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Dental training for Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Qualification

Bachelor of Dental Surgery

MOHE Approval Code

R/724/6/0003

 MQA Accreditation Code

MQA/FA 1050

 Duration

5 Years

Intakes

September

Fees

From RM 351,100 (USD 84,197)

The SEGi University Bachelor of Dental Surgery students are exposed to early patient contact and clinical training, with an emphasis on the recognition and prevention of oral diseases. The dynamic curriculum is delivered within a problem-based learning approach, with an emphasis on contextual learning of relevant scientific information. The curriculum also reflects the way in which students will be expected to identify and address clinical problems, placing a higher emphasis on delivery through engagement with the students.

We aim to produce dental professionals that are competent and caring and able to anticipate and repond to the changes in community needs, medical science and technology. One such way of developing these expertise is through early exposure to patients and clinical training, allowing students to develop high levels of clinical skills and medical knowledge.

A dentist can choose to further his/her career from a wide range of specialty disciplines — Dental Public Health, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Forensic Odontology, Endodontics and Special Needs Dentistry.

The SEGi University Bachelor of Dental Surgery students are exposed to early patient contact and clinical training, with an emphasis on the recognition and prevention of oral diseases. The dynamic curriculum is delivered within a problem-based learning approach, with an emphasis on contextual learning of relevant scientific information. The curriculum also reflects the way in which students will be expected to identify and address clinical problems, placing a higher emphasis on delivery through engagement with the students.

We aim to produce dental professionals that are competent and caring and able to anticipate and repond to the changes in community needs, medical science and technology. One such way of developing these expertise is through early exposure to patients and clinical training, allowing students to develop high levels of clinical skills and medical knowledge.

A dentist can choose to further his/her career from a wide range of specialty disciplines — Dental Public Health, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Forensic Odontology, Endodontics and Special Needs Dentistry.

REQUIREMENTS

PREREQUISITES

SPM – 5 Bs each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and another Subject
O-Levels – 5 Bs each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and another Subject 
UEC – B4 each in 4 subjects in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and another Subject
Health Requirements – Prior to admission, all short-listed applicants are required to undergo a medical checkup to ensure they are free from communicable diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis; and to undergo immunisation against Hepatitis B

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

STPM – Grades BBB, ABC or AAC in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics
A-Levels – Grades BBB, ABC or AAC in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics
Matriculation, Foundation in Science, Pre-Medical Course – CGPA 3.0 (out of 4) in 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics
UEC – B4 each in 5 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Additional Mathematics 
MUFY, UNSW, SAM, AUSMAT – aggregate or average of 80% or the equivalent of B in 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics 
NCEA – average of 80% in any 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics
CPU, CIMP/Canadian Grade 12/13 – average of 80% in any 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics
Indian Pre-University – average 70% in any 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics
IB – 30 points with a minimum of 2 science subjects or Mathematics at Higher Level (HL) and 1 science subject at Standard Level and attained a minimum score of 4 each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics
Diploma in Health Science – CGPA 3.5 (out of 4)
Degree in Medical Sciences – CGPA 3.3 (out of 4) in a 5-year undergraduate medical programme
Degree in Medical Sciences – CGPA 3.5 (out of 4) in a 4-year graduate entry medical programme
Degree in Medical Sciences – CGPA 3.5 (out of 4) in a 5-year undergraduate entry medical programme
Degree in the Arts of Humanities – CGPA 4.0 (out of 4) in a 4-year graduate medical programme

Courses

These are some of the subjects that you will explore during your years of study. The subjects will give you the breadth and depth to graduate with a full understanding of mechanical engineering.

Preclinical Phase Year 1

DMH 3101: Man in Health and Disease I

This course covers Human Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology, Basic Immunology and Psychology (Behavioural Sciences). Students will be taught on the basics of cellular structure and function along with the integration of each topic in a systemic manner. Included are basic and general concepts of deviation from normal leading to diseased states. The intended learning outcome is to develop a strong foundation of these basic scientific concepts essential for the dental professional.


DOH 3101: Oral Cavity in Health and Disease (Basic Oral Sciences)

This course covers Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, Embryology, Biochemistry, Ageing and Nutrition pertaining to the oral cavity. It deals with the origin, development and growth, structure, and functions of oral tissues in the oral cavity. All the subject areas are supplemented with practical sessions, demonstrations and observations of anatomical dissections, histological slides, or images.


DPD 4404: Personal & Professional Development

The course provides opportunities for students to learn and build personal and professional competencies. Topics include self-care with respect to oral health and social responsibilities of the dental practitioner to society.

Preclinical Phase Year 2

DMH 3202: Man in Health and Disease II

This course is a continuation from Year 1 (Man in Health and Disease I). In Year 2, the course adopts an organ system-based approach which deals with essential human systems – cardiovascular, respiratory, blood and blood-forming organs, reproductive, urinary, endocrine, musculoskeletal and nerve, gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary. Organ systems in health and in diseased states are presented. The relevant pharmacological aspects and pathologies for each system are covered in this Year.


DOD 4301: Oral Diagnosis I

This module covers pathological conditions related to the oral cavity. There is emphasis on the histopathological and clinical characteristics of different lesions/diseases in the oral cavity such as dental caries, developmental defects of the oral and maxillofacial region, abnormalities of teeth and aetiological basis of oral diseases etc. The practical sessions will reinforce learning through visualization of microscopic images/slides of oral conditions.


DCP 3201: Clinical Dental Practice I (Dental Materials Science and Dental Technology, Pre-Clinical Prosthodontics, Conservative Dentistry)

The course on dental materials prepares the students to understand dental materials, their properties and uses and handling of the materials. Dental technology prepares the students to understand the equipment, instruments, prosthetic construction and operative procedures. The practical aspects also deal with preclinical conservative and prosthetic work. The course is designed to closely integrate knowledge and manipulation of materials in clinical dental practice.


DPD 4404: Personal and Professional Development (Interpersonal Relationship, Communication, ICT, Teamwork, Social Responsibility, Statistics and Biological Variation)

As part of information management, the student will learn about the effective use of ICT for on-line searches for scientific materials and for reading and research. The student will learn biostatistics to support his/her skills in scientific reading and they will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in various modes (speech, writing, listening and reading) with colleagues, patients and the community.

Students will learn about their role as a team leader and member and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in various modes with support staff, peers, patients and the community. Students will be taught on the effective use of ICT and biostatistics in carrying out scientific reading and research.


DCO 4403: Community Oral Health (Epidemiological Principles, Epidemiology of Oral Health and Disease)

This course prepares the student with the foundation knowledge and skills in Oral Epidemiology, Social & Behavioural Sciences. The student will be exposed to general concepts and principles relevant to dentistry. Practical classes will give opportunities to learn the application of epidemiological principles and methods in monitoring oral health and research. The student will also learn the social context of oral health and its implication in the delivery of care.

Clinical Phase Year 3

DHD 4301: Human Disease (General Medicine & General Surgery)

The course covers the subjects of general medicine and general surgery, to promote better understanding in the provision of dental treatment to patients affected by diseases and conditions.
The students will learn appropriate history taking, clinical examination and investigations related to skin lesions, cervical lymphadenopathy, infections, diseases of the thyroid, salivary glands, neck lumps, oral conditions related to surgery, parathyroid, nasopharyngeal, venous thrombosis, jaundice, anaemia, diabetes, blood and transfusion, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, airway complications, nosocomial infections, bowel diseases and postoperative complications.

They will learn about the clinical features, potential complications and principles of management of relevant medical diseases like diabetes mellitus, hypertension, heart disease (acquired and congenital), epilepsy, bleeding disorders, strokes etc. Students will learn to assess a patient as a whole, be able to analyse the potential impact of medical diseases on dental procedures and therapy and vice versa: and recognize the need for appropriate referral to the physician. The students will also learn the basic principles of surgery that emphasis on conditions related to the head and neck and aspects of surgery related to dental practice such as tumours and trauma.


