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Oral Health student in prac setting

Oral Health Therapy

Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Science (Oral Health Therapy)
Admission criteria
Minimum ATAR 83
3 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Promote oral health in the community and provide a range of clinical dental services.

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Highly ranked course

The course was ranked 10th nationally in the reputable 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THEWUR) by Subject.

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Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

Promote oral health in the community and provide a range of clinical services, including scaling and cleaning, fillings, dental radiography, impressions and simple extractions for children.

This course starts with a study of preventive dentistry and oral health therapy techniques, together with relevant health, research and communication units that form part of your interprofessional first year.

In your second and third years your studies will combine theory, practical sessions and clinical practice.

Oral Health Therapy students undertake over 750 hours of clinical training during the course.

Places in this program are limited with selection for domestic students based on academic performance. For International students selection is based on a combination of academic performance and interview.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.


Why study

  • This course is the only one of its kind in Western Australia
  • You can study in dedicated facilities in the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia
  • You can gain experience in a variety of settings such as the Department of Dental Hygiene and Therapy's clinic, Oral Health Centre of Western Australia, community clinics, private dental practices and the Dental Health Services' clinic.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as an oral health therapist with the Dental Board of Australia.

What you'll learn

  • provide appropriate patient care and dental health education by applying sound clinical principles and behaviour management techniques conducive to good oral health
  • use problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making skills in the management of oral disease in individuals and the community
  • identify oral disease, gather and interpret data and synthesise information to develop appropriate preventive and treatment approaches as part of the overall needs of individuals
  • communicate effectively with other health professionals, patients and various target groups
  • use new and existing technologies relevant to dental practice in a responsible and effective manner
  • utilise lifelong learning skills to help foster ongoing personal and professional development
  • promote the oral health and general health of individuals and the community by working collaboratively, sharing knowledge and considering different perspectives
  • demonstrate cultural awareness and understanding in the provision of patient care
  • practice in a professional and ethical manner as part of the dental team and critically reflect on care provided.

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR : 83
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Minimum ATAR : 83
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Minimum ATAR : 83 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma
  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

  • STAT entry : Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have:

  • completed 100 credits within one semester, with a semester weighted average (SWA) of 70% or higher; or
  • completed 200 credits within one year, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 60% or higher.

Applicants who have been terminated from their most recent course, are not eligible for consideration.

Higher education course switcher criteria

This course has a semester one intake only. Please refer to the TISC website for more information.

Communicable diseases:
There is an onus on individual students to be aware of their immunity or carrier status in relation to communicable diseases. Depending on the status of any communicable disease there is the possibility that you may not be able to complete the clinical placement requirements of the course. Students who are carriers of blood-borne viruses are not permitted to perform some procedures on patients. Serological testing must therefore be completed prior to or during the first semester of study in the course and the results communicated to the course Administrative Assistant.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants should be aware that Oral Health Therapy can be a demanding course, with a number of Inherent Requirements for students. Applicants are expected to have read the Inherent Requirements and self-assessed their suitability and capacity to complete the course.

Please read the application requirements before applying for this course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:


Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $10,340*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.


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  • Curtin course code: B-ORALHT
  • CRICOS code: 074565F
  • Last updated on: December 12, 2019