Dental hygienists form an important complementary branch of the dental profession. Working under the supervision of a dentist, the dental hygienist carries out procedures such as:
- scaling teeth
- taking and recording radiographs
- local infiltration and inferior block anaesthesia
- application of fissure sealants
- application of desentising agents
- dietary advice.
A career in dental hygiene will appeal to students who have empathy for people, who are interested in their welfare, and who like carrying out precision work with their hands.
The School of Dental Hygiene is a constituent part of the University Dental School and Hospital.
Year 1 Modules:
PAN1004 The Anatomical Basis of Dental Hygiene (15 credits);
PL1011Basic Science for Dental Hygiene (15 credits);
RD1004 & RD1005Clinical Dental Hygiene I & II (5 & 10 credits);
RD1006 & RD1007Theoretical Dental Hygiene I & II (5 & 10 credits)
Year 2 Modules:
Preventive Dentistry and Dental Public Health; Periodontology; Clinical Prevention; Clinical Dental Hygiene; Dental Hygiene Project
See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modulesfor a more detailed description of programme modules.
Fitness to Practise
This programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy Â– full details may be found here.
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Course Code: dipdh
Course Title: Dental Hygiene
College: Medicine and Health
Duration: 2 Years
Teaching Mode: Full-time
NFQ Level: Level 7
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.
2017 Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects and O6 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, Biology and one other subject recognised for entry purposes. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by October 15th in the year of proposed entry to the programme, and must hold a Leaving Certificate at the time of application or be applying on the basis of mature years.
Entry Points: NA
Closing Date: 19 February 2016
Equipment:Dental Hygiene students wear scrubs in the clinic and these are purchased in Year 1.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment.
See herefor information on assessment.
Application to first year of the Diploma in Dental Hygiene Programme is made directly to the Admissions Office in UCC.
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Further Contact Information
Cork University Dental School & Hospital
T: +353 (0)21 490 1142