Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (B.Sc. DH)

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (B.Sc. DH) program is a four year degree that prepares graduates for licensing as a Dental Hygienist in Qatar. The B.Sc. DH program is founded on academic requirements for accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC). An integration of theory with extensive application in laboratory, simulation, and practice experiences, including training in the state-of-the-art on campus College of Health Sciences Dental Clinic, prepares graduates to assess oral health, advise patients on oral hygiene, and perform a range of preventative and restorative oral health interventions. The B.Sc. DH prepares graduates with foundational knowledge and skills to practice in public and private clinics and hospitals.

Program Duration:

Four years

Admission Requirements:

1. High school graduation certificate or equivalent approved by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education with a minimum average of 60%, plus one final year Mathematics, and successful completion of final year of two of three science courses (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) with a minimum grade of 60%.

1. The required score on the University English Placement Test or a passing score from another approved internationally recognized English language test, as validated by the Admissions & Registration Directorate;

OR

2. A valid (within two years) IELTS Academic Test Report Form with an overall band of 5.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) below 5.0;

OR

3. Successful completion of Foundation Year in Health Sciences.

1. A minimum of 60% on the University Math Placement Test;

OR

2. A valid SAT Report Form with minimum score of 480;

OR

3. Successful completion of Foundation Year in Health Sciences.

1. Admission is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked based on their overall final year (Grade 12 or equivalent) high school percentage, placement tests rankings, and Admission Priority Category.

  1. Documented proof of completed immunizations and diagnostic tests as identified in the Student Immunization Form.
  2. Documented proof of current Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers Level 3 certification at the time of enrolment or within one month of commencement of the program.
  3. Students are responsible to maintain current immunizations and BLS certification throughout the duration of the program. These requirements may change during the program as determined by the Qatar Ministry of Public Health and clinical partners hosting student placements.
  4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as uniforms and lab coats are needed for labs and clinical practicums.
  5. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange transportation to and from clinical practicum sites.
  6. Students are required to purchase a Dental Hygiene Instrument kit (minimum cost 2500 QAR).
  7. Additional program costs may include textbooks and a mobile phone which supports access to specialized applications.

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2023-2024 Study Plan

 

COURSE NUMBER

COURSE TITLE REQUISITE HOURS/WEEK
    PRE-REQ CO-REQ CR LEC LAB
SEMESTER 1

BIOL1110

Anatomy & Physiology Ⅰ

- - 4 3 3
COMM1010

English Communication Ⅰ

- - 3 3 0
CHEM1040

Applied Science for Allied Health

- CHEM1041 3 3 0
CHEM1041

Applied Science for Allied Health (Lab)

- CHEM1040 1 0 3
BIOL1030

Biochemistry & Microbiology

- BIOL1031 3 3

0

BIOL1031

Biochemistry & Microbiology (Lab)

- BIOL1030 1 0 3
Semester 1 Total: 15 12 9
SEMESTER 2
BIOL1210 Anatomy & Physiology II BIOL1110 - 4 3 3
COMM1020 English Communication II COMM1010 - 3 3 0
SSHA1002 Introduction to Sociology - - 3 3 0
HSDH1270 Principles & Issues in Dental Hygiene BIOL1010
CHEM1040
CHEM1041
BIOL1030
BIOL1031
- 3 3 0
RSST1001 Qualitative Designs & Analyses - - 3 3 0
Semester 2 Total: 16 15 3
SEMESTER 3
BIOL1310 Introduction to Pathophysiology BIOL1210 - 3 3 0
SSHA1003 Introductory Psychology - - 3 3 0
Semester 3 Total: 6 6 0
YEAR 1 TOTAL: 37 33 12

COURSE NUMBER

COURSE TITLE REQUISITE HOURS/WEEK
    PRE-REQ CO-REQ CR LEC LAB
SEMESTER 4
HSHG2020

Health & Wellness 

- - 3 3 0
HSDH2140 Oral Histology & Embryology BIOL1210 - 2 2 0
HSDH2120 Head & Neck Anatomy BIOL1210 - 3 3 0
HSDH2130 Dental Anatomy BIOL1210 - 3 2 3
MATH2002 Quantitative Designs & Statistics - - 3 3

