The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry aims to fulfil the following goals:
Specialist clinical training is provided for general dentists who have at least two years’ full-time clinical experience after graduating.
The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DCD) is classified under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as a level 9 extended-Masters Degree. Prior to 2012 the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry was classified as a level 10 Doctorate award. The courtesy title of Doctor is conferred at graduation.
The course is full-time for three years.
The course is for general dentists who wish to become specialists. The course is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) for specialist registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Local graduates of this course may apply for registration to practise in Australia in their designated specialty. International graduates of this course must pass the ADC examinations in addition to the DCD in order to register to practise as a specialist in Australia.
On completion of the DCD course, you should be able to:
(i) demonstrate special skills in the provision of clinical services applicable to the specialty;
(ii) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the principles, current developments and research methods applicable to the specialty;
(iii) conduct an original scientific investigation into a biological, clinical or community health problem; and
(iv) communicate the results of scientific enquiry.
You could reasonably expect to have acquired the following generic skills by the conclusion of this course: