Read about the cluster points for dental surgery in Kenya for over the last few years in this article.
In a nutshell, the dental surgery program is a comprehensive and rigorous academic and clinical training program that will prepare you for a career in dentistry.
So, if you plan to enroll in the course, this article contains the cluster points for dental surgery in Kenya as well as other important information about the course to help you make an informed decision as you prepare to apply for the course.
Now, the cluster points for the program are listed below…
Cluster points for dental surgery
Well, in Kenya, there are only two accredited dental schools where you can pursue a bachelor’s degree in dental surgery.
So, below are the dental schools, as well as the KUCCPS cluster points for the course and the fee per academic year.
Moi University Bachelor of Dental Surgery cluster points
2018 cut-off points: 42.718
2019 cut-off points: 43.652
2020 cut-off points: 43.885
2021 cut-off points: 43.663
2022 cut-off points: 44.07
Tuition fee per academic year: Kshs. 612,000
University of Nairobi Bachelor of Dental Surgery cluster points
2018 cut-off points: 43.07
2019 cut-off points: 44.236
2020 cut-off points: 44.455
2021 cut-off points: 44.182
2022 cut-off points: 44.334
Tuition fee per academic year: Kshs. 521,000
Bachelor of dental surgery KUCCPS requirements
To be eligible for admission to the bachelor of dental surgery program at the dental schools listed above, you must meet the following minimum requirements:
A KCSE mean grade of B (plain) or its equivalent
In addition, you must meet the following specific subject requirements:
Cluster subject requirements:
- Biology B (plain)
- Chemistry B (plain)
- B (plain) in either English or Kiswahili
- B (plain) in either Mathematics or Physics
However, because the course is highly competitive, sometimes only those with grade As get a chance to study under government sponsorship, despite the minimal requirements being slightly lower.
Nonetheless, your other option is to study as privately sponsored (as a self-sponsored student), but you must hurry up in submitting your application since the program slots are limited.
You can also apply for the BDS program if you have a three-year diploma from a medical training institution recognized and accredited by the KMPD in any of the following disciplines:
- Dental Technology,
- Dental Surgery Assistant,
- Dental Hygiene,
- Community Oral Health,
- Clinical Medicine,
- Laboratory Technology,
- Pharmaceutical technology,
- Other equivalent disciplines.
In addition, if you have a diploma in any of the disciplines listed above, you must have a minimum KCSE mean grade of C+ (plus) and a credit pass of C+ (plus) in the required cluster subjects.
Also, eligible are holders of any degree in biological sciences or equivalent qualifications from a recognized university.
Duration of study
Regardless of which university you attend, the course usually takes five (5) years to complete.
To be clear, the program consists of taught coursework, practicals, research projects, tutorials, seminars, and clinical work.
Important reminder: Please keep in mind that, in order to legally practice dentistry in Kenya after completing the bachelor of dental surgery program, you must register with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Council (KMPDC).
Cluster points for dental surgery…
Bachelor of dental surgery course units
During your five-year period of study, you will typically cover a number of course units, which are summarized below:
- Medical Biochemistry
- Medical Physiology
- Human Anatomy
- Oral Biology
- General Human Pathology
- Pharmacology and Therapeutics
- General Medicine
- Principles of General Medicine
- Periodontology and Periodontics
- Oral Medicine
- Oral Pathology
- Oral and maxillofacial Surgery
- Oral-maxillofacial Radiology and Imaging
- Oro-facial pain and anxiety management
- Paediatric Dentistry
- Dental Biomaterials
- Restorative Dentistry and Fixed Prosthodontics
- Prosthetic Dentistry and Dental Technology
- Dental Public Health and Research Methods
- Leadership and Management
- Basic Life Support and Medical Emergencies
- Common Undergraduate Courses
- Dental Electives
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How to apply for the bachelor of dental surgery program
There are two options for applying to the program: either as a government-sponsored student or as a privately sponsored (self-sponsored) student.
So, if you want to be sponsored by the government (and thus receive government scholarships and loans), you must apply through the KUCCPS student portal once it opens for applications.
Otherwise, if you want to enroll in the program as a self-sponsored student, then you must apply online through the universities’ application portals or obtain the application form in person from the admission office.
Career opportunities for graduates of dental surgery
After completing the bachelor of dental surgery program, you will have plenty of career options, such as working as a dental practitioner (dentist) in private dental clinics, government hospitals, dental schools, or even opening your own practice.
Additionally, you could also work as an oral healthcare product manager in dentally allied manufacturing firms or teach at universities and colleges.
Needless to say, you may also pursue postgraduate studies to specialize in various fields of dentistry, such as orthodontics, oral surgery, or periodontics.
Roles and responsibilities of dental surgery graduates
So, your roles and responsibilities will include the following:
- Participating in teaching and training of oral and health personnel and dental auxiliaries
- Management of oral health problems, promotion of oral health and prevention of oral diseases
- Participating in formation of oral health care financing strategies
- Initiating and carrying out research in priority and other oral health areas at all levels.
- Management of health services
- Participating in continuing professional development
- Contributing to the national oral health policy formulation
Dental surgery salary in Kenya
It’s important to note that dental surgery salaries vary greatly depending on a variety of factors, including location, type of employment (private practice or government-run healthcare institutions), and specific dental specializations.
Nonetheless, as a newly qualified dentist, you can expect to earn between Kshs. 40,000 and Kshs. 120,000 per month in a public or private dental clinic.
However, with several years of experience and expertise, your salary can significantly rise to Kshs. 300,000 or more, especially if you specialize in becoming a dental surgeon.
Cluster points for dental surgery – Wrap up
So, there are the cluster points for dental surgery over the last five years to help you determine if you’re eligible for the program.
Remember that logging in to the KUCCPS student portal and adding the course to your course basket is the quickest and best way to find out if you’ve qualified. If you are qualified, the system will automatically add it; if you are not qualified, the system will notify you.
Also, when applying for the program, make sure to apply to the KMPDC-accredited institutions, which are the University of Nairobi and Moi University.
All the best!