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Degree Programme in Dental Hygiene

This curriculum is a translation of the curriculum of the Finnish degree program.

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Curriculum responsibility: Maritta Pitkänen

Basis of Education

The Degree Programme in Dental Hygienist is a 3.5-year, 210 ECTS programme which leads to a Bachelor of Health Care degree. The skills and expertise gained through this programme are in compliance with the requirements of the EU in view of the level of higher education enabling free movement of labour and experts.
A Dental Hygienist is an oral health expert who works in public and private social and health care organisations and promotes people’s oral health. A Dental Hygienist provides oral health care and oral health promotion services to individuals, groups and communities on the basis of their needs. These include the prevention of periodontal and cariological infectious diseases, early care as well as rehabilitative care to maintain oral health and masticatory system function. The work is based on different oral health care needs of individuals and communities. A Dental Hygienist is able to anticipate the changes in the service needs in the field, assess their importance and develop oral health care to meet future needs. The work is guided by the values and ethical guidelines in the social and health care field and the related legislation. A Dental Hygienist is able to work as an independent practitioner and an entrepreneur.

Professional Practice Rights/Licensing

The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (VALVIRA) grants, upon application and upon announcement of the degree awarding UAS, the right to practice as a licenced healthcare professional, a Dental Hygienist. The prerequisite for the licensing is that the dental hygienist education comprises of 210 ECTS of studies and the curriculum meets the requirements. The UAS has to verify that the healthcare professional has the required professional competence.


We reserve the right to make changes to the curriculum due to the need to update the content being studied.