Become a Prosthodontist

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Prosthodontics covers a broad scope of practice from procedures to improve one's aesthetic appearance to rehabilitation of broken down or missing teeth and jaw structures. Specialist Prosthodontists are integral to the advancement of prosthodontic knowledge via scientific research, clinical practice in both public and private sectors, education and training of the next generation of dentists and prosthodontists.

Postgraduate Training Programmes

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DCD) course is a full time three  year training program that is provided by the University of Sydney,  University of Melbourne, the University of Adelaide,  University of Queensland, University of Western Australia and University of Otago  in New Zealand. These institutions are accredited by the Commonwealth Government through the Australian Dental  Council (ADC) and the Dental Council (New Zealand) for specialist registration with the Australian Health  Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the DC(NZ).

Prior to 2006, the postgraduate pathway to becoming a registered  specialist prosthodontist was via a Postgraduate Masters Degree in an  accredited University. Therefore, there are some prosthodontists who  hold a Masters in Dental Science (MDSc) or Masters in Dental Surgery  (MDS), who are registered with AHPRA as specialists prosthodontists, To  check if a practitioner is registered as a specialist, please visit the AHPRA website.

The course is comprised of prosthodontic clinical practice in a  hospital setting, academic seminars based on the latest research and  clinical advances. There is also a research component to the DCD course,  with all candidates expected to carry out original research in a field  related to prosthodontics. This research thesis often results in one or  multiple publications in an academic journal, further contributing to  the science and practice of prosthodontics internationally.

Selection for Training

Entry into the training program is highly competitive. A successful  applicant for the admission to the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry  (Prosthodontics) course will need to hold a Bachelor of Dentistry or  Bachelor of Dental Surgery recognised by the Australian Health  Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

In addition to these requirements, admission to this course requires  at least two years in general dental practice. The completion of the  Primary Fellowship Examination of the Royal Australasian College of  Dental Surgeons is also highly preferred, if not a prerequisite.

Local applicants are required to be registered with AHPRA for practice at the time of application.

For international applicants, please refer to the training  institutions (University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, University of Adelaide,  University of Queensland, University of Western Australia and University of Otago (New Zealand)) for  specific requirements on dental registrations upon admission.

International graduates of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry who held  limited registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation  Agency (AHPRA) for the duration of the course and who intend to practice  as a specialist in Australia are required to pass the Australian Dental  Council examinations prior to applying for specialist registration with  AHPRA.

Please refer to "Training Institutions" for more information.


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