Bachelor of Health Science (Oral Health)

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.

Start date: 2019

Minimum entry requirements

  • University Entrance or equivalent
  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements and Vulnerable Children’s Act (VCA Act) including police clearance

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.

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with all bands 6.5 or higher

English language requirements

Year 1

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.

Semester 1 papers

Semester 2 papers

Year 2

Complete the following papers

Year 3

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.

Complete the following papers

You will also be required to undertake a 15-point elective paper that allows you to pursue an area of interest.

Workplace experience

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.

Te Ara Hauora Māori papers

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 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:

  • District health boards (DHBs)
  • Private, general or specialist practice
  • Oral health promotion
  • Education sector

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Oral Health Careers

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK3113
Level:
7
Points:
360
Duration:
3 years full-time
Campus:
North Campus
Starts:

25 Feb 2019

Fees:
Domestic
$6,580 - $10,159
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee range based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. Exact fees will depend on papers selected and may exceed this range.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • Check if you're eligible for fees-free study
International
$40,500
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact fees will depend on papers selected and may vary from the figure stated.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019 the fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

Scholarships at AUT

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.