In a clinic or hospital setting, a dental hygienist works under the supervision of a licensed dentist. The dental hygienist aims to improve oral and overall health by providing preventive, therapeutic and educational services to the public in the State of Qatar. Dental hygiene services include assessing general and oral health status, advising patients on oral hygiene, removing dental deposits and stains, applying cavity-preventing agents, performing radiographic exams, examining patients’ teeth and gums, taking measurements, taking impressions and recording the presence of oral diseases and abnormalities. The dental hygienist is a critical member of the oral health care team and an advocate for overall health promotion.

 The dental hygienist aims to improve oral and overall health by providing preventative, therapeutic and educational services including: assessment of general and oral health status, advisement on oral hygiene, the removal of dental deposits and stains, application of cavity-prevention agents, facilitation of radiographic examinations, and teeth and gum examination. The Diploma in Dental Hygiene (Dip. DH) is a ten-semester applied diploma, including a full semester of clinical practice, that prepares students to work as clinical dental hygienists within a hospital, community healthcare center or private practice stetting. 

Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the theoretical knowledge and clinical skill outlined in the dental hygiene national competency profile.
  2. Operate in a clinical environment to provide, in accordance with accepted professional standards, oral health care of high quality and appropriate to the needs of the State of Qatar.
  3. Communicate effectively with patients, dentists and other members of the oral health team within the scope of the dental hygiene profession
  4. Identify patients requiring further treatment and coordinate the referral.
  5. Assess patients’ general and oral health status and correlate oral and systemic findings.
  6. Describe the initiation and progression of oral diseases, and the scientific and behavioral factors which relate to systemic conditions.
  7. Implement the dental hygiene process of care: assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate dental hygiene services.
  8. Recognize, diagnose and treat early oral and dental diseases.
  9. Use appropriate health education to promote individual and community oral health.

Career Opportunities

 A wide range of career opportunities in field currently exist and they include but are not limited to the following:

Clinical Dental Hygienist – Public Healthcare Centre

Oral Public Health Worker

Sales Rep, Dental Clinic Equipment

Clinical Dental Hygienist – Private Sector

Ministry of Public Health Employee

Marketing Sales, Dental Clinic Equipment

Supervisor – Clinic or Hospital Setting

 

 

Entrance requirements

    1. High school graduation certificate or equivalent approved by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education with a minimum average of 60%, and successful completion of final year Chemistry and Biology with a minimum score of 60%; OR
    English Language (Grade 12 level)
    Minimum 60%
    Academic Mathematics (Grade 12 level) 
    Minimum 60%
    OR Advanced Mathematics
    (Grade 12 level)

    Minimum 50%
    * Biology and Chemistry (Grade 12 level)Minimum 60%
*  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.

Language proficiency Requirements

  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 Department; 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 Program requirements.

Mathematics Requirement:

    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 Program requirements.