Getting in to dentistry – your guide to the ATARs for every dentistry course in Australia

There are 9 schools of dentistry in Australia. These are in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia. Depending on whether which pathway you take, it takes a minimum of 5 to 7 years to become a dentist.

Please note that apart from your ATAR / OP, entry requirements for undergraduate dentistry may also include a UMAT score, an interview, a predicted ATAR form, a manual dexterity & spatial awareness test, eyesight requirements, a written application and completion of a questionnaire. It is also worth noting that some universities will accept applicants who hold a full or partial Bachelor’s degree. Please check with the universities you are looking at applying to for their complete entry requirements as this varies widely across the 9 universities.

Six of the nine universities will take undergraduate students directly into their dentistry courses. Three of the universities (Sydney, Melbourne and Western Australia) have pathway programs into their postgraduate dentistry courses for high achieving year 12 students. These places are highly competitive and generally require an ATAR of at least 99.00, and, in some cases an interview, a UMAT score and other admission requirements.

Following is a table of the ATAR / OP requirements for undergraduate dentistry course in Australia.

dental courses atar

Some universities don’t publish the full requirements for entry into their dentistry course in the course or university handbook section on their website. In such cases, you may need to be prepared to contact the university directly or check their FAQs page.

The University of Sydney and the University of Western Australia offer a 4-year Doctor of Dental Medicine, and the University of Melbourne a 4 year Doctor of Dental Surgery as a postgraduate degree. Before applying for one of these courses, you would need to make sure you have completed the appropriate subjects in your undergraduate degree. Entry requirements may also include a high GAMSAT score, a high-Grade Point Average (GPA) in your undergraduate degree and an interview as well as other criteria.

Following is a table which shows postgraduate qualifications which lead to registration as a dentist in Australia:

dental science courses atar

Following is an infographic which summarizes the above pathways to becoming a dentist. For simplicity, it does not include the possibility of transferring into dentistry from another course. Click here for more information on our become a dentist page.

dentistry pathway

The information presented in this article was correct at the time of publishing. Please check with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for an up to date list of approved programs of study to become a dentist in Australia http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Education/Approved-Programs-of-Study.aspx?ref=Dental%20Practitioner. The courses which lead to a qualification as a dentist have division “dentist” and qualification type “general” according to the listing on AHPRA.

Disclaimer: This information is general in nature and does not take into account your personal circumstances. My Health Career accepts no responsibility for ensuring that you enrol in a course that is right for you. Please do your own research to ensure that you enrol in the correct course, especially if you are considering an undergraduate biomedicine, health science or biomedical science degree as a pathway to a master’s course. This may include speaking with a careers advisor, guidance officer, career development practitioner, representatives of the Australian Dental Association, and admissions officers from the university or universities you are looking at applying to.

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