This five-year course is a broad-based program encompassing all aspects of existing dental practice, with a special focus on tropical, rural and Indigenous practice. The curriculum integrates basic sciences with dental clinical sciences and preventative oral health strategies. There is early exposure to clinical practice, with an increasing proportion of the curriculum dedicated to the acquisition of clinical skills. The final year is dedicated entirely to clinical experience, with students undertaking clinical placement in Queensland Health dental facilities across northern Queensland. For current course information, visit Bachelor of Dental Surgery at JCU.
Part-time study not permitted in Year 2 – Semester 2, and Years 3, 4 and 5.
Students must undertake clinical placement at dental facilities across northern Queensland during their studies. Prior to taking professional placements, students must provide evidence of immunity to hepatitis B, MMR, varicellla, and pertussis, and current Provide First Aid and CPR certificates. Students enrolled in dental courses must undergo testing for blood-borne viruses (BBVs) including hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) before, or on entry to the course. Students must also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A Suitability Card is required and an Australian Federal Police check may be required; refer to institution. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.
For additional information about the admissions criteria for JCU and for this course, refer to the JCU website.
English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 and 4, C); Chemistry (Units 3 and 4, C); Completion of Year 12 or attained age 18 years; Application Form
Domestic applicants: QTAC applications and JCU Online Application submissions close 30 September 2023. International applicants: QTAC applications and JCU Online Application submissions close 31 August 2023.
In addition to applying through QTAC, applicants must submit a JCU Online Application. The JCU Online Application Portal is available from jcu.edu.au/division-of-tropical-health-and-medicine/application-forms
For more information about the ATAR/Selection Rank profile, please visit ATAR/Selection Rank profile explained.
Highest Rank to receive an offer
Median Rank to receive an offer
Lowest Rank to receive an offer
ATAR/Selection Rank excluding adjustment factors
ATAR/Selection Rank including adjustment factors
Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.
For more information about the Student profile, please visit Student profile explained.
Higher education study
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study
Work and life experience
Recent secondary education
Recent secondary education admitted solely on the basis of ATAR/Rank
Admitted where both ATAR/Rank and additional criteria were considered
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR/Rank was not a factor
Number of students
Percentage of all students
* “<5" – the number of students is less than 5
# N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students
Dentists in private practice, public sector clinics, defence forces.
Australian Dental Association.
11 Jan 2024
5 years Full time or 7 years Part time