About This Course
See Fees and Costs for full details.
2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7, Maths, other language, Biology. See Requirements for full details.
Dental hygienists form an important complementary branch of the dental profession. Working under the supervision of a dentist, the dental hygienist carries out procedures such as:
- scaling teeth
- taking and recording radiographs
- local infiltration and inferior block anaesthesia
- application of fissure sealants
- application of desensitising agents
- dietary advice.
A career in dental hygiene will appeal to students who have empathy for people, who are interested in their welfare, and who like carrying out precision work with their hands.
Year 1 is spent between the university campus and the School of Dental Hygiene studying basic medical science and introductory elements of dental hygiene. Year 2 is spent in the School of Dental Hygiene/University Dental School & Hospital.
Students benefit from small class numbers and from intense patient contact during the latter stages of training.
The School of Dental Hygiene is a constituent part of the University Dental School and Hospital. Our teaching modules are delivered over two years as follows:
- AN1004 The Anatomical Basis of Dental Hygiene (15 credits)
- PL1011 Basic Science for Dental Hygiene (15 credits)
- RD1004 Clinical Dental Hygiene I (5 credits)
- RD1005 Clinical Dental Hygiene II (10 credits)
- RD1006 Theoretical Dental Hygiene I (5 credits)
- RD1007 Theoretical Dental Hygiene II (10 credits)
Preventive Dentistry and Dental Public Health; Periodontology; Clinical Prevention; Clinical Dental Hygiene; Dental Hygiene Project.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all our modules will have formal examinations and many modules use other types of assessment. See here for more information on our assessments.
Dental Hygiene students wear scrubs in the clinic and these are purchased in Year 1.
Why Choose This Course
Our Diploma in Dental Hygiene is designed to meet the needs of the dental community. It leads to a highly rewarding career that provides a valuable health service and establishes relationships with patients. Training at Cork University Dental School and Hospital (CUDSH) is provided by highly experienced staff in an environment with access to a wide range of patients. On successful completion of the programme you can apply for registration as a Dental Hygienist with the Dental Council of Ireland.
Skills and Careers Information
The dental hygienist may work under the supervision of a dentist in general practice, in the Health Service Executive, or in a dental hospital, or may consider undertaking further study to work as an instructor. Graduates may undertake additional training that falls within the Dental Council of Ireland's scope of practice for Dental Hygienists. See the Dental Council of Ireland website for more information.
Please note: We only accept applications from students who have completed secondary school leaving exams i.e. the Leaving Certificate must be complete prior to application.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by October 15th in the year of proposed entry to the programme, and must hold a Leaving Certificate or equivalent at the time of application or be applying on the basis of mature years. Application forms can be obtained from the Admissions Office by emailing email@example.com.
Leaving Certificate requirements
Minimum grade H5 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. Subjects must include Irish (unless exempt), English, another language, Mathematics and Biology.
Please refer to the mature student entry requirements page for further details.
Fitness to Practise
This programme is subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy – see our Fitness to Practise page for more information.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.
To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements visit our qualification comparison page.
Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.
Fees and Costs
Course Fees include a Tuition Fee of €5,700.00, a Student Contribution Fee of €3,000.00 and a Capitation Fee of €130 in 2022/23. This is a total fee of €8,830.00 payable each year.
The HEA will pay the Tuition Fees for those who are eligible under the Free Fees Initiative. If you already hold a Level 7 Qualification, the HEA will not fund a second Level 7 Programme irrespective of whether the initial Programme was funded/self-fund, full-time/part-time. The total fee is payable each year.
If you qualify for the Free Fees Initiative, the fees due will be the Student Contribution Fee of €3,000.00 and the Capitation Fee of €130 in 2022/23. Please contact the Fees Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for confirmation of your fees.
For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.
How Do I Apply
Please note that this programme is currently open to EU applicants only.
The application process for the Diploma in Dental Hygiene 2022/23 programme is now closed.
The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the Central Applications Office page for further information.
Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.
- In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.