Bachelor of Oral Health

3 years full time
Honours available
Parkville campus
Available to Domestic and International students
Semester 1 entry
VTAC code: 3800538801
International VTAC code: 3800538803
Course CRICOS code: 053176D

The Bachelor of Oral Health has a curriculum reflecting the latest developments in oral health for the education of oral health therapists (dental hygienists and therapists).

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).

You will learn skills in:

  • Clinical treatment
  • „„Communication
  • „„Critical thinking and evaluation
  • „„Analytical thinking and problem-solving
  • „„Respect for intellectual integrity and scientific truth
  • „„Planning and time management
  • „„Leadership and advocacy.

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

Key features

  • In the first two years you’ll undertake clinical work at the Royal Dental Hospital. In the final year, clinical rotations are undertaken at community clinics in metropolitan and rural locations.
  • The Dental School provides the most high-tech dental teaching facilities in the southern hemisphere and teachers who are leaders in their fields.
  • The Bachelor of Oral Health is recognised in all Australian states and territories and in New Zealand and is accredited by the Dental Board of Australia (AHPRA).
  • Enhance your clinical experience through community placements, both rural and metropolitan.

Majors (focus your undergraduate degree)

In this program, your study will focus on the following area:

Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship

The Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship offers very high-achieving students at Melbourne a guaranteed place in the graduate program of their choice, along with a program of enrichment activities during their undergraduate studies.

Learn more about the Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Oral Health

Clearly-in Rank 2018
85.15 Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2018. 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 2018
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


All domestic undergraduate students enrol in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), which is subsidised by the Australian Government. Students pay a contribution amount that is determined by the Australian Government, based on the subjects undertaken. More details on fees and student contribution amounts.

Credit/Advanced standing

If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more

Pathway options

Once you've graduated from this degree, you can choose to undertake further study to gain a professional qualification in one of the following areas: