Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene

The Aga Khan University’s Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene (ASDH) is an approved programme by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, in the Department of Surgery, nestled within the Medical College.​

The two-year entry to practice ​programme is a competency-based ​and collaborative model of education. The ASDH programme develops future leaders in dental hygiene practice, research and education who will advance oral disease prevention and oral health promotion. Students will become primary ​healthcare professionals addressing the unmet ​oral health needs of Pakistan and other low-and-middle income country populations.

ASDH is dedicated to providing dental hygiene education in a patient-centered and student-friendly atmosphere. It fosters active and self-directed learning and assessment, critical thinking and ethical practice. The programme has spearheaded a robust and internationally benchmarked curriculum; the curriculum​ integrates its faculty and students' supervised provision of oral health assessment, education, and awareness and prevention measures in rural communities.​

With its state-of-the-art ​facilities and equipment that simulate real-life scenarios, the ASDH programme nurtures and develops intellectual and clinical skills of its students. Programme graduates effectively provide comprehensive patient-centered dental hygiene care in a professional, compassionate and ethical way.​​​​​ After convocation, g​raduates are offered training positions within the AKU-AKUH network, and the graduates and interns also receive training to teach and assume permanent and full-time positions within the ASDH program​me.



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Life at AKU is not all about the classroom

Here's what our students have to say about their experience of being
​developed 
as leaders and posi​tive contributors to society.

“The Dental Hygiene Programme is where we gain knowledge and understanding of what exactly it entails to be a dental hygienist. There's so much more to it than scaling, like identifying abnormalities in the oral cavity. And I can say, we are being educated."


Rose Wairimu, Class of 2020


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