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Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

New JCU Dentistry students enjoy OzTREKK Orientation

We know what it’s like to be overwhelmed with predeparture preparations, and we know what it’s like to be stressed after arriving in Australia.

New JCU Dentistry students enjoy OzTREKK Orientation

OzTREKK Orientation with JCU Dentistry students

Where am I? How will I know where to go? What am I doing here?!

No worries! We’ve got your back!

In order to help you get settled, we do our best to organise an “OzTREKK Orientation” at your Australian university, as they provide a great opportunity for you to meet fellow Canadians so you can establish a network of friends right away. It’s also a great way to meet upper-year Canadians who can show you the ropes so you know what to expect. When possible, we try to include as many upper-year students to attend the orientation and to share their stories.

This year, new James Cook University dental school students enjoyed the traditional OzTREKK Orientation lunch at Burger Urge, where they were able to meet and chat with their JCU Dentistry classmates. The weather was beautiful and typical for Cairns: downpour, sun, downpour, sun…. Even still, the new students had a great time!

OzTREKK sends out a huge thank you! to former OzTREKKer and now fourth-year JCU Dentistry student Hilary Bell for assisting us with the orientation and for helping new OzTREKK students feel at home in beautiful, balmy Cairns.

We really appreciate your help, Hilary!

Are you interested in studying at JCU Dentistry School?

If improving the health of people who live in tropical, rural, and remote places appeals to you, then you might be interested in studying dentistry at JCU. The five-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery  degree provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. While it is a broad-based program including all aspects of dental practice, it also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

New JCU Dentistry students enjoy OzTREKK Orientation

Enjoying hamburgers at Burger Urge!

JCU Dentistry accepts applications from high school graduates or from those who have completed university studies.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

Apply now to JCU Dental School!

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Learn more about JCU Dentistry! For more Bachelor of Dental Surgery program information, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Melanie Ireton at melanie@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

JCU Dentistry students enjoy placements in Solomon Islands

Sometimes you don’t know your own abilities until you’ve been tested. Going to a new place and being with different people can lead to a fresh perspective and the chance to develop greater skills. Why stay in your comfort zone when the world can become your classroom?

JCU Dentistry students enjoy placements in Solomon Islands

Mathew Robertson and Thomas Meath deliver dental care to local school children in the Solomon Islands (Photo: JCU)

When you think of studying dentistry, you probably don’t think of the Solomon Islands. This unusual mix came together when JCU Dentistry students travelled to the faraway country to do a placement. The journey was not only about learning skills, but also about providing dentistry services to communities and creating lasting memories.

Final-year dental surgery students travelled to the remote islands with South Australia-based dentist and JCU dental surgery graduate Dr Michael Robinson. Working alongside local oral health teams, the students built relationships, learned how to adapt to different environments and developed cross-cultural understanding.

“The people were so friendly,” student Mathew Robertson says. “We visited a small village and the kids were climbing coconut trees, and they served us their local food. We played soccer with the kids, and they loved it.”

Senior Research Fellow and public health researcher Dr David MacLaren facilitated the trip to the Solomon Islands, which was the first for JCU dentistry. David has an interest in community health issues in remote areas of the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. He says the responses from JCU’s partners in the Solomon Islands were overwhelmingly positive. Following this success, JCU is planning another trip in 2018.

“The World Health Organisation classifies the Solomon Islands as one of 57 countries deemed to have a critical shortage of health workers,” David says. “There is a workforce deficit across every level of care in the Solomon Islands, with one dentist per 100,000 people. JCU is pleased to be working with partners in the Solomon Islands to help deliver important dental services.”

Having done dental outreach trips to the Cape and the Torres Strait, student Thomas Meath was already aware of the diversity of practice that comes with working in remote locations. Visiting the Solomon Islands has increased Thomas’s confidence and broadened his knowledge.

“We performed a lot of extractions, so we learnt a lot more about exodontia (the branch of dentistry that deals with the extraction of teeth),” he says. “We had to be resourceful, as they had limited equipment. We were generally a lot busier than we are in Australia due to the fact that the local dental team can only travel to the area every three months. We saw a lot more patients than we would generally see in an Australian setting. We learned a lot from the dentists and staff there.”

