1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor in Dental Hygiene

Degree programme

Programme type 1st Cycle Degree/Bachelor
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8481
Degree Programme Class L/SNT3 - Technical Health Professions
Years in which the programme is being held I, II, III
Type of access Restricted access
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Giovanni Zucchelli
Language Italian

Programme profile

Dental hygienists are healthcare workers with a qualifying university degree obtained according to the provisions of art. para. 3 of Italian Law no. 502 of 30/12/1992 and amendments introduced by art. 3 of Italian Law no. 251 of 10/08/2000, whose activities relate to the prevention and treatment of orodental disease

The activities of the dental hygienist may be carried out under the authority of an authorised dentist and on a freelance professional basis.

Specifically, the dental hygienist:

- works to prevent orodental disease;

- delivers dental health education;

- works on primary preventive oral health projects within the public health system;

- fills out the dental records and gathers technical and statistical information;

- carries out tartar removal and root planing, and topically administers various prophylaxes;

- trains patients in various oral hygiene methods and the use of diagnostic methods to highlight plaque, motivating towards regular check-ups;

- informs on correct diet for healthcare purposes.

Generally speaking, the first year of the programme studies the basic learning activities and medical-scientific English, including course units which tackle issues of hygienist-patient relations and the understanding of the principles underlying scientific method.

The second and third years involve the study of medical, surgical and specialist subjects together with the study of specific dental subjects concerning oral hygiene and professional internships.

The programme covers the following learning areas: 1) basic preparatory sciences; 2) interdisciplinary medical sciences; 3) applied technical medical sciences and internship.

Access to further study

It gives access to second cycle studies (laurea specialistica / magistrale) and master universitario di primo livello.

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