Bachelor of Dental Surgery

James Cook University JCU

This broad-based, five year program encompasses all aspects of dental practice with a special focus on tropical, rural and Indigenous practice. The curriculum integrates basic sciences with dental clinical sciences and preventative oral health strategies. There is early exposure to clinical practice, with an increasing proportion of the curriculum dedicated to the acquisition of clinical skills. The final year is dedicated entirely to clinical experience with students undertaking clinical placement in Queensland Health dental facilities across northern Queensland.

Course Fee:


International: $324,800

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; English (4, SA), Chemistry (4, SA), Maths B (4, SA). Recommended: Biology. Plus requirements for clinical placement: immunisation; current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates; Suitability to Work with Children Card (Blue Card); Australian Federal Police check.

Structure:

120 credit points. The first 3 to 4 years are offered at the Cairns Campus. Final year placements are in public and private dental clinics across northern Queensland, including Mackay, Proserpine, Atherton and Thursday Island. Part-time study is not permitted in Levels 3, 4 and 5.

Subjects you can Study:

Dental surgery

Study Pathways:

Honours is offered to students who meet the stated criteria, available on a full or part-time basis.

Further information:

If students identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, JCU can assist students in their pursuit of a health career through the Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP). International student visa-holders must not enrol in more than a third of the total credit points for the course in online, distance or external study.

Recognition:

Australian Dental Council

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00117J

Related Careers:

Dentist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Cairns No info No Full time 5 years
Cairns No info No Part time 7 years

Study for life

JCU’s commitment to providing you with the skills needed to be job-ready is consistently rewarded with a five-star rating for ‘full-time graduate employment’ (The Good Universities Guide 2018). JCU graduates are also leading the way in employer satisfaction, receiving the highest rating in a national report (QILT 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey).

University study areas

  • Arts (Social Sciences)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Dentistry
  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Education 
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Practice
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medicine
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Planning
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Science
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Veterinary Science

Flexible learning options

You can choose an on-campus university lifestyle, study online and externally, or combine the two options. Within your degree, you also have the flexibility to enrol in a major from one discipline while broadening your knowledge by taking electives from other JCU disciplines. 

As part of your degree, you may also have the exciting opportunity to study overseas with one of JCU's many partner universities.

Campus locations

JCU is a multi-campus institution with our main campuses in the tropical cities of Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. A Russo Higher Education-run campus in Brisbane offers courses for international students and we have study centres in Mount Isa, Thursday Island and Mackay.

Progressive facilities

Huge investments in university infrastructure ensure you enjoy modern facilities, including: 

  • Technologically advanced lecture theatres that support teaching and learning 
  • A dental clinic
  • A variety of vet and dry laboratories 
  • Speech and language clinic
  • Exercise physiology and movement analysis labs
  • Veterinary hospital
  • Modern libraries
  • Computer labs 
  • Recording studio
  • Lighting studio
  • Art galleries
  • Accommodation halls of residence.

Field work at amazing locations

JCU’s access to the most spectacular and diverse natural laboratories in the world offer advantages to you that cannot be overstated. Field site environments for research on coral reefs, tropical rainforests, coastal wetlands, woodland savannahs and the arid outback are all available in

our backyard. The university has field research stations available for field trips, study and research, including: 

  • JCU Fletcherview Research Station
  • JCU Orpheus Island Research Station
  • JCU Veterinary Teaching Resource Centre (Malanda)
  • JCU Daintree Rainforest Observatory.

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