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Duration

5 years full-time
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Admission information

ATAR+C

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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session 1 201830

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

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  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

Developed in cooperation with the Australian Dental Council, the Australian Dental Association, local dentists, oral health practitioners and senior consultants, the Bachelor of Dental Science is a five-year undergraduate program delivered at CSU's Orange Campus.

Exceptional employment outcomes

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

Outstanding facilities

Develop your hand skills in CSU's state-of-the-art simulation clinic, dental technology/clinical support laboratory, biodental science learning suite and anatomy teaching facilities. 

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 dental 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.

International study tours

Towards the end of your degree, you can apply to embark on a short study tour to Cambodia or another destination through CSU Global.

This course is currently accredited by the Australian Dental Council until December 2021.

Graduates are eligible for registration as a dental practitioner in all Australian states and territories.

This course is currently accredited by the Australian Dental Council until December 2021.

Students will commence their clinical experience and hand skills development in year one of the program. Clinical experiences of increasing complexity are combined with further development of hand skills through year two and provide a strong foundation for extended clinical practice in years three to five of the program. In the Bachelor of Dental Science, workplace learning facilities include dental simulation clinics, oral health clinics, dental technical laboratory and external workplaces such as hospital dental clinics.

Students will undertake intense clinical practice sessions in generalist and all specialist disciplines. There will be the opportunity to engage in clinical practice at a variety of sites (University, community, rural and metropolitan) to gain optimal professional experience.

Students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in external workplace learning experiences in years 4 and 5.

Immunisation

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.

Information regarding vaccinations will be forwarded to Dentistry students prior to commencement of study. A list of completion dates will also be provided.

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.

Students will be advised of completion date on commencement of study.

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.

Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Dental students, upon enrolment, are automatically registered as a student dental practitioner with AHPRA. Dental students are, therefore, bound by the Agency's standards and regulations.

Please note that the following subjects include an external Workplace Learning component:

DOH403 Dental Clinical Practice 4
DOH416 Prosthodontics 2
DOH335 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 3
DOH412 Medicine and Surgery for Dental Practice
DOH254 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 2
DOH344 Foundations of Oral Surgery
DOH414 Oral Surgery
DOH415 Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

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.

BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2
BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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Career opportunities

CSU's dental science graduates contribute to combating the chronic shortage of dental and oral health workers Australia-wide. Once you are registered as a dentist, your job prospects are excellent. Most final year dentistry students will know if they have a graduate position by December of their final year.

Enjoy a wealth of opportunities 

Employment opportunities exist in general or specialist dental practice, public sector dental health, the Australian defence forces (Army, Navy or Air Force), hospital dental clinics, education and research. Starting salaries for dentists are among the highest graduate starting salaries nationally.

Choose your destination

While CSU dental science graduates can travel the world and work almost anywhere, they are often found at the heart of rural and regional communities.  

Consider a specialisation

After registration, you could study further to become qualified in orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, implantology or prosthodontics programs at a Masters level, or biomedical or dental science research at a Doctorate level.

CSU's dental science graduates contribute to combating the chronic shortage of dental and oral health workers Australia-wide. Once you are registered as a dentist, your job prospects are excellent. Most final year dentistry students will know if they have a graduate position by December of their final year.

Enjoy a wealth of opportunities 

Employment opportunities exist in general or specialist dental practice, public sector dental health, the Australian defence forces (Army, Navy or Air Force), hospital dental clinics, education and research. Starting salaries for dentists are among the highest graduate starting salaries nationally.

Choose your destination

While CSU dental science graduates can travel the world and work almost anywhere, they are often found at the heart of rural and regional communities.  

Consider a specialisation

After registration, you could study further to become qualified in orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, implantology or prosthodontics programs at a Masters level, or biomedical or dental science research at a Doctorate level.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Standard CSU Credit rules apply

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Dental Science is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Dental Science is only available to study online.

You can study the Bachelor of Dental Science online or on campus.

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Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOn campusOrangeFPOSYNNISBK
UACOn campusOrangeCGSYNN214738

LEGEND
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

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Campus locations listed for online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOn campusOrangeFPOSYNNISBK
UACOn campusOrangeCGSYNN214738

LEGEND
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

Emily Nadwie - Bachelor of Dental Science

"My time with the CSU science lecturers prepared me for what was really out there, and I cannot express my gratitude of what those one-on-one sessions meant to me as a student, and mean to me now as an adult."

Emily Nadwie - Bachelor of Dental Science

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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

This course of 320 points duration, consists of 1 X 48 point,1 X 32 point, 2 X 24 point, 2 X 16 point, 3 X 12 point, 15 X 8 point and 1 X 4 point subjects.

