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.

In some countries once you graduate you can get automatic recognition and immediately start practice as an oral health professional. For others you may be required to sit a state registration examination.

Hint: Visit the institutional report cards to find out more about this topic on a school by school basis.

This varies from country to country. The Dental and Medicine programs can in some places have shared learning components, particularly in the early years. However, as you progress in most cases they are viewed as two separate distinct programs and professions. In some location it is possible to be dual qualified but this will usually require additional study and professional registration.

Hint: Make sure you have clarity on the implications of dual study and how this will impact you before making a commitment.

Being an oral health professional requires you to work with your hands in an enclosed oral cavity. This needs precision, patience and confidence all of which you acquire as part of your study. You will developed these skills through varied simulation activities, before reproduce the treatment on the patient.

Hint: During your study you will be doing this under supervision. So do not stress about this.

The short answer is yes you can. However many Oral Health students find the programme to be very full and involve evening and weekend work so it can be challenging to balance a part time job also.

Hint: Many students connect with a practice to gain experience and maintain this link throughout their study. However, remember you cannot practice unless you are registered to do so, so normally the work is assisting or administration based.

This can vary from institution to institution and country to country. You should check out the websites of the programme you plan on studying as this information will be made clear there. You can normally expect to be in study term from September to June, but some schools may require you to study or attend clinical sessions over the summer months also.

Hint: Remember these are healthcare professions you are studying and as such will require you to accommodate clinical treatment schedules also which may include weekend hours as you progress in your study.

This depends on a number of factors including what profession you wish to join. To become a dentist you will usually study for 5 to 6 years, to become a dental hygienist its normally 1.5 to 3 years. This depends on the national country requirements, the level of qualification being obtained and if you require to have post qualification study prior to registration.

Hint: Explore the various institutional report cards on the O-Health-Edu Data hub to find out about the duration of specific programs of study.