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Basic professional studies dental hygienist

Professional title: Professional DENTAL HYGIENIST

Basic professional studies for the title dental hygienist are organized in 2490 hours (6 semesters of theoretical, practical teaching, independent student work, practice in health care institutions and preparation of graduation paper (in accordance with the Directive 2005/36/EK of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union, September 7, 2005). The curriculum should provide students with the knowledge, practical skills and professional behavior necessary for their practice as professional nurses.

AIMS OF THE STUDY PROGRAM

This study program aims to provide the students with knowledge and skills in the field of dental hygiene: prevention of oral and dental diseases, preparation of the patients for oral/dental surgery, removal of dental plaque, application of most up-to-date diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, promotion of health education, high moral values, and adequate communication with patients and dentists.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

a. Knowledge and understanding of:

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Health promotion and disease prevention,

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Prevention measures,

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Planning of prevention,

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Basic and clinical disciplines,

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Help in case of trauma or other emergencies,

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Health care of chronically ill and children,

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Pre-surgical preparation,

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Involvement in all therapeutical proceedings

b. Successful communication with patients and colleagues, including:

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Keeping of medical documentation,

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Help in the management and examination of patients,

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Motivation of the patients for good oral hygiene,

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Pediatric prevention work,

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Fluorides in caries prevention,

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Diagnostic tests (microbiology, lab tests, pathohistology etc.)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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Secondary, 4 years' medical school

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Admission exam

KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT AND GRADES

Only the student who fulfills all the planned pre-exam requirements can take the exam. Student workload is constantly monitored and has to be expressed in points. After the fulfillment of all pre-exam requirements and after passing the exam a student can earn the maximum of 100 points. Out of the total number of points, at least 30 and maximally 70 points are planned to be earned through the fulfillment of pre-exam requirements (activities; knowledge check-ups during the semester). The number of points to be earned per a school year is defined individually per each course.

Repeated knowledge check-ups are performed regularly throughout the semester (school year), and final grade is established after exam. These check-up take the form of colloquia, seminars, tests etc.

In cases of combined-type exams (written, practical, oral), those already passed parts of the exam are acknowledged in the future exam terms for pre-clinical courses and only the written part for clinical courses till the end of the school year in question.

Exam colloquium is a form of knowledge assessment with detailed evaluation of knowledge of a large portion of the course. Up to two colloquia can be organized per semester. A successfully taken colloquium is recognized till the successful completion of the exam, if in the same school year. The portion of the course assessed at exam colloquium is not evaluated again at the exam.

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If an exam is both written and oral, the result at the written part makes up at least 50% of the final grade.

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If an exam is written, practical, and oral, the result at the written part makes up at least 20% of the final grade.

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In the point structure for core courses, the final exam could account for 50% at the most of the total number of points.

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In the point structure for other courses, the final exam could account for 30-40% at the most of the total number of points.

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Student accomplishment is expressed by grades as follows:

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10 - extraordinary

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9 - excellent

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8 - very good

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7 - good

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6 - sufficient

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5 - exam failure

If a student fails his exam (earns less than 55 points), the grade 5 is entered into the exam records and exam application of that student.

"The value" of each course from the program is expressed by way of the ECTS credits, and the extent of the studies is the sum of ECTS credits collected during the studies. The value of 60 ECTS credits expresses the average total engagement of a student for a workload of 40 hours a week during one school year.

LITERATURE

Relevant literature is adapted to the study programs, and for certain courses with the extent of the studies expressed in ECTS credits.

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