Bachelor of Oral Health

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

20th Jan 2017 1:06am

Program Code


Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face


Domestic - 3 years full time.

International - 3 years full time.

Term Type


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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Credit Transfer

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 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.

Post-admission Requirements

  • Immunisation Requirements

    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

Professional Recognition

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

240 units

Program Duration

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.

Program Requirements

Qualification for the award of Oral Health requires the completion of 240 units.

Program Structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available at the top of this page.

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

HLSC1000Transition to Health Sciences Education and Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS1106Head and Neck Anatomy
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
HUBS1401Human Bioscience
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
ORHL1001Oral Health and ill-healthNot currently offered10 units
ORHL1003Assessment of Oral Health StatusNot currently offered10 units
ORHL1004Communicating Oral Health MessagesNot currently offered10 units
PUBH1080Studies in Population Health and Health Promotion
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT1070Statistics for the Sciences
  • Summer 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
ORHL2001PeriodontologyNot currently offered10 units
ORHL2002Oral PathologyNot currently offered10 units
ORHL2003Introduction to Oral Health PromotionNot currently offered10 units
ORHL2004Caries and Pain ControlNot currently offered10 units
ORHL2005Evaluating Oral Health PromotionNot currently offered10 units
ORHL2006OcclusionNot currently offered10 units
ORHL2007RadiographyNot currently offered10 units
HLSC3006Teaching Health Practitioners
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units
ORHL3001Dental Hygiene Clincial Practice INot currently offered10 units
ORHL3002Oral Health; Children and AdolescentsNot currently offered10 units
ORHL3003Oral Health Promotion ProjectNot currently offered10 units
ORHL3004Oral Health and Special Needs GroupsNot currently offered10 units
ORHL3005Oral Health AdministrationNot currently offered10 units
ORHL3007Indigenous Oral HealthNot currently offered10 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.

20 units


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.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

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.

International Students

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 to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

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 for more information.

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