P.Grad.Dip. in Special Care Dentistry
The Postgraduate Diploma course provides training in clinical special care dentistry to enable dentists to deliver primary care both safely and independently to this patient group. In addition, it aims to deliver a comprehensive education in the theoretical principles of special care dentistry and develop an ability to critically analyze professional literature. The course leads to the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Special Care Dentistry (P.Grad.Dip. in Special Care Dentistry).
The curriculum is designed to enable postgraduate students, including dental practitioners who work in general dental practice as well as community and hospital dental services, to achieve the intended learning outcomes of the course. The course consists of seven core (compulsory) modules as follows: Biological Sciences of Relevance to Special Care Dentistry; Concepts of Health, Impairment, Functioning and Disability; Concepts of Oral Health, Impairment and Disability; Clinical Special Care Dentistry; Oral Healthcare Planning and Oral Health Promotion for Individuals and Groups; Professional Literature Appraisal; Legislation, Ethics and Clinical Governance.
In addition to the course of study and examinations, students must present an essay-based project on barriers to care, and a related presentation, a dissertation, clinical competencies and case presentations as well as submitting a project on service delivery models. Students must also submit a portfolio including a reflective logbook of all cases seen as part of the course as well as selected cases from their own independent practice demonstrating application of knowledge and practical skills obtained through this course. Satisfactory attendance at all aspects of the course is compulsory. A Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Special Care Dentistry is awarded on passing all components of the course. The Diploma will be unclassified but a Distinction will be awarded if a combined mark of at least 70% is obtained across all modules.
Practitioners must hold a Bachelors Degree in Dental Science or its equivalent of at least two years and be eligible to register with the Dental Council of Ireland. Students have a responsibility to have valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from a certified body for the duration of the course. Furthermore, students must possess their own professional indemnity insurance and present evidence of satisfactory seroconversion against Hepatitis B virus and a recent negative hepatitis C antibody test. Applicants will also be required to undergo Garda (Police) vetting.
All applicants must upload a separate statement (no more than 300 words in length) stating why they wish to undertake the Diploma.
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Last updated May 3, 2016