Qualification awarded
Bachelor of Science
Length of the programme
48 months
ECTS credits
Level of qualification
Dutch, with parts in English
  • School of Health Care Studies
  • Groningen

B Oral Health Care

Profile of the programme

The aim of the programme is to prepare students to become independent registered dental hygienists who are competent professionals in allied health care. The graduated general dental hygienist accepts personal and professional accountability for his/her ethical behaviour and evidence- based actions in the dental hygiene profession.
Programme structure

Year         block 1                      block 2                       block 3                       block 4
Study and skillslab     Study and skilslab       Study and skillslab     Study and skillslab

2              Study, skills, clinic      Study, skills, clinic       Study, skills, clinic      Study, skills, clinic
                                                                                       work placement

3             Study, clinic                 Study, clinic                 Work placement         Work placement

4             Clinic                           Clinic                           Minor                          Minor
               Graduation project      Graduation project

Clinic = patient care in an internal educational clinic
In years 3 and 4, the programme is mirrored. E.g. in year 3, half of the total number of students starts does the work placement in the first semester, while the other half does a semester of study and clinic.
In the first or second semester of year 4, students are required to do a minor. Students can choose to a minor in the field of Dental Hygiene, e.g. Periodontics, or Dental Hygiene and Youth.
Excellent students have the option to do an honours minor Research Skills or may be selected to do a minor in Dentistry. This minor is a prerequisite for admittance to the Bachelor programme in Dentistry offered by the University of Groningen.
Students can also choose to do one of the other minors offered by the School of Health Care Studies, such as Healthy Ageing, the English-taught minor Global Health and Quantified Self, or the minor Entrepreneurship in Health Care. They can also choose to do a minor offered by one of the other schools of Hanze UAS or another UAS in the Netherlands.
Students have the option to study abroad or do a work placement abroad in year 3.
Work placement(s)
Students are required to do work placements in year 2 and 3.

Learning outcomes

The degree programme equips the student with the competences required of a professional in the field of Dental Hygiene.
These are:
  1. Collecting data for analysis and interpretation
  2. Compiling a Care Plan and carrying out treatments
  3. Influencing behaviour
  4. Evaluating process and production
  5. Conferring and operations
  6. Developing a professional attitude
  7. Peer review and assessment
  8. Carrying out applied research and innovation
Dental hygienists work at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of oral care and are qualified to offer preventative and curative care of teeth and gums within the framework set by the law. The occupation of Dental Hygienists is legally registered.


B Oral Health Carecredits