AUT oral health students benefit from the modern features of the preclinical laboratory, called the OSSIM laboratory. Situated in AC block at North Shore Campus, the teaching laboratory is well placed for students’ access.
The laboratory is equipped with simulator heads along with handpiece controls and air–water syringes. This dental simulation system has a number of benefits, one being that it gives students the opportunity to practise operative procedures in a non-threatening environment.
Learning in the laboratory commences at the beginning of the second semester in the first year of study. Once students become proficient with dental procedures they move into the AUT Oral Health Clinic at North Shore Campus or AUT Clinic at Buckland Road Community Dental Clinic in Mangere.