Oral health is vital for our general health. By successfully completing this oral health degree you’ll become a dual-trained oral health practitioner.
If you successfully complete the Bachelor of Health Science (Oral Health) you can register as a dental hygienist and a dental therapist with the Dental Council of New Zealand. Graduates provide oral health services to people of all ages within the dental hygiene scope and to young people 0-18 years of age in the dental therapy scope.
You gain experience in our oral health simulation laboratory, and clinical experience at AUT’s on-campus oral health clinic and Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) clinics. You also work on oral health promotion projects in communities around Auckland and gain valuable workplace experience in the field of oral health.
Assessment and treatment of patients in the AIH (Akoranga Integrated Health) Oral Health clinics starts from week seven of Semester 1 and in Auckland Regional Dental Service (ARDS) clinics in Semester 2. You explore health research methods, and will implement the oral health promotion project planned in Year 1. You could also visit communities with oral health education messages.
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 will also be required to undertake a 15-point elective paper that allows you to pursue an area of interest.
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.
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We will 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 a dental hygienist and a dental therapist with the Dental Council of New Zealand.
Your qualification is recognised in Australia.
You could work in:
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25 Feb 2019
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.