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Oral Health Therapy

Bachelor of Science (Oral Health Therapy) - BSc(Curtin) - B-ORALHT Health Sciences
Indicative ATAR 85 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley or Nedlands This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

This course focuses on the study of dental therapy, dental hygiene and oral health.

Oral health therapists perform clinical procedures including scaling and cleaning teeth, managing gum problems, fillings and simple extractions for children, applying fluoride and other solutions to teeth and gums, local analgesia, dental radiography, taking impressions and a range of orthodontic duties. They also play an important role in the promotion of oral health in the community.

The course starts with a study of preventive dentistry and oral health therapy techniques, together with relevant health sciences, research methods and communication, in an interactive and interprofessional environment.

These subjects are further developed in your second and third years, and cover a broad field relating to community dentistry and to practical and clinical aspects of oral health therapy. Clinical practice starts in your second year and continues throughout your third year.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative

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

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Desirable WACE courses

Human Biology ATAR or Biology ATAR

Other requirements

Places in this program are limited. Selection is based on a combination of academic performance and interview. Interviews can be completed by distance if required and are normally held in December and early January.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:


Please read the application requirements before applying for this course.

More information about the Nedlands campus can be found here.

Additional clinical hours are required during inter-semester breaks.

You must complete a Senior First Aid Certificate course before you proceed to your second semester.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*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 do 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.

Professional recognition

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

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Health Sciences to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Dental Therapist
  • Dental Hygienist

This course can help you become a Dental Therapist or Dental Hygienist.

Why Oral Health Therapy?

  • 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.