Bachelor of Dentistry Program
ALRASS DENTAL COLLEGE, ALRASS, QASIM UNIVERSITY
The Bachelor Of Dental Surgery(BDS) program at Alrass Dental College, Qassim University was introduced in 1434-35 (2013-14) to provide quality education to the local people and cater the needs of the Qassim region to improve their oral hygiene and maintaining it long term. This Program was initiated under the guidance of Dynamic then Dean of College of Dentistry, Mulaida, Dr. Mohammed Al Mohaimeed who was the Incharge Dean of Alrass Dental College and as well an Ambidextrous, Former Director, Alrass General Hospital & Vice Dean for Development and Quality Assurance, Dr. Mohammed Alruthea, who later in 2016-17 took over as Dean, Alrass Dental College.
Students were first enrolled in 2013-14 with an intake 20 male students per Academic year. The students go through a PYP course initially and are accepted for an interview by the College of Dentistry according to the grades achieved at the end of this course. The candidates are then selected on the basis of skills test, interview and eyes-test.
As on today the first batch of students are presently in Internship program. These students are well trained under the able guidance of the Dean & his 22 member Dental Faculty Team, with Staff members having diverse specialties, languages and nationalities which will help students inculcate diversified academic cultures and skills.
Program Profile Data:
Alrass Dental College, with a mission of nationally distinct college in Quality Dental education in Saudi Arabia and with a very strong Strategic Planning, goals & objectives, clearly reflects the interest of the program in quality of education, community services, and knowledge economy. They are the guiding force in the development of an outstanding curriculum.
Quality teaching in higher education matters for student learning outcomes. Institutions need to ensure that the education they offer meets the expectations of students and the requirements of employers, both today and for the future. Quality of Teaching involves several dimensions, including the effective design of curriculum and course content, a variety of learning contexts (including guided independent study, project-based learning, collaborative learning, experimentation, etc.), soliciting and using feedback, and effective assessment of learning outcomes. It also involves well-adapted learning environments and student support services.
Program’s main strengths include:
- A unique community based curriculum.
- Teaching methodologies is different amongst the colleges in Saudi Arabia
- The program provides Evidence-Based Education through Problem-Based Learning, Case-Based Learning as well as Patient-Based Learning through early clinical exposure to the students.
Program’s Study Plan, Academic Quality assurance and Teaching & Learning:
Dentistry, like other professions, is in a constant state of flux, with research and development contributing to the natural progression and evolution of the specialty. It is therefore vital that new and emerging concepts are brought into the curriculum for the benefit of the community which the profession strives to serve.
Based on the guidelines/requirements of professional bodies or relevant accrediting agencies with the National Qualifications Framework, our program’s study plan follows the rules of the yearly figures, as the college education system is based on problem-based learning. Study language is English. Study duration is five years after the preparatory year followed by a clinical training internship year.
The general structure of the study plan consists of 179 credit hours which is evenly distributed over 5 years of learning comprising 42 courses (30 compulsory courses and 12 elective courses). These credit hours are programmed through Four Primary Departments (Restorative Prosthodontics & Periodontology, Public Health & Pediatric Dentistry, Maxillofacial Surgery & Diagnostic Sciences, and Oral & Medical Biosciences). We have constituted Courses for academic programs which are integrated vertically. The Program courses are mapped and distributed well over the program periods with proper weightages to make the students competent by the end of the program. Block organizers and their teams monitor the course program meticulously, and if needed they develop/modify the program and implement the changes with the consent of higher authorities. They make sure that the program meets the highest standards with respect to general structure of the study plan by monitoring the KPI’s and Benchmarking on the basis of the Course reports with the statistical data, Monitoring the course reports & the annual program report, Conducting surveys of opinions of students about a sample of courses every semester & analyzing the conducted surveys.
The institution has constituted several committees (Dental education unit, clinical practice unit, Quality assurance unit, Academic advising unit, Student’s advisory unit, infection control unit, treatment plan unit, professionalism unit, etc.) to organize, guide, direct and evaluate the performance of the students to meet the highest standards of Intended Learning Outcomes. At the end of every semester the students are assessed for their competency level based on objective and subjective evaluations to meet the program objectives and at the same time their achievements are assessed by internal & external bench markings, and if required the areas of improvements are detected and recommendations with action plans are submitted to the concerned authorities for implementations.
The college not only tracks its students’ involvement in various social activities that promote citizenship roles but encourages their participation in such undertakings. The college believes that the community is an equal partner in spreading awareness on oral health and disease. The mission of the college is to foster strong community relationships through services and linkages and provide efficient, effective and community acceptable system that excels in education and service. Through the college’s collaborative extension activities and outreach programs, the community receives free oral health education, have their dental health problems identified and also obtain free Oro-dental health treatment.
We must realize the importance of education. We must aim to ensure that each citizen of our nation is educated and independent, Insha Allah.