Dental Career Advancement Program (DCAP) – For Interns

  • Delivery Mode: Online

  • Units: 16

  • Course Duration: 32 Weeks

  • Online: AUD $2,000
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About the Course

Dentists continue to be highly sought after in Australia, with the demand for qualified dentists continuing to increase. If you’re a budding dentist and are currently undergoing your 1-year mandatory internship as part of your bachelor’s degree, you could explore taking your future career overseas! To get registered as a Dentist in Australia, you are required to pass the Australian Dental Council (ADC) written examination, and you can get started on the preparation right away.

DCAP for interns is the new non-awarded course model curated for budding dentists who are currently undergoing their 1-year mandatory internship as part of their bachelor’s degree. This 32-week course is specially designed to assist overseas dental graduates in preparing and clearing ADC written examination to be a registered Dentist in Australia.

This course is carefully designed to cater to the ADC exam aspirants to sharpen theoretical knowledge by understanding the concepts of dental practice in Australia, review and upgrade their reasoning skills and learn about applying clinical judgment as per the Australian Therapeutic Guidelines.

As you undergo your internship in your native country, you can get prepared to work in Australia in the near future. This well-structured curriculum promotes an environment of critical enquiry, testing of ideas, generation, and expansion of dentistry knowledge to enable you to be a skilled, competent and confident registered dentist in Australia.

The course promotes an environment of critical enquiry, testing of ideas, generation, and expansion of dentistry knowledge to be skilled, competent and confident registered dentists in Australia while they undergo their internship in the country of their origin.

* This course will assist Intern dental graduate to better utilise their time by learning the International dentistry practice standards and by preparing for the Australian Dental Council written examinations.

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Details about the Course

About the Program

The Dental Career Advancement Program (DCAP)-Interns is a preparatory course that enhances a candidate’s professional knowledge and prepares them for the Australian Dental Council (ADC) written examination. Designed by registered dentists in Australia, this non-awarded preparatory program prepares overseas dental graduates/intern dentists to prepare for the ADC written examination (Part-1) while they complete their mandatory internship as a part of their dental school curriculum.

  • 32 weeks , over 32 Saturdays to prepare for the ADC written examination
  • Online delivery

To be eligible to apply for this course you must have cleared your Final year at dental school.

Once you successfully complete the DCAP-ADC, you’ll be well equipped to ace the Australian Dental Council (ADC) Written exam- Part 1. Through the program, you will learn all about the Australian healthcare system, and the current standards of practice.

To be prepared for your career in Australia, make sure you review information about immigration, registration, and employment. You may also need to apply for a visa issued by the Australian Department of Home Affairs. Learn more about immigration and employment in Australia.

Graduates applying for a skilled visa in Australia require a certain minimum number of points. Check your current points, and call our admissions team to discuss any questions.

Australian Dental Council (ADC) Registration Process for Overseas Registered Dentists

The ADC process consists of 3 stages:

1: Initial Assessment

A paper-based qualification and documentation assessment.

The initial assessment process involves the assessment of documents including professional qualifications, work experience, registration history, and a good standing to determine eligibility to appear for the written examination.

Timeframe Approximately 8 weeks (not inclusive of the time taken to submit any additional document)
Cost AUD $610

To be eligible to apply for initial assessment applicants must:

  • hold a minimum qualification(s) at the required level that is comparable in duration and content to the nationally agreed minimal education standard for the relevant Australian dental profession, and
  • have held registration or license in either in their home country, or country of training, with no withdrawal of registration.

The minimum required qualifications vary between professions.

  • Dentists: must hold at least a four-year, full-time university dental degree, or diploma at an acknowledged university.

2: Written Examination

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) written examination for dentists is designed to test your knowledge of science and dentistry practice. This computer delivered examination will also assess reasoning skills along with the application of clinical judgement as per the dental practice in Australia.

The two-day examination is delivered by Pearson VUE on behalf of the ADC. Each computer-based examination consists of four papers each containing 80 scenario-based and single-best answer multiple choice questions. The examination is held in multiple locations in Australia and overseas.

Timeframe Approximately 5 months
Written examination application period  Approximately 3 to 4 months before the examination
Authorisation to test emails sent 8 weeks before examination
Pearson VUE bookings open 8 weeks before examination
Pearson VUE bookings close 5 weeks before examination
Notification of examination results 6 weeks after examination
Application for verifications and appeals close 28 days from notification of results
Cost AUD 2,000
Eligibility To be eligible to apply for a written examination you must have successfully completed the initial assessment process.

3: Practical Examination

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) practical examination offers a platform for you to demonstrate that you are competent to practise safely as a dentist in Australia. The practical examination will assess you across the range of the Entry-level competencies of the newly qualified dentist.

The two-day simulation-based examination will assess your technical and clinical skills. You must successfully complete each stage of the assessment process before being eligible to apply for the next stage.

Upon successful completion of the practical examination, you are eligible to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA).

Timeframe Approximately 6 to 9 months (Examinations are held most weeks of the year at the ADC examination centre).
Practical examination application period Approximately 3 months prior to examination
Notification of application receipt Within 2 weeks of receipt of application
Notification of allocated practical examination date Within 6 weeks of practical examination application period
Notification of examination results 6 weeks after examination
Cost AUD 4,500
Eligibility You are eligible to sit the practical examination within three years of successful completion of the ADC written examination.

For more information visit:

  • Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Enroll now” on the course page’s upper right corner.
  • Enrollment Fee: After completing your application, you will be taken to the payment gateway, where you can make your payment immediately.
  • Confirmation of Admission: Once you’ve paid the enrolment fee, we’ll give you a confirmation of admission along with the orientation package so you can get ready for classes.

Our one of a kind DCAP for interns has been designed in a way to help you succeed in your career in Australia. Some of the reasons why you should choose us are:

  • Our program has been curated by ADC exam graduates working and practicing in Australia by better understanding the assistance needed for an overseas dentist to successfully clear ADC examinations.
  • Ihm is the only provider in Australia, offering such a kind of preparation programs for overseas dental graduate interns.
  • Our course structure is designed in a way that the study topics are modelled as per the ADC exam pattern.
  • Student-centric teaching method enhanced by the state-of-the-art learning management system
  • Content and learning materials currently relevant and designed to ace the ADC Written examination at first go, graduate interns will be well equipped to appear for the ADC written examination soon after they gets their dental registration in their country of origin
  • Our one-of-a-kind tailored video recordings, where each Odell Case is explained thoroughly by AHPRA registered dentists who use their own clinical experience in Australia to guide you through them
  • Our educators are well qualified and experienced with commitment and passion for working towards their goals.
  • We provide constant support and guidance to our students to enable them to accomplish their ADC dream.

Our partnerships are built through positive, transparent, and engaging collaboration, and we’re grateful for the strong relationships we’ve built over the lifetime of IHM. These partnerships may vary in their nature but they all share the common fact that there’s mutual benefit and a strong sense of purpose to move the healthcare industry forward.

We encourage Nursing institutions, Hospitals, Healthcare Organisations and nursing associations to submit their expression of interest to become our partners!

Our industry and clinical partners provide physical access to products that benefit the simulation experience for students at IHM. Other partners provide opportunities to develop clinical skills at their facilities, such as nursing homes and hospitals. We also provide opportunities to upskill staff with the latest course.

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