Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Degree Program

College of Dentistry

The College of Dentistry (COD) is the first oral and dental health teaching institution in the east coast region of United Arab Emirates. The college’s program Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) is tailored to meet the oral and dental health needs of the UAE community, focusing on the prevention of oral and dental diseases.

Mission

The College of Dentistry reflects the mission of University of Science and Technology of Fujairah to provide dental educational programs in the UAE, to initiate and develop basic and clinical research and to offer high quality oral healthcare to meet the needs of the east coast region. The College of Dentistry aims to prepare graduates who are highly qualified in dental sciences to deliver compassionate and ethical orofacial healthcare services.

Objectives

The College of Dentistry aims to:

  • Educate and train a new generation of oral health professionals to world-class standards.
  • Implement a comprehensive oral healthcare program with emphasis on prevention.
  • Provide community dentistry services that meet world-class standards.
  • Initiate scientific research in oral health in collaboration with prestigious international dental and medical institutions, and companies related to dentistry.

Degree Programs

The College of Dentistry currently offers the following undergraduate dental program which is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education:

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (DDS) *- 5-year program .

Facilities

The College of Dentistry is equipped to deliver world class dental education. Spacious lecture halls with audio-visual and video conferencing facilities provide students with an exciting learning experience. State-of-the-art laboratories with the latest medical and dental education equipment enhance students’ knowledge and skills. The college’s dental clinics have a contemporary design with modern dental units and x-ray rooms, and are provided with the latest dental materials, instruments and equipment. Free-of-charge comprehensive dental treatment for all patients ensures a regular flow of dental cases for clinical training, skills development and research requirements during the clinical phase of dental education programs.

Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Degree Program

This is a five-year undergraduate program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). The study program and curriculum is at par with that of renowned international universities and dental institutes.

Program Objectives

The BDS* program aims to:

  1. Educate and train a new generation of competent dental surgeons, who will be able to provide high quality comprehensive oral healthcare with emphasis on prevention.
  2. Emphasize on the prevention and early detection of oral and dental diseases as an integral part of the curriculum.
  3. Provide educational experiences for students using a comprehensive patient care model.
  4. Provide community dentistry services that meet world-class standards.
  5. Establish national recognition in term of academia by the concerned authorities and the public.

Program Outcomes

The BDS* program at USTF-College of Dentistry is only delivered as a full time program. The College of Dentistry offers access to e-learning (MOODLE) as a supplementary tool to its traditional face-to-face pedagogy. The effectiveness of the program is evaluated against the program learning outcomes which have been aligned with the UAE Qualifications Framework (QFEmitares) and are consistent with the defined level of the degree.

Learning outcomes

1. Knowledge:
On successful completion of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program, graduates will be able to:

  • Express coherent knowledge, capabilities and limitations of specialization areas in dentistry
  • Describe the importance of prevention, treatment and management of oral and dental diseases.
  • Use the factual and theoretical knowledge in basic medical and dental sciences and allied sciences to gather information from patient as part of history taking and patient examination in order to decide appropriate investigation and decide a suitable course of treatment within the scope of a general dental practice.
  • Identify the integration and importance of the basic medical and allied sciences such as psychology and behavioral sciences to dentistry.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the fundamental concepts, theories and principles in research projects and protocols complying with ethical principles.

2. Skill:

  • Demonstrate effective technical and analytical skills using evidentiary and procedural based processes to perform appropriate dental procedures independently and safely in a general dental practice setting.
  • Practice promotion of oral health and prevention of related disorders.
  • Demonstrate highly developed communication skills to explain or critique complex and unpredictable matters related to oral health and disease.
  • Demonstrate accurate record keeping and how to source and analyze information relevant to effective clinical practice.
  • Practice ethical, professional and legal responsibilities and display appropriate attitudes and behavior.
  • Evaluate, select and apply appropriate methods of clinical research in relation to oral health and disease.

3. Competence (Autonomy and Responsibility)

  • Show responsibility and independent technical and clinical decision-making to evaluate and manage complex and unpredictable clinical work appropriate to a primary care practice.
  • Illustrate adherence to current best practice methods in a mature manner.

4. Role in Context

  • Recognize the importance of appropriate leadership roles, manage and take accountability of the team involved in patient care.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and supervise the professional activity and mentoring of allied dental health personnel.

5. Self-development

  • Engage in self-evaluation and professional development apt for general dental practice or towards specific specialization.
  • Value professional ethics, positive criticism and feedback, and engage in a life-long learning.

