BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY (B.D.S) DEGREE PROGRAM

Introduction

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery Degree shall take not less than 5 or more than 8 academic years unless the School Board recommends to Senate exemption or change. The degree program shall be by course work, clinical work, practical, seminars and tutorials.

All courses for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S) program are compulsory and prerequisite unless recommendations for exemption are made by the School Board and are subjected to Moi University Senate for approval.

In the Bachelor of Dental Surgery Degree program one (1) unit of study shall be equivalent to 16 hours of lectures or 32 hours of tutorials or 48 hours of practical/clinical exposure.

Program Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the program the graduates shall be able to achieve the following: -

  • Exhibit good clinical judgment and reasoning
  • Manage common and other oral health disorders nationally, within the region and internationally
  • Carry out research activities and document their findings.
  • Participate in the prevention of oral health problems.
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of oral health care services in Kenya
  • Apply principles of promotion of general health through enhancing oral health
  • Interact with other professionalsand engage in productive professional relations.
  • Exhibit high ethical and professional standards and behavior.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the medical-legal and ethical considerations affecting the roles of dental and related health care personnel and their responsibilities in respect to health and safety.

Roles and Functions of Program Graduates

  • Management of oral health problems, promotion of oral health and prevention of oral diseases
  • Participate in teaching and training of oral and health personnel and dental auxiliaries.
  • Initiate and carry out research in priority and other oral health areas at all levels.
  • Participate in formation of oral health care financing strategies.
  • Management of health services.
  • Participate in continuing professional development
  • Contribute to the national oral health policy formulation

Curriculum

The School has adopted the SPCIES Model (Student centered, Problem based, Integrated Community based, Electives and Service provision) of teaching because this method has been found to be innovative and highly appropriate.

The curriculum will be based on; Basics of Medical Education, Basics of Biomedical Sciences and Pathology, Dental preclinical and clinical sciences, Ethics, Community Health and Research. Horizontal and vertical integration are maintained in all disciplines throughout the program.

The mode of curriculum delivery is through overview lectures, tutorials and practical/clinical sessions. Most of the courses are implemented as parallel, to enable the students to acquire accumulative competences.

The curriculum, once implemented, will be subjected to continuous internal and external evaluation and monitoring. Every five to eight years the curriculum will be reviewed. Continuous graduate evaluation and development will be undertaken.

Learning And Teaching Strategies

All courses are adequately described in the student tutorial workbooks and corresponding tutor’s guide booklet. Active learning methods are employed throughout the training period.

Problem Based Learning

The students work in small groups closely guided by a tutor. Appropriate problems are used for analysis from which the students derive the learning objectives. Self-directed learning during which the students are instructed to utilize all resources, materials, equipment and personnel available shall follow this. During the subsequent discussions the students with the guidance from their tutors discuss the objectives of the problems. The correctness and completeness of the learning process shall then be monitored, and evaluated.

Overview Lectures

Discipline experts, for the purpose of outlining the areas of coverage, give the lectures in which basic principles, concepts and guidelines shall be explained.

Group discussions/Seminars

These are done from time to time between students and different resource experts to cover difficult content areas.

Laboratory Practical/Clinical Demonstrations

These sessions relate to the ongoing problem based tutorials and are to be used to demonstrate practical and specific aspects of the current subjects the students are studying. These sessions also assist students to acquire specific skills.

Clinical Exposure

Clinical exposure starts in the 3rd year and increases in 4th and 5th year of the program. This involves acquiring skills in taking good medical and dental histories, performing oral examinations, carrying out appropriate investigations, good clinical judgment and making definitive diagnoses and management plans. The students are also expected during this time to participate in appropriate treatment and rehabilitation of patients. Preventive and health promoting strategies should be developed and used during this training period.

Field Attachment (Community Based Education and Services)

Part of the program entails essential exposure of the students to community health issues. This is in order to orientate and sensitize students towards general and oral health problems in the community and possible solutions to these problems.

