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Bachelor of Dental Technology (BDentTech)

Student demonstrating dental technology

Overview

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.

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Information for new applicants

Applications for 2022
Open: 1 August 2021
Close: 15 September 2021

Find the guidelines for admission to the Division of Health Sciences

This programme is subject to limitations on enrolment numbers. Qualified domestic students are given first preference, but places are likely to be available for international students who meet all the requirements.

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Subject area

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Dental Technology (BDentTech)

YearPapersPoints
1st year

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

18

18

51

15

18

2nd year

DTEC 201  Dental Materials 2

DTEC 202  Dental Technology 2

DTEC 203  Dental Technology 3

DTEC 204  Applied Design for Orthodontics

18

45

45

12

3rd year

DTEC 301  SSpecial Topic: Dental Technology Research

DTEC 302  Dental Technology 4

DTEC 303  Practice Management

MART 205  Marketing the Professional Practice

45

45

12

18

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.
Students 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. Students who are not required to take CHEM 191 and/or PHSI 191 will normally be recommended to take additional approved papers.

Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Dental Technology (BDentTech)

Note: For specific enquiries about admission to the Dental Technology programme students should contact AskOtago ask@otago.ac.nz

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be determined by the Dental Technology Admissions Committee.
    2. Admission to the programme is limited to a number of domestic students determined annually. See regulation 1(j) regarding International student admissions.
    3. Applications for admission may be made under the following categories:
      1. Secondary School (see 1(e))
      2. One Year of University Study (see 1(f))
      3. Two or More Years of University Study (see 1(g))
      4. Graduate (see 1(h))
      5. Alternative (see 1(i)).

      Note: Application for admission to the Bachelor of Dental Technology Programme is based on the most recent academic achievement, that is, Secondary School or University study.

    4. The University of Otago is committed to promote and facilitate academic equity for Māori students, and for students from other underrepresented groups, who have the potential to succeed academically.
      Applicants in any category (see regulations 1(c)) who have fulfilled the criteria as described in the Mirror on Society Policy and associated admissions entry requirements, may be considered in one or more of the Mirror on Society Category Groups.
    5. To be considered for admission under the Secondary School category, an applicant should normally:
      1. have attained a minimum of 14 credits in each of two National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 approved subjects (or equivalent) from Science, Mathematics or Technology.
      2. have provided a statement of interest and a current curriculum vitae.

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit and the statement of interest. Final admission is subject to the fulfilment of the University’s entrance  requirements and confirmation of satisfactory NCEA Level 3 results (or equivalent).

      Note:
      Applicants who have not yet completed NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) are initially considered on the basis of their NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent) performance in subjects taken for NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants must have completed (or be completing) NCEA Level 3 subjects (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.

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    6. To be considered for admission under the One Year of University Study category, an applicant must
      1. have completed, within the last five years, the equivalent of one year full-time of relevant study at a university in New Zealand to a standard determined by the Dental Technology Admissions Committee.
      2. have provided a statement of interest and current curriculum vitae.

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit and the statement of interest.

      Note: For guidance on how average grades are calculated, and the definition of ‘relevant study’ , see Guidelines for Admission to Health Sciences professional programmes

    7. To be considered for admission under the Two or More Years of University Study category, an applicant must
      1. not be a finalist but must have completed, within the last five years, two or more years of relevant study at a university in New Zealand, comprising at least three papers at 200-level, to a standard determined by the Dental Technology Admissions Committee; and 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.
      2. have provided a statement of interest and current curriculum vitae.

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit and statement of interest.

    8. Note: For guidance on how average grades are calculated, and the definition of ‘relevant study’, see Guidelines for Admission to Health Sciences professional programmes

    9. To be considered for admission under the Graduate category, an applicant must have provided a statement of interest and current curriculum vitae, and have completed, normally in the minimum academic time, at least one of the following qualifications awarded by a university in New Zealand:
      1. a bachelor's degree; or
      2. a bachelor’s honours degree; or
      3. a bachelor's degree, followed by a postgraduate diploma; or
      4. a bachelor's degree, followed by an honours degree

      Notes:
      (i) The qualifying degree for the Graduate category will be the first university degree awarded to the applicant.
      (ii) The grades obtained in a bachelor’s honours degree (if separate from the qualifying degree) or postgraduate diploma will be included in the GPA calculation, along with the qualifying degree.

      Applications must be received within three years of completion of the qualifying degree. Normally, the date of completion will be taken as the end of the teaching period in which the final paper or papers included in the programme are undertaken. Repeat applications within the eligibility period are allowed.

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit and the statement of interest.

      Notes:
      (i) For guidance on how average grades are calculated, see Guidelines for Admission to Health Sciences Professional Programmes
      (ii)Applicants offered a place under the Graduate category may be required to pass relevant papers, to a standard determined by the Dental Technology Admissions Committee, before being admitted.

