Dental Career Advancement Program (DCAP) for
Australian Dental Council (ADC) Written Examination – Part 1

  • Delivery Mode: Online

  • Units: 16

  • Course Duration: 20 Weeks

  • Online: AUD $1,500
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About the Course

If you’re an overseas dentist who wants to practice in Australia by passing the Australian Dental Council examination, this course is for you!

As the need for competent dentists grows in Australia, the Australian Dental Council has established an examination system for dentists whose qualifications do not fulfill the requirements for registration in Australia (ADC).

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) is the body that assesses foreign-trained dentists in order to allow them to practice in Australia. If a dentist has finished and passed a dental degree that included at least four years of full-time academic study at an ADC-recognized university and is registered as a dentist in

their country of training or practice, they are qualified to take the ADC test. This course was created by Australian dentists who are registered with the AHPRA. They designed this course in order to assist dentists who have had their training outside of Australia in obtaining registration in that country.

As a student in this exam preparatory course, you will have the opportunity to examine your reasoning and clinical judgment abilities in accordance with dental practice in Australia.

As a student, you will be able to easily integrate your prior knowledge, expertise, abilities, and life experiences with the current norms of practice in the Australian healthcare system. With an emphasis on critical thinking, you’ll learn how to become a professional, knowledgeable, confident, and critical-thinking registered dentist in Australia.

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Details about the Course

About the ADC Written examination (Part-1) preparation program

Dental Career Advancement Program (DCAP) for the ADC written examination (Part-1) is an exam preparatory course that helps ADC candidates to enhance their professional knowledge and prepare for the Scenario-based Question (SBQ) exam, which is part of the ADC dentist assessment process to assesses overseas trained dentists’ knowledge, judgment, clinical skills, and professional competencies.

There will be an opportunity for International Dentists to study knowledge that is important for the evaluation and examination procedure approved for registration in Australia through this non-awarded ADC exam preparation program.

Their prior dentistry knowledge and skills, as well as life experiences, will be combined with new information on Australian healthcare systems in this course, and they will be given the chance to demonstrate that they “get” the Australian dental system by completing an assessment.

Additionally, the course aims to assist students in reading, interpreting, and understanding ADC examination questions. This is accomplished by teaching students to be ADC-savvy and to implement ADC techniques through a thorough grasp of Therapeutic Guidelines and Odell Case scenarios for clinical Dentistry in order to answer the most challenging analytical questions on the ADC written test.

Overall, the course encourages critical thinking, concept testing, and the production and growth of knowledge in dentistry in order to prepare students to be competent, confident, and safe registered dentists in Australia.

Course Structure

The course has been specifically designed and curated to be aligned as per the disciplines and subdisciplines that the candidates will be tested on the day of examination.

Each topic within the specific disciplines will be taught in addition to which informative resources and handbooks will be provided.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Institute of Health and Management’s ADC written examination preparation course is a 20-week online course with three-hour classes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Melbourne / Sydney time. The course delivery time and duration have been carefully selected to fit the busy work schedules of practicing dentists worldwide.

To be eligible to apply for IHM’s ADC written examination preparation course you must:

  • Hold a minimum qualification(s) i.e, a bachelors degree in Dentistry. 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
  • To be eligible to apply for a written examination you must have successfully completed the initial assessment process

Dental practitioner assessment for registration

Overseas qualified dental practitioners wanting to register to practice with the DBA, who are required to complete the ADC assessment, must complete the three-stage assessment process.

Step 1. Initial assessment

A paper-based qualification and documentation assessment.

Step 2. Written examination

A multi-choice question examination of knowledge and the clinical application of knowledge.

Step 3. Practical examination

A two-day simulation-based examination assessing technical and clinical skills.

Candidates must successfully complete each stage of the assessment process before being eligible to apply for the next stage.

After successfully completing all the above steps, the candidate should get English test results and all other requirements advised by the Dental Board of Australia.

No, the candidate should get English test results and all other requirements advised by the Dental Board of Australia after completing all the ADC assessment steps.

Yes, our experts will gladly guide you through the ADC exam steps absolutely free. However, each application stage should be completed directly with ADC by the candidate.

The written examination is a two-day, computer-delivered, multiple-choice examination. The examination consists of 280 questions divided into four exams, each with 70 questions. Each paper will be given a two-hour time limit. On day one, two papers will be scheduled, and on day two, two papers will be scheduled.

For the written examination, the ADC uses scenario-based multiple-choice questions (MCQs). A scenario-based MCQ item is an overarching clinical vignette, with five multiple-choice questions attached. Each multiple-choice question has a single right answer and is linked to the facts included in the clinical vignette’s clinical case.

With 280 questions spread across four papers, each examination will contain 56 scenarios (clinical vignettes), each with five related questions.

To pass the written examination, you must achieve a pass in each of the four written examination clusters.

For each cluster, you will be provided with a grade:

  • Grades A and B indicate a Pass in the cluster
  • Grades C and D indicate a Fail in the cluster

  • Cluster 1 – Professionalism and Health promotion
  • Cluster 2 – Clinical information gathering
  • Cluster 3 – Diagnosis and management planning
  • Cluster 4 – Clinical treatment and evaluation

In a normal scenario, ADC will complete an initial evaluation in about two to three months provided all needed documents are submitted for verification.

Dentist Fee
Application for initial assessment of overseas qualified dental practitioner $610
Renewal of initial assessment of overseas qualified dental practitioner $250
Written examination $2,000
Practical examination $4,500

Yes, with IHM’s DCAP, course, you will receive all of the relevant resources for the ADC written examination. Our well-structured course design, which includes access to an online library, ensures that you have access to all of the relevant textbooks and reference resources for preparing for the ADC written exam.

The written examination is valid for a period of three years following successful completion.

To be eligible to apply for IHM’s ADC written examination preparation course you must:

  • Hold a minimum qualification(s) i.e, a bachelors degree in Dentistry

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.

To be eligible to apply for a written examination you must have successfully completed the initial assessment process.

After successfully completing the IHM’s ADC written examination preparation course, you will be well prepared to ace the Australian Dental Council’s (ADC) Written examination. The curriculum will offer you all you need to know about the Australian healthcare system and current standards of practice.

After passing the written examination, you may continue your study for the ADC practical examination by enrolling in IHM’s complete ADC practical examination preparation course at our Melbourne campus. For students who have passed the ADC written examination, we offer a four-week comprehensive ADC practical examination preparation course and an online communication OSCE preparation course.

Don’t worry, we’ll be there to help you through the process of obtaining your Australian dental practitioner registration and beyond.

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
Eligibility

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
ACTIVITY TIMEFRAME
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).
ACTIVITY TIMEFRAME
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: https://www.adc.org.au/.

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Tuition Fee : AUD $1,500.00
  • 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.

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