Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy

University of Newcastle


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As an oral health therapist, you will work closely with dental practitioners to provide a range of preventive and restorative procedures like cleaning, scaling, polishing and x-rays, restorations and primary extractions. The Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy program at the University of Newcastle is the only one in NSW that provides dual qualifications in dental hygiene and dental therapy, with adult scope of practice, qualifying you to treat both children and adults. Use these unique skills to make a real difference and shape a healthier future for Australia.

This degree requires students to participate in clinical placements in NSW Health facilities. During placement students will be subject to NSW Health policies and procedures. Students must also meet all NSW Health verification requirements before attending clinical placement. Clinical placement essentials.

Students should be aware that they may be required to undertake clinical placement and/or classes outside normal semester dates.

Students enrolling in this degree are required to obtain a WorkCover-approved Provide First Aid Certificate and Infection Control Certificate in years 1, 2 and 3 of the program.

The award of this degree depends on the student satisfactorily completing and passing all academic and clinical components within the maximum time allowed.

Areas of study: Clinical treatment for children, Indigenous Australians, the elderly, and special needs groups, dental therapy, human bioscience and anatomy, oral pathology, periodontology.

Career opportunities: Oral health therapist, dental hygienist, health promotion officer, public health practitioner, oral health academic, industry sales representative.

Professional recognition: Accredited by the Australian Dental Council. Once you graduate, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Practical experience: Minimum 500 hours of supervised dental practice, initially in the simulation facility before progressing to our on-campus oral health clinic and later in professional clinical situations, including: childcare facilities, residential aged care facilities, community dental clinics, specialist dental departments, public hospital dental clinics, private dental practices.

Travel, accommodation and related expenses for professional placement will be the responsibility of the student. Students will be required to purchase instrument kits and models.

Honours: Available as an additional year (or part-time eqv) to students based on merit.

Fees and charges: Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

This program and future professional practice is both mentally and physically demanding. Students may be required to practise hands-on examinations and simulated treatments/procedures with other students in laboratory classes. Applicants who may be unsure of their ability to complete the degree and work in the profession should contact the University prior to applying.

Check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Recommended studies: Biology, Chemistry.

Applicants who have not previously studied at least one of these courses are encouraged to take a bridging course before commencement of the University year. Bridging and enabling courses.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree. Getting in to the University of Newcastle.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Student profile

Further information

View all details of this course on the University of Newcastle website.

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Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.

ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2019)


  1. Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria