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Charles Sturt University

Orange (NSW), Australia

The following information has been retrieved from the Charles Sturt University website, 2019. 

Bachelor of Dental Science

CSU's Bachelor of Dental Science is a five-year undergraduate dentistry degree.

After completing this degree, you will be able to register as a dental practitioner in all Australian states and territories.

After registration, you may specialise within a particular area of dentistry of interest to you.

CSU: Charles Sturt University Dentistry Interview

A total of approximately 150 applicants will be selected for interview. Applicants will be notified whether they have been selected for interview in late October 2019. Interviews will be held in late November 2019.

CSU uses structured panel interview to assess the applicant's suitability for the dental degree. The following CSU Dental Interview selection criteria will be adopted when assessing applicants:

  1. A demonstrated interest in, and understanding of, rural and regional Australia, oral health inequalities, and dental practice within these regions.
  2. High-level of academic ability.
  3. The capacity to communicate effectively.
  4. Evidence of skill in manual dexterity and spatial sense.
  5. Evidence of the understanding of teamwork and motivation to become a dental practitioner.
  6. Evidence of community involvement

Admission

Selection for entry to the Bachelor of Dental Science involves selection for interview based on UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand) score or previous academic performance.  Offers are then made based on interview outcome.

Each year at least 50% of places will be set aside for applicants who have a significant rural background or who are Indigenous applicants.  Applicants who wish to apply for one of these places will upload an additional form with their UAC application which details their eligibility for this pathway.  These applicants will be ranked for an interview and offers made separately to other applicants.

Selection for CSU Dentistry Interview

Domestic students
Applicants who are current CSU students
Interviews will be granted to current CSU student who meet the following criteria:
* Enrolled in any CSU course at the time of application and have completed at a minimum of 1-year full-time study (or equivalent) with a GPA of 5.5 or higher
OR
* Enrolled in any CSU course at the time of application and have completed less than 1-year full-time study (or equivalent) with a GPA of 5.5 or higher and an ATAR of > 90. Applicants who have previous tertiary study will have an ATAR equivalent calculated on the basis of their GPA.

Current CSU students who do not meet the above criteria can apply via completing UCAT and, if appropriate, the Rural and Indigenous Pathway form.

Applicants who have a significant rural background or who are Indigenous applicants
To be considered for interview selection applicants must:
* Complete UCAT. Applicants should consult the UCAT website for information about registration, fees and test dates (UCAT)
AND
* Submit a Rural and Indigenous Pathway form. This form is uploaded with the UAC application

All other domestic applicants
To be considered for interview selection applicants must:
* Complete UCAT. Applicants should consult the  UCAT website for information about registration, fees and test dates (UCAT)

Interviews
* Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for interview in the last week of October.
* Interviews are held over 5 consecutive days in late November on the Orange campus of CSU with applicants required to attend the interview in person.
* The interview will be a panel interview and provides applicants with the opportunity to demonstrate their communication skills and to further explore their motivation for undertaking a career in dentistry and their commitment to rural and regional dental practice. Applicants problem solving, decision making and spatial awareness skills will also be assessed.

International applicants
International applicants, including those living or working in Australia, seeking entry to the course should apply direct to the University or via an agent and will be selected for interview based on previous academic performance. While there is no pre-determined grade point average (GPA) cut-off the approximate minimum GPA for consideration based on previous intakes is 6.0 on a 7 point scale. The actual cut-off may be higher depending on the pool of applicants in a given year.

International applicants studying their final year of school, including those studying in Australia, are required to provide school reports for the two final years of schooling.

The closing date for application is the last Friday in May with an interview held by Skype in late June/early July.

The interview will be a panel interview and provides applicants with the opportunity to demonstrate their communication skills and to further explore their motivation for undertaking a career in dentistry and their commitment to rural and regional dental practice.

English language proficiency
This course has a higher English language proficiency requirement. Applicants should check the English language requirements by reading the 'Undergraduate courses' tab.

The above information has been retrieved from the Charles Sturt University website, 2019. 

 

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