DOD 4301: Oral Diagnosis I (Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Oral Radiology, Dental Therapeutics)

In this course, the students will learn about lesions that affect the oral and peri-oral regions and the relevant systemic diseases with oral manifestations. They will learn to prescribe and appraise clinical and investigative findings to arrive at an appropriate diagnosis. Students will learn the techniques of biopsy, dental imaging and the way to undertake systematic evaluation of radiographic images. In clinic, they will simulate sensitivity when managing patients as well as develop good ethical conduct.


DCP 4302: Clinical Dental Practice II (Basic patient management including tooth extraction, Periodontology, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Conservative Dentistry, Prosthodontics)

This course covers various disciplines of clinical dentistry, which include restorative dentistry in children and adults, removable and fixed prosthodontics in adults, periodontics and oral surgery. The course is spread over a period of six (6) semesters. The students will learn through plenary sessions, seminars, observation and hard-work to develop diagnostic acuity and manual dexterity in the delivery of dental treatment.

The students will adopt a patient-centred approach and select the appropriate treatment procedures based on sound clinical judgment and scientific evidence.


DPD 4404: Personal and Professional Development (Strategic Communication, ICT, Dental Team, Research Methods, EBD, Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving, Lifelong Learning)

This course builds basic skills important for personal and professional development. It emphasizes personal and inter-professional relationships and teamwork, which are important for the individual dentist as a member of the health team. The student will be given opportunities in the classroom and in community to apply these skills and build a sense of social responsibility. The student is encouraged to reflect upon these skills for further improvement. Skills learned in this course will be further enhanced in Year 4-5. Some of the learning experience and assessment are incorporated in activities in other courses.


DCO 4403: Community Oral Health (Socio-behavioural & environmental determinations of health, Preventive Dentistry, MID Risk Assessment, Health Education & Health Promotion)

The course prepares the student with foundation knowledge and skills in Preventive Dentistry to facilitate decision making at the chair-side and when managing community oral health. Individual and population strategies will be discussed.

The course covers topics on the natural history of common oral diseases and risk factors (plaque, diet, lifestyle, fluoride); concepts and principles of health education and health promotion for oral health. The focus of learning is evidence-based and the student will be encouraged to independently source for evidence and defend the evidence in group discussions.

Clinical Phase Year 4

DOD 4402: Oral Diagnosis II (Oral Medicine, Oral Radiology and Dental Therapeutics)

This is continuation of the course from Year 3. In Year 4, the student will apply diagnostic skills in clinical dental practice, and be able to take and interpret dental radiographs; and integrate clinical features with laboratory, histopathological and imaging findings to arrive at diagnosis and treatment planning.


DCP 4403: Clinical Dental Practice III (Basic Patient Management in Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthetics, Conservative Dentistry, and Paediatric Dentistry)

This is continuation of the course from Year 3. In Year 4, the students shall exhibit ability to apply knowledge and skills in all aspects of general dental practice in providing holistic patient care, to include patients with special needs.


DPD 4404: Personal & Professional Development (Communication, Research Methods, Evidence-based Dentistry (EBD), Critical Thinking, Life-long Learning, Leadership, Social & Entrepreneurial Skills, Ethics & Jurisprudence)

Besides enhancing the basic skills developed in earlier years, the student will learn about the legal and professional responsibilities of a dentist to the patient and society. Throughout the clinical training and community oral health posting, the student will be guided on the importance of good management and scientific evidence in decision making for health issues. The student will undertake a research project to learn basic scientific investigation and strategic communication of scientific evidence.


DCO 4403: Community Oral Health (Health Education and Promotion, Public Health Strategies, Principles of Management)

The student undertakes a group project to plan, implement and evaluate a collaborative community project. This requires consolidation of knowledge to put into practice a health promotion project. Students will work in teams and build partnerships with other students. This shall be a shared COH and PPD project. Students will also learn the basic principles and methods of financing healthcare. Issues of accessibility and delivery of services for disadvantaged groups will be discussed.

