I studied the Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH).
Positives - The BOH was taught in the Dentistry School with some of the best academics and researchers in Australia and internationally published. Facilities are mostly brand new and state of the art, with the exception of placements within Queensland Health.
Negatives - Unfortunately the negatives of this course far outweigh the positives and I would not recommend this course to anyone seeking a career in Oral Health. While the teaching staff for the Bachelor of Dental Science were excellent, the academics for the BOH were substandard, both in practical knowledge and teaching skills. The practical components of training were completely inadequate and I graduated from the program feeling unqualified and inexperienced for the workplace. This course had a very high attrition rate with only one third of students matriculating with the Bachelor of Oral Health after 3 years. The honours program is also irrelevant. There were not enough jobs in Queensland after graduation and very low demand for graduates with this degree. The Scope of Clinical Practice for graduates in this course is one of the most limited in the country with adult dentistry excluded.
Advice - Avoid and study this course elsewhere (if at all). Consider another allied health area for study.
Positives: The positive aspects of studying pharmacy are that you are taught a tremendous amount of information and in the end are quite knowledgable on conditions and medications. Therefore are able to answer many health related questions people may have and recommend remedies for patients.
Negatives: The course in itself is very difficult. There is a lot to remember and learn. The content load is quite heavy and the assignments are mostly hurdle, meaning that even though you may have passed the unit already i.e have 50% of the whole unit, when going into the final exam you need to pass that exam in order to pass the whole unit.
My advice to future students is: Weigh up your options and only study pharmacy if you genuinely want to become a pharmacist. The field is highly saturated and it is very difficult to find a job. Ensure you dedicate time and effort in the course.
Positives: There is a small cohort so you get to know everyone really well and make lots of friends. Also the lecturers are for the most part very highly trained and have specialised in the area so you learn from the best.
Negatives: Lots of contact hours and exams.
My advice to future students is: Be organised with your uni work. Make as many friends as you can as studying in groups is always more fun and productive.
Positives: It has a really Supportive teaching team, a nice small cohort so you can get to know everyone. There are a lot of hands on/practical opportunities
Negatives: Some of the courses are a bit boring and mostly go over common sense content as oppose to teach us know information
My advice to future students is: Don't be afraid to ask for help
Positives: Material and classes are manageable. Sufficient rest and play. Lecturers responsible and intelligent.
My advice to future students is: Enjoy uni
Positives: It is a very well structured course, truly expands my knowledge and thought process. It is a great exposure in terms of global health. The academic staff are very helpful, supportive and approachable. This course also expands my future career choices.
Negatives: Many assignments, some are too much work for the weight that it carries. Some subjects can have too much reading material that is unrealistic to complete in the time frame they provide
My advice to future students is: Understand what stream/major you wish to go into, do research on the subjects and the coordinator/professors for the subjects.
Positives: close cohort so get lots of support
Negatives: its 4 years
My advice to future students is: go to lectures
Positives: The course combines a lot of interest areas together and provides a lot of variety to keep students interested. Students get to engage in everything from science to environmental management to law. The course prepares you well for the workforce and is a niche degree, which means its easier to get a job upon graduation because so few people do this course. Its good for anyone interested in a multidisciplinary program.
Negatives: It is a VERY small degree - only about 15 people in total in my 'year level'. This makes it difficult to make friends in your course and also means that there are limited people to study with and collaborate with as in other degrees. Especially in first year it can kind of just feel like a science degree and many of the foundational subjects you have to do have little relevance to your degree. Most of the lecturers are good but you do get the occasional one who is very out of touch with students and seems to lack passion for the subject. Also some of the content can be very boring and focused solely on regulations which is not very riveting.
My advice to future students is: I would recommend future students consider if this is the type of degree that they really want to do. It has a heavy science aspect and can get very repetitive at times. Future students should also be comfortable with working independently as making friends in tough. The good thing about this degree is that you can take it into so many different fields - everything from working for a construction company to working on a film set, the opportunities are endless and this profession is in high demand!
Positives: Brilliant staff, great facilities, engaging and enlightening content, amazing resources.
Negatives: Access to on campus learning. Parking is a nightmare and public transport is not reliable.
My advice to future students is: Despite the barriers, study on campus; get to know your peers and lectures, engage in conversation and participate in class.
Positives: * Smaller cohort - I find it easier to develop relationships with lecturers and tutors as there are less people - also easy to make friends
Negatives: Sometimes course content is a bit boring - in terms of the theory side (history & models associated etc.)
My advice to future students is: Stay on top of your work and study frequently rather than all at once at the end
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