Oral health is vital for our general health. By successfully completing this oral health degree you can practise as an oral health therapist.
If you successfully complete the Bachelor of Health Science (Oral Health) you can register as an oral health therapist with the Dental Council of New Zealand. Graduates provide oral health assessment, diagnosis, management, treatment and preventive care for patients within the oral health therapy scope of practice.
You gain experience in our oral health simulation laboratory, and clinical experience at AUT’s oral health clinics and community oral health clinics in Auckland and around New Zealand. You also work on oral health promotion projects in communities around Auckland and gain valuable workplace experience in the field of oral health.
Ranking of applicants will occur. Preference will be given to applicants with the highest level of academic achievement and/or evidence of accomplishments in the relevant field.
Applicants with English as a second or other language who have not completed at least three years of secondary schooling in NZ will be required to meet IELTS requirements.
You study a number of papers to prepare for academic study and the field of health sciences.
You'll learn more about human anatomy and the integral role it plays in oral health therapy practice.
The paper Introduction to Oral Health Practice will be the foundation for your oral health knowledge including prevention and management of dental diseases.
The paper Oral Health Promotion gives you an opportunity to work firsthand with the community, including an education programme that you plan, evaluate, resource and implement.
You continue to build on your foundation skills in oral health through lectures, tutorials, case study application of knowledge as well as pre-clinical and clinical education.
You'll learn pharmacology, explore health research methods and learn more discipline specific knowledge in oral biology and pathology.
Assessment and treatment of patients in the Akoranga Integrated Health (AIH) and Oral Health Therapy Clinics at AUT and the wider Aotearoa New Zealand community start in Semester 2.
You complete your pre-clinical training and start to undertake clinical activities both on and off site. Your clinical environments have been designed to reflect the oral health environments you’re likely to encounter once you graduate.
To ensure ‘work readiness’, you will undertake your oral health papers as well as papers focused on health law and professional practice and ethics. You also complete a 15-point elective paper so you can pursue an area of interest.
You also need to complete a 15-point elective paper.
Throughout your study you complete over 1,000 hours of clinical learning to prepare you for professional registration. There’s an emphasis on practical experience, including clinical experience at AUT’s on-campus oral health clinic, private practices and DHB clinics.
In your final year, you complete a community placement in New Zealand or internationally.
If you're interested in a career with a Māori development perspective select the following papers as electives or as an alternative course of study
We'll help you form relationships with Māori health providers, industry stakeholders and communities, and AUT Māori staff and students.
By successfully completing this degree you can register as an oral health therapist with the Dental Council of New Zealand.
Your qualification is recognised in Australia.
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22 Feb 2021
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.