University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry

Course code/s: HZHSDD

Course details
Location Bendigo
Course code HZHSDD
Mid year intake available No
Course coordinator Dr David Goode
Available to international students No
Course duration 5 years full-time
Credit points 600 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available No
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
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Course description

The Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry commenced in 2008 at the Bendigo Campus.

The first three years of the course are the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry, an undergraduate level qualification that is required to gain access to the postgraduate component. Students must complete both the Bachelor and Masters awards to be eligible to practice.

The Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry is a unique course that responds to rural health needs and the current shortage of oral health professionals in regional Australia. The course has a strong focus on public oral health and the provision of care to communities in need. The Department of Dentistry and Oral Health has developed clinical teaching sites at Wodonga, Mildura, Melton, Bendigo, Ararat and Ballarat.

During the Master of Dentistry component of the course, students will be on clinical placement for two years, rotated throughout the regional clinical sites. This is an integral part of the program and one that all students are required to participate in to complete the course successfully. All students are required to attend four different placement sites, as directed by the Department, during this two-year period. Students are not able to select their placement sites.

There are a number of costs inherent in the course and students will be required to purchase items of equipment. These items and associate costs may be, and are not limited to:

  • protective clothing and uniform – $150
  • books – $400 per semester
  • instruments and equipment – $7000
  • accommodation costs associated with clinical placement in years four and five of the course.

Please note that all costs are approximate.

It is expected, by the fourth year of the course, that students will have arranged their own mobile personal computing resources.

All students will need to comply with credentialing requirements of the Department of Dentistry and Oral Health and the clinical placement sites. This will include a police record check, Working With Children check, vaccination requirements, Level 1 First Aid/CPR certification and registration with the Dental Board of Australia.

Students need to be familiar with the requirements of the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) and are strongly advised to read the DBA's 'Dental Guidelines on Infection Control' and the documents referred to. Please see the DBA's Policies, Codes and Guidelines here for more information.

These documents require applicants and students to be aware of their blood borne virus (BBV) status. Students with a BBV will not be able to undertake the course, in line with the requirements of the Dental Board of Australia. New students will be required to undertake blood tests to determine their BBV status. Students must comply with all credentialing requirements prior to the census date in semester one of their first year of the course. Failure to satisfy all these requirements (including having a BBV) may result in immediate discontinuation from the course.

You may need to live away from home while on placement. If you do, you are responsible for finding suitable accommodation; you are also responsible for the costs. You may want to start by approaching La Trobe University's Division of Residential Services, as they manage a number of properties in Melton, Mildura, Ballarat and Wodonga, along with on campus accommodation in Bendigo. Places are limited. If you are interested, you should apply as soon as you know your placement locations. To find out more, please visit the Accommodation website and search for 'placement accommodation'.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

The course intended learning outcomes for this degree are currently under revision.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 600 credit points over five years of full-time study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM * Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM ** Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education (online)  
TE-ALLYR ORH1POH Preclinical Oral Health Practice 30
TE-ALLYR ORH1IOS Introduction to Oral Health Sciences 30
TE-SEM-1 DEN1DSA Dental Science A 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE2PHP Principles of Public Health Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3BRH Rural Health 15
TE-SEM-2 DEN1DSB Dental Science B 15

Key: * LTU0AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
** ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.

 

Second year

Second year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-ALLYR DEN2IDP Introduction to Dental Practice 60
TE-ALLYR DEN2CGD Craniofacial Growth and Development 15
TE-ALLYR DEN2DPH Dentistry Public Health & Preventive Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 DEN2MDA General Medicine A 15
TE-SEM-2 DEN2MED Medicine for Dentistry 15

Third year

Third year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W05-50 DEN3TPC Treatment Planning and Communication 15
TE-W05-50 DEN3ICP Introduction to Clinical Practice 75
TE-ALLYR DEN3OPM Oral Pathology and Medicine 15
TE-SEM-2 DEN3RID Research in Dentistry 15

Fourth year

Fourth year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W05-50 DEN4CDP Clinical Dental Practice 75
TE-W05-50 DEN4DTH Dental Theory 30
TE-W05-50 DEN4FPR Fixed Prosthodontics 15

Fifth year

Fifth year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W03-48 DEN5CDP Clinical Dental Practice 90
TE-W03-48 DEN5DPT Dental Practice Theory 30
 
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