New dental course to help fill the gaps

An innovative new course launched in Aberdeen recently hopes to plug the gaps in Scotland’s dental training and provision.

The diploma in dental technology will use a range of learning methods to serve students who live in remote and rural areas and who are already in full-time employment. Previously, people studying for a qualification in dental technology had to travel to Edinburgh on a weekly basis, meaning many potential students from remote areas were put off because of the time and costs involved.

The new higher education diploma, open to those employed as dental technician trainees, includes a mix of online, workplace and face-to-face elements. Students will study the course on a part-time basis over three years with workplace supervision from a registered dental technician. As well as online elements, the programme also includes two days’ attendance at the state-of-the-art University of Aberdeen Dental School and Hospital each month. Modules on the course include dental laboratory skills, anatomy and physiology, orthodontic technology and designing and manufacturing dental appliances.

The diploma has been developed through a collaboration between the University of the Highlands and Islands, the University of Aberdeen Dental School and Hospital, NHS Grampian and NHS Education for Scotland. It will be delivered by the University of the Highlands and Islands, which due to the dispersed nature of its campus, already provides many of its programmes through the “blended learning” approach.

To find out more about the diploma in dental technology, contact Claire Hay on Claire.Hay.Moray@uhi.ac.uk or 01343 576 000.