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Friday, February 24th, 2017

Get your dentistry admissions questions answered on March 2!

Interested in applying to dentistry? Which Australian dental schools accept students directly from high school? Which schools require the DAT? Are your grades competitive?

Get your dentistry admissions questions answered on March 2!

Meet OzTREKK Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith

Get all your dentistry admissions questions answered on March 2 at the Australian Dental School Info Session!

The University of Ottawa Pre-Dental Club is partnering with OzTREKK Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith to discuss everything you need to know about applying to a dentistry program in Australia!

Australian Dental School Info Session

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Room 285, 129 Louis Pasteur, University of Ottawa
RSVP: Please register if you would like to attend this event!

For more information about the event, please visit the University of Ottawa Pre-dental Club’s Facebook page, or email uopredentalclub@gmail.com.

About Australian dental schools

In Australia, there are two distinct pathways to studying dentistry, both of which lead you to become a dentist.

Graduate Entry: Some Australian dental schools offer a graduate-entry dental program. This pathway is exactly the same as in Canada, where you first have to complete an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science, and then you apply to a four-year dental program.

Undergraduate Entry: Some Australian dental schools allow you to enter into a dental program directly from high school or with a partially completed undergraduate degree. These undergraduate degrees are typically five years.

Five of OzTREKK’s universities offer dental programs:

Griffith University Dental School
James Cook University Dental School
University of Melbourne Dental School
University of Queensland Dental School
University of Sydney Dental School

Get all the details on March 2 at the Australian Dental School Info Session!

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

It’s “DAT” time of year, pre-dentistry students!

Upcoming Dental Aptitude Test dates

Applying to the 2018 intake at an Australian dental school?

Many pre-dentistry students will be writing the Canadian DAT this February 2017. The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) is conducted by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) to help students assess their aptitude for a career in dentistry and to assist dental schools in selecting first-year students.

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Don’t forget to register to write the DAT!

As there are a limited number of DAT test centres and seats available, applicants are advised to register as early as possible for their preferred test location and date for the DAT and well in advance of the registration deadline.

  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 (Deadline to register is January 15, 2017)
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 (Deadline to register is September 2017)

Canadian Dental Aptitude Test Format

There are four examinations included in the English DAT and three examinations included in the French DAT. The tests are administered over a half day and include the following:

1. Manual Dexterity Test – 30 minutes

Not all Canadian or Australian dental schools use the Manual Dexterity Test (MDT) as part of their admission requirements. This test consists of carving a specified model out of a cylindrical bar of soap specially made for the DAT.

Neither the University of Melbourne nor the University of Sydney require this section to be completed to be considered for entry.

2. Survey of Natural Sciences – 60 minutes

3. Perceptual Ability – 60 minutes

4. Reading Comprehension (English DAT only) – 50 minutes

Students from Canada who have already completed an undergraduate degree may apply for entry into Australian dentistry programs at either the graduate-entry or undergraduate-entry levels.

Five of OzTREKK’s universities offer dental programs:

*Does not require DAT for admission.

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Discover more about studying dentistry in Australia! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Griffith dentistry researcher leads nano-engineered dental implants study








Our outstanding Australian dental schools are at it again.

The complications and high costs associated with dental implants could be a thing of the past as Griffith dentistry research aims to reduce the associated risks of infection using cutting-edge nanotechnology.

The study is being led by post-doctoral researcher Dr Karan Gulati from the Griffith School of Dentistry and Oral Health/Menzies Health Institute Queensland, who is presenting his research at this week’s Gold Coast Health and Medical Research Conference at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise (Dec. 1–2).

Griffith dentistry researcher leads nano-engineered dental implants study

Griffith dentistry researcher Karan Gulati (Photo credit: Griffith University)

Hundreds of thousands of Australians need dental implants each year but the risks of infection and poor stability can be high, particularly if the patient has a condition such as osteoporosis or diabetes, which may compromise the dental healing process.

However early stage nanotechnology techniques in animal studies are now showing promise in allowing faster integration of an implant in order to prevent bacteria from setting in.

Nanotechnology is science, engineering and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.

