they are consistent with legislative and regulatory requirements. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You will need to comply with relevant child protection and safety legislation including mandatory reporting requirements.
  • You will comply with the requirements for student registration with the Dental Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • You will understand and prepare for the additional costs and travel that may be associated with the course (e.g. uniform and personal protective equipment requirements, textbooks, support material and equipment such as a simulation typodont models) and clinical placements (e.g. travel, accommodation and living costs associated with clinical placements located outside of your primary residence, and completing pre-clinical health and training requirements such as the Blue Card and a National Police Check and immunisations).
  • You have to understand and adhere to professional policy around the use of social media.
  • You will need to know, understand, and comply with legislative and regulatory requirements which are necessary pre-requisites to clinical placements in order to reduce the risk of harm, to self and others.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Communication skills include abilities in verbal, written, oral and non-verbal communication.

Verbal Communication:
Verbal communication involves the capacity of being able to effectively and appropriately communicate verbally, in English, in a wide variety of contexts.

Students must be able to effectively and appropriately communicate verbally, in English, in wide variety of contexts to engage in activities related to the course and to provide appropriate delivery of service. Information can be found on the English Requirements webpage.

Students need to demonstrate:
  • The ability to understand and respond to verbal communication accurately, appropriately and in a timely manner.
  • The ability to provide clear instructions in the context of the situation.
  • Timely, clear feedback and reporting.

Oral Health professionals must be able to use highly developed verbal skills for timely, accurate and effective delivery of instructions as this is critical to their profession.

Reasonable adjustments for impaired verbal communication may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs. However, these must address effectiveness, timeliness, clarity and accuracy issues to ensure safety and appropriate care. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You will need to actively participate in discussion activities related to the course.
  • You will use language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group.
  • You will need to verbally communicate your knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • You will be able to provide team members with clear concise verbal handover reports related to patients.

Non-verbal Communication:
Non-verbal communication involves the capacity of recognising, interpreting and responding to non-verbal cues such as facial expressions, eye contact and body gestures in a variety of contexts.

Students must have an understanding of a wide range of non-verbal communication skills that also includes being able to give and receive correct and appropriate non-verbal cues.
Non-verbal communication needs to be respectful, clear, attentive, empathetic and non-judgmental.

Students need to demonstrate:
  • The capacity to recognise, interpret and respond appropriately to behavioural cues.
  • Consistent and appropriate awareness of own non-verbal cues during interactions.
  • Sensitivity to religious, cultural and individual differences

Students need to have the ability to observe and understand non-verbal cues to assist with building rapport with people and gaining their trust and respect in academic and professional relationships.

Students need to be able to consistently display appropriate facial expressions, eye contact, body movements and gestures. Being mindful of personal space and time boundaries promotes trust and respect in others.

Students need to be sensitive to religious, cultural and/or individual differences displaying respect and empathy to others.

Reasonable adjustments may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs, however, must enable the effective recognition and initiation of, and appropriate response to non-verbal communication in a timely and appropriate manner. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You will need to be able to recognise and interpret non-verbal cues of, peers, patients and others and respond appropriately.
  • You need to be able to use appropriate facial expressions, eye contact and gestures while being mindful of interpersonal space.
  • When required, you will need to recognise and interpret non-verbal cues of others and respond appropriately during activities related to the course and clinical placements.

Written Communication:
Written communication involves the capacity of being able to competently and appropriately communicate in writing, in a wide variety of contexts.

Oral Health students have to be able to competently and appropriately communicate, in written English, in a wide variety of contexts and is essential in both academic and clinical settings. Information can be found on the English Requirements webpage.

Students need to demonstrate the capacity to construct coherent written communication appropriate to the circumstances of their course of study and work.

  • Oral Health students need to be able to use their written communication skills in the construction of written text based assessment tasks to reflect the required academic standards.
  • Oral Health practitioners’ written communication, including record-keeping, needs to be accurate and legible for professional and legal reasons.

Reasonable adjustments may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs, however, must meet necessary standards of clarity, accuracy and accessibility to ensure effective recording and transmission of information in both academic and clinical settings. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You will be able to construct your assessment work to academic standards with attention to correct grammar and punctuation.
  • You will need to be able to construct fluent summarised written text from complex and detailed information.
  • You will need to be able to construct legible reports in a timely manner to meet professional standards and clearly communicates the intended message.
  • You will need to accurately document charts and records meeting legal and professional requirements.

Information Communication Technology involves the ability to demonstrate appropriate and proficient understanding and use of computer and associated technologies in a wide variety of contexts:

Students need to be able to competently and accurately incorporate literacy, numeracy and research into ICT skills.

Students need to demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and skills associated with the use of information technology.

  • Students need to be able to understand and competently use computer and associated technologies to engage with their study course.

Reasonable adjustments to address ICT issues may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs, however, they must not compromise functional effectiveness with ICT practices. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You will need access to a computer for your studies.
  • You will need to regularly access the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • You will need to be able to analyse, manipulate and display scientific information.

Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Cognitive Abilities:
Cognitive abilities involve the capacities of thinking and processing knowledge to gain understanding and to function effectively in a wide variety of contexts. Cognition includes knowledge and cognitive skills, literacy and numeracy.

Knowledge and cognitive skills are used for thinking, understanding, learning and remembering.

Oral Health students need to show consistent and ongoing acquisition of knowledge of theory and effective cognitive skills, which are necessary to successfully undertake learning activities and assessments. Students must possess the mental functioning and thinking capacities that are needed to process the acquisition of knowledge that is required by Oral Health professionals to provide safe and competent care in clinical practice.

Students need to demonstrate the capacity to locate appropriate and relevant information, and to listen, process, integrate and implement a comprehensive body of knowledge and skills in all required practical situations.

  • Students will be using knowledge that needs to be sourced, understood and applied appropriately in order to deliver effective professional practice.
  • Students must competently demonstrate a comprehensive body of knowledge and cognitive skills as they are accountable and responsible for their practice in all settings, as well as consistently perform competently to maintain their professional accreditation.

Reasonable adjustments may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs, however, must ensure that course requirements are not compromised or impeded. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You need to be able to conceptualise and use appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • You will need to be able to apply knowledge of policy and procedures in clinical settings.
  • You will need to be able to perform your duties within set timeframes.
  • When applicable, you will need to apply theoretical knowledge to understand patient’s history when undertaking patient assessment during emergency situations.

Literacy (language):
Literacy involves the capacity to demonstrate appropriate, effective and proficient reading and writing of knowledge in English in a wide variety of contexts.

Students of Oral Health need to be able to demonstrate effective, proficient and appropriate reading and writing skills in English as these are essential for the delivery of safe, effective and timely care in all clinical settings.

Students need to demonstrate:
  • The ability to accurately read, process and acquire information from literature and academic publications.
  • The ability to construct written text as appropriate.
  • The capacity to understand and implement academic conventions to construct written text in a scholarly manner, including accurate grammar, punctuation, clear and logical written expression, and correct referencing.

Students use literacy to read, write, interpret, comprehend and analyse multiple sources of information to accurately communicate all aspects of their professional practice.

Students will need to show the ability to acquire information and to accurately convey messages which are fundamental to ensure safe and effective delivery of service in any clinical setting.

Reasonable adjustments to address literacy issues may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs, however, must demonstrate a capacity to effectively acquire, comprehend, apply and communicate accurate information. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You need to be able to paraphrase, summarise and reference in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • You need to be able to actively listen to information within a variety of academic and clinical and emergency situations.
  • You will need to be able to read and accurately interpret information related to patients.
  • You will need to be able to complete documentation that is accurate, clear and concise.

Numeracy:
Numeracy involves the capacity of using numbers in conjunction with mathematical principles and operations.

