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Dental Surgery, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #377 (QS) ,
Train alongside experienced, supportive professionals. Experience the Dental Surgery broad-based program from James Cook University that includes all aspects of dental practice. Explore issues of concern to northern Australia, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.


James Cook University (JCU) established its Dentistry program in 2008 in response to the challenges and oral health needs of northern Australia. With a focus on tropical, rural and Indigenous practice the course offers:

  • All new facilities – the $75 million dental teaching complex on the Cairns campus is impressive and includes a state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratory.
  • Early clinical experience – you’ll gain real-life experience at our dental clinics on campus in Cairns and Townsville that provide dental care to the public. You’ll also gain experience at private practices and in rural and remote community health facilities across Australia.

Career opportunities

There is a shortage and a uneven distribution of dentists in Australia particularly in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. Queensland in particular, with its highly decentralised population, faces some unique challenges in providing a health workforce for all its communities, and the demand for dental services is high.

Dentists enjoy the highest graduate starting salaries nationally. Dentists work in private practice, in state-operated dental health services, and in teaching and research. The demand for dentists will increase in coming years as the range of services provided by dentists continues to expand and the population ages.

JCU's Bachelor of Dental Surgery will prepare graduates as generalist dentists in accordance with the dental profession's scope of practice. The Australian Dental Council has accredited Dentistry courses at JCU.

The Dental Surgery broad-based program from James Cook University has accreditation by the Australian Dental Council. After graduating you will be eligible for professional registration with all dental boards in Australia and New Zealand and be able to enter dental practice.


This course is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC). Students enrolled in this degree will be registered with the Dental Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for the duration of their program of study or until they are no longer enrolled.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dental Science
  • Communication Skills for Health Professionals
  • Lifespan Development for Health 
  • Health and Health Care in Australia
  • Simulated Clinical Dentistry
  • Health Professional Research 
  • Health Promotion in Dentistry

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General Requirements

CRICOS code: 073997A

  • English, Maths B, Chemistry
  • Recommended: Biology

Tuition Fee

  • International

    64960 AUD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 64960 AUD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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