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Dental Hygiene

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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Dentistry

**Course overview**: As a dental hygienist you will be proactive in the prevention and maintenance of periodontal disease and improving ‘smiles’. The course blends equal theoretical and practical learning within the on campus phantom head skills lab and the Student Dental Facility.

Our BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene course is designed to ensure you meet the standards and skills necessary to enable you to register with the General Dental Council and hold the title of dental hygienist.

A dental hygienist is a rewarding career where your skills to deliver current oral health promotion, periodontal and preventive treatment to a wide range of patients makes a difference. As a competent, accountable, problem-solving and evidence-based practitioner, you need excellent manual dexterity and communication skills to meet the high expectations and demands of the modern dental practice. You need to be able to effectively communicate with the public and other healthcare providers at all levels. As with all healthcare professionals the public place a high level of expectation and trust in their dental hygienist and therefore to work in this sector it is essential that you are able to demonstrate the core values embedded within the NHS Constitution.

**Work placement**: After developing periodontal instrumentation skills within the phantom head skills lab you progress to your professional placement in the Student Dental Facility to treat your own patients under close supervision. This is the core of your practice experience. You also undertake oral health promotion placements where you will develop and deliver sessions to improve oral health in a variety of community settings. In Year 2 you have a one-week radiography placement at Newcastle Dental Hospital. In Year 3 you are allocated placements within local dental practices to prepare you for employment.

**After the course**: Employment prospects are excellent; once registered, you will be eligible to work in general dental practice, private practice, hospital departments, community dental services, specialist practices, defence medical services, dental access centres and research. You may also consider postgraduate study in specialist subjects. Graduates have returned to Teesside University as lecturers, and as clinical supervisors to support students during their clinical development in the Student Dental Facility.

Modules

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Assessment methods

The course comprises 50% theoretical study and 50% practical work. The use of the phantom head skills laboratory is pivotal in the practical teaching. Your theoretical learning takes place in a variety of settings and contexts, using different methods to achieve the learning outcomes, including lectures, seminars, facilitated debates, research-informed teaching, peer and group work as well as problem-solving sessions. All subjects are supported by e-learning, including pre and post reading as well as quizzes. You are provided with a personal tutor who monitors your clinical and theoretical development throughout the three year course.

The teaching of clinical treatments initially begins in the state-of-the-art phantom head skills laboratory - a simulated clinical environment. Once you become skilled at basic practical treatments, you will be allowed to progress on to the dental treatment clinic to begin practising your skills on patients. You develop your clinical skills in an incremental manner, returning to the phantom head skills laboratory when required.

Practical assessments include task-specific examinations, essential competencies and case studies. Clinical lecturers observe your practical skills, supporting your emerging clinical development, meeting the required clinical standards you should achieve prior to assessments. Theoretical assessments are varied, including essays, assignments, written examinations, presentations, vivas and a final-year dissertation.

The Uni


Course location:

Teesside University

Department:

Nursing, Midwifery and Health Professions

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99%
UK students
1%
International students
11%
Male students
89%
Female students

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

88%
Health associate professionals
13%
Health professionals

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