Higher National Diploma

Programme Facts

The school offers programmes in Dental Therapy, Dental Technology, Dental Nursing, Health Assistant and Biomedical Engineering at the National Diploma and Higher National Diploma levels. Graduates are expected to fulfill a mandatory one year internship before being mobilized for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

FEDSDTTEN Graduates can practice as professional Dental Technologists or Dental Therapists after due registration and licensure by the Dental Technologists or Dental Therapists Boards of Nigeria.

Application Process

Admission into FEDSDTTEN is through Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB, MPCE). Prospective Students must have obtained Five Credits Pass at O/Level GCE/SSCE, NECO or its equivalent.

For Dental Technology, the entry qualification is Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

For Dental Therapy, the entry qualification is Mathematics, English Language and any three of Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Health Science.

International students seeking admission into FEDSDTTEN should enquire about the availability of JAMB in their respective country of residence, or possess London GCE or Cambridge O’ level.

Counselling Services

Academic Counseling:
The first year of dental school is especially demanding and the numbers of courses will require a great deal of your time . It is not unusual for students to have difficulty keeping up with the coursework.

Many students find that group study offers an important way to review notes and materials after lecture hours. Most students simply find a few classmates who live near them or with compatible schedules or lifestyles to allow informal group study in the evenings or on weekends.

Course directors and faculty advisers are always on hand to offer suggestions for ways to study more effectively, or may recommend study guides or other materials or methods to improve learning and retention, test-taking strategies, organization skills, time management and stress management.

Psychological Counseling:
Unlimited sessions of confidential, psychological counseling is available at no charge to all students to provide adjustment counseling, brief psychotherapy and triage. All student contacts will be confidential.

If a student present a case requiring longer treatment, The Director of Student Affairs will be notified by the consulting practitioner and the student may be referred outside internal structure for consultation at his or her own expense.

Career Counseling:
The Office of Student Affairs offers individual career counseling and information on professional opportunities.
This counseling covers a range of topics that includes clarifying career goals and interests, identifying areas of further training, and helping students confront and resolve doubts about their career choice and their future practice plan decisions.

Information Technology Facilities

FEDSDTTEN has a state-of-the-art internet centre in place for the use of students. The facility is well equipped with conventional facilities to make learning experience a rewarding one.

Selection Factors

FEDSDTTEN is an equal opportunity educator. The catchment areas cover all 36 states of Nigeria including Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. International students are also welcome at the school. However, the admission comittee may take into account the following factors:

  • Academic record
  • Aptitude for science
  • Personal Interview .


National Diploma Programme runs for 2years while Higher National Diploma Programme also runs for 2years. On completion of the HND Programme, graduates undergo 1year internship before beign mobilized for NYSC.

Student Life

Student Union & Organizations

Every Institution has a Students’ Union and FEDSDTTEN is no different, it is run by students for students and is an autonomous body to the school. The students in charge of the Union are elected by the membership [you] every academic year during second semester and fill positions.Its vision is to provide “a positive experience for every student.” As the official representative for all students, elected student representatives work to strengthen and improve services offered to students on campus and within the community, and to voice student issues and concerns to the school community.

Joining a campus club is a great way to meet people with similar interests. FEDSDTTEN students have created many clubs and associations with diverse objectives including clubs for academic programs, athletics, politics, religion and culture. Each year, the school authority reserves some funds to help student clubs hold awareness campaigns and social events. If there isn’t a club that meets your interest, you can start one! The Student Affairs office will assist students in starting a new club, or running and managing an existing club.


Going away to higher institution can spark an avalanche of change in your life.  It may be the first time you’ve lived away from home, and this sudden freedom can take some getting used to. Most of our first-year students choose to ease into this new-found independence by living in one of our residence buildings. Some students choose to live in housing off-campus, which is both abundant and close to the school.

Sports & Recreation

Learn how to play tennis or improve your stroke. Learn soccer or chess. Get into hockey. Explore volleyball. Keep up your football skills, play squash with a friend or pump a little iron.

FEDSDTTEN Sports and Recreation Department offers students dozens of ways to have fun, stay fit, compete internally, learn new skills or go for gold in national competition. Every year, students take part in the Nigeria Polytechnic Games.

Students are the heart of a school. From academic achievement to widespread involvement in extra-curricular activities, FEDSDTTEN students are engaged and enthusiastic and have created a community they are proud to call their own.

What skills do dental therapists/technologists need?

Dental Therapists and Dental Technologists require proficient practical and technical skills as well as good problem-solving and decision-making skills.

  • They should enjoy working with children and young people, and they require excellent people skills to communicate easily and clearly with a range of people.
  • They must have a consultative approach to work as a member of the dental team.
  • Dental therapists need to be patient, calm and friendly.
  • They should be able to inspire confidence in their clients and encourage positive attitudes to oral health.

Career Prospects

Our graduates have excellent career prospects. Dental technologists/therapists are employed in the Ministry of Health, commercial laboratories, teaching hospitals, private practices and dental schools. Within the Health Service there is a clear career structure ranging through Junior, Intermediate and Senior Grades. Within the commercial sector, after some years of experience, it would be possible to become a commercial laboratory/clinic owner or manager.

What do dental therapists do?

The Dental Therapist has an important role in promoting dental health. They will treat adults and children. Dental Therapists are able to work in all sectors of dentistry including general dental practice.

A Dental therapist can carry out a range of procedures, including:

  • intra and extra oral assessment
  • scaling and polishing
  • applying materials to teeth such as fluoride and fissure sealants
  • taking dental radiographs
  • providing dental health education on a one to one basis or in a group situation
  • undertaking routine restorations in both deciduous and permanent teeth, on adults and children
  • extracting deciduous teeth under local infiltration analgesia
  • treating patients under conscious sedation provided the dentist remains in the surgery throughout the treatment.

The dental therapist may treat a wide range of high treatment needs patients, from those who:

  • are dentally anxious.
  • are medically compromised.
  • are physically disabled.
  • have high levels of untreated decay.

What do dental technologists do?

Dental Technologists fill orders from dentists for a variety of dental appliances. You’ll work with sophisticated equipment and a broad range of materials to create tooth replacements that are realistic and aesthetically pleasing, as well as functional.

Dental Technologists using the dentists’ detailed written directions and molds of the patient’s teeth or oral soft tissues, makes the following items:

  • Full dentures for patients who are missing all of their teeth
  • Removable partial dentures or fixed bridges for those who are missing only one or a few teeth
  • Crowns, which cover the tooth and are designed to restore its original size and shape
  • Veneers, which are bonded to the tooth surface to improve the appearance of discolored, worn, chipped or misaligned teeth
  • Orthodontic appliances and splints used to help straighten and protect teeth.

After FEDSDTTEN, Now What!

Upon registration with the Dental Technologists and Dental Therapy Boards of Nigeria, you can practice as a professional Dental Therapist or Dental Technologists, rendering clinical services for oral health related problems in the area of curative, preventive and restorative dentistry.