Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Science (GCertOralHlthSc)

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These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Science postgraduate coursework program delivering a course in adult restorative therapy for dental and oral health therapists.The Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Science will allow students to complete studies in Adult Therapy.
The Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Science is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 0.5 years.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Perform detailed clinical examinations of the extra-oral and intra-oral hard and soft tissues of adult patients, identifying disease, abnormalities and possible complications to care for the adult patient.
2. Formulate comprehensive integrated management/treatment plans specific to individual patient’s needs, integrating knowledge relating to the age-related changes in teeth and supporting structures, and recognise conditions, or likely outcomes of treatment, that require referral for consultation with and/or management by specialists.
3. Demonstrate a good understanding of the theoretical basis underlying the provision of restorative care to adults as well as the restorative clinical skills for the provision of simple, direct tooth restoration in the adult patient.
4. Apply an understanding of interdisciplinary issues and an appreciation of the complex clinical disciplines in adult care by being able to explain contemporary views on clinical patient management including working with dental/health teams, and provision of care to a range of patients in different clinical contexts.
5. Further develop knowledge of medical disorders, relate therapeutic and adverse effects of drugs in the individual patient and their implications, and incorporate in patient management.

Immunisation: Immunisation records are requested by clinical venues prior to placements.

Student and Professional Registration: Student accepted into the program are required to be registered with the relevant regulatory authority.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Director or Delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without the approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Inherent requirements: Students are required to acknowledge their understanding of the University of Adelaide dentistry program inherent requirements (see

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Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Science

There shall be a Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Science.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Science, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 12 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 6 units
  2. Work based learning / extra mural studies to the value of 6 units