This was student Marcus McShane’s first international travel experience. He has caught the travel bug and hopes he can undertake further international dentistry outreach work.

“The experience opened up my eyes to the world of possibilities that exist for dentists,” Marcus says. “Dentistry is a rewarding field, and there are opportunities for dentists to work in such a great variety of settings, so I’m really excited about graduating and getting out there and working.”

Gaining an understanding of the world and being immersed in another culture is an experience that Mathew will never forget. For other Bachelor of Dental Surgery students thinking about doing an international placement, he has some clear advice.

“Grab the opportunity with both hands,” Mathew says. “Getting out there and seeing how other countries do things is excellent for your development as a dentist. I learned so much about dentistry that I don’t think I would have learnt here in Australia and I developed and progressed a lot in my final year because of the experience. If there is the opportunity to go overseas, especially to a developing country, definitely take it.”

Studying dentistry at James Cook University

The dentistry program at JCU is a five-year undergraduate degree that provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. It is a broad-based program which includes all aspects of dental practice but also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

The university sends its health professional students, including JCU Dentistry students, to remote and rural regions on placements, and to do outreach in schools, and encourages its graduates to return back to rural and remote areas to work after graduation.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Next available intake: February 2019
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

What do you need to get in?

1. High School

These qualifications are considered on an individual basis, subject to satisfying prerequisite requirements.

  • A minimum of 92% average from grade 12 subjects.
  • Completion of prerequisites in English, Calculus, and Chemistry at a grade 12 level or higher.

2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree

A high level of academic standard is required for entry.

  • Students need to have met the prerequisite subjects at least at the high school level to meet the prerequisite requirements.
  • A minimum of 80% cumulative average across all university studies is required.

Please note the DAT is not required for entry into the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program.

Apply to JCU Dental School!

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Are you interested in JCU Dentistry? For more information and assistance with your application, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Melanie Ireton at melanie@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

JCU offering Health Sciences Toolkit to help students brush up in biology

James Cook University has announced they are offering a four-day intensive course to students who will be entering in to health science degrees in 2018!

JCU offering Health Sciences Toolkit to help students brush up in biology

Think you might need a biology refresher?

The JCU “Health Sciences Toolkit” is designed to help students prepare for further studies leading into the health science degree programs. It is particularly helpful for those who have a limited or no background in biology, and for those who have not studied biology for a long time.

The course is introductory in nature and it is assumed that those participating may have never studied biology before. Please note it does not meet any of JCU’s prerequisites for admission to university and is not credit bearing for JCU subjects. Rather, it is designed to give students a head start if their university degree requires some knowledge of biology; however, if you have studied some biology and wish to brush up your skills, the course will be a beneficial refresher!

The Health Sciences Toolkit will be especially helpful for students intending to study any of the following degree programs at JCU: Biomedicine, Dentistry, Exercise Physiology (Clinical), Medical Laboratory Science, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, or Sport and Exercise Science.

This program is a four-day intensive course that will be held on both Townsville (Douglas) and Cairns (Smithfield) campuses and involve approximately 28 contact hours spread over both large group lectures, and small group tutorial/workshop sessions. The topics covered will include the following:

  • Laboratory Safety and Introduction to the Human body
  • The hierarchy of cells, tissues and systems
  • The basic elements of life
  • Water Biology
  • The cell membrane
  • The genetics of life
  • The essential compounds of life
  • The essential reactions of life
  • Communication in the body
  • The food we eat and the air we breathe

The course will be held Feb. 6–9, 2018.

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Are you interested in studying at JCU and the Health Sciences Toolkit program? Please email us at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, August 18th, 2017

JCU dentistry student talks about his placement experience

Fifth-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery international student, Ryan Yue-Hin See (also a former OzTREKK student!), moved from his hometown of Toronto, Canada to come to Australia to study in the tropics with James Cook University in Cairns.

See said James Cook University’s unique rural and remote placement program was an unmissable Australian opportunity.