Outcomes mapping matrix

National Standards of Learning Outcomes for Bachelor Program (UAENQF LEVEL 7)

Program Learning Outcomes of Doctor of Dental Surgery

 

PLO 1

PLO 2

PLO 3

PLO 4

PLO 5

 

Kknowledge

 

1.   Specialized factual and theoretical knowledge and an understanding of the boundaries in a field of work or discipline, encompassing a broad and coherent body of knowledge and concepts, with substantive depth in the underlying principles and theoretical concepts

 

 

 

 

 

2.   An understanding of allied knowledge and theories in related fields of work or disciplines and in the case of professional disciplines including related regulations, standards, codes, conventions

 

 

 

 

 

3.   Understanding of critical approach to the creation and compilation of a systematic and coherent body of knowledge and concepts gained from a range of sources

 

 

 

 

4.   A comprehensive understanding of critical analysis, research systems and methods and evaluative problem-solving techniques

 

 

 

 

 

5.   Familiarity with sources of current and new research and knowledge with integration of concepts from outside fields

 

 

 

 

 

National Standards of Learning Outcomes for Bachelor Program (UAENQF LEVEL 7)

Program Learning Outcomes of Doctor of Dental Surgery

 

PLO 1

PLO 2

PLO 3

PLO 4

PLO 5

PLO 6

 

Skill

 

1.   Technical, creative and analytical skills appropriate to solving specialized problems using evidentiary and procedural based processes in predictable and new contexts that include devising and sustaining arguments associated with a field of work or discipline

 

 

 

 

 

2.   Evaluating, selecting and applying appropriate methods, procedures or techniques in processes of investigation towards identified solutions 

 

 

 

 

 

3.   Evaluating and implementing appropriate research tools and strategies associated with the field of work or discipline

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.   Highly developed advanced communication and information technology skills to present, explain and/or critique complex and unpredictable matters

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Standards of Learning Outcomes for Bachelor Program

(UAENQF LEVEL 7)

Program Learning Outcomes of Doctor of Dental Surgery

Competence (Autonomy and responsibility)

PLO 1

PLO 2

1.   Can take responsibility for developing innovative and advanced approaches to evaluating and managing complex and unpredictable work procedures and processes, resources or learning

 

2.   Can manage technical, supervisory or design processes in unpredictable, unfamiliar and varying contexts

 

3.   Can work creatively and/or effectively as an individual, in team leadership, managing contexts, across technical or professional activities

 

4.   Can express an internalized, personal view, and accept responsibility to society at large and to socio-cultural norms and relationships

 

National Standards of Learning Outcomes for Bachelor Program

(UAENQF LEVEL 7)

Program Learning Outcomes of Doctor of Dental Surgery

 

Role in context

PLO 3

PLO 4

1.   Can function with full autonomy in  technical and supervisory contexts and adopt para-professional roles  with little guidance

 

2.   Can take responsibility for the setting and achievement of group or individual outcomes and for the management and supervision of the work of others or self in the case of a specialization in field of work or discipline

 

3.   Can participate in peer relationships with qualified practitioners and lead multiple, complex groups

 

4.   Can take responsibility for managing the professional development and direct mentoring of individuals and groups

 

National Standards of Learning Outcomes for Bachelor Program

(UAENQF LEVEL 7)

Program Learning Outcomes of Doctor of Dental Surgery

Self-development

PLO 5

PLO 6

1.   Can self-evaluate and take responsibility for contributing to professional practice, and undertake regular professional development and/ or further learning can manage learning

2.   Can manage learning tasks independently and professionally, in complex and sometimes unfamiliar learning contexts

 

3.   Can contribute to and observe ethical standard

 

Admission Requirements

Admission is based on the following requirements:

  1. A UAE secondary school certificate, Elite stream not less than (80%), Advanced stream not less than (85%) or equivalent.
  2. EmSAT English language with a score of 1100, or an equivalent (TOEFL 500) or (Academic IELTS 5).
  3. EmSAT Arabic language (800). Alternatively, on-Arab students can register in a non-credit Introduction Arabic language course at USTF.
  4. An EmSAT score of 900 in Mathematics or equivalent, plus scores of 900 in two of the three science subjects (Chemistry, Biology or Physics). In the case that EmSAT scores in Mathematics and two science subjects are not available, a candidate shall sit an equivalent Admission Exam designed by the College of Dentistry, which includes Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Mathematics.
  5. Personal interview.
  6. Health Fitness Certificate.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the College will have a wide range of career opportunities to choose from, in addition to continuing higher education (Masters and PhD degrees) in one of the following specialties: Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Operative Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Implantology        , Oral Pathology, Aesthetic Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dental Public Health, Oral Radiology and Oral Medicine. Graduates may wish to take advanced courses in Oral Surgery, Implantology and other clinical specialties, or they may choose to work in research facilities. Those graduates who prefer to practice in UAE will be able to do so provided that they pass the UAE Licensing Exams. Graduates are subject to the regulations of the UAE licensing authorities with regard to the type of examination and certification criteria.

Graduation Requirements

Students will be awarded the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree upon fulfillment of the following requirements:

  1. Completing successfully the required credit hours (200 Credit Hours), including the university requirement courses, with Accumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) not less than C, otherwise students should take, during the following semester(s), clinical subjects as suggested by the academic advisor to fulfill this graduation requirement.
  2. Completing successfully the required clinical cases during the clinical phase in addition to the mandatory two months internal clinical training during summer.
  3. Submitting and defending a research project before an academic committee of the College.

Degree requirements

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree requires the completion of 200 Credit Hours, distributed according to the following plan:

Type of Courses

Credit hours

1. University General Education Requirements

24

(a) University Required Courses

15

(b) University Elective Courses

     9

2. College Requirements

176

Total

200

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