WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$4,040 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Student Intake:25 Students
Final Award:Bachelor of Oral Hygiene (BOH)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Health Sciences
Campus:Prinshof Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

This is a three-year degree programme during which students receive training in basic medical and dental subjects. Theory and practice are integrated from the first year of study. The second half of the first year is dedicated to training in the pre-clinical training ward. Thereafter, from the second year, students treat patients in the well-equipped Oral and Dental Hospital.

The work includes the education of patients, oral hygiene instruction, polishing and scaling of teeth, fluoride application and the application of fissure-sealing agents to teeth. It furthermore includes, among other functions, placement of certain restorations and administering of local anaesthesia.

Oral hygiene entails the maintenance and care of the teeth and gums. The oral hygienist plays an important role in the evaluation, planning, prevention and treatment of diseases of the oral cavity and renders a preventative, educational and therapeutic service to each patient and to the community.

In addition to their role as students, aspirant oral hygienists have a variety of other tasks to perform. These include participation in community projects, visits to nursery schools and special need schools for oral care maintenance. Community service includes visits to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital’s children’s oncology ward and the Phelophepa Health Train from which a dental service is rendered to the community.

Oral hygiene is an excellent career choice, especially for those who wish to organise their working days according to their own needs. It is a challenging occupation with a high degree of job satisfaction, security and a good income. Oral hygienists play a very important role in modern society. They are trained to inform people about maintaining good oral hygiene. A large part of their daily activities is dedicated to carrying out preventative treatment procedures.

Since oral hygienists deal with people all the time, they must have good interpersonal relationship skills, a spontaneous nature and lots of patience. Above all, they should have excellent communication skills, a sense of responsibility and the ability to tackle challenges.

Admission Requirements


English Home Language
AS/A Level – D

AS/A Level – D

Physical Sciences
AS Level – D
– Cambridge A-Level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects will be considered for admission.
– International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who achieved at least a 4 in the required subjects will be considered for admission.
– The following persons will be considered for admission: a candidate who is in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required Grade 12 certificate with university endorsement; a candidate who is a graduate from another tertiary institution or has been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; a candidate who is a graduate of another faculty at the University of Pretoria; and a candidate who is currently in university.
– Admission to Health Sciences programmes is subject to a selection process.
– Grade 11 final examination results, the National Benchmark Test (NBT) results as well as a Value-added Form will be used for the provisional selection of prospective students.
– For selection purposes, the sum of the results in six subjects, including English, Mathematics and Physical Science, is calculated.
– Life Orientation is excluded in the calculation of the Admission Point Score (APS).
– Candidates, please note that your conditional admission will be revoked if your APS drops by more than two points in your final school examination results.
– PLEASE NOTE that compliance with the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to any programme in this Faculty.
– Selection queries may be directed to

Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

UP applications open on 1 March of the year preceding the year of study.

Each prospective student must complete only one online application. On the online application, the University of Pretoria offers a first and second choice in terms of what you wish to study. All applicants should fill in both a first and second choice on the online application.

Once your online application has been processed, you will receive a student number(EMPLID).

Receiving a student number (EMPLID) does NOT imply that you have been accepted by the University of Pretoria yet. Admission is a separate process that your application undergoes after being evaluated by the relevant faculty.

It is in your best interest to complete your own online application. The University of Pretoria does not make use of representatives, agents or agencies during the application process. If you choose to make use of representatives, agents or agencies, you do so at your own risk. It is of utmost importance that you provide your personal email and postal addresses to enable the University of Pretoria to communicate with you directly.

International students need to comply with immigration requirements. For assistance and enquiries, email

The registration guidelines show you step by step on how to register successfully. In case of difficulties, contact the online registration help desk from 6 January 2020 on telephone +27 (0) 12 420 5347 or email at

Various holds may prevent you from registering successfully. Please check for holds on the UP Student Centre.

**Application Deadline for South Africans – 31st May
**Application Deadline for non-South Africans – 31st May

Career Opportunities

An oral hygienist may be employed in a general dental practice. Oral hygienists are also increasingly employed by specialists such as orthodontists, periodontists, prosthodontists; and maxillo-facial and oral surgeons. Further employment possibilities exist with organisations such as the South African National Defence Force and elsewhere in the public service. Other employers include municipal clinics and healthcare organisations. Individuals who are interested in academic careers may join tertiary education institutions as lecturers. Oral hygienists are also allowed to work independently and open their own practices.

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Tuition Fees for South African & SADC Students: $4,040
Tuition Fees for International Students: $8,081

An international levy (R3295) is payable annually by all non-South African citizens as well as students who are citizens of SADC countries on these visas. This amount is payable in addition to the initial fee payable at registration.

Asylum seekers, refugees, diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa are exempted from paying the international levy.

International registration and tuition fees:
Non-South African citizens (excluding students who are citizens of SADC countries) will be charged double the tuition fee of South African students, AND the International levy will be charged. (Except for research master’s or doctoral degrees, where only the local tuition fee will be required.)

Students who are citizens of SADC countries will pay the same tuition fee as charged for South African citizens BUT also have to pay the international levy.

Asylum seekers, refugees and diplomats stationed in South Africa, as well as permanent residents of South Africa only, are exempted from paying double tuition fees and are exempted from the international levy.

International students will be required:
– to pay an initial fee before registration (R5000)
– to pay 50% of their full student account by 30 April, and the remainder by 31 July

Relevant Contact

Celisa Anthony
Undergraduate Enquiries
Mientjie Esterhuizen
General Enquiries