The Government of Nepal has called for the provision of basic health service to all by establishing a network of health services in remote and urban areas. In this regard, the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) has been contributing towards the development of different level of health personnel. In the field of dental health, CTEVT has planned to produce middle level dental service providers in the form of Dental Hygienist. The Council will award “Certificate in Dental Science (Dental Hygiene)” to those candidates who successfully complete the requirements as prescribed by this curriculum. The Certificate in Dental Science (Dental Hygiene) graduates will be able to work as Dental Assistant in the hospital and clinical settings under the supervision of the Dental Surgeon and also will be able to serve in the community. This course is based on the academic requirements to provide basic dental/oral health care services as a middle level health professional. After completion of the course, the graduate is expected to perform the duty of hospital and clinic assistant as per assigned by Nepal Health Professional Council independently in different health institutions in Nepal and abroad. The program is of three academic years’ duration. The first year course focuses on basic science and foundational subjects, the second year course focuses on dental science and practical simultaneously and the third year is given to the application of learned skills and knowledge within the comprehensive practical settings, in hospitals or Clinics.
The foundational subjects like English, Nepali, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (offered in diffusion model of curricular programme) are applicable in the medical field. The disciplinary subjects of medical field are included in all three years. This curricular programme also makes the provision of project works as well as real world of work practices in the specific medical areas. The curriculum structure and the subject wise content reflect the details of this curriculum. In brief, this curriculum will guide to its implementer s to produce competent and highly employable middle level technical work forces in medical field.
Certificate in Dental Science (Dental Hygiene)
The program aims to produce middle level technical personnel with sound academic knowledge equipped with perfect technical skills that can be faced in real life situation.
After the completion of this program, the graduates will be enabled to:
prepare technically competent middle level human resource who will demonstrate positive attitude and respect to the profession and to the socio-cultural values
develop quality & ethical dental Science practice under the supervision of Dental Surgeon in the hospitals as well as in the community settings
develop the attitude to educate and motivate the patients and community to practice plaque control measures to maintain oral Science
acquire the skill to perform diagnosis & dental scaling of common periodontal disease
use periodontal instruments for basic periodontal therapy and maintenance of the same
develop attitude to impart preventive measures of oral health, especially preventing the periodontal diseases
conserve the tooth to the maximum possible extent by maintaining periodontal health & ART procedure
develop an attitude to perform the procedures under full aseptic measures
develop attitude to prevent iatrogenic disease, and
perform dental X-rays and Photography and refer for final diagnosis to dental surgeon
refer the patients who require specialized care to Dental Surgeon / specialist
provide Extended Services as defined/specified in curriculum
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