Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Prevention Management
The focus of the praxisHochschule study programme is prevention-oriented and will ensure that the patient’s health and wellness is in the spotlight. By offering Germany’s first Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Prevention Management programme, the university will make an impact in particular in the oral health care field.
Future prospects in the Dental Hygiene Profession
Oral and dental health will become increasingly important in the near future as the population ages and a greater number of older adults retain their teeth. The 2006 German Oral Hygiene Study (DMS IV) found that over 70% of individuals 40 years old and over had some form of periodontal disease. praxisHochschule will graduate qualified personnel to meet this need, especially as there is currently less than one dental hygienist per 100 dentists in Germany compared to the United States, Japan, or Sweden, which have 100, 79, and 39 dental hygienists per 100 dentists respectively.
Dental Hygiene core competencies
Core competencies of the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Prevention Management programme span both academic and practical aspects. Students will receive fundamental knowledge in oral health, periodontal disease prevention, and dental prophylaxis. Risks and relationships between periodontal disease and various medical conditions, such as diabetes, will also be studied. The acquired expertise will allow the qualified dental hygienist to work independently within a dental office. The hygienist is trained to help improve and maintain the oral and dental health of a range of patients, including children, older adults, and high-risk patients through regular recall and periodontal maintenance appointments. The clinician will also be able to guide and motivate patients in oral hygiene instruction and nutrition. Furthermore, graduates of this programme will be able to apply acquired management skills and bring new ideas to the profession and practice as well as be able to lead and coordinate various projects within dental offices.
The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Prevention Management programme uses a dual learning model in which students work and study concurrently. Students will receive academic subject matter in the form of lectures, self-study, and e-learning. This concept will allow them to apply the present evidence-based theory and skills they learn on-campus and during their self-study in practice. Students will also solve cases using the problem-based learning approach, individually and in group format. Hands-on skills training will occur on “dummy” heads before transferring instrumentation competencies to patients within the university’s dental clinic and in other collaborating dental or specialised (e.g., periodontal) practices.
The following table illustrates the various modules that students will study. Students in the integrated training stream will complete all six semesters, while students in the work-study stream begin in the third semester.
There are two ways in which students can earn their Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Prevention Management degree: (1) the integrated training stream and (2) the work-study stream.
The Integrated Training stream
In the integrated training stream, after two years (four semesters) of education and training, a student will be able to write an exam with the accountable German Dental Association to receive a certificate/diploma as a dental assistant. Subsequently, the student will graduate with a Bachelor degree following the completion of the remaining modules and a thesis in their third year (six semesters in total). Students will attend the university an average of five days per module.
The Work-Study stream
In the work-study stream, students who have previous professional dental qualifications, such as the equivalent to a dental assistant or dental hygienist (non-academic), will be able to study and work concurrently and complete the Bachelor programme within a shorter period of time (24 months or 4 semesters). They will be required to receive an official document from the appropriate German Dental Association in the region of study stating the equivalency of their training. Similar to the integrated training stream, students will complete a combination of on-campus requirements, self-study projects, and document the clinical practice they experience within a dental (periodontal) office. This alternative will also require students to attend campus an average of five days per module.
The programme begins in April and October every year for applicants interested in the work-study stream. The integrated training stream only accepts applicants in the Winter term. Various documents must be submitted at the time of application, including a resume or curriculum vitae, transcripts, certificates, proof of related employment, etc. (translated into German) to allow the university to individually assess each application.
International students can be accepted into the programme if they provide evidence of completion of a Deutsch Als Fremdsprache (DAF) Test (or Test of German as a Foreign Language).
Students may be accepted into the:
The Integrated Training stream
with no advanced training in the dental field upon submission of a diploma from a secondary school or entrance qualification to an advanced technical college/university.
The Work-Study stream
if they provide evidence of advanced training comparable to that of a dental assistant or dental hygienist (non-academic) as well as at least three years of work experience in the related profession.
Tuition fees for the Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Prevention Management programme are dependent on previous qualifications and certifications.
Foreign students from non-European Union countries must generally finance their own education and living expenses when studying in Germany. They are required to show proof of sufficient financial resources of at least 8,040 EUR per year or 670 EUR per month by opening a blocked German bank account in order to apply for a student Visa. This bank account can be opened outside of Germany and is blocked until the student arrives to study in Germany. Students applying to the programme will also be required to pay 50% of the total tuition fee (11,700 EUR / 7,800 EUR) to the University upon their enrolment. The remaining fees will be paid in small monthly amounts of 325 EUR.
Students in the Bachelor of Dental Hygiene and Prevention Management programme will be working during their studies. They will normally obtain an income from the dental clinic in which they are fulfilling their practical requirements or the employer may choose to pay the total of the tuition fees in return for the beneficial financial prospects of having an academically educated and trained dental hygienist on the team.
Students completing their dental assisting certification within the integrated training stream may benefit from a bursary from the dental office if they have a student Visa, which allows students to complete compulsory work placements that are part of their studies. Bursaries are not guaranteed and vary depending on the Dental Association catchment area in which the student is working and on the year the student is completing their certification as a dental assistant. The value of the bursary can be negotiated between the student and the dentist. Approximate amounts can range between 500 and 650 EUR. The applicable Dental Association should be contacted for current amounts and additional information.
Following graduation of the programme students can expect to earn a respectable salary of between 2,500 and 4,500 EUR. The salary range can depend on a variety of factors such as the number of years of experience and location of work.
Graduates may choose to continue to study and apply to a Masters programme after completing the Bachelor degree, as the programme adheres to the European educational and international standards. Students graduate with 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit points.
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