Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry
*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.
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.
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.
La Trobe considers Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) criteria; and a regional bonus may apply.
Most Australian dentists work as general practitioners in both public and private practice, but other careers are available in research, academia and as specialists.
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.
Fees and costs
Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.
Find out more about undergraduate course fees.
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
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