Dental Hygiene

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

As a dental hygienist, you focus on human health, living conditions and lifestyle. You are involved in the practical treatment of patients and teaching people of all ages so they can maintain healthy teeth throughout their lives.

Daily life

Te teaching is based on lectures, practical exercises in the school’s clinic and work done in your study group. Focus is given to such areas as health promotion, health education, communication, prevention and practical treatment. You learn to work with dentists, teachers, public health nurses and educators, and you study subjects within the natural sciences, the humanities, the social sciences and the health sciences.

Internship and exchange

As part of the programme, you will do an internship as a dental hygienist. Most of the practical training takes place at the school’s own clinics. In the course of your practical training, you learn to examine teeth and mouth, take X-rays, make a diagnosis, sedate, clean teeth and polish dental fillings. A small part of the practical training takes place at external clinics across the country. You may also be able to do an internship abroad.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the BSc programme in dental hygiene, you are authorised to open your own clinic, or you can work with dentists at a dental practice. You can also work within the municipal dental services, with dental care for the disabled, aged or immobile, with special needs dental care, for dental specialists or with dental firms. Following two years of work experience, you can undergo further education on diploma and MSc programmes.

Admission requirements

Admission number

22020

Admission in quota 1

You must have a qualifying examination. If you have a foreign qualifying examination which can be assessed in quota 1, you must also provide evidence of proficiency in Danish or similar documentation for qualifications in Danish.   

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July of the year of application. 

Admission in quota 2

To apply for admission in quota 2, you must have either a qualifying examination or one or more of the following exams:

  • Social and Healthcare Assistant with the following subjects:
    • Danish C
    • Natural science C
    • English C
  • Relevant vocational education and training with the following subjects:
    • Danish C
    • English C
    • Chemistry C or Science C or Mathematics C or Physics C or Biology C
  • Recognised foreign and international qualifying examinations + ‘Studieprøven i dansk’ (Study examination in Danish as a second language) or similar documentation for qualifications in Danish.

As a rule it is only possible to start a higher education on a similar or lower level 6 years after you have passed your latest completed higher education. This means that if you have completed a Danish professional bachelor's degree or a fulltime bachelor’s degree you will have to wait 6 years (counting from your last passed Danish professional bachelor's degree or a fulltime bachelor’s degree) before you can apply for a new Bachelor’s degree. This is applicable for applicants in both quota 1 and quota 2.

Motivated application

Your quota 2 application must include a motivation letter in which you describe your motivation and your reasons for applying for admission. Please note that without a motivation letter your application will not be assessed in quota 2.

Selection criteria in quota 2

The following are prioritised in the assessment:

  • Qualifying examination
  • Single-subject courses at upper secondary level
  • The qualifying examination for social and healthcare training programmes
  • Other relevant education or professional experience within the social, pedagogical or healthcare fields
  • Period(s) of living abroad or course(s) at a folk high school
  • Managerial or other positions of responsibility within sports or leisure activities
  • Excellent language skills, especially in English
  • A sound state of health to withstand the physical stress and workload associated with the profession

The selection is made on the basis of an overall assessment of the motivation letter and the above selection criteria. It is important that you document activities corresponding to the selection criteria listed above.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can find more detailed information about the individual subjects. You can also read more about the programme structure and the requirements which students must meet. Here you can also find information about the types of examinations and exam requirements.


 

Student life

Teaching

On the dental hygienist degree programme, you study at the School of Oral Health Care (SKT). The timetable combines lectures that typically take place in a large lecture theatre together with many other students, group work, project and laboratory work as well as treating patients. Some of the teaching takes place outside the school, for example in primary and lower secondary schools, kindergartens and hospitals.

Part of a treatment team

Much of the teaching on the dental hygiene programme aims to resemble the work situation of a trained dental hygienist, which is why after the first year you become part of a treatment team comprising dental hygiene, odontology, dental surgery assistant and clinical denturism students.  The programme includes two external three or four-week internships

The BSc programme in dental hygiene is divided into 12 ten-week modules. Timetables therefore vary a great deal in the course of your studies. Below is an example of a weekly plan for module 3. 

Monday:
08:00–12:00: Lecture in Anatomy
12:30–15:00: Lecture in Gingivitis and Periodontitis

Tuesday:
08:30–11:30: Group instruction in Clinical Photography
12:00–15:00 Group meeting

Wednesday:
8:00-10:00: Lecture in Dental Morphology
11:00–12:00 Group instruction in Dental Morphology

Thursday:
08.00–11:30: Clinical training – Internal clinical training
12:00–15:00 Lecture in Health Education

Friday:
09:00–12:00: Lecture on Diet and Nutrition
12:30–14:30: Lecture in Safety and Environment

Social life

Students on the dental hygienist programme enjoy a rich social life that offers ample opportunity for active participation in several associations.

Odontologisk Forening (Odontology Society)

If you are passionate about student politics, Odontologisk Forening (OF) is the place for you. OF is a student association for odontology students and students at the School of Oral Health Care. OF’s primary aim is to represent the students so that everyone enjoys the best possible study conditions.

Apollonia

The dental hygienist degree programme organises parties together with dentists and the other students at the School of Oral Health Care. Every Friday, Apollonia organises a Friday bar.

Studying abroad

Dental hygienists who have been trained in Denmark are in great demand abroad. A period of study abroad in the course of your studies is therefore an excellent chance for you to find out whether you would be interested in working abroad after completing the programme. The School of Oral Health Care has cooperation agreements with foreign universities, enabling you to study abroad for up to three months. You also have the option of doing one of your practical internships abroad.

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Career

Your job opportunities as a dental hygienist

The BSc programme in dental hygiene is a three-year professional degree programme. This means that you are a fully trained dental hygienist after the three-year period. The programme gives you the right to open your own clinic or work with dentists at a dental practice. You can also be employed in the municipal dental services, where you will primarily concentrate on the preventive treatment of children and young people. This means treating young people in the dentist’s chair as well as teaching school children about oral and dental hygiene. You can also be employed in hospitals, institutions and care centres. 

Further and continuing education

Following two years of work experience, you can undergo further education on diploma and professional Master’s degree programmes. Further education is a chance to immerse yourself and further develop the skills acquired as part of your BSc degree.