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Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy

This program is only available for currently enrolled students. No new applications for admission will be accepted.

Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy offered by the University of Newcastle is the next academic step from the highly successful Bachelor of Oral Health, offering you an education that extends your professional expertise and provides you with new and exciting career opportunities.

Deliberately structured into four core courses, you will be provided with the most relevant skills and knowledge to practice as a highly competent dental therapist. You will study restorative dentistry, paediatric dentistry, management of acute conditions in oral health and comprehensive oral health care, all of which will improve your critical thinking, judgement and decision making abilities as you diagnose and treat dental issues.

As a graduate you will have the opportunity to obtain registration with the Australian Dental Council and the Dental Board of Australia, allowing you to perform restorative dental care for children and young adults.

Explore this page and find out if the Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Have you completed a Bachelor of Oral Health or similar and are now looking to expand your career opportunities into dental therapy, where you will be equipped to practice restorative dentistry, manage acute oral conditions and provide holistic oral care advice?

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy is a full-time program, completed over three trimesters (one year). Throughout the program you will learn to apply critical thinking to manage individual cases, whilst preserving sound judgement and applying active decision making. To be successful as a dental therapist you will also need to be an active listener and able to monitor and manage ongoing conditions or issues.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'Study' tab.

Study

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy is a comprehensive and intensive program requiring you to study full-time and mostly on campus however some programs will be available online. Run by highly qualified and enthusiastic academics you will be provided with a decidedly relevant and reputable higher education, designed to prepare you to hit the ground running once you graduate.

You will have direct access to the University’s state-of-the-art contemporary facilities which conform to quality practices around the country. These facilities will be your primary learning environment as you study the four mandatory courses in restorative dentistry, paediatric dentistry, management of acute conditions in oral health and comprehensive oral health care.

Throughout this program you will study tooth morphology, pulpal physiology and clinical radiology with cavity design, restorative techniques and dental materials. You will also uncover key concepts of child psychology and behaviour management techniques.

To develop your skills and knowledge in the management of acute conditions in oral health, you will learn:

  • dental and regional anatomy
  • tooth and tissue physiology and clinical radiology with extraction of primary
  • permanent teeth and minor oral surgery.

You will learn to identify systemic disease and oral pathology in infants and children, whilst understanding how to treat the condition and manage any pain or infection.

To complete your qualification you will be provided a case study to conduct research on, effectively preparing you to understand the effects of social, cultural and economic factors of dental conditions.

To find out more about where the Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

Careers

Once you graduate from the Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy you will have already been exposed to 328 hours of clinical placement and have obtained highly applicable skills and knowledge from the carefully prescribed courses you have studied.

You will be prepared to step into a role as a dental therapist with the confidence that you are as prepared as you possibly can be to pursue a career as a senior clinician, educator, researcher, leadership or a career in oral health care.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy read the ‘Details’ tab.

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