 

Admission Requirements

All candidates applying for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery Degree Program in the School of Dentistry shall satisfy the following requirements:

  1. They must satisfy the common requirement for admission to Moi University.

  2. The candidates must have obtained at least the minimum requirements for Bachelor of Dental Surgery Degree as determined from either category A or B cluster after the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education structure as shown below:

Category A                          Category B

Mathematics/Physic

Biology                             Biological Sciences

                Chemistry                         Physical Sciences

                 English/Kiswahili              English/Kiswahili

Admission Requirements for Privately Sponsored Sponsored Student Programmes (PSSP)

  • Minimum of Grade A-(minus) at KCSE with A-(minus) in Biology, A-(minus) in Chemistry, A wighted cluster of 43 is recommended

  • “A” Level – 3 principal passes in Biology (A) and Chemistry (B) and either Physics or Mathematics (B)

Or

Holders of Bachelor Degree or related subject must if:

  1. KCSE graduates have a mean grade of B and B in Biology & Chemistry and either Mathematics or Physics and either English or Kiswahili

  2. ‘O’ Level – have at least 2 principal passes in Biology or Chemistry and Mathematics or Physics

  • Diploma Holders in Clinical Medicine subject must if KCSE mean grade B with B in Chemistry, Biology and either Mathematics or Physics or Physics & English or Kiswahili.

Course Structure

Year1

CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

DSE 100

Basics of Medical Education

1

DSB 101

Behavioral science and ethics

3

DSB 102

Introduction to biomedical sciences

2

DSB 103

Neuro-locomotor System

6

DSB 104

Cardio-Respiratory System

3

DSB 105

Endocrine, Reproductive and Urinary System

3

DSB 106

Digestive system, Nutrition and Metabolism

3

DSB 107

Haemopiotic system and Body Fluids

3

DSB 108

Human Dentition

4

DSB 109

Introduction to community health- COBES I

4

IRD 100

Community Skills I

3

IRD 102

Communication Skills II

3

IRD 103

Development Concepts & Applications

3

IRD 104

Quantitative Skills

3

DSB 112

Computer Applications

3

 

TOTAL

41

 

Year2

CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

DSB 200

Microbiology and immunology

6

DSB 201

Pharmacology

4

DSB 202

General and systemic pathology

6

DSB 203

Oral Biology

6

DSB204

Dental materials

6

DSB 205

Introduction to Community health and diagnosis - COBSE II

7

IRD 200

State society and development

3

 

TOTAL

38

Year3

CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

DST 300

Technology of operative dentistry

4

DST 301

Technology of prosthetic dentistry

4

DST 302

Technology of crown and bridge

4

DSB 303

Oral pathology

6

DSC 304

Infection control in dental practice

2

DSC 305

General medicine and dermatology

4

DSC 306

General surgery, ENT and ophthalmology

4

DSB 307

Investigative project Part I - COBSE III

6

DSB 308

Ethics and medico-legal issues

2

DSB 309

Human communication skills

2

 

TOTAL

38

Year4

CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

DSC 400

Periodontology-I

3

DSC 401

Oral Surgery and Local Anesthesia

3

DSC 402

Operative dentistry-I

3

DSC 403

Prosthetic dentistry-I

3

DSC 404

Crown and bridge-I

3

DSC 405

Endodontics-I

3

DSC 406

Pediatric dentistry and orthodontics-I

3

DSC 407

Oral Medicine and therapeutics

3

DSC 408

Oral radiology and imaging

3

DSB 409

Investigative project Part II: COBES IV

6

DSE 410

Dental Elective Studies

6

 

TOTAL

39

Year5

CODE

COURSE TITLE

UNITS

DSC 500

Periodontology - II

4

DSC 501

Oral and Maxillofacial surgery

4

DSC 502

Operative dentistry - II

4

DSC 503

Prosthetic dentistry - II

4

DSC 504

Crown and bridge -II

4

DSC 505

Endodontics - II

4

DSC 506

Pediatric dentistry and orthodontics - II

4

DSC 507

Forensic dentistry

2

DSB 508

Health service management

3

DSB 509

District health services attachment - COBES V

6

 

TOTAL

39

 

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