The course of study in dentistry trains students to become qualified dentists. The majority of graduates start work as dentists in solo or group practices, or in the employ or a company or organization. In addition, after graduating, there is the option of working in one of the programmes, either in teaching or research.
Students who have completed the Master’s programme have the option of specializing in a branch of dentistry. In this connection, ACTA offers five postgraduate programmes:
• Oral Kinesiology
• Dental Phobia and Anxiety.
There are also two official dental specialisms: Oral Pathology & Maxillofacial Surgery, and Orthodontics.
The dentistry job market currently offers very promising employment prospects. There is little or no unemployment among dentists.
The course of study in Dentistry consists of a three-year Bachelor’s programme and a Master’s programme, which also lasts three-years. After completing your Master’s you can register in the Individual Health Care Professions Act register. From then you are entitled to practice dentistry independently. You may use the title of Master of Science in Dentistry (MSc).
Active teaching methods
ACTA’s approach to education is to focus on the individual student and on the learning process. This means that a wide range of active teaching methods are available, allowing you to develop your knowledge independently and in collaboration with others. This also means that students bear a great deal of responsibility for their course of study and for the planning involved. ACTA will play a supporting role here.
The Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes have a competency-oriented curriculum. Accordingly, the curriculum’s aim is that students should to acquire all of the skills necessary to practice dentistry. This is reflected by the thematic approach adopted in the various blocks and lines (where teaching is a collaborative effort involving multiple disciplines) and in the interweaving of theory and practice.
Critical, scientific attitude
The course of study in Dentistry is a scientific programme. ACTA has designed the scientific aspects of this course of study with a view to training students to be dentists with a critical and scientific attitude. Accordingly, you will notice that teaching places great emphasis on collecting, evaluating, and selecting information. It will also focus on teaching the skills required for graduates to pursue long-term professional and scientific development.