Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry
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.
PrerequisitesVCE 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.
Special considerationLa Trobe considers Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) criteria; and a regional bonus may apply.
Advanced standing - credit for prior study
Advanced Standing is the recognition of previous study or learning that can be counted towards a qualification. This can reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course. The amount of credit received depends on the level and relevance of your previous tertiary study and the number of subjects completed.
Visit our Advanced standing information to see if advanced standing is available for this course.
If you wish to delay your studies until a later time, it may be possible for you to defer. Find out if you can defer.
Most Australian dentists work as general practitioners in both public and private practice, but other careers are available in research, academia and as specialists.
Fees and scholarships
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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.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
Advanced Standing (credit)If you have undertaken previous tertiary study, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This is called Advanced Standing. It is important to note that Advanced Standing for this course is limited given this course is designated for entry into first year only Find out more
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