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Thursday, March 9th, 2017

JCU researchers say rural children’s oral health in question

James Cook University 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.

The team from JCU’s Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, looked at three rural communities within 400 kilometres of Townsville. The names of the towns have not been publicly released.

JCU researchers say rural children's oral health in question

Dr Karen Carlisle (Photo: JCU)

Dr Karen Carlisle said although these communities were better served than those in more remote locations, access to services was still an issue for many community members.

“Children under 14 were three times more likely to be hospitalised for dental conditions when compared to residents of the rest of Queensland,” she said.

Dr Carlisle said JCU researchers had been working in the communities for a number of years and suspected overall oral health was poor, but now they had the hard data to back this up.

She said they had some unexpected results, too.

“Indigenous persons living in Queensland as a whole are already more than three times as likely to be hospitalised for a dental condition than non-Indigenous people,” said Dr Carlisle. “But this pattern worsened only slightly in the particular rural communities we looked at.”

The researchers said that parents or caregivers play a crucial role in influencing children’s oral health and rural children under 14 years may not be accessing public oral health services in proportion to their need. They said strengthening health promotion though schools, community events and primary health care is vital.

Co-author Professor Sarah Larkins said there were a number of recognised reasons for the poor oral health of rural communities and that the social determinants of health play a major role.

“There are problems with the retention of the oral health workforce in rural areas and reduced availability of oral health services. There may be less access to fluoridated water and the social determinants of ill health, such as poverty and low levels of education, are all more prevalent in rural and remote areas.”

She said the stoicism of rural people and difficulties in accessing care tended to encourage them to tolerate oral health problems until they became acute.

Professor Larkins said the findings highlight the vital importance of a collaborative approach to planning and service delivery to improve oral health for rural communities.

JCU partners with communities in research to try to make services work better for people living and working in the bush. This extends to frontline engagement too.

“The university sends its health professional students, including dentistry students, to remote and rural regions on placements, to do outreach in schools and encourages its graduates to return back to rural and remote areas to work after graduation,” said Professor Larkins.

Dr Felicity Croker said the communities JCU has focused on have been very receptive to working with students and academics.

“They have really taken charge of improving the oral health in their community, particularly for the younger members of their community.  Engaging these communities in changing the direction of their own health care means that the changes are more likely to be appropriate and sustainable.”

By Prof Larkins

JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery

The BDS 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.

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

Entry requirements

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

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Get ready to study at JCU Dental School

Did you know that the majority of international students who began the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program in 2016 applied via OzTREKK?

Find out more about JCU Dental School

Study dentistry at the JCU Dental School, Cairns

It’s true! OzTREKK students who attend the dental school can’t stop raving about the impeccable facilities and training areas—not to mention the incredible tropical views! Here’s a little info about JCU dental school and its facilities, its clinic, and a rundown of the dental surgery program.

JCU Dental School

The JCU Dental School was established in 2008 in response to the challenges presented by the oral health needs of northern Australia, and its foundation is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences’ strong commitment to the provision of professional health education in the area. The dental school is one of only three dental schools in Australia located outside a capital city. The school’s establishment was funded by a grant of $52.5m from the Federal Government. The new, purpose-built building on the Smithfield campus of the university opened at the beginning of 2011. A new building to house JCU Dental, next door to the Discipline of Dentistry School Building, opened in February 2012.

Prosthodontics Lab: Seats 40 students
Microbiology/Physiology Lab: Seats 60 students

JCU Dental Clinic

James Cook University can boast among the best facilities in the world for teaching dentistry. JCU Dental opened the doors of its new $25-million student dental clinic at Smithfield in 2012 and is quickly working its way through the 2,000 patients who were on the waiting list! The JCU Dental Director of Clinical Dentistry stated, “If they’re seeing three patients a day, we could get through 240 to 250 patients a day.” An outstanding team of students and other clinical professionals aim to serve north Queensland’s dental patients. JCU Dental is a teaching clinic. Patient treatments are performed by senior JCU Dentistry students under the close supervision of experienced clinical supervisors. All treatment is fully supervised and only students in their third and subsequent years of the BDS perform treatments.

JCU Dental aims to support the vision of the Discipline of Dentistry through

  • provision of clinical experience to dental students;
  • comprehensive dental care to the public of northern Queensland;
  • emergency and After Hours dental care services when required;
  • provision of specialist procedures referred by local clinical practitioners;
  • imaging service for dental and specialist practitioners; and
  • provision of a clinical education and research environment.

JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery

The BDS 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.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016

Entry requirements

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.

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Learn more about JCU Dental School. For more 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.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

JCU dental graduates top in the bush

James Cook University graduates are working in rural and remote areas; the next best university has five graduates working in the regions.

JCU Dental School

JCU Head of Dentistry Professor Neil Meredith (Photo credit: JCU)

JCU’s dental and medical schools were set up as a way to get more health professionals working in rural and remote settings. Head of JCU Dentistry, Professor Neil Meredith, said the result validated the dental school’s ethos.

“It’s commonly said that there are too many dentists in Australia, but they are completely maldistributed. There is a chronic shortage in rural and remote areas.”

Professor Meredith said JCU’s success started with a selection process favouring local candidates. “Then all the way through there’s an emphasis on placements in rural and remote and Indigenous communities,” he said.

“This is important because the students of today are the health care providers of tomorrow and an awareness of the special needs of patients in remote areas helps to create a lifetime of passion and enthusiasm.”

Students are also participating in a program that sees between 700 and 1,000 people a week receive concessional and low-cost dental care at JCU’s Cairns campus.

Professor Meredith said there was a one hundred percent employment rate for the 80 new dentists JCU produces each year.

About the JCU Dental School Bachelor of Dental Surgery

JCU Dental School offers the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program, a five-year, undergraduate degree that provides students with the knowledge and skills they require to become a competent practitioner of dentistry. The dental program aims to promote improved oral health care delivery, particularly to people living in rural, remote and tropical regions of Australia. The curriculum integrates the basic sciences with dental clinical sciences and preventative oral health strategies.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Next available intake: February 2017
Duration: 5 years

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

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

JCU Dental School in-person meetings this June

Are you considering applying to the James Cook University dentistry program?

Professor Ian Wronski and Mrs. Sandra Hurlock from the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at JCU will be visiting Canada this June to host in-person meetings for those interested in gaining entry into the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program at JCU Dental School.

JCU’s dental program places special emphases on dental care in rural and remote areas and on the health of Aboriginal peoples. If you plan to apply to this program, JCU’s focus should be a good fit with your motivations for and interests in practicing dentistry. These in-person meetings provide a great opportunity for prospective dental school students to talk about how studying dentistry at the tropical JCU Dental School could be right for them.

JCU Pro-Vice Chancellor Ian Wronski

Professor Ian Wronski of James Cook University

Meetings Schedule

Toronto: June 8 & 9, 2015
Calgary: June 10, 2015
Vancouver: June 11, 2015

To Schedule an In-person Meeting

To be considered for an in-person meeting, please complete this form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCUdent2015mtg

Please note you must meet the program eligibility criteria in order to be invited for a student meeting.

Entry Requirements for the JCU Dental Program

  • 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 now to JCU Dental School!

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If you have any questions about these in-person meetings or about JCU Dental School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call toll free 1-866-698-7355.

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, February 20th, 2015

James Cook University Dental School applications are open

Thinking of applying to a dental school in Australia that specializes in rural and remote dentistry? Great news! The JCU Dental School applications for the 2016 intake are now open via OzTREKK!

JCU Dental School

Study dentistry at JCU Dental School

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery 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.

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

About the JCU Dental School Bachelor of Dental Surgery

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.

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 now to JCU Dental School!

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If you have any questions at all, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at any time to assist you with your JCU Dental School application, or to answer any questions you may have regarding dental school in Australia. Email Adam at adam@oztrekk.com or call toll free 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.

Monday, October 20th, 2014

JCU Dental School facilities

Have you received an offer to JCU Dental School? If you’ve received an offer for the 2015 intake, be sure to check the lapse date on your offer letter! Did you know that approximately the majority of international students who began the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program in 2014 applied through OzTREKK?

Find out more about JCU Dental School

Study dentistry at the JCU Dental School, Cairns

It’s true! OzTREKK students who attend the dental school can’t stop raving about the impeccable facilities and training areas—not to mention the incredible tropical views! Here’s a little info about dental school and its facilities, its clinic JCU Dental, and a rundown of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program.

About JCU Dental School

The James Cook University Dental School was established in 2008 in response to the challenges presented by the oral health needs of northern Australia, and its foundation is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences’ strong commitment to the provision of professional health education in the area. JCU Dental School is one of only three dental schools in Australia located outside a capital city. The school’s establishment was funded by a grant of $52.5m from the Federal Government. The new, purpose-built building on the Smithfield campus of the university opened at the beginning of 2011. A new building to house JCU Dental, next door to the Discipline of Dentistry School Building, opened in February 2012.

JCU Dental School Facilities

JCU Dental is a dental clinic which is open to the public and fitted with 14 treatment bays and one master treatment room, the “JCU Dental” opened in February 2012. Services include anything from a simple checkup and clean to specialized dental surgery. As part of the JCU Dental mission, the clinic also delivers emergency and after-hours care services when required and specialist procedures referred by local clinical practitioners.

Prosthodontics Lab: Seats 40 students

Microbiology/Physiology Lab: Seats 60 students

About the JCU Dental Clinic

James Cook University can boast among the best facilities in the world for teaching dentistry. JCU Dental opened the doors of its new $25-million student dental clinic at Smithfield in 2012 and is quickly working its way through the 2,000 patients who were on the waiting list! The JCU Dental Director of Clinical Dentistry stated, “If they’re seeing three patients a day, we could get through 240 to 250 patients a day.” An outstanding team of students and other clinical professionals aim to serve north Queensland’s dental patients. JCU Dental is a teaching clinic. Patient treatments are performed by senior JCU Dentistry students under the close supervision of experienced clinical supervisors. All treatment is fully supervised and only students in their third and subsequent years of the BDS perform treatments.

JCU Dental aims to support the vision of James Cook University Discipline of Dentistry through

  • provision of clinical experience to dental students;
  • comprehensive dental care to the public of northern Queensland;
  • emergency and After Hours dental care services when required;
  • provision of specialist procedures referred by local clinical practitioners;
  • imaging service for dental and specialist practitioners; and
  • provision of a clinical education and research environment.

JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery

The BDS 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.

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Learn more about JCU Dental School’s Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) program. For more information, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith  at adam@oztrekk.com or call toll free 1-866-698-7355.