The programme is integrated with and planned around one or more of the dental disciplines or any other topic as agreed on in consultation with the head(s) of department concerned and approved by the Dean.
The programme is only offered part-time, with contact time as determined by the head(s) of department concerned.
Candidates must be in possession of a Diploma in Oral Hygiene or in Dental Therapy or an equivalent qualification and must be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as an oral hygienist or a dental therapist.
Other programme-specific information
The basic subject is determined by the head of department and approved by the Dean.
Examinations and pass requirements
(i) A year mark of at least 50% is required to be admitted to the examination. A subminimum of 50% is required in the examination in all modules, with a final mark of at least 50% to pass. A student who fails one or more module, must repeat such modules and the examinations in the ensuing semester. In modules that were passed, only practical and clinical work will be required.
(ii) The requirements as set out above apply to a student who, after repeating a semester, again fails some of the modules.
Pass with distinction
The diploma is awarded with distinction to a student who obtains an average of at least 75% in both the main field of study and the basic subject.