“The technology I am using enables me to nano-engineer the surface of commercially established implants with nanotubes, which can later be loaded with drugs such as antibiotics or proteins for maximised therapeutic effect.”

“When these are inserted into the patient’s jaw, they improve soft- (gingiva) and hard-tissue (bone) integration and therefore dramatically decrease the likelihood of oral microbes being able to enter the tissue,” says Dr Gulati.

“Based on the initial results, we expect to achieve early implant stability and long-term success of such therapeutic dental implants.

“In addition, the overall costs to the patient are expected to be reduced, considering that there will be no expenses associated with follow up drug treatment, cleaning of possible bacterial attachment or correction of implant failure”

The groundbreaking work is still in the very early stages; however, clinical trials are planned to commence in 2017.

Dr Gulati says this implant technology can easily be extended to orthopaedic implants.

About Griffith Dentistry

The new $150-million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre, established in 2013, features state-of-the-art special-purpose dental facilities to assist Griffith dentistry students’ professional learning. Modern laboratories, including a commercial dental laboratory, will help them develop key skills in a fully supervised environment.

Program: Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science/Graduate Diploma of Dentistry
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply to Griffith University’s Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science, applicants must have

  • academic achievement in year 12 or equivalent with one of biological science, chemistry, physics, or maths B;
  • demonstration of English proficiency.

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Find out more about the Griffith dentistry program! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at at adam@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Upcoming Dental Aptitude Test dates

Many pre-dentistry students will be writing the Canadian DAT this November and February 2017. The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) Program is conducted by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) to help students assess their aptitude for a career in dentistry and to assist dental schools in selecting first-year students.

Upcoming Dental Aptitude Test dates

Study dentistry in Australia!

As there are a limited number of DAT test centres and seats available, applicants are advised to register as early as possible for their preferred test location and date for the DAT and well in advance of the registration deadline.

Upcoming DAT dates

  • Saturday, November 5, 2016 (Deadline to register is September 15)
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 (Deadline to register is January 15, 2017)
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 (Deadline to register is September 2017)

Canadian Dental Aptitude Test Format

There are four examinations included in the English DAT and three examinations included in the French DAT. The tests are administered over a half day and include the following:

1. Manual Dexterity Test – 30 minutes

Not all Canadian or Australian dental schools use the Manual Dexterity Test (MDT) as part of their admission requirements. This test consists of carving a specified model out of a cylindrical bar of soap specially made for the DAT.

Neither the University of Melbourne nor the University of Sydney require this section to be completed to be considered for entry.

2. Survey of Natural Sciences – 60 minutes

3. Perceptual Ability – 60 minutes

4. Reading Comprehension (English DAT only) – 50 minutes

Students from Canada who have already completed an undergraduate degree may apply for entry into Australian dentistry programs at either the graduate-entry or undergraduate-entry levels.

Five of OzTREKK’s universities offer dental programs:

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, August 8th, 2016

What is dentistry program accreditation?

Accreditation signifies that a dentistry program provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary to safely practice their profession. For a program to be accredited an education provider and the dental practitioner program it offers must meet the Australian Dental Council and Dental Council (New Zealand) Accreditation Standards.

What is dentistry program accreditation?

Study at a dental school in Australia!

The purpose of accreditation is to

  • protect the public by ensuring that only health practitioners who are suitably trained and qualified are eligible to register with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) and
  • facilitate the provision of high-quality education and training of health practitioners.

What are the Program Accreditation Standards?

The program accreditation standards specify the criteria against which education and training programs are assessed for accreditation. The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (National Law) requires these standards to be approved by the Dental Board of Australia for the dental profession.

Why are Program Accreditation Standards reviewed?

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) visits education providers as part of the process to determine whether a program meets the Accreditation Standards.

There is a need for the current standards to incorporate contemporary educational practice (e.g., distant education) and encompass new regulatory changes in the education sector (e.g., Australian Qualifications Framework) and governmental directions (e.g., National Prescribing Service competencies).

There is also a requirement under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s Quality Framework for the Accreditation Function for regular review of program accreditation standards. Review of an Australian dentistry program does not mean there is something wrong with the program; it is simply a process to review regulatory changes and past educational implementations.

James Cook University Dental School

Accreditation:  Renewed January 1, 2016 – next review December 31, 2022
Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016

Griffith University Dental School

Accreditation:  Renewed January 1, 2016 – next review December 31, 2022
Program: Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science/Graduate Diploma of Dentistry
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: The 2017 intake has filled. Applications for 2018 are being accepted.

UQ Dental School

Accreditation:  Newly accredited January 1, 2015 – up for review December 31, 2016
Program: Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: October 30, 2016

University of Melbourne Dental School

Accreditation:  Newly accredited January 1, 2011 – up for review December 31, 2016
Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications closed July 29, 2016

University of Sydney Dental School

Accreditation:  Newly accredited 1 January 2012 – up for review December 31, 2017
Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake:February 2017
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications closed June 21, 2016

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Find out more about accreditation and about dentistry programs in Australia. Email OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com for more information!

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Study dentistry in Australia, practice in Canada

If you’ve been considering studying dentistry, you know that there are 10 Canadian dental schools. But what if you’d like to study internationally? If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian Dental School, is it valid in Canada?

Australian Dental Schools in Australia

Study dentistry in Australia

Since 2010, there has been a reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates.

To become a licensed dentist in Canada, graduates of accredited dental programs must successfully complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada‘s (NDEB) Certification Process. The Certification Process comprises two examinations. These examinations are based on the competencies required to be a beginning dental practitioner in Canada.

The written examination consists of two 2.5-hour examination papers. Each examination paper contains 150 multiple-choice type items. The examination tests foundation science knowledge and applied clinical science knowledge and judgment.

For the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), clinical judgment and problem-solving skills are tested in a case-based examination. Patient data is presented in timed stations with extended match-type questions. Candidates may also be required to review patient information and write an acceptable prescription for a medication commonly prescribed by general dentists in Canada.

Your Pathway to Certification

  1. Application
    Create an online application through the NDEB portal.
  2. Registration for the Examinations
    Register for available examinations through your online profile.
  3. Proof of Graduation
    Provide an original official transcript of marks indicating date of convocation.
  4. Certification
    When you have passed both examinations and proof of graduation is received, you will be certified and a certificate will be issued.
  5. Provincial Licensure
    Requests for licensure are made through the provincial dental regulatory authorities.

For detailed information, be sure to visit NDEB website: http://www.ndeb.ca/

Ready to take that next step? Apply to an Australian Dental School!

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Research at Griffith School of Dentistry

Students of Griffith Dentistry have access to world-class facilities within the new $150 million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre on the Gold Coast Campus. These include a 96-chair dental clinic, commercial dental and clinical skills laboratories, high-level IT facilities, and research facilities. Along with teaching the dentists of the future, the Griffith School of Dentistry seeks to

  • enhance the quality, relevance and satisfaction of the educational experience for all our staff and students;
  • contribute to the development of a research culture across the university, and the professions in the wider practicing community;
  • become a recognised first port of call for industrial partners seeking research collaborations to advance health care and oral sciences.
Griffith School of Dentistry

Learn more about Griffith School of Dentistry

Five active Research Groups have been developed within the school:

The Dental Education Research Action Group

As the first new dental school in Australasia for 57 years the school regards it as a moral responsibility to be active in education research. The school has a unique opportunity to be avant garde in interprofessionalism (the major conceptual innovation of the School), in curriculum structure (a major opportunity provided by Griffith’s modular course structure across all disciplines), in pedagogy and evaluation. This research group has set as a first priority the creation of a comprehensive database of demography, psychosocial profile, knowledge attitudes and behaviour toward a range of health and social issues for all its student cohorts. This is an essential baseline against which to measure trends over time and the impact of their educational experiences.

The Centre of Excellence in Oral, Head, Neck and Thyroid Diseases

This is a major collaboration between the Griffith School of Dentistry and Oral Health, School of Medicine and Queensland Health Pathology Services. This aims to create the most modern and expert service, teaching and research centre in Australasia and the Pacific which has a high disease burden, especially of upper aero-digestive tract cancers.

