University of Bologna school of Dentistry

School of Dentistry
Via Zamboni #33
Bologna BO 40126

The degree programme in Dentistry produces professional figures able to carry out the dentistry profession. The general objectives and the study programme structure described below refer to the contents of the new system laid down in the Ministerial Decree concerning New Degree Classes – 2nd cycle degree programme regulations, and defines the 2nd cycle degree programmes in compliance with the Directives of the European Union and the University Teaching Regulations of the University of Bologna. The study plan includes 360 Credits (CFU) over 6 years, and 60 CFU per year. The distribution of the 360 credits is laid down to comply with the conditions indicated in the annexes to the Decree, which specifies the credits to be allocated in the disciplinary fields which make up the “indispensable” learning activities for training to become a dentist.

For the credits (CFU), which correspond to an average of 25 hours of study by the student, it is proposed to allocate an average value of 8 hours of lecture per CFU and 12 hours of practical work/internship per CFU, in line with the guidelines of the University of Bologna. The remaining portion of the credit is available to the student for self-study.

The managers of the individual professional course units are responsible for the managing the internships which by law are allocated 90 CFU. An ongoing assessment must be made for each internship, which shall be taken into consideration by the professor for the purposes of the final examination score. The physiopathological and clinical knowledge of general and dental medicine acquired during the learning activities included in the study plan and the practical clinical activities will determine and define the professional profile of the dentist working in countries of the European Union.

At the end of the six year programme, Dental School graduates will have acquired the knowledge and technical skills to work professionally in both the public and private dentistry field. Graduates will also have developed the learning skills needed to continue specialist studies. They will be able to carry out activities relating to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired diseases and anomalies of the teeth, mouth, jaw bone, temporomandibular joints and relative tissues, as well as dental rehabilitation, prescribing all the medicines and products needed in exercising the profession. They will possess a level of professional, cultural, operational and decision-making autonomy which will permits them to keep constantly abreast of the profession, having followed a study programme which offers a holistic approach to oral health issues in both healthy and sick patients, also in relation to the physical and social environment that surrounds them.

Concerning general issues, the first two year period aims to cover basic learning activities which offer the students an introduction to the foundations of the structural organisation and vital functions of the human body and includes course units which deal with the problems of the doctor-patient relationship and the understanding of the principles lying behind scientific methodology. Students will learn the methods of handling patients with mouth and dental problems.

The following three years include the study of medical, surgical and specialist subjects, particularly referring to clinical problems linked to oral pathologies. These learning activities will be carried out together with the study of dentistry subjects and professional clinical internships.

Having, during the first two years, acquired knowledge concerning the general systems and the etiopathogenetic principles lying behind organic, functional and homeostatic alterations, the anatomopathological conditions of the most common diseases are then assessed, introducing the general principles of pharmacological and anaesthesiological sciences.

The sixth year includes integrated clinical course units aimed at the treatment of patients with general health problems and complex odontostomatological problems. A course unit in maxillofacial pathology and treatment is presented which, like the others, is set within a context of global patient care.

In the sixth year, clinical sessions in conservative dentistry and endodontics, oral surgery, periodontology, orthodontics, gnatology, general dentistry, pedodontics and prosthetic dentistry continue to develop and integrate the skills matured in the various clinical areas during the previous years, highlighting the relationship between systemic pathology and the oral cavity. The lecture and seminar teaching methods focus mainly on the interdisciplinary discussion of the clinical case studies proposed.

Issues relative to the general organization of the profession will also be included.



School of Dentistry graduates:

- Will possess knowledge of the basics of anatomy, histology and physiology, human pathology, integrating the physiopathological and pathological studies with clinical methodology and diagnostic procedures which allow the evaluation of the main disease scenarios;

-Will be familiar with the main correlational conditions and therapeutic, medical and surgical procedures which are complementary to the dentistry profession, as well as basic knowledge of patient care and assistance following the pedagogical principles of psychology, sociology and health ethics.

-Will be familiar with the medicines which are directly and indirectly correlated to the dentistry practice and understand the implications of pharmacological treatment of systemic pathologies concerning dental treatments;

-Will understand the science of biomaterials pertaining to the dentistry field;

-Will understand the demographic aspects, prevention and treatment of oral and dental disease.

The aforementioned knowledge will be achieved during the programme activities which include participation in lectures, numerous laboratories and practical exercised and clinical internships. The knowledge is verified through classic oral examinations or written work based on the application of logical rigour.



- Are able to practice the full range of general dentistry activities in the context of global patient care without producing additional risks for the patient or the environment;

- Are able to identify treatment priorities that are coherent to needs, participating with other subjects in the planning of interventions aiming to reduce oral disease in the community based on the knowledge of the principles and practice of community dentistry;

- Are able to control cross contamination to prevent physical, chemical and microbiological contamination when exercising the profession;

- Will know and be able to apply the full range of anxiety and pain control techniques linked to dental treatment (within the limits permitted to the dentist).

- Are able to organise and guide dental teams using the full range of auxiliary dental staff available. The teaching tools aimed at achieving the ability to apply knowledge in the specific areas of activity include intensive individual laboratory work, clinical internships working on patients, as well as the study, preparation and presentation of scientific texts analysed individually or in groups



- Are able to autonomously plan and implement treatment programmes for the rehabilitation of the stomatognathic system;

- Are able to recognise their own limits in assisting patients and recognise the need to address patients to other medical spheres for treatment;

- Are able to autonomously manage the dental treatment of patients;

- Are able to evaluate the efficacy of the treatment plan, interventions carried out and results achieved.

The judgement skills are cultivated through the reading of scientific articles or the dedicated study of a specific subject. A project will be implemented specifically for the achievement of judgement skills; this may be a dissertation or a scientific project to which a significant number of CFU are allocated, the result of which will be an autonomously produced dissertation with relative bibliography.



- Will possess an intermediate knowledge of the English language useful also for the consultation of scientific texts and magazines;

- Will be able to communicate effectively with patients and educate patients in appropriate and effective oral hygiene techniques, providing appropriate information, based on knowledge accepted by the scientific community, to obtain the informed consent to treatment.

- Will be able to develop an interdisciplinary approach to clinical cases, also and above all in collaboration with other medical and health professionals, developing knowledge of the rules and dynamics of group work in the healthcare field.

Communication skills are developed in particular during the preparation of the dissertation, which includes monthly reporting, also through the use of multimedia tools, to the supervising professor and presentation to a specific Degree Programme Board. In this regard the presentation of the produced dissertation is critical, as this will be done using multimedia tools before a special examination board.



- Will be able to consult databases in order to obtain scientific documentation and analyse scientific literature applying the results of research to treatment in a reliable manner;

- Will be able to correctly interpret legislation concerning the dentistry profession in the country of the European Union they work in, in compliance with the medico-legal regulations and ethics in the country they exercise the profession in.

Learning skills are evaluated through continuous assessment during the learning activities, combining the knowledge acquired during the specific activities with that achieved through personal study, evaluating the critical contribution shown during exercises, seminars and clinical internships, as well as the evaluation of the self-learning skills developed during the activities in preparation of the final examination.

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