Get ready to study at JCU Dental School

Did you know that the majority of international students who began the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program in 2016 applied via OzTREKK?

Find out more about JCU Dental School
Study dentistry at the JCU Dental School, Cairns

It’s true! OzTREKK students who attend the dental school can’t stop raving about the impeccable facilities and training areas—not to mention the incredible tropical views! Here’s a little info about JCU dental school and its facilities, its clinic, and a rundown of the dental surgery program.

JCU Dental School

The JCU Dental School was established in 2008 in response to the challenges presented by the oral health needs of northern Australia, and its foundation is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences’ strong commitment to the provision of professional health education in the area. The dental school is one of only three dental schools in Australia located outside a capital city. The school’s establishment was funded by a grant of $52.5m from the Federal Government. The new, purpose-built building on the Smithfield campus of the university opened at the beginning of 2011. A new building to house JCU Dental, next door to the Discipline of Dentistry School Building, opened in February 2012.

Prosthodontics Lab: Seats 40 students
Microbiology/Physiology Lab: Seats 60 students

JCU Dental Clinic

James Cook University can boast among the best facilities in the world for teaching dentistry. JCU Dental opened the doors of its new $25-million student dental clinic at Smithfield in 2012 and is quickly working its way through the 2,000 patients who were on the waiting list! The JCU Dental Director of Clinical Dentistry stated, “If they’re seeing three patients a day, we could get through 240 to 250 patients a day.” An outstanding team of students and other clinical professionals aim to serve north Queensland’s dental patients. JCU Dental is a teaching clinic. Patient treatments are performed by senior JCU Dentistry students under the close supervision of experienced clinical supervisors. All treatment is fully supervised and only students in their third and subsequent years of the BDS perform treatments.

JCU Dental aims to support the vision of the Discipline of Dentistry through
  • provision of clinical experience to dental students;
  • comprehensive dental care to the public of northern Queensland;
  • emergency and After Hours dental care services when required;
  • provision of specialist procedures referred by local clinical practitioners;
  • imaging service for dental and specialist practitioners; and
  • provision of a clinical education and research environment.

JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery

The BDS program at JCU is a five-year undergraduate degree that provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. It is a broad-based program which includes all aspects of dental practice but also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2016

Entry requirements
1. High School
These qualifications are considered on an individual basis, subject to satisfying prerequisite requirements.
  • A minimum of 92% average from grade 12 subjects.
  • Completion of prerequisites in English, Calculus, and Chemistry at a grade 12 level or higher.
2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree
A high level of academic standard is required for entry.
  • Students need to have met the prerequisite subjects at least at the high school level to meet the prerequisite requirements.
  • A minimum of 80% cumulative average across all university studies is required.
Please note the DAT is not required for entry into the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program.


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