3 years full-time
For Continuing Students Only
This degree is the first step towards a career in dentistry and oral health. You will learn from extensive hands-on training from the first year of your studies.
You will study and work alongside registered dentists and dental specialists in real life settings, including in regional areas and in our modern dental clinic and specialised laboratories in the new Griffith Health Centre. You will enhance your skills through professional practice placements.
Honours is available through an additional year of study.
The Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science is offered full-time on-campus at the Gold Coast campus Griffith Health Centre. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week and on Saturdays.
Due to the need for students to develop complex clinical and technical skills throughout this program, extensive hands-on exposure to clinical/laboratory environments is required. As a result, some courses commencing from Year 1/Trimester 2 of this program will extend beyond the standard 13-week teaching trimester (i.e. commencing earlier and extending later than the standard 13-week trimester). Students are advised that the timetables for these courses will not exceed 21 teaching weeks per trimester (i.e. the academic year will not exceed 42 teaching weeks in duration). Exact dates over which these extended courses will run will be published on a trimester-by-trimester basis in the Academic calendar.
To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.
Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.
Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.
Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.
Leave of absence:
Students will require approval from the Head, School of Dentistry and Oral Health or nominee to take a leave of absence. The period of leave will normally be one year.
A student who has discontinued enrolment in a Dentistry and Oral Health program and who is not on an approved leave of absence is required to seek approval for readmission to the program from the Head, School of Dentistry and Oral Health or nominee.
Readmission to a Dentistry and Oral Health program is not guaranteed and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students must complete and submit a Request for Readmission form.
The following document provides specific information on interrupting and resuming your studies in this program and refers specifically to Clinical Skills Competency requirements:
Students who are returning to the program after an approved leave of absence or are being readmitted to the program or are required to repeat a non-clinical DOH-coded course will also be required to successfully complete Clinical Skills Competency requirements before continuing with their program. Please refer to the above School of Dentistry and Oral Health Guidelines on Leave of Absence.
Students who do not successfully complete these requirements will not be eligible to continue their program. Successful completion of these requirements will ensure students remain competent in their practical skills and are well prepared to continue with the program. Students who do not successfully complete these requirements will not be eligible to continue their program. Please refer to the Griffith University Inability to Complete Required Components of Professional Qualification Policy for further information.
As a graduate of this degree and our Graduate Diploma of Dentistry, you will be qualified to work as a registered dentist, with opportunities in private practice, hospitals, school dental clinics and the armed services. Further study and research can lead to a career in academic teaching or specialty practice.
The Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science is accredited by the Australian Dental Council.
Completion of this degree and Griffith University's two-year Graduate Diploma of Dentistry program enables you to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia (and equivalent New Zealand authorities) as a Dentist subject to meeting any additional requirements that may be stipulated by the Dental Board of Australia. As these requirements may change from time to time, students should contact the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency to confirm registration requirements.
There are placements associated with this program. Students should refer to the checklist of pre-placement and placement requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Placement website for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.
Note: In the event that there is a difference between the contents published on the Fit for Placement website and the program-specific information published on the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses websites, or where information published on the Fit for Placement website is not in accordance with University Policy, the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses website contents and University Policy shall override the information on the Fit for Placement website.
There are additional costs associated with the purchase of instruments for the completion of this program that are not covered by the program fees. For more information, please see the Instrument list on the School of Dentistry and Oral Health Resources webpage.