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Tuition Fees:$2,883 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences (BOHSc)
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Health Sciences
Campus:Parktown
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

Oral hygienists focus on the prevention of oral disease and the maintenance of good oral hygiene.

The Oral Health Sciences programme aims to address and improve the oral health needs of patients and communities. You will learn how to deliver appropriate oral hygiene services in a wide range of settings, like schools, private practices, academia, research, community health centres, sales and marketing, and military health.

Oral hygienists work in the government sector, universities, private surgeries, private companies, and research institutions.

Wits is one of few oral health training institutes in South Africa and has a reputation for producing world-class dental professionals. You can also pursue postgraduate studies once you’ve completed the programme.

Curriculum

First-year
– Anatomy
– Oral Biology and Physiology for Dental Auxiliaries
– Fundamentals of Clinical Oral Health
– Behavioural and Social Sciences for Dental Auxiliaries
– Oral Microbiology for Dental Auxiliaries
– Oral Pathology for Dental Auxiliaries

Second-year
– Integrated Clinical Dentistry for Oral Hygienists
– Bioethics for Dental Auxiliaries I
– Community Dentistry for Dental Auxiliaries
– Fundamentals of Clinical Oral Health I

Third-year
– Applied Research and Dental Practice Management for Dental
– Auxiliaries
– Bioethics for Dental Auxiliaries II
– Community Dentistry for Dental Auxiliaries II
– Fundamentals of Clinical Oral Health II

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
– English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 4
– Life Sciences AND/OR Physical Science Level 4
– Mathematics Level 4
– Maths Literacy Level 7

The Faculty of Health Sciences uses a composite index score to guide applicant selection. This includes:

Your matric academic results for 5 subjects: English, Mathematics, Maths Literacy, Physical Science/Life Sciences, and the best two other subjects. We consider the percentage achieved, not the symbol.
National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores

All applicants to Bachelor of Dental Science and Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences must spend time observing specific procedures as performed by a Dentist/Dental Therapist/Oral Hygienist to gain insight into the profession. Applicants must complete a certificate of attendance (minimum 16 hours). Only observation hours completed between 1 July 2019 and 31 July 2020 will be accepted. Please find the form here.

Applicants who fail to submit a certificate will not be considered for admission.

National Benchmark Tests

All Faculty of Health Sciences applicants (except those applying for admission into the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP)) must write the National Benchmark Tests (NBT) before being considered for admission.

There are two tests: The Academic and Quantitative Literacy Test, and the Mathematics Test. Your test results are used in addition to your Grade 11 results (for early decision-making purposes) and your Grade 12 results (for final decision-making purposes), as well as other admission criteria, to guide applicant selection.

International Students:
Ordinary Levels – A-C (English, Maths, Physics)
Advanced Levels – A-C (English, Maths, Physics)
International Baccalaureate – HS, SL 4-7

All other foreign qualifications are considered according to faculty requirements.
NOTE: If the certificate you obtained in your country is not mentioned above, please message the “Course Contacts” above and they will be able to answer all your questions

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $42

How to Apply

– To apply online, go to: www.wits.ac.za/applications
– You may apply for a maximum of three programmes (order of choice does not matter)
– If you apply for two programmes within one Faculty, you are advised to apply for one programme in a less restricted faculty (e.g. Humanities, Commerce or Science)
– Try to keep your options open, especially when applying for programmes in Faculties such as Health Sciences or Engineering
N.B: Do not enter the duration of the programme. You are applying to go into 1st year of study.
A non-refundable application fee of R100 for South African citizens, and R700 for foreign citizens, is required.

Closing dates
30 June – Faculty of Health Sciences (all programmes); Bachelor of Architecture; Bachelor of Audiology, Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology; BA Film and TV
30 September – All other University programmes; Residence applications.

Additional Forms
Does your degree programme have additional selection procedures? Some degrees have additional selection requirements such as portfolio and essay submissions, auditions or National Benchmark Tests. Please click on Additional Forms below to see if this applies to you.

Pay Application Fee
– Non-refundable application fee of R100 for South African citizens
– Non-refundable application fee for foreign citizens of R700
– Payments to be made before closing dates.
– Use your T Number or Person Number as reference

How to pay
– Deposit the exact amount into the University’s Application Fee account:
Standard Bank, Account name: Wits University – Application Fees. Current Account Number: 200 346 385, Branch code: Braamfontein 004 805. CI Number 074A. (International payment swift code: SBZAZAJJ). Use your person/student number as a reference.
– Pay by cash or credit card at the Wits Fees Office, Ground Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House (Senate House), Braamfontein Campus East, Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa. Use your person/student number as a reference.

EFT – Use your T Number or person/student number as the reference.

Career Opportunities

Oral Hygienists work in community, industrial, private practice and public service clinics.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $2,883
Tuition Fees for International Students: $5,766

– South African students pay R48110-59310 per year as tuition fees.
– Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
– Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.
– Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay double the fees paid by South African Students
– Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).

Relevant Contact

 
Mr Martin Manyike
Undergraduate Enquiries
 
Prof. Simon Nemutandani
Head of School