UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine

This course is specifically aimed at providing dental practitioners with formal training in sleep medicine to complement clinical training in the use of oral devices used in the treatment of sleep apnoea. In addition to theoretical knowledge, students assess and report the progress of actual cases.

Although the course is totally online, students are assumed to have access to a sleep laboratory or clinic near their home or practice, where they can develop a relationship with a local respiratory physician or dedicated sleep physician who can act as a mentor as well as facilitate sleep laboratory visits.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleGraduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine
Award abbreviationGradDipDSM
Course code52340
Course typepostgraduate diploma
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time
Credit points required48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1 year
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeonline
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Peter Eastwood

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (48 points):

NSANHB5431Fundamentals of Sleep Technology
NSANHB5432Fundamentals of Sleep Biology
NSANHB5456Clinical Research and Biostatistics
NSANHB5530Advanced Sleep Disorders and Anatomy of Sleep
NSANHB5532Fundamentals of Dental Sleep Medicine
NSANHB5533Oral Appliance Therapy in Sleep Disordered Breathing
NSANHB5534Dental Sleep Medicine in Practice
NSANHB5535Advanced Competency in Dental Sleep Medicine

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;


(b) at least two years of relevant, documented professional experience considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course.

(2) Applicants must be registered to practice dentistry, which can be demonstrated by—

(a) registration on the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency Website;


(b) satisfactory documentation showing registration with an international accreditation body, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails a unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. 8. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules


13. The Faculty may grant credit towards the course for units to a maximum value of 12 points for students who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science or the Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science at this institution.