Graduate Certificate in Clinical Dentistry

Course GC-CLINDNT (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Year and Campus: 2014
CRICOS Code: 067106C
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months


Dr Chankhrit Sathorn


School of Melbourne Custom Programs

442 Auburn Rd

Hawthorn VIC 3122

Phone: 9810 3300


Course Overview:

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Dentistry will provide overseas trained dentists whose qualifications are not immediately recognised in Australia with the knowledge and skills they require to prepare for dental practice in Australia and to practice their dental skills under the guidance of experienced general and specialist Australian dentists.

Following completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will be required to independently undertake (and pass) the ADC examinations before they can apply to the Dental Practice Board to allow them to practice general dentistry in Australia.

Learning Outcomes:

The 20 week program consists of lectures (4 weeks) plus tutorials, pre-clinical and clinical experience on site at the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne (16 weeks). The emphasis is on understanding dentistry practices in Australia, and providing the opportunity for students to update existing clinical skills and knowledge as well as to develop communication, presentation and patient management skills relevant to Australian general dental practice.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

To satisfy the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Dentistry, students must successfully complete all four subjects, a total of 50 points.

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Entry Requirements:

The minimum entry requirement is:
• Successful completion of an undergraduate dental degree recognised by the University of Melbourne
• Evidence of registration (or eligibility for registration) as a dentist in the student’s home country or the country in which their dental studies were undertaken.
• Demonstrated competency in English language skills by one of the means recognized by the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences
• Achievement of minimum level of dental skills as assessed by a skills test undertaken by Dental Health Services Victoria

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

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Graduate Attributes:

Academically excellent:
• Improving the academic and practical clinical knowledge of students to prepare them for a career in dental health in Australia.

Knowledgeable across disciplines:
• Graduates will have broad knowledge across relevant dental disciplines and in managing the patient interaction.

Leaders in communities:
• Graduates from this award, as public health professionals will be expected to contribute to the dental health and wellbeing of the communities in which they will work.
• With their experiences from outside of Australia, graduates are likely to have a well developed understanding of community needs

Attuned to cultural diversity:
• As graduates with their first degree obtained outside of Australia, and generally from less well developed countries, graduates are expected to have a deep understanding of cultural values and a strong understanding of the values and challenges of social and cultural diversity

Active global citizens:
• As international new arrivals, graduates are expected to have a broad global understanding and a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics.

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