Students will need to show competent and accurate numeracy skills which are essential for safe and effective care.

Students need to demonstrate:
  • The ability to interpret and correctly apply data, measurements and numerical criteria in a range of contexts.
  • The ability to clearly and competently communicate and demonstrate mathematical principles and operations.

Oral Health students are required to apply their numeracy skills with precision as this is essential to facilitate the safe and effective delivery of professional service.

Adjustments may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs, however, must demonstrate a capacity to interpret and apply concepts and processes appropriately in a timely, accurate and effective manner. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You need to be able to demonstrate effective use of numeracy skills to record accurate measurements and interpret measurements in client notes.
  • You will need to be able to apply numeracy skills to record, interpret and solve problems in a range of educational and clinical settings.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Sensory Abilities: Sensory Abilities include visual, auditory and tactile.

Visual ability: Visual ability involves the ability to see. In relation to inherent requirements, it refers to how sight might affect the competent delivery of a task or role.

Oral Health students need to use sight to observe and interpret information to undertake learning activities, assessments as well as provide consistently safe and effective care in clinical and laboratory practice.

Students need to demonstrate the capacity to obtain visual information to interpret and communicate.

  • Oral Health students need the capacity to use sight to obtain, process, interpret and translate information.
  • Oral Health students need the capacity to use sight to perform intricate and precise operative and preventive dental procedures.
  • Oral Health professional’s visual observations are fundamental for the safe and effective practice during clinical situations.

Reasonable adjustments must ensure that personal and professional integrity are not compromised and must address the need to perform the full range of tasks involved in clinical practice. Any strategies to address the effects of the vision impairment must be effective, consistent and not compromise treatment or safety. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You can focus on and recognise objects that are either near or far,
  • You will need to safely operate electronic equipment.
  • You will need to use sight for safe practice when performing preventive and operative dentistry.

Auditory ability: Auditory ability involves the capacity to hear. In relation to inherent requirements, it refers to how hearing might affect the competent delivery of a task or role.

Oral Health students will require auditory ability to undertake learning activities, and assessment and to provide consistent, safe and effective care in clinical practice and emergency situations.

Students will use hearing to gather information to undertake the required range of skills within each context.

  • Oral Health students need the capacity to capture spoken information as it can be a part of the process of interpretation and translation of all available information within the situation at hand both in academic and work context.
  • Auditory assessments and observations are fundamental for safe and effective practice.

Reasonable Adjustments may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs, however, strategies to address the effects of the hearing impairment must be effective, consistent and not compromise treatment or safety. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You need to be able to sufficiently hear verbal communication from other students and lecturers during activities related to the course.
  • You will need sufficient auditory ability to consistently and accurately monitor, assess and manage patient’s needs.
  • You will need to be able to sufficiently hear verbal communication from patients in order to provide patient care and disease prevention information.
  • You will need to accurately interpret verbal communications, and directions from staff

Tactile ability: Tactile ability involves the capacity of using the sense of touch in a relevant and able manner in relation to the competent delivery of a task.

Oral Health students need to understand the role and place of appropriate tactile (physical) communication, as there are circumstances where this form of communication will be necessary.

Student need to demonstrate adequate tactile function sufficient to undertake the required range of skills and assessments.

  • Students need to have the capacity to understand, facilitate and respond with tactile communication when needed in clinical placements when communicating with patients or when operating delicate equipment.
  • Oral Health professionals will need to show exceptional tactile ability necessary to monitor and assess patients.
  • Tactile assessments and observations are fundamental for safe and effective delivery of care.

Reasonable Adjustments may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs, however, must ensure that personal and professional integrity are not compromised. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You will need to use touch in an appropriate manner when conveying positive messages for emotional support during difficult circumstances.
  • You will need to be able to use your tactile abilities when performing preventive and operative dentistry.



