Diploma in Dental Surgery Assistance

Diploma in Dental Surgery Assistance

Course information

Course title Diploma in Dental Surgery Assistance
Course code UDDSAFT
Postnominal Dip. DSA(Melit.)
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 1 Year
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 60
Coordinator Gabriella Gatt
Delivered by Faculty of Dental Surgery
The aim of this one-year course is to provide students with thorough theoretical knowledge, skills and competences associated with knowledgeable, caring and professional behavior, in a variety of health settings where the dental team operates. Students will further develop intellectually by receiving knowledge focused on general and oral health and disease. The theory supporting the various disciplines in dentistry will be discussed in detail.

Eligibility to the Diploma course is through a) the successful completion of the Preparatory Course for Diploma in Dental Surgery Assistance or b) evidence of DSA qualifications, as outlined in detail below.
Successful candidates will follow a structured course based on their entry qualifications and as directed by the Board of Studies.

Candidates who will require clinical training will learn and consolidate their clinical skills by being exposed to a number of clinics under the remit of the various specialties, as well as in the dental laboratory.

The Diploma course will enable the students to further refine their intellectual and clinical proficiency so as to allow them to seek direct employment or further studies, after completion of the course.

Course Objectives

The objectives of this course are to deliver the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge underpinning the practice of dental assistance. It is intended for candidates who are interested in advancing the standards of their vocation. More specifically the course will provide a sufficient body of knowledge to enable dental assistants to undertake their prescribed work with care, safety and responsibility and to recognize the full scope of their remit.

The course aims to:

1. Provide thorough knowledge and reflection to enable successful candidates to practice their vocation in a professional and accountable manner.
2. Provide a sound knowledge of oral and general health and disease.
3. Provide principles of public health and basic oral health education and prophylaxis techniques to patients.

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To be registered as regular students in the Course applicants must have obtained all the credits of the Preparatory Course immediately prior to the commencement of the Course.

Applicants in possession of the MCAST Diploma for Dental Surgery Assistants or equivalent may be admitted directly into the Course. Prior to enrolling for the Course, such applicants shall be required to undergo an occupational health assessment as detailed in the Occupational Health Protocol approved by the Board, so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies. Students who do not fulfil this requirement shall be barred from attending the clinical placements indicated in the programme of study.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 16 students.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fee: Eur 10,800
By the end of the programme of study, the student will be able to:

1. Discuss ethical rights in a clinical and community based setting, using legal and ethically acceptable policies.
2. Ensure health and safety precautions of patients in clinical settings using clinically acceptable policies.
3. Assist as part of a dental team in clinical procedures associated with treatment of dental disease.
4. Perform instrument/equipment sterilization techniques in an effective manner.
5. Report basic clinical data of patients in treatment records, as instructed by dental clinicians, by using clinically acceptable indices.
6. Perform tasks in dental practice management, such as stock keeping and communication with patients.
7. Perform record keeping, as instructed by a dental clinician.
The course is intended for local and foreign students and for practicing dental surgery assistants who are interested in the furthering their knowledge in the dental profession. Students applying for this course should be capable of combining skills, understanding and professional values especially in clinical settings.
Career opportunities exist within the private sector and in the government health services.

Students in possession of a Diploma in Dental Surgery Assistance (Second Class or better) will be able to progress to the Bachelor courses offered by the Faculty of Dental Surgery.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 31 August 2020

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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