Bachelor of Oral Health

Course Code BOH4430

(Therapy and Hygiene)

  • Full Time
  • 3 years
  • On Campus
  • On The Job Training
  • Chadstone

This course is not available for International Students


The Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) is a Charles Sturt University 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 Charles Sturt University 's campus in Wagga Wagga, NSW. The third year of the course is completed while enrolled at the Wagga Wagga campus of Charles Sturt University.<br><img src="" alt="Charles Sturt University" width="20%" height="10%">

Career Opportunities

  • 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

Pathway to further studies

  • Further post graduate study in oral and public health.

Studying the 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. <p>You will undertake community placements and receive comprehensive clinic and simulation exposure.<p>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. <p>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.<p>Students will complete clinical placements in year 1 and 2 at the Charles Sturt University Dental and Oral Health Clinics in Wagga Wagga. During year 3, students complete placement at various sites including Charles Sturt University clinical sites in Albury and Wagga Wagga as well as other regional NSW Health oral health clinics. <p>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. <p>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.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years of age at course commencement.<p>A completed High School Certificate with a minimum ATAR of 70 (including adjustment factors) or equivalent.<br>OR<br>Charles Sturt Undergraduate Certificate of Health Studies with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.0<br>OR<br>Charles Sturt Diploma of General Studies OR Charles Sturt Undergraduate Certificate in University Preparation (with a minimum GPA of 4.0)<br>OR<br>Successful completion of the Charles Sturt University Connections – First Nations Direct Entry Program<br>OR<br>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.<p>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.<p>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).

Advanced standing

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. Read more about gaining advanced standing and credits.

Course Structure


<strong>Timetable: Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm full time</strong><p>During year one, you will focus on core biomedical and oral sciences.<p>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.

How to apply


Apply through VTAC or directly through Charles Sturt University.

Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.


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Qualification and Recognition

Charles Sturt University'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 Bachelor of Oral Health course please visit the <a href="">Charles Sturt University</a>for further information

Industry Connections


All local higher education students are required to pay a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). This fee contributes to the cost of providing student support services including counselling, welfare services, learning support and other activities provided by the student support and wellbeing teams. The SSAF is charged each semester and the amount you pay depends on whether you’re a full time or part time student. The annual maximum amount is set by the Government and will vary according to your study load. Students studying on campus and online will be charged the same SSAF based on their study load. All local higher education students are required to pay this fee at the time of enrolment. For more information, and to find out how much you will be required to pay, please visit the <a href="">SSAF webpage.</a>

Higher Education Loans Program (HELP) is available to eligible students to pay for tuition and student amenities fees for this course. <a href="" title="Loans for higher education">Read more about HELP</a>. <a href="" title="How to pay for your course">Find out more about paying for your course</a>. Mandatory materials and activities fees, and additional course costs are not covered by HELP Loans.


All fees are indicative only. Holmesglen reviews its tuition fees and charges annually. You will be required to pay the current fee that applies from the beginning of the next study period.

Tuition Assurance Requirements

Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, Holmesglen Institute must meet tuition assurance requirements for persons, other than overseas students, who are enrolled in the higher education courses we offer in the event we cease to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled.

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