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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.
When you study to be an oral health professional, you will learn skills in oral health that can make a real difference and shape a healthier future for children and adults. Work closely with professional dental practitioners and learn 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.
The Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy degree will build your scientific knowledge and clinical skills, using a population-based approach to oral health care.
Your courses will be drawn from a variety of disciplines including:
Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses 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.
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.
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).
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: