Students commencing from 2016 should refer to the handbook for our new program:
Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy
Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.
Bachelor of Oral Health
Information correct as at
29th May 2016 10:32am
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 3 years full time.
International - 3 years full time.
Relevant University rules and policies
The Bachelor of Oral Health is aimed at developing and integrating scientific knowledge and clinical skills. Students will provide preventive treatment to individuals, mindful of the dynamic between oral health and general health, the team approach to care and community needs.
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If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Compulsory Program Requirements
Students will complete approximately 500 hours of supervised practice in a variety of settings both locally and nationally as part of their program. Rural placements are offered. Travel, accommodation and related expenses for professional experience will be the responsibility of the student. Students will be required to purchase instrument kits.
NSW Department of Health Vaccination card in order to participate in preclinical and clinical elements of the program.
Prohibited Employment Declaration
National Police Certificate
Compulsory Program Requirements - Review of Progress
In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.
ORHL1003 - Assessment of Oral Health Status
ORHL2001 - Periodontology
ORHL2002 - Oral Pathology
ORHL2004 - Caries and Pain Control
ORHL2006 - Occlusion
ORHL2007 - Radiography
ORHL3001 - Dental Hygiene Clincial Practice I
ORHL3002 - Oral Health; Children and Adolescents
ORHL3004 - Oral Health and Special Needs Groups
ORHL3005 - Oral Health Administration
ORHL3007 - Indigenous Oral Health
Australian Dental Council
This program is accredited by the Australian Dental Council.
Dental Board of NSW
Graduates of this program will be dental hygienists, eligible for registration with the Dental Board of NSW.
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
3 years full time up to 5 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
Qualification for the award of Oral Health requires the completion of 240 units.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|HLSC1000||Transition to Health Sciences Education and Practice||10 units|
|HUBS1106||Head and Neck Anatomy||10 units|
|HUBS1401||Human Bioscience||10 units|
|PUBH1080||Studies in Population Health and Health Promotion||10 units|
|STAT1070||Statistics for the Sciences||10 units|
|HLSC3006||Teaching Health Practitioners||10 units|
|ORHL3001||Dental Hygiene Clincial Practice I||10 units|
|ORHL3002||Oral Health; Children and Adolescents||10 units|
|ORHL3003||Oral Health Promotion Project||10 units|
|ORHL3004||Oral Health and Special Needs Groups||10 units|
|ORHL3005||Oral Health Administration||10 units|
|ORHL3007||Indigenous Oral Health||10 units|
Complete 20 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) is available to students who achieve the required grade-point average.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Possess current and in-depth knowledge of concepts and theories of relevant biomedical and health sciences that will support contemporary practice in Oral Health.
- Competently apply an evidence-based body of knowledge and high level skills to provide safe and ethical, preventive oral health care practice within the scope of practice of a dental hygienist.
- Communicate effectively with individuals, groups and larger populations in a range of contexts relating to the promotion of oral health and oral health education, including the development and administration of oral health programs.
- Be lifelong learners in personal and/or professional development.
- Be committed to ethical action and social responsibility as health care professionals.
- Possess the ability to source and critically evaluate scientific evidence, and develop a capacity to undertake research.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
This full-time program is based at the Ourimbah campus of the University. Elements of the second and third years will be delivered through distance learning and students will be expected to have access to the Internet for this purpose.
Students will be required to purchase clinical instruments and clinical coats; these items cost around $850.00.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.