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NATIONAL DIPLOMA: DENTAL TECHNOLOGY

Minimum Entrance Requirements
National Diploma Dental Technology
Bachelor of Technology Dental Technology
Master of Technology Dental Technology
Doctor of Technology Dental Technology

 

In order to register for the diploma a learner shall have passed Physical Science and/or Mathematics or its equivalent on a level 3 or math’s literacy on a level 6 (Rule pending senate approval 18/3/2010). The latter also applies to NCV Level 4 candidates.

In addition, based on a variety of assessments successful applicants will be placed into either the three year minimum mainstream programme or an extended four year minimum programme of study. The extended curriculum has been devised in order to enhance learner development and to improve the student’s chances of success.

Students are expected to visit a dental Laboratory before applying to do the course. Evidence of this visit will be requested by the department during the application process. Failure to do the visit could jeopardize your application.

Registration

In addition to the requirements of the General Rules of the Institution (see Rule G3) a learner who registers for the diploma shall be registered as a Learner Dental Technician and must conform to the requirements as laid down by the South African Dental Technicians Council in the Dental Technicians Act as amended in 1997.

Inservice training / Experiential Training / Cooperative Education

The Department of Dental Sciences requires the learner to undergo a period of experiential learning as part of the course (Dental Technology and Dental Assisting). All prescribed compulsory and elective subjects (instructional offerings) and the prescribed experiential component must be passed in order to obtain sufficient credits to qualify for the qualification.

Although the Institution undertakes to assist the learner in obtaining suitable experiential learning placement, the onus is on the learner to find an ”employer”. The employer must be accredited by the Institution for the purposes of experiential learning. An experiential learning agreement creates a separate contract between the ”employer” and the learner.

Students registered for Applied Dental Technology II are required to provide the department with proof of having completed ten (10) days in-service training at a commercial laboratory.

Students registered for Applied Dental Technology III are required to provide the department with proof of having completed twenty (20) days in-service training at a commercial laboratory.

Routes to achieve the National Diploma Dental Technology

On the basis of variety of placement assessments, successful applicants will be accepted into either a 3 year minimum or extended curriculum 4 year minimum programme of study.  An extended curriculum has been devised in order to enhance learner development and to improve the students chances of successful throughput.

LT1c Two routes to achieving the diploma for a first learner is as follows:

YEAR ONE
Three Years Minimum Four Years Minimum
Applied Dental Technology I Tooth Morphology I
Dental Materials Science I Oral Anatomy I
Dental Technology Theory I Physics and Chemistry I
Tooth Morphology I Communication I
Oral Anatomy I Introduction to Applied Dental Technology
Physics and Chemistry I Dental Drawings and Carvings
Communication I Dental Computer Literacy

 

YEAR TWO
Applied Dental Technology II Applied Dental Technology I
Dental Materials Science II Dental Materials Science I
Dental Technology Theory II: Comprising
Mod I: Crown and Bridge and Orthodontics II
Mod II: Chrome and Prosthetics II
Dental Technology Theory I
Jurisprudence I Introduction to Applied Dental Technology II

 

YEAR THREE
Applied Dental Technology III Applied Dental Technology II
Dental Materials Science III Dental Materials Science II
Dental Technology Theory III: Comprising
Mod I: Crown and Bridge and Orthodontics III
Mod II: Chrome & Prosthetics III
Dental Technology Theory II: Comprising
Mod I: Crown and Bridge and Orthodontics II
Mod II: Chrome and Prosthetics II
Communication I Jurisprudence I

 

YEAR FOUR
Applied Dental Technology III
Dental Materials Science III
Dental Technology Theory III: Comprising
Mod I: Crown and Bridge and Orthodontics III
Mod II: Chrome and Prosthetics III