JCU dentistry student talks about his placement experience

Former OzTREKK student Ryan See is almost finished his dentistry degree (Photo: JCU)

“I had a couple of offers available and JCU just seemed much more appealing than the other offers. I just wanted to study in the tropics. The facilities were brand new facilities and there was a big focus on rural and remote and underserviced populations. That really appealed to me and the kind of things that I am interested in. I knew there was a lot of work available, so I thought it would be a good experience,” he said.

He said the rural and remote placements that JCU Dentistry provide help to transition students into real-world practice and give them a chance to apply learned skills on real-life patients.

“A lot of personal development has happened in the last two years. I mean five years is a pretty long time so, a combination of up-to-date training they [JCU] provide at the union level and the exposures we’re given from the rural and remote placements and working with really great supervisors in the clinic,” said See.

See’s said due to the array of clinical specialists that JCU employs to lecture and teach students, he has gained a valuable array of new skills that will advance him in his future career.

“Most of them tend to be retired dentists and they bring a wealth of knowledge. They don’t tend to be Cairns locals because they are fly in, fly out. They come from all over the place really. Everyone has their own sort of thing—just a range of personalities, a range of skills and doing things. How to handle different situations,” he said.

See said he got the life-changing opportunity to complete a four-week international placement at JCU’s sister university in Sri Lanka.

“It was fantastic. It was just life changing really. The university was really generous and sent us and one of our senior lecturers back to his home country (Sri Lanka). So, he showed us around and the professors that we met were his old students, which was kind of cool to see that continuity. We saw lots of different things. Lots of stuff you would expect in southeast Asia and low socio-economic areas.”

On placement, See got the chance to explore Sri Lankan historical landmarks and learn the language.

“The professor—it being his home country—showed us around and we got to go sightseeing and have language classes as well. Lots of cultural exposure.”

See said one of the most memorable experiences he had in Sri Lanka was walking up Sigiriya.

“We hiked up a place called The Lions Rock. The locals call it Sigiriya. It’s this big monument similar to Uluru, and you have to climb up all these steps all the way to the top and at the top there used to be a castle,” he said.

Ryan See said that over the five years he’s lived in Australia it has become his second home and the support he has received through JCU has helped him integrate into the Cairns community.

“I love the lifestyle. I think more than anything else the people kind of make the place. It’s a bit cliché, but they have become my family over the last two years.”

See said each year has its own landmark, and if he was to give advice to a prospective JCU international student, he would tell them to go for it and take a chance.

Apply to JCU Dentistry directly from high school

If you’re interested in improving the health of people who live in tropical, rural, and remote places, then the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program at JCU might be for you. This five-year undergraduate degree provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. While it is a broad-based program including all aspects of dental practice, it also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

JCU Dentistry accepts applications from high school graduates or from those who have completed university studies.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2017

Apply now to JCU Dental School!

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Learn more about JCU Dentistry! For more Bachelor of Dental Surgery program information, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Caitlin Sargeant at caitlin@oztrekk.com.

Friday, March 24th, 2017

JCU Dentistry engaging rural communities in oral health

James Cook University was established as Australia’s university for the tropics, and therefore focuses on programs that are particularly relevant to the tropical world. JCU Dentistry was established in 2008 in response to the challenges presented by the oral health needs of rural and remote northern Australia.

JCU Dentistry students are connected to the community

JCU researchers say children in rural Queensland are three times more likely to be admitted to hospital for dental problems than in other parts of the state. To help improve oral health education, JCU partners with communities in research to try to make services work better for people living and working in rural and remote areas.

The university sends its health professional students, including JCU Dentistry students, to remote and rural regions on placements, and to do outreach in schools, and encourages its graduates to return back to rural and remote areas to work after graduation.

Apply to JCU Dentistry directly from high school

If you’re interested in improving the health of people who live in tropical, rural, and remote places, then the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program at JCU might be for you. This five-year undergraduate degree provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. While it is a broad-based program including all aspects of dental practice, it also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

JCU Dentistry engaging rural communities in oral health

Learn more about JCU dentistry

JCU Dentistry accepts applications from high school graduates or from those who have completed university studies.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2017

Apply now to JCU Dental School!

