The Associate Diploma in Dental Hygiene Program is a three academic year (six semesters) with a total of 71 credits.  The Dental Hygiene Program graduates dental hygienists qualified to plan and administer health promotion and oral disease prevention programs, conduct oral prophylactic and simple reparative services in both public and private facilities, and refer patients for specialized services.   The curriculum focuses on oral health promotion and disease prevention with emphasis on risk assessment.  A dedicated patient care clinic is integral for application of didactic content and clinical competency testing.  Extramural experiences sharpen basic skill development, decision making, and reinforces the team approach to the provision of oral health care.


Detailed Study Plan

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  1. Survey and record the oral health status of groups and communities.
  2. Promote community oral health through health education and behavior modification.
  3. Examine tissues and take health and dental histories.
  4. Perform individual preventive and simple reparative treatments.
  5. Identify and refer persons needing further oral health care.
  6. Plan and administer oral health services for groups and individuals.
  7. Evaluate services provided.
  1. Describe the role, structure and organization of Bahrain's health service in general and the oral health services in particular and describe the role of the dental hygienist within these services.
  2. Operate in a clinical environment to provide, in accordance with accepted professional standards, oral health care of high quality and appropriate to the needs of the community.
  3. Maintain high standards of hygiene and infection control in all clinical work, applying a basic understanding of microbiology.
  4. Demonstrate, in connection with the provision of services, the knowledge of:

    • The anatomy of the oral cavity, head and neck;
    • Common drugs and pharmaceutical products used by patients, including drug interactions and effects on oral health; and
    • Systemic and local pathological and other conditions which affect oral health or oral health care.
    • Describe the composition of and demonstrate correct handling (MSDS) of dental materials used in the provision of dental hygiene care.

  5. Produce and interpret intraoral radiographs and make referrals for extra oral radiographs in connection with oral assessment and treatment planning.
  6. Identify patients requiring further treatment and organize the referral; recognize medical situations which may arise in the clinic and respond with appropriate aid and referral.
  7. Survey and record the oral health of groups and communities using clinical and questionnaire techniques.
  8. Apply a basic understanding of the philosophy of health promotion and disease prevention for individual and community oral health, with emphasis on risk analysis and the use of fluorides, sealants, healthy diets, and good oral hygiene.
  9. Use appropriate health education to promote individual and community general and oral health.
  10. Take health and dental histories, examine oral and peri-oral tissues and make assessments; and take impressions.
  11. Perform individual preventive and simple reparative treatments, including pit and fissure sealants, fluorides, class I caries debridement, temporary restorations, and class I amalgam finishing & polishing.
  12. Plan and administer local oral health programs designed to arrest the increase in the prevalence of oral diseases in Bahrain.
  13. Evaluate and propose appropriate modifications to services provided.