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Charles Sturt University Dental School in Australia

Program Overview - Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc)

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University and Faculty: Charles Sturt University (CSU)
Faculty of Science
Program: Bachelor of Dental Science
University Location: New South Wales, Australia
City Population: 40,000
Student Population: Orange campus: 1,800
Campus Location: Orange, New South Wales
Program Duration: 5 years
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Avail. Intake: February 2020
Est. Indicative Annual Tuition: $59,200 AUD (2019)
Est. Indicative Total Tuition: $296,000 AUD (based on 2019 fees)

Offered full-time at Charles Sturt University's Orange Campus, Bachelor of Dental Science is a five-year undergraduate dentistry degree, developed in close association with the industry to prepare graduates for a career as a dental practitioner.

The Bachelor of Dental Science graduates contribute to combating the chronic shortage of dental and oral health workers Australia-wide, while also significantly improving the health of local communities.

During years one and two, there will be a strong focus on core biomedical and dental sciences. Foundation theoretical materials will be presented in lecture style but small group seminars and case based interactions will feature throughout the curriculum. In years three to five, the focus is on understanding the medical, dental, social and community context of dental clinical practice. This course includes practical experience through workplace learning. Hand skills development will occur using state-of-the-art simulation equipment in purpose-built facilities.


Unique Features of the Program

Workplace learning
Students commence their clinical experience and hand skills development in year one of the program. Clinical experiences of increasing complexity are combined with further development of hand skills through year two and provide a strong foundation for extended clinical practice in years three to five.

Students undertake intense clinical practice sessions in generalist and all specialist disciplines. There is the opportunity to engage in clinical practice at a variety of sites (University, community, rural and metropolitan) to gain optimal professional experience.

State-of-the-art learning facilities
Students develop their hand skills in CSU's state-of-the-art simulation clinic, dental technology / clinical support laboratory, biodental science learning suite, and anatomy teaching facilities, including a PC2 teaching laboratory and a dry (computer) laboratory.

Students will hone their knowledge and develop patient communication skills in CSU's Dental and Oral Health Clinics in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wagga Wagga, which include private and specialist practice areas. Students also have the opportunity to witness specialists treating patients via videoconference with the assistance of dental tools equipped with cameras.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

CSU's Bachelor of Dental Science has accreditation from the Australian Dental Council ratified by the Dental Board of Australia. Graduates are eligible for licensure as a dentist in any Australian state or territory

Additionally, the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) recognizes the reciprocal agreement between the Australian Dental Council and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada, which allows accredited graduates of either body to practice dentistry in Australia or Canada. For Canadian students studying in accredited Australian dental programs, this means they will return home and follow the same process as Canadian domestic graduates with licensure being granted after successfully sitting the National Dental Examination Board of Canada.

Admissions Timeline for 2019 Intake

Applications for the CSU Bachelor of Dental Science program are assessed as they are received and are based on GPA. Applicants selected for interview will be interviewed by Skype.

*Please note CSU uses application rounds; however, due to the popularity of the program, space is limited and spots may be filled before the final round. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible to be assessed for round one.

  • Round 1 interviews: Week of May 14 for applications received before April 30, 2018
  • Round 2 interviews: Week of June 25 for applications received before June 14, 2018
  • Round 3 interviews: Week of August 27 (if needed)


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

The CSU Bachelor of Dental Science application process has two stages: an initial application and, if selected, attendance at an interview.

It is expected that all applicants to this course have a strong science background (chemistry / mathematics / physics) and a high level of competency in English. The profession of dentistry requires good vision, spatial awareness, depth perception and excellent hand-eye coordination and manual (hand) skills.


Total Number of Places in the Program: 40

Number of Places Available for International Students: 10

*Application Deadline: Applications for the 2019 intake closed July 25, 2018. Please note applications are assessed on a rolling-admissions basis (first come, first served) until the program is full. The sooner you apply the better as this program can fill quickly. For information about the 2020 intake and to apply, contact OzTREKK!

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Alexa Graham

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