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Learn more about JCU Dentistry! For more BDS program information, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

OzTREKK student heading to Cape York for JCU Dentistry placement

Former OzTREKK student David Osborne is in his fifth year at JCU Dentistry and he is about to fly to Cape York on a 20-week clinical dentistry placement at Weipa Hospital! Cape York Peninsula is a large remote peninsula located in Far North Queensland and is the largest unspoiled wilderness in northern Australia and one of the last remaining wilderness areas on Earth.

JCU Dental School

Former OzTREKK student and current JCU dentistry student David Osborne

“When I was first given my placement it was quite a shock, but after talking to a few people who had previously been there I discovered that there are a heap of professional development opportunities at Cape York that I won’t get anywhere else. I’m also the only student going, so I’ll receive one-on-one supervision with a dentistry mentor.

“Being so remote, I’ll be seeing and experiencing a lot more than in a major city, and building my professional skills will make me more independent. I’m also really looking forward to being outdoors and fishing whilst I’m there.” David said.

JCU and all of us at OzTREKK wish David the best of luck on his exciting journey!

About the JCU Dental School Dentistry Program

The dentistry program at James Cook University is a five-year undergraduate degree that provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. It is a broad-based program which includes all aspects of dental practice but also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was August 31, 2015

Entry Requirements

  • In your high school studies – minimum 92% in top Grade 12 subjects
  • In your university studies – minimum 80% cumulative average
  • Completed subjects (at a minimum of the high school level) in English, Math and Chemistry. Biology is desirable.

Entry is directly from high school. The majority of students who commence JCU’s dental program have just completed their high school diploma. Students may also transfer into the program during their undergraduate degree or at the completion of their undergraduate degree.

Apply to JCU Dental School!

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Do you have any questions about JCU Dentistry? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

JCU students to get overseas experience

More than 400 James Cook University students will have the opportunity to learn more about the Asia-Pacific region with the university receiving nearly $1.5 million in New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding.

The NCP is a Federal Government initiative designed to lift knowledge of our neighbouring countries by supporting Australian undergraduates’ study in the region.

JCU Medical School

JCU NCP students at an archaeological dig in Laos (Photo credit: JCU)

JCU students will travel to Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and another eight destinations after the latest round of funding was announced—a $1.45 million tranche over the 2016–18 period.

The biggest single grant will see 102 fifth- and sixth-year medicine and dentistry students from JCU complete clinical placements in health facilities across Sri Lanka as part of their training.

JCU Mobility Manager from the Division of Global Strategy and Engagement, Linda Rust, said the scheme provides fantastic opportunities for students.

“They will be immersed in the language and culture, and will develop new international networks while gaining valuable work experience,” she said.

Funding is also included for 90 biology students to study in Malaysia’s Borneo jungle, and for 10 JCU Law School students to work with NGOs dispensing free legal advice in Cambodia.

James Cook University’s Professor Simon Robson from the Centre for Tropical Biodiversity & Climate Change and the Terrestrial Ecosystems group will coordinate the biology students’ overseas study. He said it can be a life-changing event for students, many of whom have never been outside of Australia before.

“We are leveraging the students’ interest in biology to give them a much broader view of what it means to live in the tropics. They go to look at orangutans, for instance, but very quickly find they have to also start considering deforestation, palm oil production and mobile phone use.”

Professor Robson said the university would continue to grow links with people and institutions in the region, as it had for a number of years.

“It fits very nicely with JCU’s goal of improving life for people in the tropics,” he said.

The placements will begin in January 2016.

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Get more information about Australia’s tropical university—James Cook University!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

OzTREKK Orientation at JCU Dental School

OzTREKK JCU Dental School Orientation

JCU Dental School

JCU dentistry students at the OzTREKK Orientation

Things went well in Cairns for the 2015 OzTREKK Orientation activities for new JCU Dental School students. The weather was beautiful and typical for Cairns: downpour, sun, downpour, sun… even still, the students had a great time!

