It's good to know and FAQs

We asked our students what is it they would like to have known before they became OHP students. The questions they provided are interesting and diverse. From these questions we have created the "it's good to know" series of information leaflets that we hope it will help future students make more informed decisions around studying OHPs.

Its good to know Leaflets Series

N1 Thinking about studying Dentistry, Dental Hygiene
N2 Thinking about studying Dentistry
N2a Thinking about studying Dental Hygiene
N3 Oral Health Professional Team
N4 Clinical Environment
N5 International student mobility


We have also compiled some frequently asked questions identified by current oral health professional students. FAQs are organized into subcategories, why not explore this by clicking in the tabs below.

It might be possible, but usually not as a certified oral health professional. In many countries you can observe practice and participate in preparation and administration, but regulations can mean you cannot practice oral health professional. However, this can vary from country to country.

Hint: Ensure you always follow local regulatory rules around what you as an Oral Health Professional Student can do. Failure to do so can have a serious impact on your progression and on the practice of the professional you are working for. Start by checking your programme rules then the regulatory rules for the country of practice.

While you are a student your practice will be covered by the University as long as you work within your defined scope of study and practice. Remember you can only practice under the supervision of your clinical supervisors and within the environment agreed with the university.

Hint: It is important to know what you can and cannot do as a student, you are strongly advised to ensure you become aware with the local student handbook, regulations and guidance as published by your programme and by the national regulator. Failing to comply with these can lead to difficulties.

This can occur in a number of locations including, the simulation laboratory, virtual reality and haptics, a hospital or clinical as part of the university, a private or community practice location etc.

Hint: Over your study programme you can expect to be exposed to a variety of practice settings to help you develop your skills. This will help you greatly in your career choices going forward.

This can vary from programme to programme. Some start early, some later. Regardless of when you start the level of clinical activity normally evolves from observation, simulation and then onto real world practice. You will be supervised throughout and offered opportunities to practice before progressing to the next stage.

Hint: Your supervisor is there to ensure you can practice safely, developing a string working relationship with them is essential and you will need to be able to act upon their feedback in a positive manner.