Graduates are eligible to register and practise as dental hygienists in private dental practice and work in oral health promotion in a range of clinical settings. Graduates have the opportunity to work as clinical teachers in the tertiary sector, in oral health research and in oral health administration.
The demand for dental hygienists in dental practice is increasing; this degree allows you the opportunity to practice anywhere in Australia.
You will complete approximately 500 hours of supervised practice in a variety of settings both locally and nationally as part of your degree. Rural placements are offered. Travel, accommodation and related expenses for professional experience will be your responsibility. You will be required to purchase instrument kits and models.
Clinical placement is the time scheduled into the degree for hands on experience. Over the degree you will attend around 500 hours in clinical settings. Clinical work is experienced initially in the oral health clinic on campus and then in settings off campus. These placements include residential aged care facilities, childcare facilities, specialist dental departments in Sydney Dental Hospital and Westmead Centre for Oral Health and various community dental clinics throughout NSW.
This degree is accredited with the Australian Dental Council. Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please be aware that the current standard English Language Competency for registration as a practitioner in your chosen health discipline in most states of Australia is an IELTS of 7.0.