Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) - Kathmandu University


The aim of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) program of Kathmandu University is to produce a well-rounded dental graduate who as a result of the four and a half years of undergraduate education program in dental surgery and one year of internship will be competent to carry out preventive, promotive and curative functions expected of a dental surgeon.

Six Dental Colleges of Nepal offers Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course with affiliation from Kathmandu University.

The accent of the curricular approach is community orientation, integrated teaching-learning and problem-based learning.

To focus on the need of the students centered course, the course is patient based and oriented towards to the community. A problem based approach and integration of different subjects and specialties, to the possible extent, are encouraged and aims at:

  • Providing the basic skills and understanding the required for general dental practice of standards that are expected
  • Recognizing the achievement of appropriate standards of patient care based on needs of an individual and the community as a whole
  • Appraisal for commitment for continuing education
  • Preparing for higher training in a dental specialty
  • Raising the standards of dental sciences and dental practice for benefit of patient and the community

For integrated approach - the following subjects classically taught in the dental schools all throughout its four and half year curriculum, could be grouped as follows:

General Medical Sciences - Basic Medical Sciences, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesiology

Oral Structure, Function and Development - Oral Biology - Oral Anatomy and Embryology, Oral Physiology, Oral Biochemistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics

Oral Pathogenesis and Disease Prevention - Dental Microbiology, Dental Pharmacology, Community and Preventive Oral Health, Periodontology, Oral Medicine, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral Functional Sciences and Rehabilitation - Dental Materials Sciences, Restorative Dentistry, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral Implantology

General Dentistry - General Dental Practice, Practice Ethics, Dental Practice Administration, Geriatric Dentistry, Dentistry for the disabled and special need dentistry

Others - Legislation and forensic odontology

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Admission criteria

Entrance Test for BDS will be conducted as per the curriculum for MBBS/BDS Entrance Examination published by the Ministry of Education. Copy of the curriculum along with the model questions is printed, published and marketed by Janak Education Materials Centre Ltd., Sanothimi, Bhaktapur.

Applicant who has successfully passed Entrance Test and meet the above mentioned eligibility criteria can take admission in any medical institution under Kathmandu University.

Admission will be according to KU Norms. Interview will be taken by the concerned institution.


Salient features

Objective of the Program

On completion of the four and a half year of BDS program, the Dental Graduate should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the understanding of principles and practice of modem dentistry with an in-depth knowledge of structure and functions of human body, normal and in diseases.
  • Develop a holistic approach to the practice of modem dentistry
  • Advance ones own knowledge and skills through higher education via continuing dental education programs and research.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary knowledge and skills.
  • Possess qualities of a compassionate and socially accountable human being.
  • Discharge job responsibilities with concern and care.
  • Provide immediate management care to life threatening situations by self.
  • Identify common dental health problems, manage them initially, ask opinion from seniors or refer to appropriate health institutions when required.
  • Provide education to people on oral health and health related matters.
  • Participate in immunization and dental health programs and in health camps.
  • Communicate well with patient and patient's relatives by explaining matters known and refer them to appropriate persons when matters are not clear to self.
  • Provide all information on matters of management of patients to the patient and the relatives.
  • Identify medico legal dental cases and function as required.
  • Develop a dental health care team-approach and give respect to all the other members of the team.
  • Give due care to children, elder citizens and women.
  • Provide dental health care by becoming aware of the ethos of dental ethics.
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Eligibility

Completed 10+2 years of education or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English as main subjects and having secured not less than 50% marks in the subjects mentioned above put together and an overall aggregate of 50%.

OR

Completed Bachelor of Science Degree, recognized by the University, with one of the following subjects viz. Physics, Chemistry, Biology and at least one other prescribed science subject of study up to the ancillary level and having scored not less than an overall aggregate of 50% marks, provided that such candidate shall have passed the earlier qualifying examination (10+2 or an equivalent examination) with the subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

OR

Completed requisite course equivalent to I. Sc. (Biological Group) with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and

English, as main subjects after Certificate Level in Health Sciences from Dhulikhel Medical Institute,

Kathmandu University and having secured not less than 50% marks in the subjects mentioned above put together and an overall aggregate of 50%.


Curricular structure

Course Duration: Five and half years

  1. Pre-clinical and para- clinical: Two years
  2. Clinical: Two and half years
  3. Internship: One year of compulsory Rotating Residential
  4. Schedule of internship followed by the a medical institution: Internship scheme according to Nepal Medical Guidelines & routine attached
  5. Monitoring and evaluation of mechanism of performance of Intern: Departmental assessment of all interns where they will be posted
  6. Alternative internship plan for students infected with chronic infections: Up till now, such type of condition not aroused

First Year: I semester

First Year: II semester

  • Basic concepts
  • Autonomic Nervous System
  • Haemopoietic System, Reticuloendothelial System - Basic Concepts of Immunity Musculo-skeletal System - I - Upper and Lower Limbs
  • Community Medicine/ Dentistry
  • Oral Biology
  • Dental Materials
  • Pre-Clinical Prosthodontics
  • Pre-Clinical Conservative Dentistry
  • Respiratory System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Community Medicine/ Dentistry
  • Oral Biology
  • Dental Materials
  • Pre-Clinical Prosthodontics
  • Pre-Clinical Conservative Dentistry

Year Two: III semester

IV semester

  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Hepatobiliary System
  • Renal - Electrolyte System
  • Metabolism and Endocrine System
  • Reproductive System
  • Growth, Development and Genetics
  • Community Medicine/ Dentistry
  • Dental Materials
  • Pre-Clinical Prosthodontics
  • Pre-Clinical Conservative Dentistry
  • Pre-Clinical Orthodontics
  • Immune System and Immunology
  • Integumentary System
  • Central Nervous System and Special Senses
  • Musculo-skeletal System - II
  • Community Medicine/ Dentistry
  • Dental Materials
  • Pre-Clinical Prosthodontics
  • Pre-Clinical Conservative Dentistry
  • Pre-Clinical Orthodontics

Year Three: V semester

VI semester

  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Oral Pathology, Microbiology and Forensic Dentistry
  • Community Dentistry including Community Medicine
  • Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology
  • Periodontics
  • Pedodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
  • Prosthodontics, Crown and Bridge
  • General Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Oral Pathology, Microbiology and Forensic Dentistry
  • Community Dentistry including Community Medicine
  • Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology
  • Periodontics
  • Pedodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
  • Prosthodontics, Crown and Bridge

Year Four: VII semester

VIII semester

  • Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology
  • Periodontics
  • Pedodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
  • Prosthodontics, Crown and Bridge
  • Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology
  • Periodontics
  • Pedodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
  • Prosthodontics, Crown and Bridge

Year Five: IX semester

Internship

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
  • Prosthodontics, Crown and Bridge

• One year rotating

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