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  • HED004
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Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics

At a glance

At a glance

Brush up your career opportunities with this specialised advanced-level course, and put a smile on people's faces every day as a dental prosthetist.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Registered Dental Prosthetist
COURSE OUTCOME

HED004 Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics

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Course overview

Course overview

Brush up your career opportunities with this specialised advanced-level course, and put a smile on people's faces every day as a dental prosthetist. Dental prosthetists work independently to provide complete and partial dentures, dental appliances, and mouth-guards to the public. This course is suitable for both students wanting to take their existing oral health qualification to the next level, and students with no prior dental experiencing wanting to forge a new career path with a clinical qualification.

Learn to issue, maintain and examine dental prosthetics, insert and try-in dentures, take impressions, and undertake production and technical work. This is a highly technical course, with units providing broad and coherent knowledge in pathophysiology, pharmacology, radiology, and clinical skills. At TAFE Queensland, our knowledgable industry experts will be there to help you every step of the way, with one-on-one support, and the real-world experience required to see you job-ready.

Successful completion of this course will prepare you to seek employment as a registered dental prosthetist. This course also provides a stepping stone to further study.

Units

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
DDB101
Dental Technology 1
DDB102
Introduction to Removable Prosthetics Theory
DDB103
Dental Materials
DDB104
Oral Pathology
DDB105
Dental Technology 2
DDB106
Advanced Removable Prosthodontics Theory
DDB107
Infection Control
DDB108
Anatomy and Histology for the Dental Prosthetist
DDB201
Oral Health Systems and Social Justice
DDB202
Pre-Clinical Prosthetic Practices
DDB203
Pre-Clinical Prosthetics Theory
DDB204
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for the Dental Prosthetist
DDB205
Implant Retained Prosthodontics
DDB206
Prosthetic Clinical Skills 1
DDB207
Clinical Prosthetics Theory 1
DDB208
Radiology
DDB301
Prosthetic Clinical Skills 2
DDB303
Clinical Prosthetics Theory 2
DDB304
Dental Practice Management
DDB305
Advanced Prosthetic Clinical Skills
DDB307
Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibility
DDB308
Project-Case Study/Literature Review

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Selection criteria

Domestic Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to Domestic Students:

Applicants must have completed Year 12 or have attained Year 12 leaving age to apply for TAFE Queensland courses through QTAC or apply directly to TAFE Queensland, please phone 1300 712 007 for more information 

The entry requirements for this course are:  Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)   

Australian Year 12 students 

  • Prospective students must provide evidence stating completion of Year 12 in an Australian school system or overseas equivalent. 
  • It is highly recommended that students have Physics, Chemistry or Biology with a minimum of Sound Achievement      

Other admission options

  • Applicants may apply directly by obtaining the application form from TAFE Queensland Customer Service Centre and submitting the form via email to degrees.tafequeensland@tafe.qld.edu.au.   

Finished secondary education more than two years ago

  • Prospective students must provide evidence stating completion of Year 12 in an Australian school system or overseas equivalent.   It is highly recommended that students have Physics, Chemistry or Biology with a minimum of Sound Achievement     

Under the age of 17

  • For prospective students under 17 years of age, special enrolment conditions may apply.     

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

  • Applicants who have not completed Year 12 but have evidence of previous vocational study and can demonstrate a high level of relevant industry experience (minimum of three to four years) will be invited to interview. Each application will be reviewed by the dental faculty and decisions to determine eligibility for entry into the program are made on a case by case basis.
  • Advanced standing arrangements is available for applicants who have completed the Diploma of Dental Technology or the Advanced Diploma of Dental Prosthetics (ADDP). Refer to the student rules for further information on advanced standing/credit/recognition of Prior Learning.

Applicants with work and life experience

  • Students with relevant work and life experience in a dental laboratory (non-formal courses, professional or work experience) may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). Students will be required to submit an RPL application with supporting documentation and/or certified copies as applicable.   An initial interview may be arranged by TAFE Queensland Brisbane to further discuss and advise the student on suitability/eligibility for RPL (and any gap training) as required. Students will be advised of the outcome of their suitability/eligibility for RPL prior to the start of study.

Bridging and enabling course entry 

  • Non school-leavers are selected according to eligibility and merit (completion of any one of the above science subjects via ATP or Unilearn-online offered in TAFE Queensland), vocational experience, previous study and personal competencies      

Other requirements:   

Interview and student selection    

The interview process helps us to assess student’s ability to complete the course and comply with the industry board for registration and practice in the private and public sector.   In the interview process, students are informed about the academic calendar, time commitments, and other demands the program will place upon them so they can make an informed decision on whether to enrol   Students with a disability or impairment that detrimentally affects, or is likely to detrimentally affect, their capacity to practice must self-identify to comply with requirements of the Dental Board of Australia:   For students (http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Student-Registrations.aspx), or   For prospective prosthetist (http://www.dentalboard.gov.au/Registration/Forms.aspx).  
Process: Resume submitted along with the application must include all qualifications and work experience with support documentation.   
Students must attend an interview with the course co-ordinator, if advised to do so. For more information regarding the criteria for interviewing process and student selection, please see below.   
Upon approval from the course co-ordinator, please contact the Admin Contact (HUB) directly, 1300 712 007, and then process the enrolment.           

Manual dexterity    

  • A high degree of manual dexterity is required for success as a dental prosthetist.     

Criminal History check

  • See the Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website     

Basic Key Skills Builder’ (bksb)    

  • Successful applicants enrolling into the first semester are required to undergo diagnostic testing through the ‘Basic Key Skills Builder’ (bksb) platform. This testing is delivered by TAFE Queensland.   This process identifies knowledge gaps in mathematics and English language competencies. This is followed by referring students to remedial classes as required.      

Refer to our entry requirements page or the QTAC website for more information. 

 

International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0) or ISLPR 3+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12
  • Criminal History check, see the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website
  • It is highly recommended that students have Physics, Chemistry or Biology with a minimum of Sound Achievement; and, Non school-leavers are selected according to eligibility and merit, vocational experience, previous study and personal competencies.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs. For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.

 

Resources required

Text Books are optional and will be advised by the teacher.  Dental Toolkit and Articulators: $983.00.  It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Need to know

Registration
The Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics is accredited by the Australian Dental Council and endorsed by the Dental Board of Australia (DBA).  The DBA requires that all applicants for registration be able to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS academic level 7. More information can be located on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website.  TAFE Queensland will provide to AHPRA, on behalf of the DBA, the details of all students enrolled in the Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics at TAFE Queensland. Individual students are not required to do anything to be registered during their period of study.  Prior to enrolment, all students should visit the DBA website for further information regarding registration requirements following graduation.

Graduate Capability
TAFE Queensland delivers undergraduate courses which balance and integrate current theory and practice to implement new technologies, tools, and skills.  This applied approach values relational, communicative, cognitive and attitudinal skills and develops forward-thinking graduates who are agile and adaptable.

Our graduates are effective communicators who are engaged with new technologies, allowing them to solve complex and ambiguous real–world problems relevant to their industry. They work collaboratively as part of a team and have the maturity to apply ethical and social acuity in their practice. They can create, analyse and evaluate innovative solutions which are valued by and relevant to their industry.

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Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland