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

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

The next QE will be held in September 2019 for foreign-trained Dental Therapists (DTs), Dental Hygienists (DHs) and Oral Health Therapists (OHTs) who do not possess the necessary professional qualifications for local registration, as determined by the SDC. SDC will determine if potential candidates are allowed to sit for either DT, DH or both exams.

According to the guidelines set out by the SDC, candidates who fail the QE will be allowed to sit for a second and final attempt within 12 months. If the candidate has failed either or both the DT and DH exams, the SDC will determine if he/she will be allowed to sit for a second attempt. The decision of the panel is final and appeals will not be entertained.

Qualifying Examinations (QE) Schedule for 2019

2 September 2019 (Monday)

0900-1200hrs : Part 1 DT Written Paper

1400-1530hrs : Part 2 DT Practical

1600-1630hrs : Part 3 DT Viva

*Please arrive 30 minutes early

Clinic 5B, Level 5, National University Centre of Oral Health Singapore (NUCOHS) 

Nearest MRT: Kent Ridge Station

3 September 2019 (Tuesday)

0900-1200hrs : Part 1 DH Written Paper

1400-1530hrs : Part 2 DH Practical

1600-1630hrs : Part 3 DH Viva

*Please arrive 30 minutes early

Clinic 5B, Level 5, National University Centre of Oral Health Singapore (NUCOHS) 

Nearest MRT: Kent Ridge Station

Examination Format and Scope (subject to changes)

The examination format for both three-hour written papers is similar. Both papers will cover DT/ DH theory, assessment, management and other related topics seen below.

 

Part 1 - Written Paper (3 hours)

Multiple Choice Questions (90 marks)
Consists of 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.

 

Short Answer Questions (60 marks) 
Consists of four short-answer questions covering any topic related to DT or DH assessment and management. This section will assess the candidate on the theory and practice of the DT or DH process.

 

Long Answer Question (50 marks)
Consists of one question related to a case study. This will examine the ability of the candidate to apply clinical reasoning using DT or DH theoretical concepts.

 

Part 2 - Practical Exam (1.5 hours)

Dental Therapy - Candidates will be given a scenario-based assessment patient on a simulation mannequin. The candidate will be given 10 minutes to study the case, and then carry out/ demonstrate the prescribed DT procedure(s), under a rubber dam. They may also be assessed on infection control, ergonomics, posture, paperwork and related aspects of professional behaviour.

Dental Hygiene - Candidates will be given a scenario-based assessment patient on a simulation mannequin. The candidate will be given 10 minutes to study the case and then carry out/demonstrate the prescribed DH procedure(s). They may also be assessed on infection control, ergonomics, posture, paperwork and related aspects of professional behaviour.

 

Part 3 - Oral Viva (30 minutes)

The oral viva 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.

Exam Results

Candidates are required to pass all 3 parts in one sitting. The candidate will be deemed to have failed the whole Exam if he/she has failed any part of the exam. 

Recommended Texts

For Dental Hygiene

  • Fundamentals of Periodontal Instrumentation and Advanced Root Instrumentation, 8th edition - Jill Gehrig RDH, MA, Rebecca Sroda, Darlene Saccuzzo CDA, RDH, BASDH
  • Foundation of Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist, 5th edition - Jill Gehrig RDH, MA
  • Management of pain and anxiety in the dental office -Dionne, R. A. ̀., Phero, J. C., & Becker, D. E. Philadelphia, Pa: W.B. Saunders
  • Infection control and management of hazardous materials for the dental team, 5th edition - Miller, C. H., PhD. (2014). St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier Mosby
  • Radiography and radiology for dental care professionals, 3rd edition -Whaites, E., & Drage, N. (2013). Oxford: Churchill Livingstone

 

For Dental Therapy

  • Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry, 3rd edition - Cameron & Widmer
  • Pickard’s Manual of Operative Dentistry, 7th Edition - EAM Kidd and BGN Smith
  • Modern Dental Assisting, 7th Edition - Donni L. Bird & Debbie S. Robinson. Torres and Erlich
  • Essentials of Dental Caries, 2nd Edition - EAM Kidd and Sally Joyston-Bechal
  • Management of pain and anxiety in the dental office - Dionne, R. A. ̀., Phero, J. C., & Becker, D. E. Philadelphia, Pa: W.B. Saunders
  • Infection control and management of hazardous materials for the dental team, 5th edition - Miller, C. H., PhD. (2014). St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier Mosby
  • Radiography and radiology for dental care professionals, 3rd edition - Whaites, E., & Drage, N. (2013). Oxford: Churchill Livingstone