All JCU Dentistry students turned out in full force. The bus stop location at Cairns campus was moved only one and a half weeks prior to the OzTREKK Welcome Breakfast, so finding the new bus stop might have posed a fun challenge upon arriving on campus (okay, so now where does the bus pick people up? Turns out, right in front of the dentistry building! No worries, mate!). Breakfast at Trinity Beach was gorgeous. All of our students participated in the OzTREKK Shuttle service, and the van was clocking up the kilometres, so it was great that everyone in Cairns took advantage of this service!

The OzTREKK Orientations are in place to make sure that you are well prepared, organized and ready to tackle your studies and get the most of your time in Australia and overseas! We are so happy we had a chance to be a part of this experience with you guys! Best wishes for your studies!

About the JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery Program

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application Deadline: TBC. For the 2015 intake, the application deadline was August 29, 2014.

JCU Dental School

OzTREKK Orientation on Trinity Beach!

Entry Requirements for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

1. High School
These qualifications are considered on an individual basis, subject to satisfying prerequisite requirements. A minimum of 92% average, including prerequisite subjects grades: Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics, and Chemistry. Biology is desirable. A high level of academic standard is required for entry.

2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree
A high level of academic standard is required for entry. Students need to have met the prerequisite subjects at least at the high school level to meet the prerequisite requirements. A minimum of 80% cumulative average across all university studies is required.

Apply to James Cook University Dental School

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Do you have any questions about JCU Dental School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith to answer any questions you may have regarding dental schools in Australia. Email Adam at adam@oztrekk.com or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, December 12th, 2014

JCU dentistry students’ “Fancy” Parody

Are you passionate about dentistry, but want a more diverse curriculum?  JCU Dental School offers a 5-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), a broad-based program that includes all aspects of dental practice and focuses on issues of concern to northern Australia, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice. The curriculum integrates the basic sciences with dental clinical sciences and preventive oral health strategies.

OzTREKK students who attend the JCU Dental School are always pleasantly surprised and thoroughly impressed with the impeccable facilities and training areas—not to mention the incredible tropical views!

To celebrate their love of dentistry and the university, JCU dentistry students love to create video parodies of popular songs. Among their latest additions is Australian rapper Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy,” which features two OzTREKK students, Hadia Memon and Shreva Gakhar!

About the JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery Program

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

JCU Dentistry School

JCU Dental School facilities are top-notch!

Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years

Entry Requirements for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS):

1. High School
These qualifications are considered on an individual basis, subject to satisfying prerequisite requirements. A minimum of 92% average, including prerequisite subjects grades: Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics, and Chemistry. Biology is desirable. A high level of academic standard is required for entry.

2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree
A high level of academic standard is required for entry. Students need to have met the prerequisite subjects at least at the high school level to meet the prerequisite requirements. A minimum of 80% cumulative average across all university studies is required.

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Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at any time if you have questions regarding dental school in Australia. Email Adam at adam@oztrekk.com or call toll free 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Tales of a JCU dentistry student

OzTREKK student Alex D. is no ordinary student. A high school science teacher with a Master of Science in Medicine, Alex decided to pursue dentistry after observing dentists in action. Her passion for learning is evident, right down to her extracurricular and volunteer activities. Find out why Alex chose JCU dentistry!

When did you first discover you’d like to study dentistry?

I first considered dentistry as a career when I was completing the later years of my undergraduate degree. When considering career options, dentistry came up and I thought it was something I would like to try but was not ready to commit to. Upon completing my BSc Honours, I was given the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science in Medicine. While completing my masters, I used some of my spare time to observe and shadow dentists, and wrote the DAT. I put my dental dreams on hold and became a high school science teacher to earn some money to help pay for dental school. After a couple years of teaching I decided I was ready to pursue dentistry as a career.

James Cook University Dental School

Hooray for JCU Dentistry!

Why did you choose dentistry at JCU?

I chose JCU Dental School because I like that the university places a strong focus on investigating and helping rural populations. I knew that the school has amazing clinical facilities and access to a great deal of patients and I really liked that JCU begins dental training in the very first semester using state-of-the-art equipment. It was important for me to get a lot of clinical experience and I found out that in the senior years of the JCU dental program students spend an abundance of time in clinics honing their skills.  I also learned that JCU students get a great deal of exposure to different urban and rural communities, populations and working facilities, which I like. These experiences mimic on-the-job training and prepare you to work as a dentist immediately upon graduation.

