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Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene)

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Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene)

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CSU's fully accredited Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) qualifies you to work as an oral health therapist in Australia. As a graduate, you will help combat the national chronic shortage of oral health professionals, while also making a valuable contribution to health of your local community.

Oral health practitioners are skilled clinicians who examine and treat diseases of periodontal tissues and teeth. They perform routine restorative and periodontal care with a primary focus on early diagnosis and treatment. Their role includes the promotion of positive oral health and preventive dental practices in the community.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU developed the Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) in cooperation with the Australian Dental Council, the Australian Dental Association, local dentists, oral health practitioners and senior consultants to ensure students graduate with the skills and knowledge for successful practice.

    Exceptional employment outcomes

    CSU oral health and dental science graduates have excellent overall employment rates 94% of our graduates find jobs within four months of graduating (source: www.qilt.edu.au).

    Outstanding facilities

    Develop your practical skills in CSU's state-of-the-art simulation clinic, dental technology/clinical support laboratory, biodental science learning suite and anatomy teaching facilities. If you are studying at the Holmesglen Institute's Chadstone Campus, you'll have access to a world-class oral health simulation facility.

    Authentic experience

    CSU has five Dental and Oral Health Clinics across its Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses. These clinics are open to patients from the wider community and will provide some of your first professional training. You could undertake placements at any CSU clinic during your course, working under the supervision of qualified practitioners. 

    Leading academics 

    The School of Dentistry and Health Sciences is committed to providing high-quality teaching and service to students and to rural and regional communities. You'll benefit from small class sizes and learn from dedicated and experienced academics and guest lecturers.

    Study options

    CSU offers this degree full-time over three years at CSU's Wagga Wagga Campus, or you can study the first two years of your course at the Holmesglen Institute's Chadstone campus in Melbourne. If you are enrolled at the Holmesglen Institute, you will undertake lectures and pre-clinical training in Years 1 and 2 at Holmesglen, with some clinical training at Wagga Wagga.

    Towards the end of your degree, you may be able to apply to embark on a short study tour to Cambodia.

  • Career opportunities

    Oral health therapy is a rapidly developing profession providing rewarding and diverse career paths. 

    Professional registration

    As soon as you graduate, you can register with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and employment prospects are excellent. Most students will know if they have a graduate position by December of their final year of study.

    Diverse opportunities

    Pursue a career in general or specialist dental practice, public sector dental health, Australian defence forces (Army, Navy or Air Force), hospital dental clinics, education or research.

    Many destinations

    Demand for oral health practitioners is particularly high in rural and regional areas; however, you could also work in any metropolitan area or internationally.

  • Professional recognition

    CSU's Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) commenced in 2009 and has achieved full course accreditation with the Australian Dental Council, which provides guaranteed registration on completion of the degree. Graduates are eligible for licensure in any Australian state or territory. There are no additional examinations or requirements and you are also eligible for registration in New Zealand. 

    This course is currently accredited by the Australian Dental Council until 31 December 2018.

  • Workplace learning

    Learning through experience is considered an integral part of studying oral health at Charles Sturt University. Clinical placements make up around 60% of your course, ensuring you are confident and job ready when you graduate. You will begin your practical placements in real clinics from year one which leads to extended clinical practice in your third year.

    The program offers you the opportunity to undertake clinical placements in a mixture of generalist and specialist disciplines, including at University campus clinics in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange, as well as other placement opportunities in rural and metropolitan clinics.

    You will be required to purchase uniforms and equipment for the practical components of this course. More details of these requirements are available here.


    NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

    Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

    The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

    NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

    As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

    PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

    Further information is available from NSW Health.

    International students who have received immunisations in their home country must provide proof that these vaccinations are still valid. If proof cannot be provided, the student will need to have a blood test to confirm immunisations are still current.

    Working with Children Check

    Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

    First Aid Certificate

    All students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate, obtained at their own cost, from an accredited body (Workcover  approved) before undertaking any workplace learning. The Senior First Aid Certificate must be current for the duration of the course.

    If you are an Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse or Paramedic you may instead provide documentation from a current employer which indicates evidence of competency based CPR accreditation.

    NOTE: As many courses include workplace learning in the first session, students are advised to complete their First Aid Certificate prior to commencement of their first year of study.


    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    DOH203 Community Oral Health 2
    DOH100 Clinical Practice and Theory 1
    DOH113 Community Oral Health 1
  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Bachelor Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) consists of 192 points.

