Dental Hygiene and Therapy
Dental Hygiene and Therapy courses for 2019
As a student Dental Hygienist/Therapist you will be taught pre-clinical and clinical skills in refurbished, state-of-the-art training facilities. You will work and train alongside dental undergraduates and dental nurses to facilitate a team approach to learning and patient care.
You will begin clinical contact in the first year, maximising your clinical experience during your training.
Why study Dental Hygiene and Therapy at Bristol?
Our excellent staff-to-student ratio allows for thorough supervision and support throughout the course. This will enable you to become a skilled, competent clinician, capable of providing high levels of clinical care and patient management.
You will benefit from a variety of teaching methods. This will give you the confidence to deliver tailored advice and carry out preventative and restorative treatments.
Clinical treatment sessions are closely supervised by experienced dental tutors. Throughout the course, you will receive feedback and reflect on your performance. You will develop a sensitive and patient-focused approach to caring for the patients referred to you for treatment.
What kind of student would this course suit?
A Dental Hygiene & Therapy student must enjoy communicating and interacting with people of all ages, social cultures and backgrounds and those with varying needs.
Good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity are essential due to the detailed work carried out. Those with an artistic flair are often well suited to this profession, along with good management and organisational skills.
Joining this profession requires a lifelong commitment to continued professional development. You will be a self-motivated individual who has a patient-centered approach and is able to work well as part of a team.
How is this course taught and assessed?
The majority of this course is spent learning and working in a clinical environment, either in the clinical skills laboratory or in a clinic.
Scientific and technical knowledge is taught through lectures, seminars and group teaching, alongside laboratory and technical work.
During your training, you will have the opportunity to work in a dental team as part of community-based dental teaching experience at South Bristol Community Hospital.
The course is subject to a number of thorough clinical and theoretical assessments. Methods of assessment include essay writing, multiple short-answer questions, e-assessment and continuous clinical assessment. Summative assessment is used for progression throughout the course.
What are my career prospects?
Once qualified, you can register with the General Dental Council (GDC) and work in a variety of settings including general dental practices, salaried dental services, specialist practices, hospitals and industry.
You will be a vital part of any dental team, working collaboratively and providing primary dental care and oral healthcare advice to a wide range of patients.
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