This dual degree is ideal for those students who are interested in developing hands-on practical skills in designing and making dentures, crowns and bridges, combined with diagnosing, designing and fitting removable dentures directly to patients. For secondary school leavers, it will provide opportunities for specialisation and more opportunities for employment upon graduation.
Students graduate with two qualifications to be able to work as both a Dental Technician and Dental Prosthetist. Students with a Diploma of Dental Technology should enrol in this degree to increase their opportunities for specialisation.
Dental Technologists (or Dental Technicians as they are often referred to) are highly skilled members of the dental team. They combine art and science skills to construct custom-made dental devices such as dentures, crowns, bridges and orthodontic appliances to replace, restore and correct defects that may affect our facial appearance and the ability to use our teeth properly. They generally work behind the scenes in laboratories and not directly on patients.
Dental Prosthetists work independently with clinical patients to diagnose and treat them when they require removable partial or full dentures.
The first three years will be spent developing highly specialised hand skills, finishing with a professional practice course where students work with Dentistry students on "real-life real-time" patient cases. The final fourth year builds on the previous years with a focus on developing clinical knowledge and skills to diagnose, design, make and fit dentures directly to patients.
A number of key benefits set Griffith's Dental Prosthetist education apart from other teaching institutions. Students develop advanced critical analytical skills to solve difficult technical and clinical situations. They learn in an inter-professional environment from experienced Dental Prosthetists and specialists in their field such as:
Dental Prosthetic students practice alongside Dentistry students to develop communication and collaboration skills in individual cases. This may include, for example, inserting and monitoring immediate dentures or witnessing a variety of complex dental procedures. This process is managed through the Team-Based Treatment Planning Process which develops patient referral skills.
The Bachelor of Dental Technology/Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics is offered full-time on-campus. DOH-coded courses in this program are exclusively for Dentistry and Oral Health students and are offered at the Griffith Health Centre at the Gold Coast campus.
As a full-time student, students will generally attend 28-32 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week and on Saturdays.
In the Bachelor of Dental Technology/Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics students must maintain a full-time study load. Part-time study is only permitted in circumstances where credit for prior learning is awarded and a full-time structure is not available as a consequence or where a student fails a course and is required to repeat that year of the program.
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 teaching trimester (i.e. commencing earlier and extending later than the standard trimester). Exact dates over which these extended courses will run will be published on a trimester-by-trimester basis in the Academic Calendar.
Leave of absence
Students will require approval from the Head of School or nominee to take a leave of absence. Students who wish to take leave of absence may do so for no more than one year. Students who take leave of absence cannot be guaranteed a place in the Bachelor of Dental Technology/Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics upon their return due to space limitations and readmission will be subject to available places at the time.
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 of School, 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. Please contact the School of Dentistry and Oral Health for further details.
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.
The School of Dentistry and Oral Health offers extensive work-integrated learning experiences. The Bachelor of Dental Technology/Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics students are exposed to a "real life" dental laboratory from Year 1 to 4 where they work directly within a commercial laboratory facility. Work-integrated learning is undertaken in the Griffith Health prosthetic laboratory in the Laboratory Practicum 1-4 courses and culminates in the course 3029DOH Professional Practice.
Students are also required to satisfactorily complete 2 weeks (80 hours) of work experience in laboratories external to the University and independent of the school-based laboratory practice completed on site at Griffith University, Gold Coast campus. Work experience placements must be approved by the School of Dentistry and Oral Health and may commence from Year 1/Trimester 2 and must be completed by Year 3/Trimester 2.
Dental prosthetic students are also encouraged to observe professional dentists/prosthetists, dentistry students and academics when they are seeing their private patients in our intramural private practice clinic. In the final year, the 'Comprehensive Prosthetics' course provides a work-integrated learning opportunity where students manage, treat and monitor patients for removable oral prosthetic care in a safe supervised practice.
Griffith students enrolled in the Bachelor of Dental Technology/Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics program have the opportunity for a student exchange to Oslo, Norway in Trimester 1 of their final year of study.
Eligible students can apply to study at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (OUAC) in the Spring Term (January-June) and students should contact the School of Dentistry and Oral Health for further details.
With this qualification graduates will find employment opportunities in the public and private health sectors through government health department clinics and private practice as a Dental Technician/Dental Prosthetist or Clinical Dental Technician.
Dental Technologists (or Dental Technicians as they are often referred to) will find employment with Dental Technicians, Dentists, Dental Prosthetists, Prosthodontists, Orthodontists, Periodontists, and Oral Surgeons in the public or private health sectors working to referring dental practitioners and specialist's prescriptions. Graduates will be able to design and construct appliances according to international standards that meet individual patient's needs. Dental Technicians work with a wide range of materials and techniques such as: gold, porcelain, plastic and lost wax technique and CAD-CAM (Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing). They may see patients to record the colour, shape and characteristics of existing teeth.
With this qualification, graduates can apply clinical skills, scientific knowledge, artistic skills and compassionate nature across three distinct specialist areas - Prosthodontic, Conservative and Orthodontic - or you may eventually choose self-employment. Graduates will be well equipped to sit for a 'skills exam' requested by employers.
Prosthodontic Technician and Clinician (Removable Prosthodontics)
Dental Prosthetists work directly with patients to provide removable partial dentures and the prosthodontic technician designs and fabricates the full and partial dentures in plastic or alloy. Graduates will be well equipped for the variety of procedures and techniques to replace missing teeth and will work alongside dentists and prosthodontists.
Graduates will gain an understanding of the operational issues involved in establishing a new business. Graduates may own and operate a dental laboratory or clinic. Graduates can progress onto employment in management roles such as senior or chief technician or prosthetists positions; quality control technicians/prosthetist; teaching or dental sales.
Graduates can apply to progress their research skills through an Honours, Masters or PhD qualification which may lead to various roles in academia, large-scale organisations (corporations/companies, government departments, non-profit/charity organisation).
Graduates will be equipped to apply for dental technician registration and dental prosthetist (clinical dental technician) in other countries. They will have gained the necessary knowledge and skills to adapt to the examination process required for registration.
The Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC).
Graduates of Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics will be eligible to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) via the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) 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 AHPRA 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.
Graduates from the Bachelor of Dental Technology/Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics may be eligible to proceed to Honours.
These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:
|Year of study||Fee category/Band||Fee per CP||Tuition fee 80cp|
|2020||FEE BAND 34.5||$431.25||$34,500.00|
|2019||Fee Band 33.0||$412.50||$33,000.00|
Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.