These subjects are:
• BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1 (8)
• BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2 (8)
• CHM102 Chemistry for Dental and Veterinary Sciences (8)
• DOH124 Foundations of Dental Practice 1 (12)
• DOH133 Oral Microbiology (8)
• DOH114 Oral Anatomy & Histology (12)
• PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services (8)
• DOH231 Dental Biochemistry (8)
• DOH233 Pathological Basis of Human Disease (8)
• DOH254 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 2 (16)
• DOH253 Head & Neck Anatomy (8)
• DOH243 Foundations of Restorative Dentistry (24)
• DOH334 Prosthodontics 1 (12)
• DOH335 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 3 (24)
• DOH343 Endodontics (16)
• DOH344 Foundations of Oral Surgery (8)
• DOH345 Oral-Maxillofacial Pathology (8)
• DOH403 Dental Clinical Practice 4 (32)
• DOH412 Medicine and Surgery for Dental Practice (4)
• DOH414 Oral Surgery (8)
• DOH415 Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry (8)
• DOH416 Prosthodontics 2 (8)
• DOH483 Dental Clinical Practice 5 (48)
• DOH491 Gerodontics, Special Needs Dentistry, Dental Public Health (8)
• DOH493 Advanced Clinical Options (8)

Key Subjects
• DOH124 Foundations of Dental Practice 1 (12)
• DOH114 Oral Anatomy & Histology (12)
• DOH233 Pathological Basis of Human Disease (8)
• DOH254 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 2 (16)
• DOH253 Head & Neck Anatomy (8)
• DOH243 Foundations of Restorative Dentistry (24)
• DOH334 Prosthodontics 1 (12)
• DOH335 Dental Clinical Practice 3 (24)
• DOH343 Endodontics (16)
• DOH344 Foundations of Oral Surgery (8)
• DOH345 Oral-Maxillofacial Pathology (8)
• DOH403 Dental Clinical Practice 4 (32)
• DOH412 Medicine and Surgery for Dental Practice (4)
• DOH414 Oral Surgery (8)
• DOH415 Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry (8)
• DOH416 Prosthodontics 2 (8)
• DOH483 Dental Clinical Practice 5 (48)
• DOH491 Gerodontics, Special Needs Dentistry, Dental Public Health (8)
• DOH493 Advanced Clinical Options (8)


 

By Full-time study

Session 1 (30)
• BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1 (8)
• DOH124 Foundations of Dental Practice 1 (4)(commence)
• DOH114 Oral Anatomy & Histology (4)(commence)
• PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services (8)
• CHM102 Chemistry for Dental and Veterinary Sciences (8)

Session 2 (60)
• BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2 (8)
• DOH124 Foundations of Dental Practice 1 (8)(complete)
• DOH133 Oral Microbiology (8)
• DOH114 Oral Anatomy & Histology (8) (complete)

Session 3 (30)
• DOH254 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 2 (8) (commence)
• DOH231 Dental Biochemistry (8)
• DOH253 Head and Neck Anatomy (4) (commence)
• DOH243 Foundations of Restorative Dentistry (12) (commence)

Session 4 (60)
• DOH254 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 2 (8) (complete)
• DOH233 Pathological Basis of Human Disease (8)
• DOH253 Head and Neck Anatomy (4)(complete)
• DOH243 Foundations of Restorative Dentistry (12) (complete)

Session 5 (30)
• DOH334 Prosthodontics 1 (8) (commence)
• DOH335 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 3 (12) (commence)
• DOH343 Endodontics (8) (commence)
• DOH344 Foundations of Oral Surgery (4) (commence)

Session 6 (60)
• DOH334 Prosthodontics 1 (4) (complete)
• DOH335 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice 3 (12) (complete)
• DOH343 Endodontics (8) (complete)
• DOH344 Foundations of Oral Surgery (4) (complete)
• DOH345 Oral-Maxillofacial Pathology (8)

Session 7 (30)
• DOH403 Dental Clinical Practice 4 (16) (commence)
• DOH414 Oral Surgery (4) (commence)
• DOH412 Medicine and Surgery for Dental Practice (4)
• DOH415 Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry (4) (commence)
• DOH416 Prosthodontics 2 (4) (commence)

Session 8 (60)
• DOH403 Dental Clinical Practice 4 (16) (complete)
• DOH414 Oral Surgery (4) (complete)
• DOH415 Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry (4) (complete)
• DOH416 Prosthodontics 2 (4) (complete)

Session 9 (30)
• DOH483 Dental Clinical Practice 5 (24) (commence)
• DOH491 Gerodontics, Special Needs Dentistry, Dental Public Health (8)

Session 10 (60)
• DOH483 Dental Clinical Practice 5 (24) (complete)
• DOH493 Advanced Clinical Options (8)

Note: point values in parentheses indicate points completed in the listed session

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

In order to graduate with the Bachelor of Dental Science qualification, students must successfully complete 320 points, including all embedded clinical competencies.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

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

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

A range of scholarships are available to Bachelor of Dental Science students, including the:

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
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Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
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Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

28 Sep 2017
VTAC on time applications close

10 Oct 2017
VTAC special consideration (SEAS) applications close

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

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Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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