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Dentistry @ James Cook University now open to International students



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In 2008, James Cook University School of Medicine incorporated Dentistry.  Approximately one third of commencing dentistry students came from northern Queensland, while another third were from rural Queensland and four students were from remote locations. The JCU Dental School is one of only three in Australia located outside a capital city, and is the only one outside the metropolitan areas of south-east Queensland.    James Cook University will welcome International students to their Bachelor of Dentistry program for  the upcoming February 2012 intake.

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) is a five-year undergraduate program which encompasses all areas of dental practice, with a special focus on tropical, rural and Indigenous dentistry. The course integrates basic sciences and preventive oral health strategies. There is exposure to clinical practice from first year, where students undertake two weeks of observation in private dental practices. From second year there is an increasing proportion of the curriculum dedicated to the acquisition of clinical skills. In final year students will undertake clinical placements in Queensland Health dental facilities throughout northern Queensland.

The School of Medicine and Dentistry establishment includes a new purpose-built building on the Smithfield Campus of the University with state-of-the-art facilities including an 80-seat dental simulation laboratory, prosthodontics and science laboratories and student home group rooms. It is expected that the building will also house a 30-chair public dental clinic in the future.  The Smithfield campus of James Cook University is located in Cairns, approximately 20 minutes from the CBD.

Applications are now being accepted from International students for the 2012 intake.   Contact KOM Consultants for registration and application procedures.     For more dental programs refer to the KOM Dentistry webpage.