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Dental Science The BDS degree focuses on developing skill and expertise in diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases of the teeth, mouth tissue and supporting bones of the mouth.
Dental Science The BDS degree focuses on developing skill and expertise in diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases of the teeth, mouth tissue and supporting bones of the mouth.

Qualification: BDS

School: Oral Health Sciences

Faculty: Health Sciences

Duration: 5 years

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

Modern dentistry has moved beyond the scope of the ‘drilling and filling’ of the past. Today, dentists manage diseases and abnormalities of the face, jaws, joints, and soft tissue lining of the mouth.

They offer comprehensive care for the entire oral and facial system.

The Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) is a five-year, full-time course. Years 1 to 3 focus on bioethics, health law, and dental sciences. Years 4 and 5 focus on understanding the medical, dental, social, and community context of dental clinical practice.

You will be required to complete one year of community service after graduating. If you are registering for the BDS for the first time, you must register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HCPSA).

Dentist in different locations, including in community, industrial, private practice and public service clinics.

First year

  • Bioethics, Health Law and
  • Human Rights I
  • Oral Microbiology I
  • Prosthodontics I
  • Public Oral Health I
  • Dental Materials for Dental Students I
  • Operative Dentistry I
  • Anatomy for Dental Students
  • Physiology and Medical Biochemistry I

Second year

  • Integrated Learning I
  • Prosthodontics II
  • Public Oral Health II
  • Bioethics, Health Law and
  • Human Rights II
  • Dental Materials for Dental Students II
  • Dental Practice Management I
  • Maxillo-Facial and Oral Radiology I
  • Endodontics I
  • Operative Dentistry II
  • Pathology (Anatomical and Haematological)
  • Oral Biology for Dental Students
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Oral Microbiology II

Third year

  • Pharmacology
  • Maxillo-Facial and Oral Radiology II
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Public Oral Health III
  • Prosthodontics III
  • Introduction to Maxillo-Facial and Oral
  • Surgery
  • Introduction to Periodontology
  • Integrated Learning II
  • Dental Materials for Dental Students III
  • Dental Practice Management II
  • Operative Dentistry III
  • Endodontics II
  • Paediatric Dentistry I
  • Dento-Facial Growth and Development
  • Essentials in Orthodontic Techniques
  • and Diagnosis
  • Oral Pathology

Fourth year

  • General Medicine and Paediatrics for
  • Dental Students
  • General Surgery
  • Integrated Learning III
  • Prosthodontics IV
  • Periodontology I
  • Maxillo-Facial and Oral Radiology III
  • Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery II
  • Public Oral Health IV
  • Bioethics, Health Law and
  • Human Rights III
  • Oral Medicine I
  • Dental Practice Management III
  • Dental Materials for Dental Students IV
  • Comprehensive Patient Care
  • Operative Dentistry IV
  • Endodontics III
  • Paediatric Dentistry II
  • Clinical Orthodontics I

Fifth year

  • Anaesthetics
  • Integrated Learning IV
  • Prosthodontics V
  • Periodontology II
  • Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery III
  • Public Oral Health V
  • Oral Medicine II
  • Advanced Comprehensive Patient Care
  • Operative Dentistry V
  • Endodontics IV
  • Paediatric Dentistry III
  • Clinical Orthodontics II

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The Faculty of Health Sciences uses a composite index score to guide applicant selection. This includes:

  1. Your matric academic results for 5 subjects: English, Mathematics, Physical Science/Life Sciences, and the best two other subjects. We consider the percentage achieved, not the symbol.
  2. National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores

Applicants must write the NBT

All applicants to Bachelor of Dental Science and Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences must spend time observing specific procedures as performed by a Dentist/Dental Therapist/ Oral Hygienist to gain insight into the profession. Applicants must complete a certificate of attendance (minimum 16 hours). Only observation hours completed between 1 July 2018 and 31 July 2019 will be accepted. Please download the form from www.wits.ac.za/undergraduate/apply-to-wits/ under Additional Forms.

Applicants who fail to submit a certificate will not be considered for admission.

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