ATAR cut-off
90.75
93.17 (Median ATAR)
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International entry requirement

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

3 years full-time.

Location

Central Coast

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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Duration

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 12390
CRICOS code: 084069F

Study oral health therapy at UON

One world-class degree, dual oral health qualifications.

UON oral health therapy students graduate with dual qualifications in dental hygiene and dental therapy. Our degree is also the only one in NSW that qualifies you to treat both children and adults, broadening your career options and boosting your employability.

As an oral health professional, you can use your unique skills to make a real difference and shape a healthier future for children and adults. Work closely with dental practitioners to perform a range of preventative and minor restorative tasks, educate your community on best practices and discover emerging methods for controlling and treating disease.

Why study with us?

  • Advanced simulation technology: Hone your techniques using our on-campus oral health clinic and simulation laboratory, featuring 17 dental chairs and life-like manikins.
  • Global connections: You could travel to West Timor, Cambodia or Vanuatu on a community outreach trip to support the oral health of children.
  • Be more qualified: Graduate with dual qualifications and be part of the only oral health therapy degree in NSW that qualifies you to treat both children and adults.
  • Hands-on training with a minimum of 500 hours of hands-on practice throughout your degree. This includes specialist dental departments and community dental clinics.
  • Tick the boxes for professional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Health and Medicine Scholarships: Find out about our scholarships for international and domestic scholarships

96% Employed ? within four months of graduating
ERA 5 ? well above world standard for health and medicine research

What you will study

This degree will build your scientific knowledge and clinical skills, using a population-based approach to oral health care.

  • Learn how to provide preventative and simple restorative treatments to individuals.
  • Discover how oral health and general health are intertwined, developing skills to improve overall individual and community wellbeing.
  • Develop critical research skills that will set you in good stead for life-long learning as an oral health professional.
  • Gain hands-on experience in our on-campus oral health clinic and simulation laboratory and undertake clinical placements in rural and urban regions across NSW.

Your areas of study will include:

  • clinical treatment for children, the elderly, Indigenous Australians and special needs groups
  • communication
  • dental therapy
  • health promotion
  • human bioscience and anatomy
  • oral pathology
  • periodontology
  • radiography

Advanced study options

An Honours degree equips you with highly sought after and respected skills and knowledge, giving you a competitive advantage.

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries. Honours also sets the foundations of potential for further academic study, such as a PhD, or improving your chances of gaining entry into other degrees.

You can elect to study a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) if you achieve the required grade point average in a Bachelor of Podiatry or Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours), you will take with you into clinical or research positions, the ability to implement research or quality assurance procedures. You will learn skills that are applicable worldwide in the area of research.

Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) program handbook

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Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Career opportunities

With dual qualifications, many UON graduates are quickly employed into dental hygiene or dental therapy roles. You might otherwise decide to pursue a rewarding career in another health-related field, such as community health education or research.

Take a look below for some common roles for oral health therapy graduates.

The Bachelor of Oral Health will not qualify a student to become a Dentist but will allow graduates to work closely with practitioners in clinics and perform a range of specialist tasks.

The sample job titles listed include a range of opportunities for graduates at degree, honours and postgraduate study levels and may vary based on experience.


Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained upon completion of the Bachelor of Oral Health.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

UON’s Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy is accredited by the Australian Dental Council. Once you graduate, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Practical experience

Practical experience

Oral health therapy students complete a minimum of 500 hours of supervised dental practice during their degree. Initially, you will build your skills in our on-campus oral health clinic and simulation laboratory. Later in your degree, you will undertake clinical placements in rural and urban regions across NSW.

Your clinical placements could include working in:

  • childcare facilities
  • community dental clinics
  • residential aged care facilities
  • specialist dental departments, such as Sydney Dental Hospital or Westmead Centre for Oral Health