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A survey by the China Health Department in 2003 indicated that about 2/3 of the Chinese on the Mainland are suffering from a certain degree of periodontal disease. Though the local situation is not as bad, many Hong Kong citizens are also affected by the disease. Proper daily cleaning does not completely eliminate this problem, and very often, professional help from a dental hygienist is needed. In response to the needs of the community, the College and the Prince Philip Dental Hospital are offering this 2-year Higher Diploma programme in Dental Hygiene with the support of the Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong and this is the only dental hygiene programme offered in Hong Kong.

Course Aims and Objectives

This programme aims to provide the relevant professional training needed to prepare you for a career in dental hygiene. Upon completion, you will be qualified to serve as a member of a dental team who will be capable of controlling and preventing periodontal disease and dental caries.

Clinical Placement

All specialist practical training is held at Prince Philip Dental Hospital. Clinical placement may be arranged for students to visit or work in dental clinic or department other than the Prince Philip Dental Hospital, e.g. government or private dental clinics.

Professional Recognition

Upon completion of the programme, students are eligible to enroll as “Dental Hygienists” with the Dental Council of Hong Kong, and thus are qualified to serve as member of a dental team, in controlling and preventing periodontal disease and dental caries.

Opportunities for Further Studies

Graduates can apply for further degree studies in Biological Sciences, Nursing, Dentistry, Medicine or related subjects in universities overseas or locally through the Non-JUPAS route. 

Career Prospects

Holders of the Higher Diploma in Dental Hygiene are permitted to treat patients with periodontal problems locally. Alternatively, graduates can choose to work as oral health educators in promoting dental health to the general public.

Special Entrance Requirements

1. Applicants are also required to have obtained Level 2 or above in the HKDSE Biology or Level 3 or above in Combined Science (Biology), or have a pass in Biology / Human Biology in the HKCEE, or equivalent.

2. Special consideration may be given to applicants who have experience of working in a dental clinic and / or are holders of a Certificate in Dental Surgery Assisting (DSA) or an equivalent qualification.

3. Applicants must demonstrate they have the potential for a career in dental hygiene.

  • Mathematics and Statistics for Daily Life Applications
  • Introduction to Multimedia
  • General English III
  • English for Academic and Professional Purposes Parts I and II
  • English for Healthcare Professionals
  • Practical Chinese
  • Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies

Problem-based Learning (PBL)

  • Cariology
  • Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics
  • Dental Anatomy
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Radiography and Radiology
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • General Anatomy and Physiology
  • General Histology
  • General Pathology
  • Microbiology and Infection Control
  • Oral Anatomy and Physiology
  • Oral Histo-embryology
  • Oral Pathology
  • Dental Hygiene Care for Special Needs Patients
  • Periodontology
  • Pharmacology
  • Preventive Dentistry
  • Behavioural Science
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Fluorides and Fissure Sealant
  • Oral Health Education
  • Mechanical Plaque Control
  • Public Health

Clinical Training

  • Clinical Sessions
  • Plaque Awareness Programme Education
  • Dental Clinic Visits
  • Attachment to the Government Oral Health Education Unit
  • Phantom Head Practice
  • Clinical Report Writing
  • Patient Clinical Assessment
  • Formulation of Treatment Plan
  • Application of Treatment Plan on Patient

Dental Health Education

Under the Guidance and Supervision of a teacher, student dental hygienists work in groups to prepare Waiting Room Display Board in hospital, to plan, design, implement and evaluate a Dental Health Education Project for a specific target group which is of their own interest and to prepare report after presentation.

Oral Radiography

  • Properties and Production of X-rays
  • Principles of Intra-Oral Radiographic Technique
  • Radiation Hazards and Safety Measures for Protection of the Patient & Operator
  • Proper Record Keeping and Processing Periapical and Bite Wing Radiographs
  • Diagnosis of Intra-Oral and Panoramic Radiographic Images

Ng Hiu Kam Catherine
Ng Hiu Kam Catherine
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Dental Hygiene (2013-15)

I am so delighted for being a graduate of Higher Diploma of Dental Hygiene programme. The two years training from this programme supports me to handle and solve many big task of my job already, such as how to communicate with different patients.

At the beginning of the programme, the clinical training session is very difficult for me, because I need to properly deliver oral health knowledge and treatment to my patients who suffer from periodontal disease. After two years training, I truly believe that the clinical training session helped me to build a good foundation of how to manage patients and treat periodontal disease.

For the problem based learning (PBL) module, this is very new and interesting for me. All of us need to solve problems by ourselves and have sharing and presentation during PBL class. I believe that I have increased my originality and curiosity in the PBL class.

