High school graduates vie for dentistry course

DENTAL Science was the most popular course at Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) Orange campus among HSC students, after main round offers came out last week.

Hundreds of high school graduates are vying for the 44 places on offer. 

CSU executive director of student administration Geoff Honey said it was not surprising the course rated so highly with students, because there were very few dental science courses in regional Australia. 

Physiotherapy also ranked highly with prospective university students.

“They’re really popular courses as there is a really strong demand in communities,” he said.

“You don’t see many dental students or physiotherapists unemployed.”

To be accepted into the dental science course students needed to have a competitive ATAR mark, as well as attend an interview and provide a supporting statement about why they should be accepted.

The strict criteria did not deter about 650 students from putting dental science at CSU as their first preference for university.

Mr Honey said students unsuccessful in gaining a spot in the course they wanted should not panic.

“They should talk to the CSU staff about course vacancies because there still are some,” he said.

“There are always other pathways to get into the course.”

He says options include a one-year TAFE diploma where students get credit for their first year at university as well as pathway courses.

“Don’t despair, there’s another two rounds of offers to go,” he said.

“Contact CSU to discuss your options, you can still change your preferences and people do.”

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