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.

With the highest graduate employment rate in the country, CSU students benefit from not only higher salaries and more jobs, but they study courses that make a real difference in the local community. Luke Nancarrow shares his experience of studying a Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) at CSU.

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With the highest graduate employment rate in the country, CSU students benefit from not only higher salaries and more jobs, but they study courses that make a real difference in the local community. Luke Nancarrow shares his experience of studying a Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) at CSU.

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Testimonials

Chloe Stevens
Bachelor Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene)

“In 2015 I decided to pursue my passion to become an Oral Health Therapist, and applied for the Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) at Holmesglen. After working full-time as a dental nurse for five years, I was nervous about making the transition back to study. However, the academic staff at Holmesglen were very supportive and ensured that my transition was smooth.

“The highlight this year has been meeting such a diverse group of people that share the same passion for oral health. Small class sizes have allowed me to get to know my fellow students and lecturers more intimately. The lecturers are helpful, supportive, encouraging and passionate about each individual student’s learning.  

“Practical work in the simulation clinic has given me confidence and knowledge, to ensure I’m ready to start seeing patients in the second year of my degree. The equipment and tutors in the simulation clinic are fantastic, and I feel privileged to be learning in such an outstanding environment.

“For anyone considering studying a Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) in the future, I encourage you to submit an application. Transitioning from work to university life can be difficult, however, through perseverance and hard work it can be achieved. The staff within the course will ensure you feel comfortable and confident as you embark upon your degree.”


Laura Douglas
Bachelor Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene)

“I chose to study the Bachelor of Oral Health after being introduced to dentistry when I began working as a dental assistant to support myself when studying an entirely different degree.  

“I thoroughly enjoyed the work and found the clinical side of dentistry very interesting. I took a four-year break from work to raise my young family and in that time I realised I had a passion for dentistry and wanted to take my learning to the next level.  

“I chose to study Oral Health as it has a clinical role providing dental treatment but also has a strong focus on oral disease prevention and promoting health in individuals and communities.  

“CSU was not my first choice of university as I was well established in Brisbane and had a young family, a house, and a family business based in Queensland, all of which made the move to Wagga Wagga very difficult. I was offered a place at CSU well before offers for my local University in QLD so as a family we made the difficult decision to relocate.   

“I was not expecting to enjoy living in Wagga Wagga, being so far away from my family and friends and the life I was settled in. Relocating to Wagga for uni turned out to be much more than just study, the experience of living in a regional town, the travel and the community life in Wagga was amazing.  

“I found that many students have relocated from all across Australia to study at CSU, which means we are all in the same situation living so far from home. It creates a unique environment where our lives at uni and outside of uni are closely connected.  

“In my degree, this fostered close friendships and a strong bond as a class group. We all supported and helped each other through, studying together, assisting each other in clinic and sharing our knowledge and experience.  Even after graduation, we’re all still connected as a group and helping each other.

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