Dental Technology is the technical side of dentistry where a dental technician, on prescription of a dentist, makes any prosthesis or appliance for the head and neck. This could consist of:
- Artificial teeth such as complete dentures, partial dentures, crowns and bridges and implant supported dentures in various materials such as acrylics, alloys, and ceramics;
- Removable orthodontic appliances consisting of springs and retainers in acrylic bases for the movement of teeth. Mouth guards to protect against sports injuries;
- Maxillofacial appliances such as artificial eyes, ears, and facial prostheses that may be required after surgical treatment.
Dental technicians do not have direct contact with patients. Instead they work in a dental laboratory where various prosthetic appliances are custom made. Dental technicians can be thought of as artists who, with a thorough understanding of dental materials science, use their artistic skills to fabricate the form, colour and function of individual teeth or maxillofacial prostheses for a patient. The fact that the product can affect the health and appearance of a person demands of the technician a high level of responsibility and accuracy. For this reason, the profession of dental technology is registered under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2004. Graduates with the Bachelor of Dental Technology (BDentTech) degree are automatically entitled to register with the New Zealand Dental Technicians Board.
Information for New Applicants
Applications for 2016
Open: August 2015
Close: 15 September 2015
Information regarding the guidelines for admission can be found on the following website.
Division of Health Sciences
The Faculty Operations Manager
Faculty of Dentistry
University of Otago
PO Box 647
Tel 64 3 479 7037
Fax 64 3 479 0673
Bachelor of Dental Technology (BDentTech)
CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health
DTEC 101 Dental Materials 1
DTEC 102 Dental Technology 1
DTEC 103 Oral Health Sciences for Dental Technology
PHSI 191 Biological Physics
DTEC 201 Dental Materials 2
DTEC 202 Dental Technology 2
DTEC 203 Dental Technology 3
DTEC 204 Applied Design for Orthodontics
DTEC 301 Special Topic: Biomaterials Research
DTEC 302 Dental Technology 4
DTEC 303 Practice Management
MART 205 Marketing the Professional Practice
Notes: The due date for applications for first enrolment in the programme is 15 September in the year preceding that in which the programme is to be commenced. Late applications may be considered.
Candidates who have passed CHEM 191 and/or PHSI 191 will not be required to repeat those papers. Those who have passed approved equivalents may be eligible for exemption from CHEM 191 and/or PHSI 191. Candidates who are not required to take CHEM 191 and/or PHSI 191 will normally be required to take additional approved papers.
Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Dental Technology (BDentTech)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be determined by the Dental Technology Admissions Committee.
- Admission to the programme is limited to the number, determined annually, of places available for laboratory teaching.
- The Dental Technology Admissions Committee shall consider applications from candidates in the following categories:
- Secondary School
- First Year of University Study
- Two or More Years of University Study
- The University of Otago is committed to initiatives that increase the number of Mäori and indigenous Pacific Island graduates. The Division of Health Sciences honours the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi/Tiriti o Waitangi and promotes academic equity for under-represented groups in order to work towards ensuring that New Zealand’s diverse health workforce needs are met by the Division’s graduates.
Applicants in any category (see regulation 1(c)) who have fulfilled the requirements as described in 1(e), (f), (g), (h) or (i) may also be considered in one or both of the following sub-categories:
- Indigenous Pacific (see note)
An applicant in either or both of these sub-categories must provide verified evidence of either Māori whakapapa or indigenous Pacific ancestry and be a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand.
An applicant in either or both of these sub-categories must have achieved a minimum academic standard to be determined by the Undergraduate Studies (Dental Technology) Committee from year to year in the course of study on which the application is based.
Note: Students under the Indigenous Pacific sub-category need to provide verified evidence of family ancestry originating from one or more of the following Pacific nations: Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, Rotuma, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Wallis and Futuna, Hawai'i, French Polynesia, Rapanui (Easter Island).
- To be considered for admission under the Secondary School category, an applicant must:
- have fulfilled the Unviersity’s entrance requirements; and
- have attained a minimum of 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chemistry and a minimum of 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Physics, or approved equivalent. Although not required, study of Biology to at least NCEA Level 2 would be an advantage.
Final admission is subject to NCEA Level 3 results (or equivalent).
Note: Applicants are initially reviewed based on their Level 2 (or equivalent) performance and subjects taken in NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) within the last five years. Admission from Secondary School will be based on a scoring process similar to that used for Managed Enrolment.
- To be considered for admission under the First Year of University Study category, an applicant must have undertaken one year of relevant study at a university in New Zealand to a standard determined by the Dental Technology Admissions Committee.
- To be considered for admission under the Two or More Years of University Study category, an applicant must have undertaken two or more years of relevant study at a university in New Zealand to a standard determined by the Dental Technology Admissions Committee.
- To be considered for admission under the Graduate category, an applicant must have completed, normally in the minimum academic duration, a relevant qualification awarded by a university in New Zealand:
- a first degree; or
- a first degree followed by an honours degree; or
- a first degree followed by a postgraduate diploma similar to an honours degree.
An application must be received within three years of the completion of the first degree, to a standard determined by the Dental Technology Admissions Committee.