What was your first impression of the dental school and the program?

I was very surprised at how friendly all the instructors and staff are at JCU. We are not a large group and therefore everyone gets the benefit of knowing the professors and administrators very well. I found they are interested in each student’s background, continued success in the program, and our input. There are also senior students who act as mentors, meeting weekly with small groups of first years. I found this time to be very helpful and it made adjusting to the university and specifically the dental program less complicated than I had anticipated.

James Cook University Dental School

Alex is the International Student Representative for the JCU Dental Student Association

What are the advantages of choosing JCU dental school?

One advantage is that you get a great deal of hands-on practice. We start getting to know and use dental tools, materials and procedures in the very first year of study. A second advantage is access to state-of-the-art facilities and an amazing clinic with opportunities to help many types of patients. Finally, an advantage over every other university is that you get to live in Cairns. It is a beautiful place with amazing weather, stunning beaches, rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef in your backyard.

JCU is really focused on rural health. Do you see evidence of this in the program?

Yes, I see a rural focus in almost all of our courses. We learn a great deal about the populations we will be serving and how to provide the best possible health care. From outreach, to early dental education, to population studies,  JCU Dental School takes a holistic approach to studying dentistry and while they provide a great deal of focus on developing physical skills they also ensure you are a conscientious practitioner who is well informed about the people we serve.

James Cook University Dental School

When in Australia…

Do you plan to work in a remote/rural/tropical area after graduation?

I can’t say for sure if I will work in a remote/rural/tropical area after graduation because I am still in the early years of the program. What I do know is that during my time at James Cook University, I will take advantage of the opportunities to live and work in these areas so that when I graduate I’ll be able to make an informed decision.

Where are you living and approximately how much do you pay for accommodation?

I live 500 metres from the university in an apartment complex. Many dental students also live in the complex. The apartment has access to great facilities such as a gym and pools. We are close to a shopping centre and various beaches. I pay approximately $160/week in rent for a 2-bedroom 2-bath apartment that I share with another dental student.

James Cook University Dental School

Alex, centre, is happy that JCU students receive lots of exposure to different urban and rural communities, populations and working facilities.

What would most Canadians be surprised about concerning Australia and Australian universities?

Most Canadians would be surprised that JCU accepts dental candidates right out of high school and its dental program is 5 years. This is not the same for all Australian universities and is much different from Canadian universities where dentistry is usually taken as a postgraduate option, and the program is shorter in length. Canadians may be surprised to learn there are no board exams upon completion of a dental degree and once graduated (with proper licensing) you can practice anywhere in the country or write the Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) exam and return to practice in Canada.

What other activities do you participate in?

James Cook University Dental School

JCU Dental School is in Cairns, famous for the Great Barrier Reef

I am the International Student Representative for the JCU Dental Student Association. I volunteer at a local shelter walking dogs. I am an avid road biker and try to take as much advantage of the beautiful surroundings in Cairns as possible.

How did you find out about OzTREKK, and what did you think of our services?

I found out about OzTREKK while doing a Google search for international dental schools. I can’t say enough good things about them. They were so helpful in getting me to Australia and continue to be there every step of the way. OzTREKK answered all of my questions, aided with my paperwork, and made sure I was settled once I arrived in Australia. Plus they gave me $500!

About JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery Program

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: Applications for the 2015 intake are closed. Apply for the 2016 intake! For information about the 2016 intake, please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Adam Smith.

Entry Requirements for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS):

1. High School
These qualifications are considered on an individual basis, subject to satisfying prerequisite requirements. A minimum of 92% average, including prerequisite subjects grades: Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics, and Chemistry. Biology is desirable. A high level of academic standard is required for entry.

2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree
A high level of academic standard is required for entry. Students need to have met the prerequisite subjects at least at the high school level to meet the prerequisite requirements. A minimum of 80% cumulative average across all university studies is required.

Please note the DAT is not required for entry into the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program.

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Do you have any questions about JCU Dental School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith to answer any questions you may have regarding dental schools in Australia. Email Adam at adam@oztrekk.com or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.