Unique UCLan dentistry course produces first graduates
UCLan BSc Clinical Dental Technology is first in country
The first cohort of students on a unique dentistry course has graduated from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
Believed to be the first in the UK, the BSc Clinical Dental Technology programme has been recently approved by the General Dental Council and prepares graduates to work within dental technology, making and fitting dentures and other appliances directly to patients, and in primary care dentistry.
Graduate Léna Roger said: “It is really exciting that we are the first full-time clinical dental technicians to graduate in the UK.
"It is really exciting that we are the first full-time clinical dental technicians to graduate in the UK."— BSc Clinical Dental Technology graduate Léna Roger
“I have always had an interest in dentistry. I enjoy helping people and as I am a very practical person, the course seamlessly blends these two aspects together. I also really enjoyed how much time we were able to spend in clinic with our own patients, as well as being able to have lots of time in labs to improve our technical skills.”
The structure of the course allows clinical dental technology and dental surgery students to learn clinical, technical and professional skills together using the on-site dental laboratory, which hosts phantom head facilities, and the UCLan Community Dental Clinic.
"I received an education that was second-to-none with exceptional skills training and a large amount of hands-on clinical experience, which was outstanding. "— BSc Clinical Dental Technology graduate Emily Thomas
Fellow graduate Emily Thomas, who has now been accepted onto the UCLan graduate entry Bachelor of Dental Surgery Degree, said: “I received an education that was second-to-none with exceptional skills training and a large amount of hands-on clinical experience, which was outstanding.
“I’ve always had interest in studying a course related to dentistry and this course was unique and innovative. Not only did it stimulate manual dexterity, but it also allowed me to gain experience in the UCLan Dental Clinic working closely with patients.”
The clinical dental technology degree is part of a suite of dentistry courses offered by the UCLan Dental School, which was recognised in the UK’s Best Breakthroughs list: 100+ Ways Universities Have Improved Everyday Life for its innovative approach to dental health training.
The School was the first to execute a new model of dental education, which allows graduate entry Bachelor of Dental Surgery students to gain their experience in in areas of high need and poor dental health where access to NHS dentistry was previously limited.
The course welcomes new patients who would like to receive free denture treatment from UCLan students. For further information, contact the UCLan Community Dental Clinic on 01772 896300.