- To be considered for admission under the Alternative Qualifications category, an applicant must have completed their papers to a standard determined by the Dental Technology Admissions Committee, and must:
- be a graduate who will either
- have competed a relevant first degree from a university in New Zealand or Australia more than three years before the date of application and may have since taken a second degree or other university qualification or
- have completed a relevant degree from a recognised overseas university; or
- have an alternative qualification acceptable to the Dental Technology Admissions Committee.
- be a graduate who will either
- Notwithstanding any of the above provisions, the Dental Technology Admissions Committee shall have discretion to consider any applicant who, not having satisfied these regulations in a particular aspect, warrants admission to the programme for exceptional reasons.
- Any applicant who
- is, or who has been, the subject of criminal charges; or
- is, or has been, subject to disciplinary proceedings of a tertiary institution or professional body; or
- has a mental or physical condition that could adversely affect their fitness to practise; or
- who is found to have failed to declare a matter covered by (k)(i)-(iii),
may be declined admission to the programme by the Dental Technology Admissions Committee on the recommendation of the Health and Conduct Review Group. Any offer of admission made before responses to medical tests or requests for information regarding an applicant’s health status or past conduct have been received is conditional on the information received confirming the applicant’s suitability for admission.
Notes:(i)Every applicant whose application for admission is based on qualifications gained outside New Zealand and whose first language is not English or Mäori must provide evidence of competence and understanding of written and spoken English in the form of certified results in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic module, with an overall score of no less that 7 with a score of 6.0 or better for all of the individual components (bands)
(ii) The due date for applications for enrolment in the first year of the programme is 15 September in the year preceding that in which the programme is to be commenced. Late applications may be considered.
(iii) Further information for applicants seeking admission is available in the Unviersity of Otago Prospectus and at http://www.otago.ac.nz/healthsciences
Structure of the Programme
Every programme of study shall satisfy the programme requirements above.
Duration of the Programme
The duration of the programme shall be three academic years of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study, provided the programme is completed within six years.
- Assessment for all papers will usually comprise two components: a theoretical component, and a clinical, practical or technical component.
- Both components will have summative internal assessments and may have a final examination.
- Summative internal assessments will be complemented by formative assessments and shall consist of such written, clinical, practical and oral assessments, either singly or as part of a group, as the Faculty requires. Students will be advised of the requirements for summative assessment at the commencement of each year of study.
- Final examination of the theoretical component shall consist of written papers and may include oral examinations or alternative examination formats as the examiners require. Final examination of the clinical, practical or technical component shall consist of such oral, clinical, practical or technical examinations as the examiners may require.
- To pass any paper a mark of 50% or above must be gained in both the theoretical component and the clinical, practical or technical component.
- The weighting of theoretical and clinical, practical or technical components to determine the final mark may vary from paper to paper.
- If either the theoretical component or the clinical, practical or technical component of a paper is failed, the paper will be deemed to be failed. If a paper has multiple modules, candidates will be required to pass the theoretical and clinical, practical or technical components of each module. On the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and with the approval of the Faculty, a student may be given an opportunity to undertake remedial activity and to be re-assessed in a special examination in the component that has been failed. Special examinations may take the form of such written, clinical, practical and oral assessment as the Faculty requires.
- Candidates will be informed whether they are required to undertake remedial activity and sit special examinations when results are submitted to the Examinations Office.
- If more than one component is failed, the student may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and with the approval of the Faculty, be required to repeat the paper. A student who repeats a paper must repeat both components of that paper.
- Special consideration may be given if a student is unavailable to sit a summative internal assessment or final examination due to health problems or unforeseen personal circumstances. Supporting documentation must be submitted to the Faculty Operations Manager as soon as practicable.
Withdrawal from the Programme
- A student who withdraws on or before 10 July in the year of admission to first year classes will be required to reapply for admission to first year classes in the programme.
- A student who withdraws at any other time during the programme will be required to apply for readmission to the Faculty Operations Manager by 1 September of the year prior to that for which readmission is sought. Such a student will be readmitted only on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.
Exclusion from the Programme
- Any candidate who, in two academic years, fails to qualify for admission to, or to pass, all papers which constitute a complete year of the programme, may be excluded from further enrolment for the degree by the Board of the Division of Health Sciences, on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.
- Any student who, during the course of their studies, is
- subject to criminal charges;
- subject to disciplinary proceedings of the University or of a professional body; or
- found to have an issue in connection with their mental or physical health that could adversely affect their fitness to practise; or
- found to have failed to declare a matter covered by (b)(i)-(iii),
may be excluded from further study towards the degree by the Academic Board of the Division of Health Sciences on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.
On the recommendation of the Faculty, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may, in exceptional circumstances, approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.
- The due date for applications for first enrolment in the programme is 15 September in the year preceding that in which the programme is to be commenced. Late applications may be considered.
- Candidates who have passed CHEM 191 and/or PHSI 191 will not be required to repeat those papers. Those who have passed approved equivalents may be eligible for exemption from CHEM 191 and/or PHSI 191. Candidates who are not required to take CHEM 191 and/or PHSI 191 will normally be required to take additional approved papers.