Undergraduate Programmes



The purpose of the Comprehensive Patient Management (CPM) module is to integrate knowledge in multiple dimensions and to teach students how to manage their patients and practices to ensure a viable dental practice with minimal risk. 

Articulation with other modules:

Comprehensive Patient Management interrelates with all aspects of the dental curriculum. It draws on business, behavioural and clinical research and attempts to integrate knowledge on a vertical and horizontal plane in the dental curriculum. 

Critical Cross-field outcomes:

  • Identifying and solving problems by using critical and creative thinking. 
  • Working effectively with others as a member of a team. 
  • Organising and managing oneself and one’s activities responsibly and effectively. 
  • Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information. 
  • Communicating effectively using visual and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion. 
  • Using science and technology responsibly, effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 
  • Contributing to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of society at large by making it the underlying intention of any programme of learning to make an individual aware of the importance of:
    • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively; 
    • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts; 
    • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities.  


Integrated Dentistry (IDE 170, 270)

Comprehensive Patient Management (TBW 370, 470 & 570)





Practice Management (PM):

The PM unit exposes the student to strategic-, financial-, personnel, inventory- (including dental materials, instruments, equipment and other technologies), and marketing management concepts required to establish and manage a dental practice as a viable business. The intention of the unit is not to create experts in practice management but rather to lay a sound practical foundation that could be applied in practice which could be developed further through post-graduate study at a more appropriate time in the career of a dentist.  

Ethics and Jurisprudence (EJ):

The EJ unit includes the didactic part of professionalism, ethics and jurisprudence.  

Integrated Dentistry:

BChD I and II:

  • Dental terminology 
  • Introduction to the various disciplines in Dentistry 
  • Basic clinical skills (dental assisting and psychomotor skills) 
  • Relational communication skills and patient interviewing skills 
  • Integration across disciplines 

BChD III to V:

Comprehensive Patient Care (CPC):

The key components of the CPC unit include:

  • Relational communication skills and patient interviewing skills 
  • Examination skills 
  • Clinical reasoning skills 
  • Patient administration 
  • Patient management skills 
  • The practical application of:
    • Professionalism and ethical behaviour 
    • Infection control protocols 
    • Occupational health and safety standards 


Diploma in Oral Hygiene module:

Comprehensive Patient Management (TBW 170, 270 & 370)


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