Due to the specific working requirements and licensure requirements, the six-semester Bachelor of Arts in Dental Hygiene programme is aimed above all at the target markets of Germany, Switzerland and South Tyrol.
In principle, the students must fulfil the requirements for “Admission to Degree Programmes” stipulated in section 63 of the Austrian Universities Act (Universitätsgesetz – UG 2002), i.e. they must be in possession of a “General University Entrance Qualification”, a “European general university entrance qualification” or an “equivalent qualification” in accordance with section 64 of the Austrian Universities Act (Universitätsgesetz – UG 2002) (e.g. German Abitur, International Baccalaureate). In addition, a subject-specific professional qualification with professional experience is also required for admission to the programme. Acceptable qualifications include a completed training programme as a dental assistant/prophylactic assistant (or comparable qualification, e.g. ZMF in Austria) with at least three years of professional experience.
All applicants without a university entrance qualification are invited to a university entrance exam at the Danube Private University. The entrance exam consists of the composition of an essay on the subject, a written single-choice exam in chemistry, biology and psychology, and an interview of the candidate by members of the examination board on a field of dental medicine assistance. Learning materials are provided and tutorials arranged at the DPU as preparation for the university entrance exam.
The implemented admission procedure does not focus merely on the grade of the general university entrance qualification, but also takes into account a range of other factors, in the form of a so-called “Matura plus concept” (the Matura is the name of the secondary school leaving certificate and matriculation exam in Austria and several other European countries, comparable to the Abitur in Germany, A-levels in the United Kingdom or Baccalauréat in France) The objective of the admission procedure is to identify talented and motivated young prospective students, who can learn academic thinking independently and are willing to subject themselves to professional training and education, and develop their imagination and creativity. Prospective students from abroad are granted equal opportunities. The admission procedure occurs in several phases based on the principle of arbitrary discretionary decisions.
The first phase commences with the submission of the application folder and the subsequent examination of whether the formalities stipulated in sections 63–64 of the Austrian Universities Act (Universitätsgesetz – UG 2002) have been fulfilled for the Bachelor of Arts in Dental Hygiene (BA) programme:
- Preliminary application form
- Curriculum vitae with passport photo
- Certificate of completed training programme as a dental assistant/prophylactic assistant (or comparable qualification, e.g. ZMF in Austria)
- Proof of at least three years experience in this profession
- Certified copy of the secondary-school leaving certificate*
* If the applicant has not attained a general university entrance qualification, the successful completion of the university entrance exam at the DPU is required in order to be admitted to the programme.
Please send your application and all the necessary documents to: Danube Private University, Steiner Landstraße 124, 3500 Krems-Stein, Austria. Application documents may also be sent in advance by e-mail to: Anita.Wimmer@DP-Uni.ac.at
Following the positive assessment of the application documents, prospective students will be invited to the DPU to sit a written admission test (single choice), undergo a personal interview and a practical exam (this may also be waived if the corresponding practical experience certificates are submitted).
The focus of the written exam is on the nature and extent of the applicant’s knowledge in the working processes of prevention, resources, process management and knowledge transfer.
Im Interview sollen die persönliche Reife, die Motivation zur Berufswahl, das Kommunikationsverhalten, die Fähigkeit zum Konfliktmanagement und die soziale Kompetenz der BewerberInnen exploriert werden.
The manual prerequisites required to fulfil the treatment process are assessed within the framework of the practical exam on the phantom.
The examination commission compiles a ranking of all the applicants and notifies DPU Rectorate of the number of suitable applicants and their details based on the annual acceptance capacity.
Crediting of External Achievements
The acceptance commission may credit already attained educational achievements, insofar as the acquisition of the final competency is assured. Attained educational achievements that may be credited are those acquired at a recognized European higher education institution or a continuing education institution of the Austrian Dental Chamber (Österreichische Zahnärztekammer – ÖZÄK).