Dental Therapy


The department of Dental Therapy offers a unique programme which provides quality educational experiences for undergraduate Dental Therapy Students. This course is now firmly established and was offered for the first time in 1955. This undergraduate programme is designed to foster student growth, promote development of critical and ethical judgement, and encourage life-long learning. The curricullum includes didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction sufficient to graduate competent clinicians who are capable of practicing contemporary dental therapy procedures.

The Programme is rapidly evolving to give the students an opportunity to learn and develop in a friendly, caring and professional environment from which to launch themselves into the responsibilities of a working life with confidence and competence.

Aims of the Programme

The purpose of the Diploma in Dental Therapy programme is to produce caring, knowledgeable, competent and skilful graduates who are able, on qualification:

  1. To demonstrate subject knowledge and understanding and demonstrate the clinical skills and competencies to enable them to practice dental therapy.
  2. To accept professional responsibility for their role in the effective and safe care of patients.
  3. To recognize their obligation to practice in the best interests of patients at all times.
  4. To develop a questioning, scientific, and self-critical approach to the practice of dentistry.
  5. To foster the intellectual skills required for future personal and professional development.
  6. To develop an understanding of audit and clinical governance.
  7. To be able to work effectively as part of the dental team.

Course Description

  1. There is a nomenclature change from Dental Hygiene in Nigeria to Dental Therapy. It is a full time modular course and spans across 40 months for the award of Higher National Diploma (HND).
  1. Students seeking admission to dental therapy are required to complete specific courses designated by the department in addition to institution’s general education requirements for a Higher National Diploma (HND) programme.
  2. Pre-Clinical/ Laboratory Experience – Students are exposed to Phantom Head practice on the rudiment of scaling and polishing for 2 hours daily (Monday – Friday) in the second year of the study.
  3. Practical Clinical Experience – Students are exposed to clinical practice in their third year of study until their graduation. They are still expected to have clinical/practical experience of 2hours daily. Each student is expected to treat 30 patients, both children and adults each semester, for a period of 2years making a total of 120 patients per student. The dental therapy services provided includes; scaling and polishing, oral hygiene instruction, application of fissure sealants,  application of topical fluoride, pedo-extraction, shooting of X-ray films and oral health education on communities and schools.
  4. Method of Evaluation of Courses – Students are evaluated by tests, assignments, term papers and end of semester examination. Projects are written at the end of the four-year programme.

Course Structure

The course is constantly evolving and kept under continual review to ensure that current accepted practices are being taught and that you will learn about new techniques and advances that are rapidly taking place in the dental field. We are committed to ensuring that the period of training are as enjoyable and educational as possible! To look after student’s welfare, student are allocated a course officer (usually a member of the academic staff) for the duration of the course.

The programme is divided into modules that have been given a level of study indicator and a credit value. Course modules are shown below:

National Diploma Curricullum

YEAR 1 Semester 1

Course Code Course Title Duration / Hour
STB 112 Morphology and Plysiology of living things 60
BCH 111 General and Plysical Chemistry 75
BPH 111 Mechanics and properties of matter 75
STA 111 Introduction to statistics 30
DTH 111 Oral Hygiene 15
DTH 112 Primary health care 15
DTH 113 Pharmacology 15
DTH 114 Tooth morphology and tooth carving 45
DTH 115 Human anatomy and physiology 45
GNS 102 Communication in english I 30

YEAR 1 Semester 2

Course Code Course Title Duration / Hour
GLT 111

General laboratory techniques

  1. Care and maintenance of laboratory wares and simple equipment.
  2. Safety in the laboratory.
  3. Preparation of laboratory and shelf reagents.
  4. Separation techniques and sample management.
PTD 111 Technical drawing 60
STB 211 Introductory microbiology 75
DTH 121 Dental therapy instrumentation I 45
DTH 122 Oral physiology 45
DTH 123 Care and maintenance of dental equipment 30
DTH 124 General pathology I 15
GNS 124 Medical sociology 45


YEAR 2 Semester 1

Course Code Course Title Duration / Hour
GLT 211

General laboratory techniques (photography)

DTH 211 Oral Histology and Anatomy 45
DTH 212 Phantom Heads 45
DTH 213 Oral Health Education I 15
DTH 214 General Pathology II 15
DTH 215 Instrumentation II 45
DTH 216 Introduction to Nursing Care 45
DTH 217 Dental Radiography I 15
GNS 202 Communication in English 45

YEAR 2 Semester 2

Course Code Course Title Duration / Hour
STB 211

Introductory Microbiology

NUD 122 Human Nutrition I 75
DTH 221 First Aid and Dental Emergencies 30
DTH 222 Anatomy of Head and Neck 15
DTH 223 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 30
DTH 224 Dental Materials 45
DTH 225 Clinical Practice 30
NUD Nutrition and Dietetics Syllabus 45
DTH 226 / DTH 227 Seminar / Project 15
GNS 121 Citizenship Education 15



Course Code Course Title
DTH 311

Medical Emergencies

DTH 314 Paedodontics
DTH 315 Orthodontics
DTH 316 Dental Radiography II
DTH 317 Care of Hospital Patients
DTH 318 Practical (Clinical)
DTH 213 Oral Health Education I & II
STM 311 Bacteriology
NUD 311 Human Nutrition
STB 302 Instrumentation (General)


Course Code Course Title
DTH 321/325

Clinical Practice II/ Oral Diagnosis & Treatment Planning

DTH 322 Anaesthesiology
DTH 323 Instrumentation
DTH 324 Oral Pathology
DTH 313 POHC / School Visit
DTH 326 Practical
DTH 213 Biological Technique
STM 311 Human Nutrition
NUD 311 Laboratory Management
STB 302 Introductory Physiology


Course Code Course Title
DTH 411

Oral Health Education II

DTH 412 Office/Hospital Management
DTH 413 P.H Edu./Comm. Dentistry
DTH 414 Primary Health Care (PHC)
DTH 415 Practical (Clinical)
DTH 416 Viva Voce
DTE 415 Prof. Ethics & Jurisprudence
COM 301 Computer Basics/Programme
STA 416 Medical Statistics
STB 318 Biological Techniques II
NUD 435 Research Methodology


Course Code Course Title
DTH 421


DTH 422 Practicals
STB 411 BIO. Techniques II
NUD 322 Clinical Diseases (Diet Therapy)
STM 312 Microbiology
BAM 413 Entrepreneurship
COM 311 Computer Programming
DTH 324 Oral Pathology

Key Members of Staff

Name Status
Okoli S. C.

Head of Department

Dr. Omale J. J. Chief Lecturer
Dr. Adamu  V.E Lecturer I
Emmanuel Ugwu Chief Dental Therapist
Angela Ohadoma Senoir Lecturer
Nkechi Aballa Principal Instructor I
Oluchi Ann Olofin Deputy Rector
Justina Ngwu Senoir Lecturer
Hussain M. Bala Senior Instructor


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