The founding members of the Group have international reputations in the epidemiology, prevention, and pathology of these diseases. They are well connected to, and respected by, major relevant international scientific organisations, including the World Health Organisation. The members are regular contributors to the Head and Neck Oncology Multidisciplinary Team meetings at Princess Alexandra Hospital in collaboration with Professor William Coman and are developing laboratory collaborations with other QHPS laboratories, with UQ, QIMR, Mater Hospital and elsewhere at present. Activity ranges from the specialist consultancy service in oral medicine within the School of Dentistry and Oral Health, innovative diagnostic services, including telepathology to remote and off-shore locations, field epidemiology and prevention and laboratory research on diagnostic and prognostic markers, including modern molecular science.

The Osseointegrated Implant Research Group

The replacement of missing hard tissues in the human by or through metallic fixtures which are not only biocompatible but also integrate with bone, is a major surgical advance: whilst applicable to many parts of the body the science is led, globally, by dental implantology and often dental scientists. There is enormous commercial and professional activity which is tending to run ahead of the science. This highly expert group with skills ranging from cell and tissue biology, computing and engineering science, microbiology and surgical expertise and clinical trials and are already addressing questions of implant design in a collaboration between the School of Dentistry and Oral Health and the School of Engineering.

Public Health Research: The National Institute for Rural, Remote and Indigenous Oral Health

This research group has existing projects with local communities, with modest grant funding already, and the collaboration of Queensland Health, dealing with oral health promotion, and a joint PhD student between the School of Dentistry and Oral Health and Public Health at Griffith University on indigenous oral health needs and the barriers to care. A major proposal is being considered by industry for the creation of the NIRROH Australia wide. Discussions are in progress with the World Health Organisation, through the Western Pacific Regional Office, for World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre Status.

The Oral Microbiology and Immunology Group

Most oral and dental diseases have a strong component of microbial pathogenesis, with the host response essential to outcome. Furthermore the mouth is part of the body, the oral mucosa part of the whole mucosal immune system. Work has begun on extending understanding of the host response in periodontal infections, through identification of relevant microbial antigens in cases and controls; and on evaluating vaccines with potential to prevent oral fungal infections. This research group is establishing a clinical service to provide oral health care for the HIV positive community on the Gold Coast.

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Find out more about the Griffith School of Dentistry Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Griffith uses 3D tissue engineering to revolutionise dental disease

The discomfort and stigma of loose or missing teeth could be a thing of the past as Griffith University researchers pioneer the use of 3D bioprinting to replace missing teeth and bone.

The three-year study, which has been granted a National Health and Medical Research Council Grant of $650,000, is being undertaken by periodontist Professor Saso Ivanovski from Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland.

Griffith Dental School

Professor Saso Ivanovski (Photo credit: Griffith University)

As part of an Australian first, Professor Ivanovski and his team are using the latest 3D bioprinting to produce new, totally ‘bespoke,’ tissue engineered bone and gum that can be implanted into a patient’s jawbone.

“The groundbreaking approach begins with a scan of the affected jaw, prior to the design of a replacement part using computer-assisted design,” he says.

“A specialised bioprinter, which is set at the correct physiological temperature (in order to avoid destroying cells and proteins) is then able to successfully fabricate the gum structures that have been lost to disease—bone, ligament and tooth cementum—in one single process. The cells, the extracellular matrix and other components that make up the bone and gum tissue are all included in the construct and can be manufactured to exactly fit the missing bone and gum for a particular individual.

“In the case of people with missing teeth who have lost a lot of jawbone due to disease or trauma, they would usually have these replaced with dental implants,” he says.

“However, in many cases there is not enough bone for dental implant placement, and bone grafts are usually taken from another part of the body, usually their jaw, but occasionally it has to be obtained from their hip or skull.

“These procedures are often associated with significant pain, nerve damage and postoperative swelling, as well as extended time off work for the patient,” says Professor Ivanovski. “In addition, this bone is limited in quantity.

A less invasive method

“By using this sophisticated tissue engineering approach, we can instigate a much less invasive method of bone replacement. A big benefit for the patient is that the risks of complications using this method will be significantly lower because bone doesn’t need to be removed from elsewhere in the body. We also won’t have the problem of limited supply that we have when using the patient’s own bone.”

