Dental Courses in Kenya [All you need to know]

In this article, you’ll find out everything you need to know about dental courses in Kenya. So, read on to learn more…

You may be interested in pursuing a dental course but are unsure which course is best for you.

Well, if that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place as this article covers everything there is to know about various dental courses in Kenya, including entry requirements, where to study, fees, and more.

So, keep reading until the end to find out more.

Let’s get started…


Dental courses in Kenya – all you need to know

The following are all of the dental courses offered at various institutions in Kenya:

Bachelor of Dental Surgery

At the time of writing, only two universities have been approved by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council (KMPDC) to offer a bachelor of dental surgery.

They are the University of Nairobi and Moi University, respectively.

Below are more details about the course:

Minimum entry requirements:

To be eligible for this program, you must meet the following minimum entry requirements:

A KCSE mean grade of B (plain) or its equivalent

In addition, you must meet the following cluster subject requirements:

  • B (plain) in Biology,
  • B (plain) in Chemistry,
  • B (plain) in either Mathematics or Physics,


  • B (plain) in English/Kiswahili

Alternative qualifications:

You may also be eligible for this program if you have a 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,
  • Radiography,
  • Nursing,


  • Pharmaceutical technology.

Besides, 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 C+ (plus) in the required cluster subjects.

Also, you may be admitted if you have a degree in biological sciences or an equivalent qualification from a recognized university.

On top of that, you must have at least one year of work experience in both cases.

Course duration: Five (5) years


The tuition fee per academic year at the University of Nairobi is Kshs. 521,000, while at Moi University it is Kshs. 612,000 (tuition fee only).

How to apply:

To be admitted as a government-sponsored student, you must apply via the KUCCPS student portal.  Otherwise, click here to apply to the University of Nairobi and here to apply to Moi University directly for private admission.


Bachelor of Science in Dental Technology

This is yet another dental degree program in Kenya.

Needless to say, this program is only offered by Mount Kenya University (MKU), and admission requires the following minimum entry requirements:

A KCSE mean grade of C+ (plus), with the following cluster subject requirements:

  • Biology/Biological Sciences C+ (plus),
  • Chemistry/Physical Sciences C+ (plus),
  • English/Kiswahili C+ (plus),


  • Mathematics/Physics C+ (plus)

Alternatively, you can apply for the course if you have a diploma in dental technology from an institution approved by the university’s senate.

In addition, you must have completed a one-year internship and have at least one year of work experience.

Course duration: Eight (8) semesters for Direct Entry and five (5) semesters for Diploma Holders

Fees: Kshs. 90,000 per semester

How to apply:

Click here to apply online directly to the institution or apply through the KUCCPS portal when it opens for application.



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Diploma in Dental Technology

Again, only two institutions in Kenya are accredited to offer the diploma in dental technology in Kenya.

That is Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) and Mount Kenya University (MKU), with KMTC being the best for the course.

Keep in mind that KMTC typically has two intakes per year, in March and September.

That being so, the following are the basic minimum entry requirements for the course at either of the institutions:

A KCSE mean grade of C (plain) or its equivalent

In addition, you must meet the following cluster subject requirements:

  • C (plain) in either English or Kiswahili,
  • C (plain) in Physics, Physical Sciences or Chemistry,
  • C- (minus) in Biology or Biological Sciences,


  • C- (minus) in any of the following: Mathematics, Metal work, Physics, or Chemistry.

Course duration: Three (3) years including practical attachment


At KMTC, this diploma program costs Kshs. 82,200 for government-sponsored students and Kshs. 122,200 for self-sponsored students per academic year, whereas at MKU, it costs Kshs. 59,550 per trimester for a total of nine (9) trimesters.

How to apply:

As previously stated, the KUCCPS portal is the best way to apply (if you want to be admitted as a government-sponsored student).

However, you can also apply online through the institutions’ websites (as a self-sponsored student though). So, if you want to apply as a private student, go here for KMTC and here for MKU.


Career opportunities for holders of dental courses

So, after completing any of the above dental courses in Kenya, you can pursue the following career paths in the dental field:

  • Dental practitioner – With a bachelor’s degree in dental surgery or dental technology programs, you can work as a licensed dental surgeon in private dental clinics, government hospitals and health facilities, dental schools, or even start your own practice.
  • Dental technologist – On the other hand, if you have a diploma in dental technology, you can work in dental laboratories, creating prosthetics and appliances under the supervision of a dentist.

Furthermore, you can also pursue postgraduate studies to specialize in areas of dentistry such as orthodontics, oral surgery, or periodontics.


Dental courses in Kenya – Wrapping up

With the information presented above, I believe you will now be able to choose the dental course that best suits your qualifications.

Remember to only apply to the institutions listed above because they are the only ones that are accredited by KMPDC to offer dental courses.

Again, remember to apply through the KUCCPS portal if you want to benefit from the government scholarships and loans, but otherwise apply through the links that I’ve provided for each of the institutions.

All the best in your career journey!



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