Qualified Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists treat patients under the written prescription of a dentist. They are able to carry out preventative and periodontal treatment for adults and children, and also place simple restorations and extract deciduous teeth.
Career opportunities exist in General Dental Practice, Hospital Practice, the Community and Personal dental services, corporate bodies and the armed forces. Employment opportunities are plentiful and flexible working schedules are available.
This is an integrated BSc course leading to a qualification in both Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy. The course is full time lasting for 3 academic years. The course is run by South Birmingham Primary Care Trust and is validated by the University of Birmingham and on qualification the graduate is eligible to apply for entry to the register of Dental Care Professionals.
The degree may be awarded with honours to high achieving students. Students are based at Birmingham Dental Hospital and School where the basic skills are acquired.
Clinical work begins early in the second term and throughout the course clinical practice is juxtaposed with lectures, small group teaching and self directed learning. Patients are treated under the supervision of a tutor and graded as part of the continuous assessment process. Integrated teaching and learning with undergraduate dental students in the clinical practice setting is a major component in fostering the team approach to dentistry.
Second and third year students undertake a major component of the clinical practice in outreach clinics within the West Midlands. This gives the opportunity of treating a wide variety of patient groups and experiencing the specialties in dentistry. Students work alongside dental undergraduates and members of the qualified staff.
The School of Dental Hygiene & Therapy has excellent teaching facilities with up-to-date audio visual and computer equipment. Oral Health Promotion forms an integral part of the course and students visit nurseries and schools to teach Oral Health to children and young people..
For further information regarding these courses, please ring (UK) 0121 237 2802 for preliminary telephone enquiries, and for a prospectus/handbook and application form. See also http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/courses/undergraduate/med/dental-hygiene-therapy.aspx
Alternatively, email or write to the Director:
Mrs Suzanne Noble
School of Dentistry
University of Birmingham
St Chad's Queensway
Birmingham B4 6NN