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The group of study fields: Health Sciences
Field of study program: Oral Care
Code of study program: 6531GX026
Type of study program: Undergraduate (college higher education) study programme
Cycle of study program: Professional Bachelor degree

Language of study program: Lithuanian
Credits and form of study program: 180 credits, full-time (3 years)

Qualification to be awarded: Professional Bachelor of Health Sciences,  qualification of Dental technician.

Access to professional activity

Graduates of Dental Technology study programme may work in in  dental prosthetic laboratories with dental care (help) the institution's license. Dental Technology studies of the first cycle of Dental Care study field (professional Bachelor’s studies) shall be oriented to the preparation of a professional dental technician able to perform practical activity:
  • manufacture of dentures, jaws and facial prostheses, orthodontic appliances and splints;
  • organization of the work of the laboratory of dental technicians and self-professional development.

Why choose these studies?

Advantages

Modern study environment. A modern training base has been set up in response to advances in dental technology. Advanced denture manufacturing and digital technologies are applied in the study process. Theoretical and practical classes are conducted by teachers with extensive practical experience as a dental technician. The constructionist teaching method is applied in the study process. This method ensures that the learner is actively creating real-world objects. Not only information and communication technologies (ICT) help to realize such learning, but also the experience of other dental technicians is taken over. 

Practice. During their studies, students perform professional practice in various dental laboratories in Vilnius (UAB Prodentum, UAB Kadanta, UAB Prothesis, etc.), Utena (UAB Profident, UAB Technidenta, UAB Rostadenta), Kaunas (UAB Denta, UAB DDS Design) and others.

Experience abroad. Students can go to study and practice in Portugal, Germany, Latvia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Jordan, Poland.

Social activity. Opportunity to participate in the activities of the Lithuanian Dental Charity and Support Foundation in order to provide professional and timely dental care assistance to members of the public who live in poverty and who experience exclusion.

Possibilities for further studies. After completing dental technology college study and obtained the Health Sciences professional bachelor's degree, graduates may continue their studies according to university study in the field of health sciences, dentistry study of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences or University of Vilnius  or other fields studies at Mykolas Romeris University, Vytatas Magnus University. There is an opportunity to continue studies in foreign higher education institutions. 

Employment opportunities. Graduates of the study program work in both the private and public sectors. The employment rate according to the acquired qualification reaches ~ 70%.
The aim of  study programme - to prepare  dental technicians which are able:  to independently manufacture ordered dentures, jaw and facial prostheses, orthodontic devices and splints and who have the skills to organize the activities of a dental care (assistance) institution.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge and ability to apply it. A graduate:

1.1. is aware of the national and international health monitoring policy, normative documents, which regulate the place of work, environment and safety at work, 
applies provisions of legal acts on health and documents of professional ethics in practice, provides professional information within the limits of his/her expertise;
1.2. is able to integrate knowledge of biomedical science forming perception of human growth, development and health, and knowledge of dental technician practice.

Research skills. A graduate:

2.1. is able to conduct applied research focused on the practice of dental technicians, following the principles of research ethics, and apply the obtained results in professional activities, ensuring the quality of evidence-based activities.

Special abilities. A graduate:

3.1. is able to ensure infection control and safety requirements for equipment and materials in accordance with the requirements of normative documents.3.2. is able to recognize pathological oral changes and occlusal anomalies.
3.3. is able to work with equipment, devices, instruments and materials used in the manufacture of dentures, jaws and facial prostheses, orthodontic appliances and splints as intended.
3.4. is able to model and construct dentures, jaws and facial prostheses, orthodontic devices and splints of various constructions, applying appropriate technologies for their production, in cooperation with the dentist to discuss their design and color suitability for a particular patient.
3.5. is able to identify and correct inaccuracies or deficiencies in dentures, jaws and facial prostheses, orthodontic devices and splints, selecting the necessary materials, tools and equipment to eliminate these deficiencies.
3.6. is able to identify life threatening conditions and to react properly there to, is able to provide necessary medical aid in urgent cases;
3.7. is able to plan, coordinate and control the organizational processes of the dental laboratory (activity registration, coordination, management of business and medical documentation, advertising, provision of tools, etc.), using modern information technologies.

Social skills. A graduate:

4.1. is able to communicate and collaborate in team activities in the provision of dentalcare services; communicates in a professional environment in Lithuanian and a foreign language.
4.2. is able to create new ideas in the practical activities of a dental technician, to adapt to new situations, strengthening the image of the profession.

Personal abilities. A graduate:

5.1. is able  to critically evaluate one's professional practice, solve problems independently, make decisions and evaluate their impact, and act in a defined situation, developing appropriate character traits for the profession.
5.2. is able to collect and systematize information, use modern technologies and information systems in dental technician practice, properly handle confidential information.

Study subjects (modules), practical training:

Full-time study

1 year 1 semester  2 semester 
Subject Credit Subject Credits
Professional Environment 3 Health Management & Economic basics 3
Professional Language 6 Infection Control in Dentistry 3
Human Safety 3 Basics of Removable Denture Plate Manufacture 6
Anatomy, Physiology & Oral Pathology 6 Basics of  Fixed Denture Manufacture 6
Teeth Functional Anatomy, Aesthetic & Modelling 6 First Medical Aid 3
Dental Technology  Materials 6 Psychology  3
Introductory Practice of Dental Technician Activities 6
2 year 3 semester  4 semester 
Subject Credits Subject Credits
Basics of Toothless Maxillary Prostheses 9 Manufacturing Technology of Partial Removable Denture Plate 6
Manufacturing Technology of Fixed Dental Prosthesis 6 Manufacturing Technique of Ceramic Dentures & Digital Technology 9
The Basics of Applied Research 3 Manufacturing Technique of Arc Supporting Dental Prostheses 6
Alternative Elective Subject: Foreign language (English, German, French, Norwegian) 3 Practice of Manufacturing Technique of Dental Prostheses 9
Optional Subject 3
Optional Subject 3
Optional Subject 3
3 year 5 semester  6 semester 
Subject Credits Subject Credits
Manufacturing Technology of  Ceramic Dental Prostheses 3 Implant Technique 3
Manufacturing Technology of Combined Arc Supporting Dental Prostheses 9 Orthodontic, Faciomaxillary Curative Appliances and Prostheses 6
Plate Dental Prostheses & Inovative  Technologies 6 Final Practice & Supervision 12
Alternative Elective Subject: Research Methods of Dental Technician Thesis/Search and Analysis of Scientific Literature 3 Professional Bachelor Graduation Thesis 9
Practice of Manufacturing Technology of Dental Prosthesis 9

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