Prescribed qualifications for oral health therapists

Prescribed qualifications are the qualifications prescribed for a scope of practice under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

The Dental Council has prescribed the following qualifications for the oral health therapy scope of practice.


New Zealand

  • University of Otago Bachelor of Oral Health, obtained since 2009 onwards
  • Auckland University of Technology Bachelor of Health Science in Oral Health, obtained since 2008 onwards
  • New Zealand Oral Health Therapist Registration Examination



  • Dental Board of Australia-approved programmes that allow graduates registration in the Oral Health Therapist Scope of Practice in Australia