Objective(s) of a study programme:
The aim of Odontological Care study programme is to prepare
high qualified dental assistants who are able to assist the dentist or odontology specialist, independently perform intra-oral procedures without exceeding limits of their competence, to ensure care and prevention of oral health, teach to healthy lifestyle and promote the prestige of the profession.
Graduates will be able to:
1. Recognize dental and oral diseases and take care of their prophylaxis;
2. Work with equipment, materials and instruments used in odontology; observe asepsis and antisepsis, providing services of dental care;
3. Perform local anaesthetic procedures;
4. Work with dental X-ray diagnostic devices;
5. Provide first aid;
6. Perform procedures sustaining oral health;
7. Communicate with patients/clients and other persons related with the treatment process;
8. Teach patients about healthy lifestyle, rational nutrition, rules of oral care and become responsible for their own health;
9. Develop and apply dental assistant’s practice in the health care system;
10. Take part in epidemiological studies;
11. Be professionally active in ethical, deontological and legal contexts;
12. Plan, perform and disseminate scientific oral care studies;
13. 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 modern assisting. Methods of modern assisting are applied into the Odontological Care study programme: “four-hand” work, “six-hand” work.
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 (15 credits): Professional Environment, Professional Language, Safety of Human.
Subjects in the Study Field (96 credits): Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology, Communication & Medicine Psychology, Infection Control in Dentistry, Fundamentals of Health Education, Biochemistry, Immunology & Genetics, Oral Health &Prevention of Dental Diseases, Pharmacology & Phytotherapy, Introduction into Clinical Dentistry, Improving of Community Health, Health Management & Economic Basics, Applied Research & Fundamental Epidemiology, Oral Surgery & Analgesia, Dental Diseases, Basics of Clinical Subjects, Emergency Medical Aid, Dental Radiology, Prosthetic Dentistry.
Practical training takes place in three steps: 2nd semester – Work with Odontological Equipment & Materials (6 credits); 4th semester - Dental Treatment Methods (6 credits), Nursing Practice (3 credits); 6 semester – Final Practical training & Supervision (21 credits).
Final thesis and Qualification exam 9 credits.
Alternative Elective (21 credits). Subjects are develop general competencies: Philosophy of Medicine, Philosophy of Moral, Basics of Public Health Scienc