Clinical Phase Year 5

DCP 4504: Clinical Dental Practice IV

This course is cumulative from Years 3 and 4. Students are trained on advanced patient management in Conservative Dentistry, Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Preventive Dentistry, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry, incorporating Oral Medicine with the stress on holistic patient management.


DPD 4404: Personal & Professional Development

The student consolidates his understanding of the legal and professional responsibilities of a dentist to his patient, their families and the community in accordance with current guidelines of the Malaysian Dental Council. Students also prepare a scientific manuscript of their research projects to be presented to Faculty members. It is mandatory for the student to complete this report before signing up for the Year 5 Final Professional Examination. Students are encouraged to present their scientific work as a poster / oral presentation, or proceed to publication of their work.


DCO 4403: Community Oral Health

Community oral health visits are arranged to expose students to the working environment in the public sector, especially the Ministry of Health Malaysia, private practices and others. Students make such visits in small groups. These visits shall be pre-arranged by the Faculty and the authority concerned. Students shall observe the Malaysian Oral Healthcare system on the following:

  • Characteristics of the Oral Healthcare System in Malaysia
  • Policies, Objectives, and Organizations
  • Oral Healthcare Team: types of personnel, role, and distribution of work-force
  • Patient entry into the system
  • Financing, Reimbursement, and Remuneration
  • Potential for reform and implications

Each group is required to prepare a report, appraising what they have observed and learned. It is mandatory for the student to complete this report before signing up for the Final Professional Examination in Year 5.

Assessment System

The assessment system is intended to monitor the students’ progress, motivate learning, develop reflective skills and fulfil competency requirements. The combination of assessments that a student takes in the dental programme helps determine the achievement of the competencies required of a new dentist.

Students will be assessed through continuous assessments and Professional Examinations. Formative assessment of competency is conducted intra-course and at the end of a project. Students are mandated to submit written work throughout the programme to obtain formative feedback.

Semester 1 Examinations will be conducted at the end of the first Semester. The marks from Semester 1 Examination, PBL/CBL, practical, mini-tests, log book, and tutorials etc., will contribute 40% of the Professional Examination marks at the end of each academic year. The Professional Examination marks will constitute 60% of the total marks.

Written examinations may be in the form of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), Modified Essay Questions (MEQ) and Short Answer Questions (SAQ), Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSPE) and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE).

Viva Voce is a part of assessment in the Professional Examinations, in cases of moderation for ‘borderline distinction’ to the award of ‘DISTINCTION’ and in assessing borderline cases for a PASS, during Professional Examinations. The conduct of the examinations shall abide by the standard operating procedure for Quality Assurance & Control of SEGi University.

The duration of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery programme shall not be less than 5 years and shall not be more than 8 years. The candidate is allowed to repeat ONCE in the Preclinical Phase, and not more than TWICE in the Clinical Phase. The candidate must satisfy the Senate of SEGi University that he/she has satisfactorily completed the course and the required practical/clinical sessions.

EXAMINATIONS

The examinations for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery shall be conducted as follows:

  • First Professional Examination at the end of Year 1
  • Second Professional Examination at the end of Year 2
  • Third Professional Examination at the end of Year 3
  • Fourth Professional Examination at the end of Year 4
  • Final Professional Examination at the end of Year 5

Candidates must pass each Professional Examination before they are allowed to proceed to the next level of the programme or to graduation.

ELIGIBILITY TO SIT FOR EXAMINATIONS

Eligibility to sit for the BDS Professional Examinations

  • minimum 80% attendance in the First Academic Year and minimum 85% attendance in the Second to Fifth Academic Years
  • satisfactorily sat for the Semester 1 Examinations
  • attended and satisfied the requirements for all courses(s) in that particular year
  • passed/completed the assessment of projects/postings, and
  • attained the expected level of clinical requirements (in Clinical Phase).

EXAMINATION RESULTS

All examination results shall be kept confidential and shall only be disclosed to the intended recipient or a person authorized by the intended recipient.

The results of the Professional Examination will be given to the candidate in the form of grades by the Examination Department of the SEGi University.

