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Oral Health student in prac setting

Oral Health Therapy

Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Science (Oral Health Therapy)
3 years full-time
Curtin Perth


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

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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.

You will undertake more than 750 hours of clinical training during the course, ensuring you gain practical industry skills and experience.

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.

Career information


  • Oral health therapist.


  • Dentistry.

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.

Entry requirements

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.

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.

Application information

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.

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 at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

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: +61 8 9266 5888

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Fees & charges

International student indicative fees

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,600*
Total indicative course fee $118,600*
Indicative year 1 fee $38,100*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

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. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


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  • Curtin course code: B-ORALHT
  • CRICOS code: 074565F
  • Last updated on: November 25, 2020