(DDS PROGRAMME IS CURRENTLY OFFERED TO MALAYSIAN CITIZEN ONLY)
The DDS programme was first approved by the Department of Higher Education in the Ministry of Education in March 1997. The Faculty took its first batch of 24 students in the 1997/1998 academic session followed by an intake of 48 students for the next three academic sessions. The number of intake was increased to 96 in the academic year of 2001/2002 and 2002/2003 before it was reduced to 65 students. From 2009, the intake was further reduced to 55. To date, the Faculty has produced 12 batches of dental graduates with a total number of 655 graduates.
The DDS programme has undergone the process of accreditation by The Malaysian Dental Council (MDC) appointed by The National Accreditation Body (Lembaga Akreditasi Negara, LAN) for recognition of the degree. The last 2012 visit to the faculty has resulted in the accreditation of the programme for a period of 5 years.
The five-year DDS programme is divided into two phases in which both academic and practical elements of Dentistry are studied and practiced. The curriculum is designed to incorporate competency-based learning principles. The basic medical science subjects are conducted by the Medical and Allied Health Science faculties, with an emphasis on the interaction of dental and medical problems.
DDS programme educational objectives:
- Knowledgable and posses high quality dental clinical skills in line with global requirements.
- Communicate effectively and demonstrate leadership qualities of teamwork.
- Ability to solve oral health problems based on evidence, think critically and demonstrate ethical, moral and national personality.
- Apply information management skills and lifelong learning practice to raise the level of professionalism.
- Able to demonstrate entrepreneurial skills in planning for community oral health programs.
Programme Learning Outcomes (PO):
DDS programme learning outcomes are based on 8 broad outcome domains. These learning outcomes reflect the outcomes stipulated by the Malaysian Dental Council in the document “Competencies of New Dental Graduates Malaysia”.
- Practical and Clinical Skills
- Social Skills, Teamwork and Responsibility
- Value, Ethics, Moral and Professionalism
- Communication Skill and Interpersonal Relationship
- Critical Thinking and Scientific Skills
- Continuing Professional Development and Lifelong Learning
- Managerial and Interpreneurial Skills