How JCU Dentistry’s rural focus can enhance your studies

13 May 2021

What’s so special about the JCU Dentistry program?

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The dental program at JCU is a great option for you to consider if you’re interested in not only learning the necessities of dentistry, but also focusing on issues relating to tropical, rural, and indigenous health care.

Recently, fifth-year Canadian student Alisha talked about her experience with the program and why it’s been an amazing. Alisha noted how the skills she’s learned in the JCU dental program she puts into practice in rural communities. Placements have been her favourite part of the program, as she’s been able to get a feel for what it’s like to be a working full-time dentist.

The JCU dentistry program was established in 2008 and allows students early clinical experience! This means students get hands-on exposure at the JCU dental clinics on campus, and via private practices in the rural and remote community health facilities across northern Queensland.

Alisha isn’t the only student who’s enjoyed her rural placement, Canadian student Hema also noted studying at JCU dental school was a positive experience! Some students have even found themselves enjoying placements in the Solomon Islands!

The versatility of a dentistry degree also means that Alisha is able to work not only in Australia and Canada, but in other countries as well. At this time, she’s planning to remain in Australia for a bit and work in rural dentistry but will eventually make her way back to Canada.

If you’re curious about what it looks like to practice as a dentist, check out our Dentistry Licensing page for more info.

JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery Fast Facts

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Next available intake: February 2022
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2021

Get started on your application to JCU! Applications for the 2022 intake are open.


Would you like more information about the JCU Dentistry program? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer at