Students studying dentistry are often asked the same question: “What degree should I pursue after my BDS?” This question unites all students and leads to “confusion”.
Students face difficulties because “BDS as an academic program doesn’t allow them to get into MNC placements.” A BDS degree is not enough to give a student the clinical experience they need.
For those who are unable to get a seat in MDS due to multiple reasons, there are two options: diplomas or clinical courses. There are two types of diploma courses after BDS: There are two types of diplomas after BDS: private and government. There are two main differences between private and government diplomas: affordability (government diplomas can be expensive) and approval by the Dental Council of India (DCI). Only government diplomas have DCI approval.
These are some diplomas and courses that a BDS graduate could apply for:
Private Diploma Courses
There are far too many private diploma programs. Many seasoned dentists run private diploma courses that make a large profit. Different courses have different course fees. This course is for those who are looking for clinical experience.
Government Diploma Courses
DCI has granted approval to many state dental councils for approved dental diploma programs in lasers, orthodontics, and endodontists.
IGNOU in Delhi offers a Post-Graduate Certificate In Oral Implantology (PGCOI), which is a course that lasts 1-3 years and costs 1, 56,000 INR.
Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences 2-year PG Diploma
RGUHS, Bangalore offers 2-year diploma courses in dentistry. A candidate who has obtained a BDS or equivalent degree from a recognized university by DCI is eligible.
The course is divided into four semesters. The first two semesters are devoted to Preclinical Work and Applied Basic Sciences, while the second semester focuses on Clinical Work.
This course is for candidates who are looking for both experience and a degree.
Dental Clinical Courses
You can also choose from a variety of Dental Clinical Courses in Delhi. These courses offer multiple specialties such as oral surgery, periodontics, and prosthodontics. These courses will help you attain your specialty, which is a key trend in the medical field.
There are many opportunities in the dental department in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. The Forensic department requires dentists to identify deceased patients through dental remains analysis and bite mark analysis.
You could also work as a dental hygienist, or as a dental assistant to models or film stars.
There is no reason to feel discouraged after your BDS studies. There are many options to choose from when it comes to choosing your study method. You can also research further opportunities and evaluate your options while you are completing a diploma program.