Since 2021, Griffith University has introduced the UCAT exam for their Dental Surgery Course. In this article, we’re going to give you an overview of Griffith University, and its medical and dental courses.
In this article on Griffith University,
An Overview of Griffith University
Griffith University was established over 40 years ago in Queensland. Today, there are 6 campuses:
Griffith offers students a variety of clubs and societies like the Frisbee team, Anime and Manga society, Badminton club, and the Disney Appreciation Society that are available for all students. The University also offers accommodation on campus and at partner homes.
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For dentistry, Griffith University is one of the highest-ranked universities in Australia. According to the 2020 QLIT report, Griffith was ranked highest for:
- Overall education experience
- Learning engagement
- Teaching quality
Their dental program was ranked equal 1st with Melbourne University’s by the Good Universities Guide for 2020.
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Griffith University medical courses
Griffith University offers the Dental Health Science Course to undergraduate students. The following outlines the course offered, its specifics, and entry requirements including UCAT score.
|QTAC CODE 233812||3 Years Full-time||Gold Coast Campus|
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Students are required to sit:
- English as an Additional; Language;
- Literature; or
- English and Literature Extension
The University also recommends the following subjects:
- Physics; or
- Mathematical Methods
All students must:
- Achieve the minimum academic requirements listed above
- Achieve a high rank in their UCAT exam
- Pass the interview
Interview Criteria and structure:
For 2021, interviews are to be held online.
Criteria: Griffith University are
- Motivation to study and work in Dentistry;
- Teamwork skills;
- Communication and Empathy;
- Ethics and Social Awareness;
- Critical thinking skills.
Other options to entry:
Students who already graduated with a degree are able to take this course. Applicants are ranked based on their GPA and are given an offer based on the following scoring method:
|QTAC Course Code||Length||Campus|
|Nathan campus: Bachelor of Medical Science — 228272|
Gold Coast campus: Bachelor of Medical Science — 233422
|6 Years Full Time (Bachelor of Medical Science: 2 years, Doctor of Medicine: 4 years)||Gold Coast campus|
- English, English as an Additional Language, Literature or English & Literature Extension (Units 3&4, C)
- Must have completed secondary studies up to 3 years before applying and have not attempted tertiary study at diploma level or higher
- Mathematical Methods (Units 3&4, C)
- One of Biology, Chemistry, Physics (Units 3&4, C)
- UCAT scores are NOT considered for entry into Griffith University’s medical program.
Interview Criteria and Structure:
- Griffith University does NOT hold interviews to select successful applicants for entry into their undergraduate medicine program; they only consider your academic achievements and whether you meet the prerequisites for entry.
- Griffith’s Bachelor of Medical Science program is accelerated so that students complete a 3-year full-time load in just two years. So, the program will be delivered in three trimesters every year without no breaks in between trimesters.
- In order to seamlessly progress into the Griffith Doctor of Medicine program, students must complete the Bachelor of Medical Science program with a minimum GPA of 5.0.
- If applicants are not accepted into the Bachelor of Medical Science program, they can gain entry into the graduate Doctor of Medicine program if they complete an eligible undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 5.0, gain a competitive GAMSAT score (minimum score of 50 in each section) and perform well in the Griffith University Multi Station Admissions Assessment (GUMSAA).
Clinical placement information
Bachelor of Dental Health
Students undertaking a Bachelor of Dental Health at Griffith University will study and work alongside registered dentists and dental specialists in real-life settings. Students will study in regional and at the university’s dental clinic and the laboratories at the new Griffith health centre.
In Year 1, students develop skills essential to the medical sciences and practice skills in 3D VR haptic simulators.
In year 2, students attend preclinical professional practice sessions to practise skills prior to being in an operative environment.
In Year 3, students attend both pre-clinical and professional clinical practice sessions at the Griffith dental centre.
In later years, students enhance their skills with professional practice placements.
There is an opportunity for students to undertake their placement overseas. Read about that, here.
Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine
Years 1 to 2
During the first two years, students will complete and graduate with their Bachelor of Medical Science. So, there will be no clinical placement during this period.
Years 3 to 4
In the first year of the Doctor of Medicine program, students will begin going on clinical placements in a programmed skills centre, general practices and hospitals.
Students will rotate through six clinical blocks that each run for 7 weeks. Each block will have a different focus: Medicine, Aged/Cancer Care, Mental Health, Surgery, Women’s Health and Children’s Health.
Students will rotate through five placements that each run for 7 weeks. Students must undertake core rotations (involving critical care/orthopaedics, emergency medicine, and general practice), a selective placement (students choose a local placement for a set list complied by the School of Medicine) and an elective placement (typically students organise these themselves and they be local, interstate or international).
Associate teaching hospitals and partners
- Gold Coast University Hospital
- Logan Hospital
- The Tweed Hospital
- The Wesley Hospital Brisbane
- Various regional hospitals in rural areas (third year students can go to Kingaroy, Dalby, Beaudesert, Warwick or Stanthorpe; while fourth year students can spend time in Murgon, Kingaroy, Oakey, Pittsworth, Clifton, Kingsthorpe, Inglewood, Goondiwindi or Toowoomba) as part of the QRME Longlook Program