Bachelor of Science - Oral Health Therapy

Curtin University

The oral health therapist is an educator and motivator with an important role in the promotion of oral health for patients and the broader community. As a member of the dental team, the oral health therapist works in a structured relationship with a dentist to provide appropriate dental care for patients. Clinical procedures performed by oral health therapists include scaling and cleaning of teeth and the management of gum problems, fillings and simple extractions for children, the application of fluoride and other solutions to teeth and gums, local analgesia, dental radiography, taking impressions and a range of orthodontic duties. The curriculum integrates theory and practical studies from a number of areas within health sciences including dental, biomedical and social sciences. The course commences with a study of relevant health sciences, communication and research methods, together with preventive dentistry and oral health therapy techniques. These subjects, further developed in years two and three, cover a broad field relating to community dentistry and to practical and clinical aspects of oral health therapy. Practical sessions run throughout the three years. Clinical experience commences in the second year and continues throughout the course. Graduates are expected to enjoy good rates of employment, mainly in general and specialist private dental practices and in government school dental clinics.

Course Fee:

International: $112,800

Entry Requirements:

Applicants for a Bachelor Degree are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at and include flexible entry pathways. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.. Applicants for this course should refer to the Clinical Health Sciences and Police Clearance Section of the Faculty of Health Sciences website. Successful completion of a Senior First Aid Certificate is required before students proceed to second year, second semester studies. Additional clinical hours are required during inter-semester breaks. Practical sessions are undertaken in a variety of settings including the Department's clinic, OHCWA, community clinics and private dental practices.


The course contains Core units only

Subjects you can Study:

Oral health therapy

Study Pathways:

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at

Further information:

For more information contact the relevant areas: For Current Students: Student Services Office, please click here for further details: For Domestic Future Students: Future Students Centre, email: Tel: +61-8-9266 1000 For International Future Students: Curtin International, email: Tel: +61-8-9266 7331


All practising oral health therapists must be registered with the appropriate Dental Board. Registration permits the oral health therapist to work in private practice and the School Dental Service.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00301J

Related Careers:

Oral Health Therapist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bentley - main campus No info Yes Part time 6 years
Bentley - main campus No info Yes Full time 3 years

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