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    11. To be considered for admission under the Alternative category, an applicant must

      either
      hold a relevant degree from a New Zealand university, and no longer be eligible under the Graduate category
      or
      have completed a relevant degree at an overseas university at a standard of at least NZQF Level 7;
      or
      hold a relevant master’s or doctoral degree;
      or
      have relevant study acceptable to the Dental Technology Admissions Committee;
      or
      have relevant health-related experience as determined by the Dental Technology Admissions Committee
      and
      have provided a statement of interest and current curriculum vitae.

      All applicants applying for admission under the Alternative category will be required to have achieved a minimum academic standard to be determined by the Dental Technology Admissions Committee.

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit and the statement of interest.

    12. The Dental Technology Admissions Committee shall have discretion to offer a limited number of places in first year to International students who meet all the requirements determined by the Dental Technology Admissions Committee. (See Note (i) below.)
    13. Notwithstanding any of the above provisions, the Dental Technology Admissions Committee shall have discretion to admit any applicant who, not having satisfied these regulations in a particular aspect, warrants admission to the programme for exceptional reasons.
    14. Any applicant who
      1. is, or who has been, the subject of criminal charges; or
      2. is, or has been, subject to disciplinary proceedings of a tertiary institution or professional body; or
      3. has been found to have an issue (whether in connection with their mental or physical health, or their professional attributes or conduct, or otherwise) that compromises or is likely to compromise their fitness to practise; or
      4. who is found to have failed to declare a matter covered by (l)(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)See Guidelines for Admission to Health Sciences Professional Programmes
      (ii) The due date for applications for enrolment in the Bachelor of Dental Technology programme is 15 September in the year before admission. Late applications may be considered.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements set out in the Schedule of papers for the degree.
    2. Students will not normally be permitted to enrol in any papers of a year until all papers of the preceding year have been passed.

  3. Credits

    The Faculty of Dentistry may grant such credits as it deems appropriate for work done previously by a student.

  4. Duration of the Programme

    The duration of the programme shall normally be three academic years of full-time study.

  5. Assessment

    1. Assessment for the various papers is formative and summative.
    2. Assessment may use a variety of oral, practical and written examinations as required by examiners.
    3. For practical papers, students are required to pass the theoretical and practical components of the paper.

  6. Special Examinations

    1. If a paper is failed, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and with the approval of the Board of Studies for Dentistry, a student may be given the opportunity to progress by undertaking remedial activity before being reassessed in a special examination.
    2. Special examinations may use a variety of oral, practical, and written examinations as required by examiners.
    3. Where a student sits a special examination and passes, they will have met the requirements to pass the paper. The maximum mark that can be gained in a special examination is the original mark or a pass mark, whichever is higher.
    4. A student who fails a special examination is required to repeat the whole paper.
    5. A student who has achieved an E grade in a paper or failed clinical and theoretical parts of a paper, or has failed multiple papers in any year, shall not normally be offered a special examination.
    6. Where a paper is repeated the whole paper must be repeated.

  7. Withdrawal from the Programme

    1. Deferral of admission to first year classes
      1. In limited circumstances, the Dental Technology Admissions Committee may allow a student to defer admission to the first year classes for one year. Any application for deferral must be made no later than the end of the third week of classes in the original year of admission. Where deferral is granted the right of re-entry to first year classes remains subject to confirmation by the Dental Technology Admissions Committee.
      2. Applications for deferral and for confirmation of the right to re-entry will be determined by the Dental Technology Admissions Committee in accordance with the criteria and procedures set out in the Admissions Guidelines.
    2. Temporary withdrawal from programme
      1. A student who wishes to withdraw from the programme on a temporary basis must apply and obtain the prior approval of the Board of Studies for Dentistry. Where temporary withdrawal is approved, re-admission to the programme remains subject to the approval of the Board of Studies for Dentistry. Any application for approval of readmission needs to be made no later than 1 October in the year prior to that for which readmission is sought.
      2. Applications for temporary withdrawal and for readmission will be determined by the Board of Studies for Dentistry in accordance with the criteria and procedures set out in the Withdrawal and Readmission Guidelines.
    3. Permanent withdrawal from programme
    4. Students who withdraw permanently (including students who withdraw without prior approval and students who fail to communicate their intentions within 12 months of when they were last enrolled) are not normally considered for readmission.

  8. Exclusion from the Programme

    1. A student may be excluded from the Bachelor of Dental Technology programme by the Academic Board for the Division of Health Sciences on the recommendation of the Board of Studies for Dentistry on the basis of repeated academic failure and/or other grounds as detailed in regulation 8(c).
    2. A student who fails to complete the requirements for any year of the programme (other than Health Sciences First Year) may enrol again, but this concession may normally be granted only once in the programme.
    3. A student may be excluded from the programme who, during the course of their studies, is
      1. subject to criminal charges;
      2. subject to disciplinary proceedings of the University or of a professional body; or
      3. found to have an issue (whether in connection with their mental or physical health, or their professional attributes or conduct, or otherwise) that compromises or is likely to compromise their fitness to practise; or
      4. found to have failed to declare a matter covered by (c)(i)-(iii).

  9. Variations

    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.

    Notes:
    (i) 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.
    (ii) Students 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. Students who are not required to take CHEM 191 and/or PHSI 191 will normally be recommended to take additional approved papers.

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