Why choose this program?
Program Learning Outcomes communicate to the community the value of the Griffith educational experience as benchmarked against national qualification standards.
Program Learning Outcomes for this award describe the knowledge, skills and the application of knowledge and skills you will acquire through studying the Griffith program of your choice.
Due to the competitiveness of this program special entry schemes, including Educational Access Scheme (EAS), do not apply.
OP 1 to 6 Guarantee
This program is excluded from the OP 1 to 6 Guarantee.
This degree is the first step towards a career in dentistry and oral health. You will learn from extensive hands-on training from the first year of your studies.
You will study and work alongside registered dentists and dental specialists in real life settings, including in regional areas and in our modern dental clinic and specialised laboratories in the new Griffith Health Centre. You will enhance your skills through professional practice placements.
Honours is available for this degree (through an additional year of study).
Before I enrol
- Criminal History Check
- First Aid and CPR
- Immunisation and Health Record
- Working with Children Check (Blue Card)
My attendance during the program
The Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science is offered full-time on-campus at the Gold Coast campus Griffith Health Centre. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week and on Saturdays.
Due to the need for students to develop complex clinical and technical skills throughout this program, extensive hands-on exposure to clinical/laboratory environments is required. As a result, some courses commencing from Year 1/Semester 2 of this program will extend beyond the standard 13-week teaching semester (i.e. commencing earlier and extending later than the standard 13-week semester). Students are advised that the timetables for these courses will not exceed 21 teaching weeks per semester (i.e. the academic year will not exceed 42 teaching weeks in duration). Exact dates over which these extended courses will run will be published on a semester-by-semester basis in the Academic calendar.
To be classed as a full-time student you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each semester. This may affect your entitlement to Centrelink benefits. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.
The following provides specific information on interrupting and resuming your studies in this program:
Leave of absence:
Students will require approval from the Head, School of Dentistry and Oral Health or nominee to take a leave of absence. The period of leave will normally be one year.
A student who has discontinued enrolment in a Dentistry and Oral Health program and who is not on an approved leave of absence is required to seek approval for readmission to the program from the Head, School of Dentistry and Oral Health or nominee.
Readmission to a Dentistry and Oral Health program is not guaranteed and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students must complete and submit a Request for Readmission form.
The following document provides specific information on interrupting and resuming your studies in this program and refers specifically to Clinical Skills Competency requirements:
Students who are returning to the program after an approved leave of absence or are being readmitted to the program or are required to repeat a non-clinical DOH-coded course will also be required to successfully complete Clinical Skills Competency requirements before continuing with their program. Please refer to the above School of Dentistry and Oral Health Guidelines on Leave of Absence.
Students who do not successfully complete these requirements will not be eligible to continue their program. Successful completion of these requirements will ensure students remain competent in their practical skills and are well prepared to continue with the program. Students who do not successfully complete these requirements will not be eligible to continue their program. Please refer to the Griffith University Inability to Complete Required Components of Professional Qualification Policy for further information.
- Griffith University Health and Safety Induction
- Griffith University Student Deed Poll
- Laboratory, Clinical and Placement Rules
- Queensland Health placement requirements
- Radiation Licence
There are placements associated with this program. Students should refer to the checklist of pre-placement and placement requirements for their Health discipline on the Placement Essentials website for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.
Note: In the event that there is a difference between the contents published on the Placement Essentials website and the program-specific information published on the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses websites, or where information published on the Placement Essentials website is not in accordance with University Policy, the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses website contents and University Policy shall override the information on the Placement Essentials website.
What are the fees?
Commonwealth supported students
This program has Commonwealth supported places available in 2015.
- Commonwealth supported students make a student contribution towards the cost of their courses while the majority of the cost is subsidised by the Australian Government.
- Students are liable for the student contribution charge for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
- HECS-HELP is a loan scheme which provides eligible Commonwealth supported students with assistance in paying their student contribution charge.
- Student contribution amounts are set by the Australian Government on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students
- These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:
- Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
- International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
- A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
- Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
- The tuition fee charged is applicable to the semester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science (1259)
Year Fee Category / Band Fee per CP Tuition Fee per EFTSL ( 80 cp) 2015 FPUG Band 6 (Dentistry Base Courses) $259.00 $20,720.00 2015 FPUG Band 9 (Dentistry Courses Type 1) $404.00 $32,320.00 2015 FPUG Band10 (Dentistry Courses Type 2) $646.00 $51,680.00 2014 FPUG Band 6 (Dentistry Base Courses) $249.00 $19,920.00 2014 FPUG Band 9 (Dentistry Courses Type 1) $388.00 $31,040.00 2014 FPUG Band10 (Dentistry Courses Type 2) $621.00 $49,680.00 2013 FPUG Band 6 (Dentistry Base Courses) $239.00 $19,120.00 2013 FPUG Band 9 (Dentistry Courses Type 1) $373.00 $29,840.00 2013 FPUG Band10 (Dentistry Courses Type 2) $597.00 $47,760.00
Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.
Additional fee information
There are additional costs associated with the purchase of instruments for the completion of this program that are not covered by the program fees. For more information, please see the Instrument list on the School of Dentistry and Oral Health Resources webpage.
My opportunities after graduation
My career opportunities
As a graduate of this degree and our Graduate Diploma of Dentistry, you will be qualified to work as a registered dentist, with opportunities in private practice, hospitals, school dental clinics and the armed services. Further study and research can lead to a career in academic teaching or specialty practice.
Completion of this degree and Griffith University's two-year Graduate Diploma of Dentistry program enables you to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia (and equivalent New Zealand authorities) as a Dentist subject to meeting any additional requirements that may be stipulated by the Dental Board of Australia. As these requirements may change from time to time, students should contact the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency to confirm registration requirements.
The Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science is accredited by the Australian Dental Council.