Why study Dentistry?
Dentists practice prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries and malformations of the teeth, jaws and associated structures. Our course focuses on the delivery of oral health care services in rural and regional areas and you will take part in a placement program in rural Victoria. The program is based at the Bendigo campus with major teaching clinics in Bendigo, Mildura, Melton and Wodonga. You will study basic sciences and public health and start pre-clinical dentistry in your first semester in our state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratory.
La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.
NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.
Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry
- Duration :
- 5 years full-time (not available part-time).
- Semester starts :
- Semester 1 (March)
- Bendigo 97.4
- About this course
- This five-year, full-time dentistry course covers the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the mouth including teeth and supporting structures. The course introduces clinical experience from the start, and offers a focus on rural health needs.
You'll study human biosciences, public health, dental science and research, and all aspects of oral health practice. You'll also explore the differences between rural and urban health and how these relate to health policy and rural health services.
In fourth year, you'll study prosthodontics - prosthetics for the jaw and teeth including crowns, bridges, implants and dentures. In fifth year, you'll learn more about specialist disciplines including comprehensive patient care, and aspects of law, ethics and dental practice management.
From first year, you'll work in our clinical simulation lab. You'll also gain direct experience in public clinics from your third year with a placement in Bendigo. During fourth and fifth years, you'll undertake clinical placements in Melton, Wodonga, Mildura and Bendigo. Here you'll treat patients under the supervision of experienced clinicians and participate in community-based oral health promotion programs.
Before starting this degree, you'll need to comply with requirements set by the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) and La Trobe's Department of Dentistry and Oral Health, which include Level 1 First Aid/CPR certification, a police check, vaccination and a Working With Children Check.
We offer grants for disadvantaged students to offset the costs of equipment and clothing, along with optional accommodation packages for students on rural clinical placement.
- Career opportunities
- Most Australian dentists work as general practitioners in both public and private practice, but other careers are available in research, academia and as specialists.
- Professional recognition
- The Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry is accredited by the Australian Dental Council.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry may be eligible to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
- VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in any English; and a study score of at least 25 in Biology; and a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
- Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
- Applicants are welcome to provide supporting documentation. Non-Year 12 applicants must have completed the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test.
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.
Selection may also be based on GPA.
Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
- Subject bonus
- La Trobe considers Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) criteria; and a regional bonus may apply.
- All prices below are approximate. Students can purchase required items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property.
Students are encouraged to complete a First Aid Level II course, which is not conducted by La Trobe University, variable cost approximately A$160 (is recommended students complete a Level II/Senior First Aid Certificate but it is not a course requirement), and a Police Check A$15.50, and immunisations, as these are prerequisites for some professional placements. Other approximate costs include: A$5,000 for first-year instruments, A$1,952.50 for first year books, A$52 for clinical shirt (purchased from official La Trobe supplier), A$70 for gown, A$10 for name badge and A$6,000 per year in years 4 and 5 for accommodation whilst on clinical placement rotations. Please visit Additional Costs to view a full price list.
- Additional information
- Please note students will be required to relocate to various clinical facilities around Victoria as part of their clinical placement.
Deferrals are not available for commencing dentistry students. Please note that students are responsible for accommodation costs whilst on clinical placement.
This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website.
You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.
- How to apply
- Applications for Semester 1, 2017 are now closed.
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Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.
There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.
Your study experience
Placements are an important part of our program and take place in our major teaching clinics in Bendigo, Wodonga, Mildura and Melton. You will attend all of our placement sites on a rotating basis. There are also smaller satellite clinics for students in the final year of the program.
Instrument and Equipment List
The Department of Dentistry & Oral Health requires students to purchase instruments, equipment, textbooks and uniform items for use throughout their courses. Below is an example of the prices students may incur in their 1st year of study.
Overseas study opportunities
You may be eligible for our student exchange program.
Find out about the experiences of one of our students.
The hands-on nature of the course is great. The teaching staff have been amazing.