0

Semester 4 Total: 14 13 3
SEMESTER 5
HSDH2250 Introduction to Dental Hygiene HSDH2120
HSDH2130
HSDH2140
HSDH2260 4 4 0
HSDH2260 Dental Hygiene Instrumentation HSDH2120
HSDH2130
HSDH2140
HSDH2250 3 0 9
HSDH2240 Periodontology Ⅰ HSDH2120
HSDH2130
HSDH2140
- 3 3 0
HSDH2210 General Dentistry Introduction HSDH2120
HSDH2130
HSDH2140
- 3 3 0
HSDH2280 Radiology Ⅰ HSDH2120
HSDH2130
HSDH2140
- 2 2 0
Semester 5 Total: 15 12 9
SEMESTER 6
HSDH2350 Fundamentals of Clinical Dental Hygiene HSDH1270
HSDH2250
HSDH2260
- 4 2 6
HSDH2390 Community Oral Health Ⅰ HSDH2250 - 2 2 0
 Semester 6 Total: 6 4 6
YEAR 2 TOTAL: 35 29 18

COURSE NUMBER

COURSE TITLE REQUISITE HOURS/WEEK
    PRE-REQ CO-REQ CR LEC LAB
SEMESTER 7
HSDH3150 Dental Hygiene Theory I

HSDH2350

HSDH3160

4 4 4
HSDH3160

Dental Hygiene Practice I

HSDH2350 HSDH3150 3 144 Total HRs
HSDH3181

Radiology II

HSDH2280 - 3 2 3
HSDH3100

Oral Pathology

HSDH2240
BIOL1310
- 3 3 0
Semester 7 Total: 13

9

7
SEMESTER 8
HSDH3250 Dental Hygiene Theory II HSDH3150
HSDH3160
HSDH3260 4 4 0
HSDH3260 Dental Hygiene Practice II HSDH3150
HSDH3160
HSDH3250 3 144 Total HRs
HSDH3241 Periodontology II HSDH2240 - 3 3 0
HSDH3200 Pharmacology & Pain Management HSDH3150 - 3 3 0
Semester 8 Total: 13 10 0
SEMESTER 9
HSDH3350 Dental Hygiene Theory III HSDH3200
HSDH3250
HSDH3260
HSDH3360 2 2 0
HSDH3371 Dental Hygiene Practice Management HSDH1270 - 3 3 0
HSDH3360 Dental Hygiene Practice III HSDH3200
HSDH3250 HSDH3260
HSDH3350 2 84 Total HRs
Semester 9 Total: 7 5 0
YEAR 3 TOTAL: 33 24 7

COURSE NUMBER

COURSE TITLE REQUISITE HOURS/WEEK
    PRE-REQ CO-REQ CR LEC LAB
SEMESTER 10

HSDH4150

Dental Hygiene Theory ⅠⅤ

HSDH3350 HSDH3360

HSDH4160 2 2 0
HSDH4160

Dental Hygiene Practice ⅠⅤ

HSDH3350 HSDH3360 HSDH4150 3 144 Total HRs
HSDH4190

Community Oral Health ⅠⅠ

HSDH2390 - 2 2 0
MGMT4010 Leadership & Change Management - - 3 3 0
GARC1001 Qatar History & Society - - 3 3 0
Semester 10 Total: 13 10 0
SEMESTER 11
HSDH4250 Dental Hygiene Theory Ⅴ HSDH4150 HSDH4160 HSDH4260 2 2 0
HSDH4260 Dental Hygiene Practice Ⅴ HSDH4150 HSDH4160 HSDH4250 2 72 Total HRs
HSDH4290 Community Oral Health ⅠⅠⅠ HSDH4190 - 2 2 0
HSDH4340 Periodontology ⅠⅠⅠ HSDH3241 - 3 3 0
Elective in Consultation with Academic Advisor   3 3 0
Semester 11 Total: 12 10 0
YEAR 4 TOTAL: 25 20 0
B.Sc. DH PROGRAM TOTAL: 130 106 37

Graduate Future Pathways:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (B.Sc. DH) program are equipped to pursue further specialization in their field or post-graduate research.

Graduate Career Opportunities:

Graduates of the B.Sc. DH degree program will have the essential knowledge and technical competencies required to enter Dental Hygiene practice, and a broader knowledge of the healthcare field and its systems. A wide range of career opportunities in the field currently exist, including but not limited to, the following:

• Clinical Dental Hygienist – Public Healthcare Centre

• Clinical Dental Hygienist – Private Sector

• Supervisor – Clinic or Hospital Setting

• Oral Public Health Worker

• Ministry of Public Health Employee

• Research Opportunities

• Sales Rep, Dental Clinic Equipment

• Marketing Sales, Dental Clinic Equipment

• Academic Teaching Assistant

 

Program Contact:

Dr. Lina Abou Touk
Department Head, Dental Hygiene

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