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Qualification: Oral hygienist (no legal status)

Oral hygienist (no legal status)

Qualification Information

The student will be able to:
(general competences)

  • keep up to date with specialist literature,
  • adapt to a constantly developing profession,
  • show responsibility, communicativeness, precision, creativity, perseverance, honesty and decisiveness in accordance with ethical principles,
  • take a holistic approach to the patient and knowledge – establish a good relationship with patients and their family members,
  • behave courteously and respectfully towards patients and people in general,
  • make rational use of energy, material and time,
  • protect health and the environment and show responsibility for own safety and the safety of others,

(vocationally specific competences)

  • plan, prepare, implement and check own work,
  • communicate with patients, family members and co-workers in a dental team and with other professionals,
  • use technical terminology and communicate in a foreign language,
  • use modern information and communication technologies,
  • participate in a dental nursing team for oral hygiene activity and in coordinating the work of support services,
  • compile dental documentation and other documentation,
  • keep records of, order and store materials for the provision of oral hygiene,
  • maintain dental tools, instruments and equipment,
  • perform oral hygiene for individuals in different stages of life and conditions,
  • acquire knowledge about the importance of teeth, periodontal tissues and the oral cavity,
  • acquire knowledge about the effect of systemic diseases on oral health,
  • provide oral hygiene advice and education to all sections of the population,
  • provide dietary advice with regard to diseases of the teeth and the oral cavity,
  • perform scaling to remove plaque
  • perform root planing,
  • polish and whiten teeth,
  • perform topical fluoridation,
  • perform dental fissure watering,
  • take intraoral X-rays,
  • assist the patient with oral hygiene,
  • perform preventive, diagnostic and curative/therapeutic oral hygiene procedures,
  • perform basic resuscitation procedures,
  • record, keep, monitor and evaluate data on the state of patients' teeth and gums,
  • organise and participate in the process of formal and non-formal education and training.

 

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Students' knowledge is assessed by means of practical exercises and seminar papers, and also via products, projects, performances, services and otherwise, and by examinations. Examination performance is scored as follows: 10 (excellent); 9 (very good: above-average knowledge but with some mistakes); 8 (very good: solid results); 7 (good); 6 (adequate: knowledge satisfies minimum criteria); 5–1 (inadequate). In order to pass an examination, the candidate must achieve a grade between adequate (6) and excellent (10).

 

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Students receive a diploma when they have completed all compulsory modules and subjects totalling 105 credits, an elective module totalling 5 credits and a diploma thesis (5 credits).

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  • Matura or vocational matura (previously final examination) or
  • master craftsman/foreman/shop manager examination, three years' work experience and a test of knowledge of general education subjects at the level required for the vocational matura in secondary technical education.

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Higher vocational school in cooperation with employers providing practical training.

NQF Level: 
6
Access requirements: 
  • Matura or vocational matura (previously final examination) or
  • master craftsman/foreman/shop manager examination, three years' work experience and a test of knowledge of general education subjects at the level required for the vocational matura in secondary technical education.
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Students receive a diploma when they have completed all compulsory modules and subjects totalling 105 credits, an elective module totalling 5 credits and a diploma thesis (5 credits).