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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Bachelor of Oral Health

Advocate for oral health  

Oral health is an essential component of a healthy life. Complex dental work contributes to this, but proper care and prevention are just as important.

While dentists perform specialised treatments, oral health therapists have broad expertise in general oral health care and education.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Oral Health is an evidence-based degree that prepares you for providing general oral health care and health promotion. You will:     

  • learn in Australia’s newest dental teaching hospital, in the state-of-the-art Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building
  • study within a close-knit oral health learning community
  • benefit from early clinical exposure and extensive placements
  • practise using equipment in our Dental Simulation Clinic
  • tackle real-life case scenarios in teams
  • improve lives through community outreach programs.

Where could it take you?

You will be part of providing high quality clinical care for all ages. You might develop hygiene maintenance programs for people managing chronic gum pain. You could advise on public health policy or design and implement educational campaigns. Perhaps you’ll open an oral health clinic with a team of oral health therapists and dentists you’re yet to meet at the University of Adelaide.  

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Feb

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
It is envisaged that most graduates of the degree will work as an oral health therapist, providing prevention, basic dentistry and periodontal maintenance. Graduates form a vital part of the dental team and provide preventive and general dental care for the population in both public and private sectors.

Potential career paths include: 
> oral health therapy
> dental therapy, dental hygiene
> health promotion
> early childhood to geriatric dentistry
> health administration
> Indigenous studies
> special needs
> dental health research
> postgraduate studies.

In order to be able to register as an oral health therapist with the Dental Board of Australia, all applicants must be able to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS academic level 7 or the equivalent.  Learn more

Graduate Attributes
The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
Deep discipline knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Teamwork and communication skills
Career and leadership readiness
Intercultural and ethical competency
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Industry Placement
From first year, students undertake compulsory clinical placements in a range of metropolitan and rural settings. These compulsory placements can extend beyond the academic year and can include after-hours and weekend work.

Potential careers
Dental Therapist, Oral Health Therapist, Health Promotion Professional, Dental Hygienist

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

ISC & CBSE [India] 65%

ISBE [India] 75%

All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CBSE, New Delhi), Indian School Certificate (ISC), Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu State Board Examination and Telangana State Board Examination.

Best three subjects, excluding language and non-academic subjects.

You must have completed at least one year at your home institution, however you are able to apply following one semester
You must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 on the US scale or equivalent
You must meet the English Language requirements

IELTS - Overall band score of at least 7.0 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 7.0

TOEFL (paper based) - Total score of 577, Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5

TOEFL (internet based) - Total score of 94 Writing 27 Speaking 23 Reading 24 and Listening 24

Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 65, Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 65

Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) - Overall score of 185 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 185

Additional English Tests accepted Occupational English Test (OET) - A minimum result of B/score of 350 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
 
International Qualifications One from the Math or Science learning areas
Assumed Knowledge High proficiency in written and spoken English.