The Programme

The Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene is a two-year degree programme recognised by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in Pakistan. This field of study is well-established in developed countries and is gaining much momentum in developing countries, particularly considering the high rates of oral diseases. 

The programme includes courses in liberal arts (English, sociology and psychology, leadership and management); basic ​sciences (anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, immunology, microbiology and pathology); and clinical sciences (dental hygiene, radiology, community health and dental materials).​

The University encourages young men and women who enjoy working with people, have good interpersonal skills and are interested in prevention of oral diseases to apply and make a career as a dental hygienist​.​​

Admissions are currently open for 2019-2020 cycle. The last date to submit the application is May 16, 2019.​

Candidates are required to apply online. For assistance in completing the online application, applicants are advised to go through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or Understand the Online Process.  

Only in situations where the online application is not accessible, candidates may request for a paper-based application form by emailing the Admission Office at​.

​Eligibility Criteria

  • ​Secondary School Certificate (SSC) in science group

  • Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) in pre-medical group with minimum aggregate of 50% or equivalent

  • Candidates who have completed two years in college, an undergraduate or graduate degree should have achieved an overall aggregate of at least 50% or equivalent in their HSSC examination (pre-medical qualification)​

​Career Opportunities​

Dental hygienists have opportunities to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, educational institutions, public health clinics and private dental clinics.​ Additionally, employment opportunities may be available with companies that market dental-related products.

Graduates can use their Associate Degree to pursue undergraduate studies in areas like health sciences, education, research, office management and business administration as career options.

​Equivalence Certificate​

Candidates following systems of education other than Pakistani Higher Secondary Certificate [pre-medical group] must obtain an equivalence certificate from the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC). Please visit IBCC webs​it​e​ or contact them on the below-mentioned ​addresses for further details.​​

Islamabad: Plot no. 25, Street 38, G-10/4, Near Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation, Islamabad.

Tel: +92 51 9106630-36​​​​

Karachi: Sindh Board of Technical Education, Block 6, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi.

Tel: +92 21 99244121

For further information please review the Pr​ogramme Information Booklet. You can also reach us via the following cont​act details:

Office of the Registrar
Medical College - ASDH Programme
Aga Khan University​
Stadium Road, Karachi 74800
Tel: +92 21 3486 4410 / 4412