Auckland University Of Technology Dentistry

The Oral Health department is part of health sciences at AUT. Our academic staff are expert professionals from different oral health groups including dental surgery assistants, therapists, hygienists, dentists and dental specialists.

We provide an innovative oral health degree that is comprehensive in both education and hands-on experience. Students work alongside qualified oral health professionals in AUT’s dental clinic and gain extensive clinical experience in a wide range of external settings.

By successfully completing this degree you can register as an oral health therapist with the Dental Council of New Zealand. 

Your qualification is recognised in Australia.

You could work in:

  • District health boards (DHBs)
  • Private, general or specialist practice
  • Oral health promotion
  • Education sector

Undergraduate courses

Undergraduate study in oral health will give you a solid grounding in this area.

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Oral Health)
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Science
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Science

Postgraduate courses

The Oral Health department offers a range of postgraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science
  • Master of Health Practice
  • Master of Health Science
  • Doctor of Health Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Bachelor of Health Science (Oral Health)

Oral health is vital for our general health. By successfully completing this oral health degree you can practise as an oral health therapist.

If you successfully complete the Bachelor of Health Science (Oral Health) you can register as an oral health therapist with the Dental Council of New Zealand. Graduates provide oral health assessment, diagnosis, management, treatment and preventive care for patients within the oral health therapy scope of practice.

You gain experience in our oral health simulation laboratory, and clinical experience at AUT’s oral health clinics and community oral health clinics in Auckland and around New Zealand. You also work on oral health promotion projects in communities around Auckland and gain valuable workplace experience in the field of oral health.

Minimum entry requirements
  • University Entrance or equivalent
  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements and Children’s Act 2014, including police clearance

Ranking of applicants will occur. Preference will be given to applicants with the highest level of academic achievement and/or evidence of accomplishments in the relevant field.

Applicants with English as a second or other language who have not completed at least three years of secondary schooling in NZ will be required to meet IELTS requirements.

International student entry requirements

English language requirements
  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with all bands 6.5 or higher

English language requirements

Contact us

Debra Spinetto 
Programme Information Advisor
Phone: +64 9 921 9735

fhes.enquiries@aut.ac.nz