The generic skills courses are also important that the diverse courses improve my language and communication skill.

During the time I was studying in the programme, I met many good tutors who relieved an enjoyable and useful learning experience. I consider myself is lucky to have an opportunity to study in dental hygiene programme.

Lo Wing Yan Winnie
Lo Wing Yan Winnie
  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Dental Hygiene (2012-14)

Without a doubt, this two-year programme is a very comprehensive course, which has fostered my development as a professional dental hygienist. All the training I received from the course can equip me to practically apply in my dental hygienist career.

The communication skills developed in the Generic Skills Courses improved my language competency and built up my self-confidence.

At the beginning of the course, the Problem-based Learning (PBL) module was definitely a challenge to me because this learning approach was radically new to me. From the presentations in the PBL class, I gradually learnt how to address the compelling practical or theoretical problem, communicate information and ideas to my peers. Proper skills in solving problem were also developed through self-learning and group discussion.

The Clinical Training sessions offered me invaluable hands-on practical experience in managing and treating authentic patients suffering from oral hygiene / health problems. With guidance from the clinical supervisors, I learnt the skills to build rapport with patients and properly deliver treatment to patients who suffer from periodontal disease, dental caries or other oral health problems.

The professional trainings I got from the Higher Diploma in Dental Hygiene programme have undoubtedly been helpful to my career in dental health services. I am proud to be a graduate from this programme and to serve the community in Hong Kong.

Lai Mei Lin, Nino
Lai Mei Lin, Nino
  • 2006-08 Graduate of Higher Diploma in Dental Hygiene
  • 2011-13 Graduate of Bachelor of Oral Health, The University of Newcastle

After finishing my studies at PPDH and working for several years, I found myself truly having a passion for dental hygiene. Moreover, I, like everybody else, know that dental health is becoming more important to the ageing population worldwide, so starting to get on the right career path would definitely steer myself to a brighter future. This has prompted me to study for a Bachelor’s Degree in Oral Health at The University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Having been fully equipped with the oral health knowledge and problem-based learning skills from my Higher Diploma studies, I have experienced a smooth and nice progression from the higher diploma to the bachelor’s programme. I thank all these to my Higher Diploma studies that had laid a good foundation for my most enjoyable and challenging career.

Lai Tsz Kiu, Lexie
Lai Tsz Kiu, Lexie
  • 2011-13 Graduate of Higher Diploma in Dental Hygiene

‘Practical’ is the word that I use to describe this 2-year Higher Diploma course in Dental Hygiene. I was surprised by the methods of training which have equipped me not only with the knowledge in dental aspects but also provided me with holistic development. The Problem-based learning (PBL) module is incredibly useful in training my critical thinking as well as my organizing skills. Definitely, the experience that I acquired from this module can be applied and be very useful to my future studies and work. Moreover, the experience that I gained from the Clinical Training module, which was run side by side with the PBL module, can be applied in managing my patients as well as in other work situations. I am very proud of being a member of the dental profession after these two years.

Fung Hiu Tung, Creamy
Fung Hiu Tung, Creamy
  • 2010-12 Graduate of Higher Diploma in Dental Hygiene

I became a professional dental hygienist after this two-year Higher Diploma programme. This has provided me with clinical training sessions, problem-based learning and other generic skills.

Problem-based learning (PBL) has given me a new learning experience and has encouraged me to analyse problems by information searching, self-reading and group discussions.

The clinical sessions have provided invaluable opportunities for me to treat patients in the Prince Philip Dental Hospital. More importantly, apart from the clinical skills, I have learned how to communicate and to take care of my patients. I found these experiences were really applicable and helpful to my career. Besides this, the generic modules also provided me with opportunities to strengthen my language ability and presentation skills.

Now I know more about the role and responsibilities of a registered dental hygienist in Hong Kong and I am proud to be one of them.

Lee Katherine Ka Yan S.
Lee Katherine Ka Yan S.
  • 2010-12 Graduate of Higher Diploma in Dental Hygiene

It is amazing to me that I have become a dental professional in just 2 years' time. I am happy to see people benefiting from the services that I have offered to them in preventing periodontal disease and dental caries. By virtue of this course I have found the right path.

In addition to the programme itself, the resources provided especially those by the Prince Philip Dental Hospital (PPDH), where many local dental professionals are trained, are essential in making the comprehensive training successful. Things taught in the generic modules at HKU SPACE CC have also helped me a lot in completing my studies in both the generic subjects and specialism. This course has definitely provided a professional training for me to be a dental hygienist. I am sure that students who are determined to become a professional in dental hygiene will benefit a lot from this course.

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