The group of study fields:
Field of study program: Oral Care
Code of study program: 6531GX029
Type of study program: Undergraduate (college higher education) study programme
Cycle of study program: Professional Bachelor degree
Language of study program:
Credits and form of study program: 180 credits, full-time (3 years)
Qualification to be awarded: Professional Bachelor of Health Sciences, qualification of Dental Assistant.
In order to achieve study results, various interactive teaching methods (analysis of cases, reflection, interactive lecture, observation, analysis of best practices, making and reasoning assumptions, role-play games, etc.), independent work and related methods are intended in the descriptions of subjects.
Methods of problematic teaching in subject studies: analysis of cases (in specialty subjects – clinical cases) in small groups draw students into confrontation with practical problems that stimulate their independent learning, will realize interdisciplinary integration of knowledge and skills in solving real life situations, and the lecturer’s function is changed into that of a consultant’s and helper’s.
Methods of modern assisting. Methods of modern assisting are applied into the Odontological Care study programme: “four-hand” work; “six-hand” work.
Access to professional activity
Odontological Care study program graduates will be able to work as a Dental assistant in all levels of health care in the personal health care institutions, with a health care institution licensed to provide dental care (assistance) services. Persons that complete the Odontological Care study programme successfully, acquire professional competences that are sufficient to independently perform complicated work and make the right decisions in the following areas:
- assisting the dentist of various specializations or dental hygienist;
- identification of risk factors of dental diseases and implementation of preventive programmes;
- organization of work of the clinic and professional improvement.
Access to further study
After completing Odontological Care college study and obtained the Health Sciences professional bachelor's degree, graduates may continue their studies according to university study in the field of biomedical sciences, dentistry study of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences or University of Vilnius and the social sciences in the field of social work, education or health education in Mykolas Romeris University.
The aim of study programme - to prepare high quality dental assistants that are able to assist the dentist or odontology specialist, independently perform intra-oral procedures without exceeding limits of their competence, to ensure care and prevention of dental health, teach to healthy lifestyle and promote the prestige of the profession.
Knowledge and its application. A graduate:
1.1. holds knowledge of legal acts regulating activity of a dental care specialist, normative documents regulating a job place, environment and safety at work, national and international health care policy, principles of professional ethics, is able to analyse and apply them in practice.
1.2. is able to integrate knowledge of biomedical science forming perception of human growth, development and health in professional activity of dentist assistant.
Research skills. A graduate:
2.1. is able to participate in performing applied research and to perform applied research targeted to dental assistant practice based on principles of ethics of research and to apply research results in professional activity ensuring the quality of evidence-based activities.
Special abilities. A graduate:
3.1. is able to ensure infection control by adhering to requirements of normative documents.
3.2. is able to assist dentists of various specialisations, dental hygienists in performing different dental procedures to apply odontological equipment, instruments and materials according to its purpose.
3.3. is able to identify dental and dental diseases for patient groups by application of different diagnostic methods and to teach patients and clients healthy living, rational nutrition, dental care rules and principles of becoming responsible for their own health.
3.4. is able to complete professional documentation by selecting patient’s life and health’s case history by evaluating key vitality parameters.
3.5 is able to work with dental x-ray and diagnostical equipment.
3.6. is able to identify life threatening conditions and to react properly, is able to provide necessary medical aid in urgent cases.
3.7. is able to plan, coordinate and control organisational processes of an institution providing dental care services (registration of activity of patients and employees, coordination, promotion, supply, etc.) by application of contemporary information technologies.
Social abilities. A graduate:
4.1. is able to communicate and cooperate in a team by providing dental aid and care; communicate both in Lithuanian and foreign language in a professional environment.
4.2. is able to create new ideas concerning practical activity of a dental assistant, to adapt to new situations by promoting the image of the profession in taking care of its value and significance in public and by ensuring quality of practice based on evidence.
Personal abilities. A graduate:
5.1. is able to critically evaluate professional practice,
to solve problems independently, make decisions, evaluate their impact and act in a defined situation and develop profession oriented character traits.
5.2. is able to collect and organise information, use modern technology and information systems in dental assistant practice, properly treat confidential information.
Study subjects (modules), practical training:
|1 year||1 semester||2 semester|
|Professional Environment||6||Safety of Human||3|
|Professional Language||6||Biochemistry, Immunology & Genetics||3|
|Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology||6||Dental Health & Prevention of Dental Diseases||6|
|Communication & Medicine Psychology||3||Pharmacology & Phytotherapy||3|
|Infection Control in Dentistry||9||Introduction into Clinical Dentistry||6|
|Work with Odontological Equipment & Materials Practice||9|
|2 year||3 semester||4 semester|
|6||Dental Diseases & Analgesia (Course paper)||6|
|Basics of Clinical Subjects||6||Dental Radiology||6|
|Quality Management &
Administration of Dental Care Facilities
|6||Applied Research Methodology||6|
|First Medical Aid||3||Optional Subject||3|
|Alternative Elective Subject (Foreign language: English, German, French, Norwegian)||3||Dental Treatment Methods Practice||6|
|Optional Subject||3||Nursing Practice||3|
|3 year||5 semester||6 semester|
|Dental Surgery & Assisting during Implantation||9||Endodontics||3|
|Prosthetic Dentistry||6||Children's Dental Aid||3|
|Alternative Elective Subject
1.1. Search & Analysis of Scientific Information
|1.2. Dental Assisstant‘ Graduate Thesis Research Methodology||Final Practice & Supervision||9|
|Dental Assisstant’ Activities Practice||6||Qualification Exam||3|
|3||Professional Bachelor Graduate Thesis||6|
Freely chosen subjects are selected from the List of Freely Chosen Subjects and their descriptions.