JCU Dental School outlines post-admission requirements
JCU Dental School aims to be a centre of innovation and distinction in dental education. The dental school‘s mission is to contribute to the oral health of northern Queensland by providing a quality vibrant education and challenging clinical environment for dental skill development for students. JCU dentistry research will focus on projects which enable innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship to flourish, and result in discoveries with a high impact factor.
Students who are contemplating studying at JCU Dental School should note that there are some preparatory steps for admittance into the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) program.
The BDS program includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. In addition, students may be required to be interviewed, in accordance with procedures approved from time to time by the faculty, to assess their suitability for entry to the dentistry profession before undertaking clinical practice and research projects.
Hepatitis B immunization
Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrollment will be terminated immediately.
Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card)
This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.
Current Apply First Aid and CPR Certificate
Candidates must hold a current First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements. Candidates are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.
Some professional/clinical placement agencies may require that candidates hold an advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate before undertaking a professional or clinical placement. Candidates are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.
Australian Federal Police check
The Bachelor of Dental Surgery course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Some placement agencies may require students to produce a current police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. If requested, students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement.