Qualifying Examinations for Foreign Prepared Oral Health Therapists, Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists

Qualifying examinations (QEs) will be held in March 2017 for foreign-trained Dental Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists who do not possess the necessary professional qualifications, as determined by the Singapore Dental Council. The examination will be held in two parts: A three hour theory paper and a two hour clinical cum oral viva session for those taking either the Dental Therapy or Dental Hygiene Exams or two three hour papers and two, two hour practical exams cum oral viva (one for Dental Therapy and another for Dental Hygiene) for those taking the combined Oral Health Therapist’s exam

Qualifying Examinations (QE) Schedule for 2018

 

Exam

Date

Time

Part 1- Written Exam

Dental Therapy

 

Wed, 28th Mar 2018

 

 9.00am to 12.00pm (please report 15 minutes earlier to the Reception at Blk J Level 3, Nanyang Polytechnic)

Dental Hygiene Thu, 29th Mar 2018  9.00am to 12.00pm (please report 15 minutes earlier to the Reception at Blk J Level 3, Nanyang Polytechnic)

Part 2-

Clinical

Exam / Viva Voce 

 

Tue, 3rd Apr 2018

 

The Dental Therapy clinical exam will be held at the School Dental Centre, Level 4, Health Promotion Board.

Candidates successful in passing the written exam are to report to the clinic as advised the day before the clinical exam 

Timing to be advised at a later date

Clinical for

Dental Hygiene

Exam/Viva

Fri, 6th Apr 2018

The Dental Hygiene clinical exam will be held on the 4th Floor of the National Dental Centre or or level 4 Health Promotion Board. Venue to be advised later

Candidates successful in passing the written exam are to report to the clinic as advised the day before the clinical exam

Timing to be advised at a later date

Exam Results

NYP will be organising and conducting the Qualifying Examinations under the direction of Singapore Dental Council. The exam dates and shortlisting of candidates will be determined by Singapore Dental Council.

Results will be released 3 weeks after the QE. The exam panel will issue a letter to the Singapore Dental Council (SDC) to inform them of the QE results. The council will then inform the respective candidates of their results. The results will only be presented as Pass or Fail. The passing mark is 50%

According to the guidelines set out by SDC, candidates who fail the QE will be allowed to sit for a second and final attempt within 12 months. The decision of the panel is final and appeals will not be entertained.

Scope of the QE

Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy Question Paper Format.

The examination format for the two three hour theory paper is similar except that for the Dental Hygiene paper, the questions will be dealing with Dental Hygiene assessment and management while for Dental Therapy it will cover the dental therapy theory and management. Other relevant topics mentioned below will also be assessed.
 

  1. MCQ (90 marks)
    Ninety multiple-choice questions which can cover any or all of the following areas:
    Foundational knowledge areas like anatomy, physiology, microbiology, dental anatomy and histology  and the behavioural sciences (psychology and sociology
    Oral pathology, oral medicine, radiography, pharmacology and pain management,
    Preventive and community dentistry, ethics and jurisprudence and oral health promotion.

  2. Short Answer Question (60 marks) 
    Four short-answer questions covering any topic related to Dental Hygiene or Dental Therapy  assessment and intervention. This section will assess the candidate on the theory and practice of the Dental Hygiene or Dental Therapy process.

  3. Long Answer Question (50marks)
    One question will be related to a case study and will examine the ability of the candidate to apply clinical reasoning and Dental Hygiene or Dental Therapy theoretical concepts that can apply to the case in question.

    On passing the three hour theory paper, the candidate will then sit for the clinical cum oral viva section of the exam. If he/she has failed the theory paper, the candidate will be deemed to have failed the whole exam and will not be allowed to sit for the clinical part of the exam.

  4. 2 hour Clinical cum Viva Voce (100 marks)
    The candidate will be given a patient and tested on the prescribed skill (s) which would have been used in assessing and treating or managing a patient with Dental Hygiene or Dental Therapy problems. The candidate will be given 10 minutes to study the case and then carry out the prescribed Dental Hygiene or Dental Therapy procedure(s).  A total of one and a half hours will be allotted for the treatment of the patient. Half an hour will be spent on an oral viva which will test the critical thinking and the theoretical concepts used in managing the patient together with any issues related to the competency of the candidate in carrying out the treatment.

    Marks will be awarded based on the soundness of clinical reasoning, competency during treatment, ability to identify outcomes, ability to present management strategies methodically, use of research evidence and use of theoretical concepts related to Dental Hygiene and/or Dental Therapy.

 

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