    The course is of 192 points duration, consisting of:
    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1 (8)
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2 (8)
    BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 (8)
    BMS292 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 (8)
    DOH100 Clinical Practice and Theory 1 (16)
    DOH110 Oral Health Sciences 1 (16)
    DOH113 Community Oral Health (8)
    DOH200 Clinical Practice and Theory 2 (16)
    DOH203 Community Oral Health 2 (8)
    DOH210 Oral Health Sciences 2 (16)
    DOH222 Nutrition and Oral Health Care Delivery
    DOH300 Oral Health Sciences 3 (16)
    DOH310 Clinical Practice and Theory 3 (32)
    DOH313 Community Oral Health 3 (8)
    DOH321 Public Oral Health, Research and Community Service (8)
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health & Human Services (8)

    Enrolment pattern

    By Full-time study

    Year 1
    Session 1
    DOH100 Clinical Practice and Theory 1 (16) (commenced)
    DOH110 Oral Health Sciences 1 (16) (commenced)
    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1 (8)
    PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health & Human Services (8)

    Session 2
    DOH100 Clinical Practice and Theory 1 (16) (completed)
    DOH110 Oral Health Sciences 1 (16) (completed)
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2 (8)
    DOH113 Community Oral Health (8)

    Year 2
    Session 1
    DOH200 Clinical Practice and Theory 2 (16) (commenced)
    DOH210 Oral Health Sciences 2 (16) (commenced)
    BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 (8)
    DOH222 Nutrition and Oral Health Care Delivery

    Session 2
    DOH200 Clinical Practice and Theory 2 (16) (completed)
    DOH210 Oral Health Sciences 2 (16) (completed)
    BMS292 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 (8)
    DOH203 Community Oral Health 2 (8)

    Year 3
    Session 1
    DOH300 Oral Health Sciences 3 (16) (commenced)
    DOH310 Clinical Practice and Theory 3 (32) (commenced)
    DOH321 Public Oral Health, Research and Community Service (8)

    Session 2
    DOH300 Oral Health Sciences 3 (16) (completed)
    DOH310 Clinical Practice and Theory 2 (32) (completed)
    DOH313 Community Oral Health 3 (8)

    Note: Students are required to pass all subjects in their year level before progressing to the next year

    Key subjects:
    DOH110 Oral Health Sciences 1 (16)
    DOH210 Oral Health Sciences 2 (16)
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2

  • Residential schools

    This is an on campus course however some subjects may be available to be studied by distance education. The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students.

    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR


    Admission to the course will be based on ATAR or equivalent Admissions Rank.

    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.

    English language requirements apply. An Academic IELTS of 7.0 with no score below a 6.5 in each of the individual skill areas or a qualification deemed equivalent.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    As well as the cost of the course and amenities fees, students will be expected to meet other expenses throughout their course, such as placement accommodation, equipment and uniforms. Read more about these expenses.

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn campusWagga WaggaFPOSYNNISOH
    VTACOn campusHolmesglenCGSYNN1300213211
    VTACOn campusHolmesglenFPOSYNN1300213213
    DirectOn campusHolmesglenCGSYNNKSOM
    UACOn campusWagga WaggaCGSYNN214384
    DirectOn campusHolmesglenFPOSYNNISHH

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    In order to graduate with the Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) qualification, students must successfully complete 192 points, including all embedded clinical competencies.

  • How to apply

    Applicants wishing to study at Holmesglen Institute should apply through VTAC.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre if you do not reside in NSW or ACT and wish to study on campus at Albury-Wodonga Campus.

    Apply through VTAC

    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    077426D (Wagga Wagga, Holmesglen)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School

    School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

    The School of Dentistry and Health Sciences brings together CSU’s rich history of health professional education in dentistry, oral health therapy and medical radiation science. The School is committed to research, high quality teaching and service to students and to rural and regional communities. Students have the opportunity to develop their hands-on skills in CSU’s state-of-the-art simulation clinic, dental technology / clinical support laboratory, biodental science learning suite and anatomy teaching facilities. The School operates out of facilities at several CSU campuses, largely in Orange and Wagga Wagga. Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst and Dubbo campuses are also home to additional dental clinical facilities.

  • Preparing for Study

    We recommend the following Study Link subjects for this course:

    • SSS016 - Transition to Nursing Studies
    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS025 - Introduction to Bioscience

    If you wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar, we recommend any of the following:

    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (Face-to-Face Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 - Critical Thinking
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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