Bachelor of Oral Health

The University of Adelaide

Oral health is an essential component of a healthy life. Studying the Bachelor of Oral Health is the first step towards an exciting and fulfilling career working with people of all ages to improve their oral health and to promote an awareness of how oral and general health are closely connected. The Bachelor of Oral Health is a comprehensive and evidence-based degree, and is the only professional oral health degree available in South Australia. It provides students with in-depth knowledge and skills relating to the prevention and management of oral diseases and health promotion; and prepares them to practice oral health therapy at the highest level. The relatively small number of students accepted into the degree each year means that students work and study as part of a close-knit and supportive oral health learning community. The degree offers a combination of innovative teaching methods including online interactive classes, case-based scenarios, group work, and simulation using the advanced facilities in the Dental Simulation Clinic. Students are given early exposure to clinical practice and undertake extended placements in a variety of dental settings in both city and rural locations. A community outreach dental program offers students the chance to develop their skills, while helping to improve the oral health of disadvantaged people across South Australia. Through their advocacy and clinical practice, University of Adelaide oral health graduates strive to empower individuals and communities to maintain optimal oral health throughout their lives. Graduates have highly sought-after skills and have a wide variety of career options available to them in both public and private sectors.

Course Fee:

International: $160,500

Entry Requirements:

ATAR: 70; IB: 25 Prerequisites: SACE: One 20-credit SACE Stage 2 Tertiary Admission Subject from the Mathematics or Science Learning Areas; OR IB equivalent subjects; OR Equivalent University courses (i.e. 1st year Human Biology as part of the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences program). For more information, visit:


The curriculum of the Bachelor of Oral Health has an overall educational approach centred on case-based learning, small group learning and self-directed learning. The emphasis on learning relevant scientific information throughout the degree occurs concurrently with the development of clinical skills. Case-based scenarios aim to provide a realistic context for student learning and have been designed to integrate with material presented in the four focus areas in a coordinated approach. Students are introduced to dental scenarios from day one and have hands-on experience of many aspects of clinical dentistry during the first semester of first year. This learning approach develops problem solving strategies, a disciplinary knowledge base and professional skills. Students play an active role as a problem solver confronted with an issue/patient scenario, which mirrors a real-world situation. In many examples, the students study real-life cases.

Subjects you can Study:

Dental and health science; Human biology; Clinical practice; Professional studies

Further information:

Students undertaking clinical placements are required to obtain clearances. For more details, visit:


The Bachelor of Oral Health is accredited by the Dental Board of Australia. To be eligible to work in Australia, Bachelor of Oral Health graduates are required to register with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) on the completion of the degree. To gain professional registration through AHPRA and register as an oral health therapist with the Dental Board of Australia, all applicants must comply with the English language skills requirements as determined by AHPRA. For further details, visit Graduates are also eligible for membership of the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association and the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia. International applicants should note that successful completion of this degree may not qualify them to practice/register in their home country. Students will have to contact the relevant health registration bodies of their home country for further information.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00123M

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Terrace 70 No Part time 6 years
North Terrace 70 No Full time 3 years

A dynamic campus life in Adelaide’s CBD  

Our main campus is located on North Terrace, one of the premier streets in Adelaide’s CBD. Surrounded by the State’s Art Gallery, Museum and Library, the campus is also walking distance from shops, cafes, businesses, parklands and Adelaide Oval. 
The North Terrace campus itself is stunning. A mixture of historical sandstone buildings and new purpose-built facilities. It’s a hive of activity and has a rich campus life, with most of the 27,000 students attending classes there each day. 
The University also has a campus at Roseworthy, 55kms north of Adelaide. Roseworthy is home to South Australia’s only veterinary school and houses internationally renowned equine, companion and production animal health centres. 
Our Waite campus is 8kms walk south of Adelaide and is the biggest plant and agricultural science research site in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Degrees for jobs of the future    

University of Adelaide degrees are relevant to the ever-changing needs of employers, industries and the community. We offer more than 180 undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in areas such as:
  • music, teaching, languages, history, media, international studies and development, and social sciences
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  • law, business, economics, finance, architecture, innovation and entrepreneurship, and marketing
  • biology, agriculture, food science, veterinary, physics, chemistry, and nutrition. 

Learn alongside bright minds  

A University of Adelaide degree doesn’t just get you your first job, a degree at Adelaide sets you up for a lifetime of learning and a successful career. 
Our students become more than just masters of their discipline, they learn how to think differently, solve problems, innovate and adapt to their environment. 
All our degrees include a strong research component, allowing students to contribute to discoveries from their first day at university.
We also provide our students with the opportunity to learn from internationally-acclaimed researchers, in small groups. We work closely with employers to ensure our students graduate with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. 

Build a career from our reputation 

Established in 1874, the University of Adelaide is the third-oldest university in Australia. 
We are a member of the leading universities in Australia, the Group of Eight (Go8) coalition, and have strong partnerships with government, a wide range of industries, and universities right across the globe.    
Many notable people studied at the University of Adelaide, including astronaut Andy Thomas, former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and Nobel laureates William and Lawrence Bragg. World leaders, CEOs, Rhodes Scholars and Olympians are also amongst our alumni. 
CRICOS No. 00123M

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