Bachelor of Dental Surgery

James Cook University (JCU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00117J

This broad-based, five year program encompasses all aspects of dental practice with a special focus on tropical, rural and Indigenous practice. The curriculum integrates basic sciences with dental clinical sciences and preventative oral health strategies. There is early exposure to clinical practice, with an increasing proportion of the curriculum dedicated to the acquisition of clinical skills. The final year is dedicated entirely to clinical experience with students undertaking clinical placement in Queensland Health dental facilities across northern Queensland.


120 credit points. The first 3 to 4 years are offered at the Cairns Campus. Final year placements are in public and private dental clinics across northern Queensland, including Mackay, Proserpine, Atherton and Thursday Island. Part-time study is not permitted in Levels 3, 4 and 5.


  • Dental surgery

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • English (Units 3/4, C), Chemistry (Units 3/4, C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4, C). Recommended: Biology (Units 3/4,C). Plus requirements for clinical placement: immunisation
  • Current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates
  • Suitability to Work with Children Card (Blue Card)
  • Australian Federal Police check.


Australian Dental Council

Study pathways

Honours is offered to students who meet the stated criteria, available on a full or part-time basis.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Cairns International: $336,000 No
  • Online/Off-campus
  • Flexible Delivery
  • Full-time : 5
  • Part-time : 7

Further information

If students identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, JCU can assist students in their pursuit of a health career through the Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP). International student visa-holders must not enrol in more than a third of the total credit points for the course in online, distance or external study.

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