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The Bachelor of Oral Health has four main components that all students must undertake:

  • Oral Health Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Health Promotion
  • Preventative and Clinical Dentistry
  • Vocational Clinical Practice

As a Bachelor of Oral Health student, you’ll develop all the scientific, theoretical and clinical skills required for practice as an oral health therapist (which includes both dental hygienist and dental therapist practice).

These skills include:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Evaluation skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Respect for intellectual integrity and scientific truth
  • Planning and time management skills
  • Self-directed learning skills
  • Leadership and advocacy skills
  • Appreciation of, and sensitivity to, cultural diversity
  • Clinical treatment skills.

Please note that the Bachelor of Oral Health is not a pathway to the Doctor of Dental Surgery.


Bachelor of Oral Health graduates provide dental care in a collaborative and referral relationship with a dentist and work as oral health therapists (dental therapists and hygienists) in both the public and private sectors; in general and specialist practice; and in oral health promotion, research and teaching.

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Oral Health

Clearly-in Rank 2016
85.25 Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2016. i

The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.

Access Melbourne entry

Access Melbourne allows eligible students to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. i

Minimum ATAR 2017
85.00 Guide only i

You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.


Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL, and at least 25 in one of Biology or Chemistry.

Scores listed are indicative only; entry is not guaranteed