Currently in pre-clinical trials, Professor Ivanovski says the aim is to trial the new technology in humans within the next one to two years.

Regarding the anticipated cost of treatment, he said that this should be a less costly way of augmenting deficient jaw bone, with the saving expected to be passed onto the patient.

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Studying dentistry at Griffith Dental School

Completing a Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science and Griffith Dental School’s two-year Graduate Diploma of Dentistry program provides the education and skills you need to apply for registration as a dentist.

The Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science offers a new, innovative curriculum where students will receive real clinical exposure from the first year of study, and will work alongside oral health professionals who are world experts in their field.

Program: Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science/Graduate Diploma of Dentistry
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: September 29, 2016 (TBC)

Entry Requirements for the Griffith University Dentistry Program

To be eligible to apply to Griffith Dental School’s Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science, applicants must have

  • academic achievement in year 12 or equivalent with one of biological science, chemistry, physics, or maths B;
  • demonstration of English proficiency.

Apply now to Griffith Dental School!

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Find out more about Griffith Dental School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at at adam@oztrekk.com or  to assist you with your application, or to answer any questions you may have regarding dentistry school in Australia.

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Gain extensive practical experience at Griffith Dentistry

Completing a Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science and Griffith Dental School’s two-year Graduate Diploma of Dentistry program provides the education and skills you need to apply for registration as a dentist. The Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science offers a new, innovative curriculum where students will receive real clinical exposure from the first year of study, and will work alongside oral health professionals who are world experts in their field.

Griffith dentistry

Learn more about Griffith Dental School

The Clinical Skills Centre is a purpose-built learning environment where students can practice medical clinical skills in a safe and controlled setting. Griffith dentistry students will use this centre for learning basic medical clinical skills to understand the human body and examination of different systems through structured workshops.

From your first year of study, you’ll be ready to apply learned skills and develop valuable contacts by taking community placements in a range of locations including

  • state schools
  • hospitals
  • aged care facilities
  • rural and remote areas
  • Indigenous communities
  • International destinations

Griffith Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science/Graduate Diploma of Dentistry

Program: Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science & Graduate Diploma of Dentistry
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was September 30, 2015.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply to Griffith Dentistry’s Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science, applicants must have

  • academic achievement in year 12 or equivalent with one of biological science, chemistry, physics, or maths B;
  • demonstration of English proficiency.

Apply now to Griffith Dental School!

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Find out more about Griffith Dental School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Canadian students talk about their Griffith Dental School experience

Welcome to the Gold Coast!

Set among native bush land and located just minutes from the pristine beaches of the famous Gold Coast, this comprehensive Griffith University campus plays host to more than 16,500 students from all over Australia and the world. Widely acknowledged for its strengths in Health, Griffith’s Gold Coast Campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including the Griffith Health Centre, co-located with the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Griffith Dental School students can relax at a campus café, and enjoy extensive sporting facilities, including an Olympic-standard athletics track, a gym and basketball and tennis courts. There are many handy services right on campus, such as banking, post, medical, welfare and student guild services.

The university’s new $150-million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre on the Gold Coast campus provides world-class facilities including a 96-chair dental clinic, commercial dental and clinical skills laboratories, high-level IT facilities, and research facilities.

Griffith dentistry students develop the knowledge underpinning dental practice and gain extensive practical experience as they work under and alongside qualified oral health professionals in the university’s modern dental clinic and commercial laboratory, and out on community placements.

Studying dentistry at Griffith Dental School

Completing a Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science and Griffith Dental School’s two-year Graduate Diploma of Dentistry program provides the education and skills you need to apply for registration as a dentist.

The Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science offers a new, innovative curriculum where students will receive real clinical exposure from the first year of study, and will work alongside oral health professionals who are world experts in their field.

Program: Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science & Graduate Diploma of Dentistry
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was September 30, 2015

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply to Griffith Dental School’s Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science, applicants must have

  • academic achievement in year 12 or equivalent with one of biological science, chemistry, physics, or maths B;
  • demonstration of English proficiency.

Apply now to Griffith Dental School!

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Find out more about Griffith Dental School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.