OzTREKK Guide to Bachelor Dental Degrees
Undergraduate dentistry degrees like the Bachelor of Dental Science and Bachelor of Dental Surgery don’t require the DAT as part of their admissions requirements and allow students direct entry from high school. These programs are generally five years in length.
Practicing in Canada
The National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) recognizes the reciprocal agreement between the Australian Dental Council and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada, which allows accredited graduates of either body to practice dentistry in Australia or Canada.
For Canadian students studying in accredited Australian dental programs, this means you can return home and follow the same process as Canadian domestic graduates with licensure being granted after successfully sitting the National Dental Examination Board of Canada.
For more information, please visit our Practicing Dentistry in Canada page.
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What are the average marks for entry?
Average marks for entry varies by university. Most eligible candidates have a high school diploma with an overall average of approximately 93%. Click on a university above for university-specific entry requirements.
Which university is best?
The Australian universities OzTREKK represent are ranked highly by higher education ranking systems. Each dental program is known by the quality of its education, its state-of-the-art facilities, and by its specialties e.g., rural and remote dentistry. Deciding which program to undertake is usually a personal choice, but chatting with OzTREKK’s dentistry admissions officer is usually the best place to start!
What’s the difference between bachelor / master / doctor in the degree title?
Bachelor dentistry degrees are considered undergraduate degrees and are open to students who have a high school diploma. Master (or doctor) dentistry degrees are considered graduate degrees; therefore, candidates must hold an undergraduate degree to qualify for entry.
While the Doctor of Dental Surgery / Doctor of Dental Medicine has “doctor” in its title, it is considered a master’s degree. A doctorate degree is considered a research degree (PhD).
Both bachelor and master (or doctor) dentistry degrees allow the graduate to practice dentistry.
How many places are there for international dentistry students?
Please note the number of places listed are estimates given to OzTREKK by the universities and are subject to change from year to year.
Charles Sturt University: 10
Griffith University: 25
James Cook University: 15
University of Melbourne: 25–30
University of Queensland: 40
University of Sydney: 45+
University of Western Australia: 6
University of Otago: 10
Do the undergraduate-entry dentistry programs require the DAT?
The undergraduate-entry programs do not require applicants to write the DAT. Applicants should aim for the highest GPA they can attain, and in some cases, interview preparation.
Can I practice in Canada with an Australian dental degree?
The process to practice dentistry after graduating from an Australian dental school is straightforward. The Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada has a mutual recognition with the Australian Dental Council since 2010, meaning that since then they have recognized one another’s accreditation. This means that after graduating from an accredited Australian dental school, Canadians can then take the same National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) written and OSCE examinations that graduates of Canadian dental schools take to become licensed to practice dentistry back in Canada, without having to undertake a bridging program or other additional requirements to become licensed.
Pathway to Certification
- Create an online application through NDEB Portal and register for the exam.
- Provide original transcript showcasing your graduation date.
- Once you’ve passed the exam and have provided proof of your graduation, you will be certified and a certificate will be issued.
- You will then follow the steps to receive provincial licensure.
For more information about the process, please visit our Practicing dentistry in Canada page.