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, graduates 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 programme.