Relational Skills
  • Collaborating with fellow students and clinical staff in planning, modifying and completing projects and procedures.
  • Demonstrating respect for and consideration of divergent points of view within teams.
  • Adapting to a variety of styles of instruction, feedback and supervision on clinical placements.
  • Rapidly building rapport with patients to engage cooperation, elicit information and provide
    effective care in carrying out dental examinations and procedures.
  • Interacting and engaging with individuals and groups in a respectful and culturally competent
    manner
  • Responding constructively to feedback on performance

Reflective Skills
  • Assessing your own performance in a range of environments, including the classroom, clinical simulation laboratories and clinical workplace.
  • Identifying contributing factors to your thinking patterns, actions and behaviours.
  • Identifying when your performance may be negatively affected by your emotional response.
  • Evaluating your knowledge and skills to determine whether or not a clinical activity is within your scope of practice.
  • Formulating an action plan to address an identified performance gap.

Sustainable Performance

Sustainable Performance: Sustainable performance involves the capacity of performing both physically and mentally at a sustained level to consistently deliver competence in a task or role.

Oral Health students will need the physical and mental stamina to consistently complete tasks in a timely manner, often under sustained stressful conditions, and over a set period of time.

Students need to demonstrate:
  • The capacity to maintain consistency and quality of performance for the duration of the task(s) or duration of the role delivery under sometimes stressful situations.
  • The ability to perform repetitive activities with a level of concentration that ensures a capacity to focus on the activity until it is completed appropriately.

Sustained physical and mental resilience is an essential requirement needed to consistently perform tasks over a set period of time to provide effective, safe and professional care in an emergency situation.

Adjustments may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs, however, do not compromise the student's ability to demonstrate sustainable performance in order to meet learning outcomes of each course and the course as well as during professional practice. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You will need to be able to actively participate in activities related to the course with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • You will need to be able to participate in learning clinical skills and fully engage in clinical practice activities.



Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Strength and Mobility: Strength and Mobility is related to the ability to be physically able to perform a range of whole body movements (gross motor skills) and fine movements (fine motor skills).

Gross motor skills: Students will require gross motor function because duties of an Oral Health professionals can be physically demanding.

Students need to demonstrate the ability to perform gross motor skills to function within scope of practice.

  • Students will need sufficient gross motor skills which are necessary to perform, coordinate and prioritise care. Tasks that involve gross motor skills include lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, standing, twisting and bending.
  • Oral Health students’ ability to demonstrate and perform these gross motor skills, consistently and safely, is essential to reduce the risk of harm to self and others.

Adjustments may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs, however, should facilitate functional effectiveness, safety of self and others and a capacity to provide appropriate care. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You need to be able to incorporate a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in activities related to the course.
  • You need to be able to maintain balance while safely transferring delicate equipment.
  • You will need to be able to move with ease around patients and equipment items while performing delivery of dental care.
  • You will need to be able to safely retrieve and utilise stock and equipment.

Fine motor skills: Oral Health students will require a high level of manual dexterity and fine motor skills, mobility in arms, upper body and legs which are essential for coordination and precision in motion.

Students need to demonstrate the ability to use fine motor skills to provide safe effective care.

  • Students will need sufficient fine motor skills which are necessary to perform, coordinate and prioritise tasks. Tasks that involve fine motor skills include being able to grasp, press, push, move, turn, squeeze and manipulate various objects and delicate equipment such as high speed and low speed drills in a patient’s mouth. Highly developed fine motor skills are required for the precise tasks performed by students.
  • Students must be able to demonstrate and perform these tasks consistently and safely to reduce the risk of harm to self and others.

Adjustments may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs, however, should facilitate functional effectiveness, safety to self and others and a capacity to provide appropriate care. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You will need to be able to manipulate delicate, breakable equipment with ease and care.
  • You will need to be able to manipulate syringes and needles with precision and care avoiding harm to self and others.
  • You will need to be able to use high speed and low speed drills precisely, accurately and safely avoiding harm to self and others.
  • You will need to be able to manipulate extraction forceps and other dental instruments precisely, accurately and safely avoiding harm to self and others.
  • You will need to be able to dispense and apply chemicals and dental materials precisely, accurately and safely avoiding harm to self and others.


