School of Dental Technology
School of dental technology is the first institute regarding dental professional education in Thailand. In 1971, Professor Phensri Suthisansunthon, Department of Prosthodontic Chairman assigned by Professor Emeritus Isara Yuktanandhe, Faculty Dean to form Certificate Program in Dental Technician. The duration of the program is minimum two years. The students have to complete high school education or equivalent from a nationally to attend the program. This program has been assisted by Columbo Plan provided from the United Kingdom Government and Prosthodontic Department, University Of Birmingham, UK in order to require approval of the program from National Education Council and Office of The Civil Service Commission. After approval, the first admission began in 1972, the study curriculum affording from Department of Prosthodontic, Department of Orthodontic, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Community Dentistry, Audio-Visual Education Unit, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty Of Public Health, Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Department of Engineering Physics Department of Science Service, Ministry of Science and Technology and honor persons.
In 1979, the program was temporarily closed due to decreasing the needs of dental technology staffs. In 1989, the cabinet decided to continue the program again. In 1990, the Faculty took action in response to government policy to produce dental technician staffs for public and private dental unit nationally. In 2006, the school was closed again due to the program improvement. In 2008, the program has reopened to the public since then.
Bachelor of Technology Program in Dental Technology (2 – Year Extension)
In 1995, Assoc. Prof. Benjapote Yotnuengnit, Chair of Department of Prosthodontics and Dentist Tecnician School offered Bachelor of Technology Program in Dental Technology (2 – Year Extension) and Mahidol University council approved the program at the 286th conference in November 19, 1998. Moreover, the council committee members suggested to change the name “Dentist Tecnician School” to “School of Dental Technology”. This program has been taken action in response to government policyto open Bachelor of Technology Program in Dental Technology (2 – Year Extension) and also launched program on May 12, 1998. Furthermore, the degree was approved by Office of The Civil Service Commission. Therefore after students finish the program, they will earn income related to education level. On July 21, 1998, the program was first started. Later in 2010, the program was stopped operating due to the construction of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn 50th Birthday Anniversary Celebration Building. In 2011, the program has been operated again.
School of Dental Technology
The school consists of two programs. The programs are held every other year with the alternating between courses.
1. Certificate Program in Dental Technician
The school limits the numbers of students admitted to 15-20 students. The duration of the course is two years or not over four years of study. The program was improved in 2008 as the following;
General Education 19 credits
Specialize Education 56 credits
Free Elective 2 credits
Total 77 credits
A student who completes the program will receive Graduate Certificate in Dental Technician and be able to work with Ministry of Public Health, University, private organization or work as freelance working in the position of dental technician. In 2008, According to the royal initiative, the school has accepted a Cambodian student from royal initiative project to increase dental staffs to take Certificate Program in Dental Technician.
In 2010, the school accepted one more Cambodian student. Furthermore, the school is intending to support this project continuously. In 2014, the school accepted a Lao student from International Dental Collaboration of the Mekong River Region (IDCMR) scholarship to take Certificate Program in Dental Technician.
2. Bachelor of Technology Program in Dental Technology ( 2 – Year Extension )
The school limits the numbers of students admitted to 15-20 students who completed Certificate Program in Dental Technician and had at least two years’ work experience in this field. The duration of the course is two years or not over four years of study. The program provides;
General Education 30 credits
Specialize Education 47 credits
Free Elective 3 credits
Total 80 credits
A student who completes the program will receive Bachelor of Technology Program in Dental Technology from Mahidol University. The first group of graduates from the program was eight people. The students received the degree with Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on July 6, 2000 at the New Building, Suan Amphon.