Dental curriculum has been designed to provide an integrated, inquiry-based five year program incorporating problem-oriented learning (POL). A key feature of the program is the integration between theory and practice through clinical skills. The program falls in with current advances in dentistry and provides an up-to-date teaching structure. There is integration of basic science knowledge with the clinical knowledge. However each course proceeds from simple to more complex information.
The courses in original study plan (2007) were updated as per the recommendations of course instructors, student feed backs and curriculum development committee. The course contents and learning outcomes for all courses were revised and modified to improve the quality of education. The curriculum was revised in 2011 to change knowledge, skill and attitude with general and specific learning outcomes and the same was submitted to CAA during their visit for licensure of RAKMHSU. The changes were also included in RAKMHSU Annual Report 2011 and Interim Review 2012. The courses were further revised as per guidelines of National Qualifications Framework United Arab Emirates (QFE) and ERT Report.
A summary of “Revised Study Plan 2011” with changes in“Original Study Plan 2007” can be found here.
- Course NameCourse DescriptionC. HrsCode
- Anatomy – Head & Neck and Cell Biology – IThe course provides the students the basic knowledge of anatomy, embryology, histology and imaging of the oral cavity, nasal and para nasal sinuses, pharynx, larynx, temporomandibular joint, thoracic region and skull. The developmental aspect of the thoracic viscera, thoracic wall and osteology of the skull is also being dealt with.(2:1=3)DAH 113
- Physiology – IThis course will focus on the knowledge and application of physiology of organ systems of the body to facilitate the understanding of the physiological basis of oro-dental health and disease.(2:1=3)DPH 113
- Oral Biology and Tooth Morphology – IThe course describes the micro and macro structures of the oral cavity including, teeth, bone and soft tissues along with theories of formation of these tissues. The course also describes the anatomical and morphological characteristics of teeth and their supporting structures, the inter-arch and intra-arch relationships.(2:1=3)DOB 113
- EnglishThe purpose of this course is to cover the basic skills of the English language that are required at the undergraduate level of studies in medical sciences. It focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking effectively in English. A comprehensive review of essential syntax and semantics required for medical education is provided.(3:0=3)ENG 113
- Health Sciences Communication Skills in ArabicThis course aims at teaching Communication Skills in Arabic language. The course focuses on the skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening and understanding the meaning of words in Arabic by using dictionary(3:0=3)ARB 113