The Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) is a Charles Sturt University (CSU) degree offered at Holmesglen's Chadstone. Students will undertake lectures and pre-clinical training in Years 1 and 2 at Holmesglen, with some clinical training at CSU's campus in Wagga Wagga, NSW. The third year of the course is completed while enrolled at the Wagga Wagga campus of CSU.
Career opportunities, include:
- oral health therapist (dental hygienist and dental therapist) with employment in public, private or hospital settings
- health promotion officer
- health researcher
- clinical tutor, academic in health discipline courses
Pathways to further study:
- Further post graduate study in oral and public health.
Studying the CSU Bachelor of Oral Health at Holmesglen
The course has a strong focus on health science and its application in the development of clinical skills, with an evidence-based approach to learning.
You will undertake community placements and receive comprehensive clinic and simulation exposure.
In addition, the degree has a strong focus on the unique challenges of rural and remote oral health, in particular with vulnerable and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities.
This degree will give you the skills to work as an oral health therapist, diagnosing dental decay and gum diseases and working alongside dentists to provide oral health care and preventative dental practices among school children and the broader community.
Students will complete clinical placements in year 1 and 2 at the CSU Dental and Oral Health Clinics in Wagga Wagga. During year 3, students complete placement at various sites including CSU clinical sites in Albury and Wagga Wagga as well as other regional NSW Health oral health clinics.
Students studying at Holmesglen and Wagga Wagga will learn in state-of-the-art simulation clinics. Our staff include dual-qualified oral health therapists currently practising in both the public and private health sector, to make sure you are receiving current, industry relevant education.
As a graduate of the course, you will contribute to combating the chronic shortage and increasing demand for oral health professionals Australia-wide, while also significantly impacting the health of our local communities.
Timetable: Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm full time
During year one, you will focus on core biomedical and oral sciences.
In years two and three, the focus is on understanding the medical, dental, social and community context of dental hygiene or dental therapy clinical practice.
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Students will be assessed by a range of methods including written and oral exams, assignments, presentations and clinical competencies.
To be eligible, students must be at least 16 years of age.
A completed High School Certificate with a minimum ATAR of 70 (including adjustment factors) or equivalent.
Charles Sturt Undergraduate Certificate of Health Studies with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.0
Charles Sturt Diploma of General Studies OR Charles Sturt Undergraduate Certificate in University Preparation (with a minimum GPA of 4.0)
Successful completion of the CSU Connections – First Nations Direct Entry Program
Successful completion of two university level subjects (AQF level Associate Degree or higher), gaining a minimum GPA of 4.0.
Successful applicants are encouraged to obtain a senior first aid certificate prior to commencing the course.
Prior to commencement of the first placement, students will also be required to provide evidence of their immunisation and vaccination status, and a completed Working with Children Check.
Please note: Students will be required to purchase instruments at the beginning of Years 1 and 2 of this course. The approx. cost of these instruments is $2000 (Yr 1) and $1500 (Yr 2). There may also be some contingency simulation costs incurred throughout the course under certain circumstances (e.g. replacement teeth, damaged equipment replacement).
Recognition of prior learning
You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.
Qualification and recognition
CSU's Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) is accredited by the Australian Dental Council and graduates are eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Graduates are able to provide hygiene treatment to individuals of all ages and dental therapy care to children and young adults (up to age 26).
Graduates are also eligible for registration in New Zealand.
If you are applying for recognition of prior learning in the CSU Bachelor of Oral Health course please visit the Charles Sturt Universityfor further information
Connections with industry
Charles Sturt University
How to apply
Apply through VTAC or directly through CSU
Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.
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For more information about the course fees please visit: https://study.csu.edu.au/courses/medical-dentistry/bachelor-oral-health-therapy-hygiene
**Additional costs may also apply for course consumable and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses. To view the additional costs that apply for each course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession