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CB29 - Bachelor of Oral Health

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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 - 2021

Rockhampton

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 - 2021

Rockhampton

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 SR 75 | ATAR 74.2
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
2020 66
2019 66
2018 74
2017 66
2016 75
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

Examples are:

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

Examples are:

  • Interacting positively and effectively with other students while attending activities related to the course.
  • Being receptive and responding appropriately to different viewpoints, to constructive feedback and to direction from academics and clinical staff.
  • Coping effectively with your own emotions, responses and behaviour when dealing with challenging situations in clinical settings.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with relevant child protection and safety legislation including mandatory reporting requirements.
  • Complying with the requirements for student registration with the Dental Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Understanding and preparing 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).
  • Understanding and adhering to professional policy around the use of social media.
  • Knowing, understanding, and complying 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)

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group.
  • Verbally communicating your knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Providing team members with clear concise verbal handover reports related to patients.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of peers, patients and others and respond appropriately.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions, eye contact and gestures while being mindful of interpersonal space.
  • When required, Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and respond appropriately during activities related to the course and clinical placements.
  • Constructing your assessment work to academic standards with attention to correct grammar and punctuation.
  • Constructing fluent summarised written text from complex and detailed information.
  • Constructing legible reports in a timely manner to meet professional standards and clearly communicating the intended message.
  • Accurately documenting charts and records meeting legal and professional requirements.
  • Accessing to a computer for studies.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information.

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

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Applying knowledge of policy and procedures in clinical settings.
  • Performing your duties within set timeframes.
  • When applicable, applying theoretical knowledge to understand patient’s history when undertaking patient assessment during emergency situations.
  • Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • Actively listening to information within a variety of academic and clinical and emergency situations.
  • Reading and accurately interpreting information related to patients.
  • Completing documentation that is accurate, clear and concise.
  • Demonstrating effective use of numeracy skills to record accurate measurements and interpreting measurements in client notes.
  • Applying numeracy skills to record, interpret and solve problems in a range of educational and clinical settings.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Focusing on and recognising objects that are either near or far.
  • Safely operating electronic equipment.
  • Using sight for safe practice when performing preventive and operative dentistry.
  • Sufficiently hearing verbal communication from other students and lecturers during activities related to the course.
  • Having sufficient auditory ability to consistently and accurately monitor, assess and manage patient’s needs.
  • Being able to able to sufficiently hear verbal communication from patients in order to provide patient care and disease prevention information.
  • Accurately interpreting verbal communications, and directions from staff.
  • Using touch in an appropriate manner when conveying positive messages for emotional support during difficult circumstances.
  • Using tactile abilities when performing preventive and operative dentistry.



Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • 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

Examples are:

  • 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

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in activities related to the course with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • Participate in learning clinical skills and fully engage in clinical practice activities.



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

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in activities related to the course.
  • Maintaining balance while safely transferring delicate equipment.
  • Moving with ease around patients and equipment items while performing delivery of dental care.
  • Safely retrieving and utilising stock and equipment.
  • Manipulating delicate, breakable equipment with ease and care.
  • Manipulating syringes and needles with precision and care avoiding harm to self and others.
  • Using high speed and low speed drills precisely, accurately and safely avoiding harm to self and others.
  • Manipulating extraction forceps and other dental instruments precisely, accurately and safely avoiding harm to self and others.
  • Dispensing and applying chemicals and dental materials precisely, accurately and safely avoiding harm to self and others.


Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • 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

Examples are:

  • Accessing to a computer for your studies.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Analysing, manipulating and displaying 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.