Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics

Program code

1581

Available at

Nathan

Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt

Logan

South Bank

Online

Offshore

Other

Duration

3 years full-time

Credit points

240

Indicative fee

$34,500.00* per year (more)
* 2020 indicative annual fee

Entry requirements

7.0

IELTS (Academic) (more)

CRICOS code

094386K

Commencing in

Trimester 1

Prerequisites

  • English

Assumed knowledge

  • One of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths B

Why choose this program?

This degree is designed for someone who is looking for a pure clinical qualification working directly with patients. It will suit someone interested in working as an independent clinician to diagnose, design, manufacture and fit removable dentures. It would also suit students who have a recognised Dental Technology Bachelor degree who are ready to upgrade to a clinical qualification. Graduates from the Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Technology at Griffith University should apply for this degree to gain a Dental Prosthetist qualification and can apply for credit towards the program. 

Through coursework and supervised clinical practice, Dental Prosthetists are educated in all facets of removable dental prosthetics in an inter-professional setting, learning and working alongside other dental and health care professionals. This degree is not suited to pursuing a Dentistry or Dental Technology qualification and does not include the complex crown and bridge components which are covered in the dual Bachelor of Dental Technology/Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics (1580) degree.

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:

  • Oral Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Radiology
  • Prosthodontist

Dental Prosthetic students practice alongside Dentistry students to develop communication and collaboration skills in individual cases. Whether this is 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.

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics is offered full-time on-campus. Some courses in the program are available online. 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 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.

Managing study interruptions

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 Prosthetics upon their return due to space limitations and readmission will be subject to available places at the time.

Readmission
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.

If you are an International student on a student visa, you must ensure that you enrol in a way that will allow you to complete your enrolment within the expected program duration as stated on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

Work-integrated learning

The School of Dentistry and Oral Health offers extensive work-integrated learning experiences. The Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics students are exposed to a "real life" dental laboratory from Year 1 to 3 where they work directly within a commercial laboratory facility.

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.

My career opportunities

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 Prosthetist or Clinical Dental Technician.

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.

Self-employment
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.

Research opportunities
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).

International opportunities
Graduates will be equipped to apply for dental technician registration in other countries. They will have gained the necessary knowledge and skills to adapt to the examination process required for registration.

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC).

Professional recognition

Graduates of this program 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.

Before I enrol

  • Criminal History Check
  • First Aid and CPR Certificates
  • Immunisation and Health Record

Professional placements

  • Griffith University Health and Safety Induction
  • Griffith University Student Deed Poll
  • Laboratory, Clinical and Placement Rules
  • Queensland Health placement 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.

Pathways to further study

Graduates from the Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics may be eligible to proceed to Honours.

International students

An International student is one who is not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen or
  • a person who has Australian permanent resident status.
Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points (two full-time trimesters).

The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Tuition fees
  • An International student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.

Program fees for the Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics (1581)

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
Changing programs

If an International student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.

Permanent resident status

If an undergraduate student obtains permanent resident status in Australia after commencing study in a program, and the student can provide evidence of permanent resident status prior to the census date (of the trimester in which they are enrolled), the student will be provided with a domestic fee-paying place.

The student may then apply for a Commonwealth supported place at the next admission period provided that the student satisfies the conditions for transfer from a domestic fee-paying place to a Commonwealth supported place as set out in the Undergraduate Programs Admission Policy.

If a postgraduate student obtains permanent resident status in Australia after commencing study in a program, and the student can provide evidence of permanent resident status prior to the census date (of the trimester in which they are enrolled), the student will automatically be considered for a Commonwealth supported place subject to availability.

If a research student obtains permanent resident status in Australia after commencing study in a program, and the student can provide evidence of permanent resident status prior to the census date (of the trimester in which they are enrolled), the student will automatically be considered for a Commonwealth Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset or a domestic fee-paying place as applicable for the program.

Further information