The Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) is a Charles Sturt University (CSU) degree offered at Holmesglen's Chadstone campus with third-year clinical training at Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga.
This degree will give you the skills to work as an oral health therapist - also known as dental hygienist and dental 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.
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, preparing you to work with other health disciplines as autonomous oral health practitioners.
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.
The majority of clinical training and placement will occur at various CSU clinical sites (largely based around Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga) in Year 3, which may include regional NSW Health oral health clinics.
Students studying at Holmesglen and Wagga Wagga will learn in state-of-the-art simulation clinics in which all clinical units are delivered. 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.
During years one and two, you will focus on core biomedical and oral sciences.
Foundation theory will be presented in lecture style, with small group seminars and case based interactions.
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.
Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.
VCE or equivalent
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
You may be able to shorten the length of 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
After successfully completing this course, you will be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene). You will be able to register with AHPRA as an oral health therapist.
This course is accredited by the Australian Dental Council until 31 December 2018.
Further post graduate study opportunities exist in the fields of oral health and public health.
- 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
How to apply
Apply through VTAC
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Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire course.
These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
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