Objective(s) of a study programme:
The aim of Dental Hygiene study programme is to prepare high qualified dental hygienists who are able to examine and assess patients’ condition of the mouth and teeth, independently provide patients with personal and professional dental hygiene services, teach and consult patients/clients the healthy lifestyle and dental care, introduce new prevention methods of oral and dental diseases based on research and cooperation with other personal health care specialists.
A graduates will be able to:
1. Set up and take care of the workplace;
2. Choose and apply dental hygiene and other dental materials, instruments and equipment;
3. Evaluate patient’s general state, state of the mouth and teeth;
4. Recognize dental and oral diseases;
5. Perform oral care procedures;
6. Provide necessary medical aid;
7. Make, develop and evaluate dental X-ray;
8. Communicate with patients/clients and other persons related with the treatment process;
9. Work in a team;
10. Teach and consult clients/patients about healthy lifestyle, oral care and become responsible for their own health;
11. Develop and apply dental hygienist’s practice in the health care system;
12. Organize and implement epidemiological research;
13. Act professionally in ethical, deontological and legal contexts;
14. Plan, perform and disseminate scientific oral care studies;
15. Improve professional qualification.
Activities of teaching and learning:
In order to achieve study results, student-oriented interactive methods (analysis of cases, reflection, interactive lecture, observation, analysis of best practices, making and reasoning assumptions, role-play games, etc.), independent work and related methods are applied.
Methods of problem based learning in subject studies: analysis of cases (in specialty subjects – clinical cases) in small groups draw students into confrontation with practical problems that stimulate their independent learning, will realize interdisciplinary integration of knowledge and skills in solving real life situations, and the lecturer’s function is changed into that of a consultant’s and helper’s.
Methods of assessment of learning achievements:
The most common form of assessment in the College is an exam or project, depending on the results of the study programme.
The results of College students’ are assessed by the ten-grade assessment system.
The form of the exam of general subjects is combined (written questioning, oral questioning, tests, etc.), and the form of the exam of speciality subjects that develop special subject competencies is an objective structured clinical situation with the help of simulation and/or dummy “patients”.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:
General College Study Subjects (Total: 15 credits): Professional Environment, Professional Language, Safety of Human;
Area of Study (Total: 135 credits): Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology, Microbiology & Infection Control in Dentistry, Fundamentals of Health Education, Fundamentals of Human Histology and Embryology, Medical & Communication Psychology, Prevention of oral and dental diseases, Basics of subjects, Pharmacology & Phytotherapy, Periodontology and Oral Mucosal Diseases, Biochemistry, Immunology & Genetics Basics, Preclinical Works with Phantoms, Basics of Clinical Subjects, Emergency Medical Aid, Applied Research & Fundamental Epidemiology, Professional Oral Hygiene & Clinical Practice, Procedures Performed by a Dental Hygienist, Geriatric Patients’ Oral Care, Professional Oral Hygiene for Different Groups of Patients (87 credits).
Practice takes place in four steps: 2nd semester – Dental hygiene training (6 credits); 4th semester - Oral Disease Prevention & Epidemiology (6 credits), Assessment of the Patient’ General Condition (6 credits); 5 semester - Procedures Performed by a Dental Hygienist (9 credits); 6 semester – Work with Patients & Supervision (Final Practical training) (12 credits).