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Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene), Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #710 (BCR) Wagga, Australia | Melbourne, Australia
The fully accredited Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene) from Charles Sturt University qualifies you to work as an oral health therapist in Australia. As a graduate, you'll help combat the national chronic shortage of oral health professionals, while also making a valuable contribution to the health of your community.
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Oral health practitioners are skilled clinicians who examine and treat diseases of periodontal tissues and teeth. 

They perform 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.

Course highlights

Charles Sturt University 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 you graduate with the skills and knowledge for successful practice.

  • Exceptional employment outcomes

    Our oral health and dental science graduates have excellent employment rates. More than 93 per cent of our graduates find jobs within four months of graduating (QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018).

  • Outstanding facilities

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

  • Authentic experience

    Charles Sturt University has five dental and oral health clinics across our Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wagga Wagga campuses. These clinics are open to patients from the local community and will provide some of your first professional training. You could undertake placements at any Charles Sturt University clinic during your course, working under the supervision of qualified practitioners.

  • Leading academics

    Our academic team 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

    Charles Sturt University offers this degree full-time over three years at our 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'll 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. Most students know if they have a graduate position by December of their final year of study.

  • Gain professional registration

    As soon as you graduate from the Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene), you can register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

  • Explore 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.

  • Work at any destination

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    192 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Human Bioscience 
  • Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 
  • Oral Health Sciences 
  • Community Oral Health 
  • Clinical Practice and Theory 
  • Nutrition and Oral Health Care Delivery
  • Public Oral Health, Research and Community Service
  • Foundations of Psychology for Health & Human Services 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

CRICOS CODE: 077426D (Holmesglen, Wagga Wagga)

  • A completed High School Certificate with an ATAR of 70 (including adjustment factors) or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of at least two university level subjects (AQF level Associate Degree or higher) demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies.
  • A completed AQF Certificate IV or higher level qualification.
  • 50% completion of an AQF Diploma level qualification.
  • A completed Tertiary Preparation Course from an Australian University or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Melbourne

  • 1501 - 2660 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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