The Bachelor of Dental Science is a five-year full-time professional degree course. Following successful completion of this course, the graduate is able to register with the Dental Board of Western Australia as a dentist and enter the profession immediately, without any further training period. The course is subject to quota with approximately 50 places divided between Standard (1/3) and Non-standard (2/3) applicants.
This course of study provides education and training to be a dentist, involving students in the dental care of patients. Modern dentistry is concerned with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of the mouth in order to maintain oral health. As personal appearance, speech and general health are assuming more importance with individuals, they are demanding higher levels of professional care, orthodontic treatment, replacement of missing teeth and the treatment of gum disease, and discoloured and damaged teeth.
In the course of practice, the dentist is required to undertake sophisticated treatment procedures and to use a wide variety of materials. Therefore a sound physical scientific background is essential. In addition, the dentist must have an extensive knowledge of the structure and functions of the human body in order to understand all that is necessary for the well-being of patients. Graduates need to be thoroughly proficient in the diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment procedures associated with all the dental conditions they may be called upon to treat.
In the first year of the course, students study basic medical sciences, medical chemistry, physiology, biophysics, biomorphology and oral health and disease. In the second year some of the first-year subjects are continued and histology, biochemistry and microbiology are introduced. There is a gradual progression towards dental subjects until, in the final year of the course, students spend most of their time working in clinical supervised out-placements. Students are rotated through a series of clinical settings, both in central and metropolitan Perth, as well as rural practice.
The majority of dentists are self-employed in general dental practice. Some are employed in the state's dental services, providing dental care to children, the indigenous, and the geographically and financially disadvantaged communities. There are also opportunities for graduates to become academics undertaking teaching and research in the university sector.
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The Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) program normally takes five years of full-time tertiary study. The BDSc program is based on the 1-3-1 model of dental education:
* one year of basic science
* three years of applied dental science
* one year of extramural clinical practice
The first year of study in basic sciences is undertaken at UQ's St Lucia campus, while the next three years are largely completed at the School of Dentistry in Turbot Street.
The final year consists of full-time clinical practice within Queensland Health clinics located throughout the State.
The BDSc program is built on a foundation of general studies in the biological sciences. Students are trained as scientists as well as clinical practitioners.
Students commence clinical work in a few areas during second year, and this experience is broadened in third and fourth years. Patients are assigned to each student, who is then responsible for their dental care.
Years 2-4 cover most of the clinical work in discipline areas such as:
* General Dental Practice
* Operative Dentistry
* Paediatric Dentistry
Students also attend teaching hospitals for experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Studies in Community Dentistry, Dental Materials, Oral Biology and Pathology and Pharmacology continue during these years.
from the university of queensland
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