Interpersonal Engagement
  • Being a productive member of a small group learning team during pre-clinical and clinical units of study.
  • Providing feedback to and responding to feedback from peers in learning teams.
  • Developing and sustaining rapport with supervising clinicians during clinical placements to support effective working relationships, positive learning environments and positive outcomes for patients.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Information Communication Technology involves the ability to demonstrate appropriate and proficient understanding and use of computer and associated technologies in a wide variety of contexts:

Students need to be able to competently and accurately incorporate literacy, numeracy and research into ICT skills.

Students need to demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and skills associated with the use of information technology.

  • Students need to be able to understand and competently use computer and associated technologies to engage with their study course.

Reasonable adjustments to address ICT issues may be tailored to meet a student’s individual needs, however, they must not compromise functional effectiveness with ICT practices. Reasonable adjustments will typically be determined as an outcome of the registration process with CQUniversity Inclusion and Accessibility Services. In some cases, a continuing student may approach directly the relevant academic staff who may refer the matter to Inclusion and Accessibility Services.

  • You will need access to a computer for your studies.
  • You will need to regularly access the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • You will need to be able to analyse, manipulate and display scientific information.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Integrate theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to oral health and diseases
  • 2. Make diagnostic judgements using appropriate critical thinking and problem-solving skills within the scope of an oral health therapist
  • 3. Select and apply appropriate treatments and therapies relevant to holistic oral health care
  • 4. Apply the principles of research methodology and evidence-based practice to oral health practice
  • 5. Communicate decisions and outcomes relating to oral health to other health professionals and the general public, in individual, group and community settings, using appropriate language
  • 6. Work effectively, ethically, professionally and safely in an individual or team context, within the scope of an oral health practitioner
  • 7. Reflect on performance and take responsibility for further learning and professional development of themselves and others, as part of the oral health profession
  • 8. Satisfy the relevant Australian Dental Council and Dental Board of Australia criteria in relation to knowledge, skills and fitness to practice as an Oral Health Therapist.
  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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 20 Total credit points: 144

In order to meet the required clinical hours for accreditation and registration, students may be rostered to clinical placements in Central Queensland or in other health districts in Queensland.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH11027 Foundations of Health
SCIE11022 Introductory Science
BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
ORAL11001 Introduction to Oral Health Therapy
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
ORAL11003 Oral Pathology and Diagnosis
ORAL11004 Oral Anatomy 1
ORAL11005 Oral Anatomy 2
Year 1 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH12031 Community Engaged Learning
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ORAL12001 Oral Disease Prevention and Management
ORAL12002 Oral Health Pre Clinical Practice 1
ORAL12003 Oral Health Clinical Practice 1
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MBIO12013 Microbiology for Health Care
ORAL12004 Orthodontics, Prosthodontics and Pharmacology
ORAL12005 Oral Health Pre Clinical Practice 2
ORAL12006 Oral Health Clinical Practice 2
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ORAL13001 Oral Health Clinical Placement 1
HLTH13031 Population Health Epidemiology
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
ORAL13002 Oral Health Clinical Placement 2
HLTH12028 Health Promotion Strategies
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Clinical Requirements

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:

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.

Oral Health Simulation and Prosthetic Laboratory Learning

Yeats 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. 2nd Year students will be required to purchase teeth models for ORAL12002 Oral Health Pre-Clinical Practice 1 and ORAL12005 Oral Health Pre-Clinical Practice 2. Approximate costs are $322.50 for the deciduous teeth model and $350 for the permanent teeth model. Completed teeth models can be used for 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.
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
Computer Requirements

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.