CONFERMENT OF THE BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY DEGREE [BDS (SEGi)]

A candidate will be conferred the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) if he / she:

  • is registered as a student in the university
  • has fulfilled all the conditions spelt out in the University Examination Rules and Regulations
  • has passed all the Professional Examinations
  • has passed all Ministry of Education (MOE) and University compulsory courses or has been exempted by the University Senate from sitting these courses, and
  • has fulfilled the financial commitments to the University and the Faculty.

REGULATIONS FOR THE BDS PROGRAMME

This programme of study is non-modular.

  1. The programme shall be full-time, and shall not be less than five (5) years and not be more than eight (8) years.
  2. There shall be Professional Examinations at the end of each academic year: First, Second, Third, Fourth and Final Professional Examinations. A candidate must pass or be exempted from each examination before they are allowed to proceed to the next academic year.
  3. Each Professional Examination shall be held once in each academic year followed by a Supplementary Examination (if necessary, for those who have to re-sit the examinations).
  4. A candidate may sit for a Supplementary Examination if he/she has failed the Professional Examination and/or has received permission from the Faculty of Dentistry Examination Committee (FoDEC) and approved by Senate.
  5. The Supplementary Examination is a ‘stand-alone’ examination for which there are no contributory marks from Continuous Assessments or course work.
  6. A candidate who passes the Supplementary Examination shall be promoted to the next academic year or be allowed to graduate. He/she shall be awarded a grade ‘C’ and grade point 2.00 (regardless of the score in the Supplementary Examination).
  7. A candidate who fails the Supplementary Examination (except the Final Professional Examination) shall be considered to repeat the relevant academic year, subject to only one (1) repeat in the Early Clinical Phase and a maximum of two (2) repeats in the Clinical Phase. Permission to repeat an academic year is subject to FoDEC approval.
  8. Any consideration outside of the above Regulations shall be subject to the decision of Senate.
SCHEME OF MARKING AND GRADES

Marks out of 100 or equivalent grades are as follows:

GRADE GRADE POINT GRADE DISTRIBUTION STATUS
A 4.00 80 – 100 Distinction
A- 3.70 *75 – 79 *The FOD reserves the right to determine the ‘floor’ marks for candidates to be invited to attend viva voce for consideration for ‘Distinction’.

  • If successful, the candidate’s marks will be raised to 80 and a ‘Distinction’ status shall be awarded.
  • If unsuccessful, the marks will remain the same with a credit status.
  • Does not apply to those sitting for Supplementary Examination.
B+ 3.30 70 – 74 Credit
B 3.00 65 – 69 Credit
B- 2.70 60 – 60 Credit
C+ 2.30 55 – 59 Credit
C 2.00 50 – 54 Pass
C- 1.70 45 – 49 Candidates shall be invited to attend viva voce to be considered for ‘Pass’.

  • If successful, the candidate’s marks will be raised to 50 and a ‘Pass’ status shall be awarded.
  • If unsuccessful, the marks will remain the same with a ‘Fail’ status.
  • Does not apply to those sitting for Supplementary
D+ 1.30 40 – 44 Fail
D 1.00 35 – 39 Fail
F 0 0 – 34 Fail
  1. A candidate who has passed all Courses in the examination shall be deemed as having passed the examination.
  2. A Panel of external and internal examiners will conduct the viva voce. A standard time will be allocated and model questions to be asked of each candidate will be determined by the Panel before the conduct of the viva.

FUTURE CAREERS

Here are just some of the careers you can embark on once you graduate from SEGi University’s Bachelor of Dental Surgery.

  • Dental Public Health Professional
  • Orthodontists
  • Oral Surgery Professionals
  • Pediatric Dentists
  • Oral Medicine Professionals
  • Oral Pathologists
  • Forensic Odontologists
  • Endodontics and Special Needs Dentists

FEES & SCHOLARSHIPS

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery programme at SEGi University is affordable and is a great value for students seeking a top-notch education:

Approximate Total Fees
(Local & International Students)

RM 351,100

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Fees will be reviewed annually. For the avoidance of doubt, SEGi University reserves the right to revise the fee payable for any given semester.

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