Graduate Certificate in Dental Therapy

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Health and medical Award Graduate Certificate

Course

Graduate Certificate in Dental Therapy (Advanced Clinical Practice)

Course Code

GC-DTACP

Course Abbreviation

GCertDenThrpy

Partner Faculty

Melbourne Dental School

Background

Dental Therapists and Oral Health Therapists are registered dental practitioners who provide a range of diagnostic, preventive and restorative dental services in collaboration with dentists. Both Dental Therapists and Oral Health Therapists provide dental therapy services. Dental therapy practice has traditionally been limited to people under 26 years of age. Recently, legislation governing the practice of dental therapy has removed that age limit enabling expansion of service provision to patients of all ages within the scope of dental therapy practice.

There is significant demand for the provision of dental therapy services for adults, particularly in the public sector.

Course Description

The Graduate Certificate in Dental Therapy (Advanced Clinical Practice) is approved by the Dental Board of Australia.

Completion of this course will qualify practising dental therapists and oral health therapists to expand service provision to patients of all ages within the scope of dental therapy practice.

The course comprises three subjects: 2 x 12.5 points and 1 x 25 points, totalling 50 points of study.

Delivery Mode

A combination of face to face and online delivery with intensive coursework and clinical training. Some coursework delivery will be presented on-line.

Who Should Apply

The course is only available to currently registered, practising dental therapists and oral health therapists.

Subjects

ORAL90001 Oral Health Practice 4

The subject encompasses all clinical based learning for the Grad Cert Adult Therapy Scope course at the Melbourne Dental School. It will be conducted as a clinically based component. Clinical teaching and learning activities will be centered at the Melbourne Dental School and further supplementary learning within community dental clinic settings.

This subject has the following components: Comprehensive adult oral health examinations, management of the older adult, communication skills, medically compromised patients, periodontology, dental materials, prosthodontics, oral medicine and pharmacology, local anaesthesia, dental emergency management and cariology.

Time commitment required for the subject: 63 hours of didactic and supervised clinical practicum and 160 hours of self-directed learning and supported clinical experience hours. Overall subject time commitment: 223 hours.

ORAL90002 Oral Pathology & Adult Oral Function

This subject has the following components: Comprehensive oral health examination and treatment planning for adults, management of the older adult, periodontology, prosthodontics and cariology and preventative management of root caries. It will be conducted as didactic component and using virtual clinical case based teaching.

Teaching and learning activities will be centered at the Melbourne Dental School with support via the computer aided learning management system.

Time commitment required for the subject: 40 hours and 80 hours of self-directed learning. Overall subject time commitment 120 hours.

ORAL90003 Oral Health Sciences 4

This subject has the following components: Medically compromised patients, oral medicine and pharmacology, local anaesthesia and emergency management of oral conditions. It will be conducted as a didactic and case based component.

Student learning will include: the importance of oral medicine being recognition and identification of oral pathological conditions; pharmacological interactions with the adult population; management of the poly-medicated patient and those with physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities; management of medically compromised adult patients; local anaesthetic administration to the adult client and emergency management of oral conditions such as acute oral infection and dental trauma.

Time commitment required for the subject: 40 hours and 80 hours of self-directed learning. Overall subject time commitment 120 hours.

Assessment

Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation, involving clinical case-based assessments, oral exams and workbook assessments.

Assessment is designed to be practical and relevant to industry professionals and to demonstrate competency and capability to meet the requirements of the Australian Dental Council.

Pathways to Further Study

As the Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) is a relatively new program, BOH graduates currently only have the option of Honours as a pathway within the School and alternatives such as the Master of Public Health offered by the School of Population Health at Melbourne and other Universities. This program is the first post graduate clinical offering available to oral health practitioners and over time, is projected to articulate into other post graduate clinical oral health programs as they are developed.

Academic and Teaching Team

Associate Professor Julie Satur - juliegs@unimelb.edu.au

Brenda Ryan - ryanbm@unimelb.edu.au

Entry Requirements

Enrolment into this course will require:

  • Current registration with the Dental Board of Australia as a dental therapist or oral health therapist
  • Two years full time (or equivalent) practice experience.

Please use this University Form when applying for the course.

The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant's ability to pursue the course successfully using the following criteria:

  • Current registration or demonstrated eligibility for immediate registration as a Dental Therapist or Oral Health Therapist with the Dental Board of Australia and
  • A minimum of 2 years of documented practice experience and practice in dental therapy within the past 5 years and
  • The applicant's performance in all undergraduate or postgraduate study that may have been undertaken.

The Selection Committee may give some preference to applicants with evidence of previous management of patients aged 18 to 24 years.

The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports or employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Nomination of Clinical Mentor

Please note that you will be required to nominate a dentist to act as a Clinical Mentor in order to complete the community based clinical practice component of the course (weeks 10-20).

This dentist will be required to undertake a 1 day Clinical Mentor Credentialing program on-site at the Melbourne Dental School which will be scheduled in Week 1 or 2 of the program (date to be advised). This is an essential requirement for completion of the course.

Please read the 'Clinical Mentor Information' document for more information.

Course Fees

Please see below the fees for the Graduate Certificate in Dental Therapy (Advanced Clinical Practice) for 2017:

Subjects

Points

Price

Subject 1 - Oral Pathology and Adult Oral Functions

12.5

$4,305

Subject 2 - Oral Health Sciences 4

12.5

$4,305

Subject 3 - Oral Health Practice 4

25

$8,610

TOTAL

50 points

$17,220

Please note fees are subject to an annual increase.

Fee Inclusions

Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources during intensive delivery of subjects.

As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.

FEE HELP

Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.

Delivery Dates and Times

The course is scheduled to commence 17 July 2017 and will run fairly intensively over a 20 week period, finishing 1 December 2017.

  • Week 1 will be a full time commitment (5 days)
  • Weeks 2-4 and 6-10 will require 2 days contact each week (with evening clinics) and at least 1 day for study
  • Week 5 will be full time (5 days).
  • Weeks 11-18 will require a minimum of 60 hours of clinical practice with adult patients in your own clinic with the support of your Clinical Mentor
  • Week 19 is SWOT VAC
  • Week 20 is exam week

Delivery Venue

Melbourne Dental School and clinical placement undertaken at Dental Health Services Victoria Clinics.

Contact

Program Coordinator : Elizabeth Soares

Phone : (03) 9035 9608