ZIMBABWE ACADEMY OF DENTAL NURSING
The Zimbabwe Academy of Dental Nursing is now accredited with the Higher Education Council (HEXCO) National Diploma in Dental Surgery Assisting (ND DSA). Our registration number is 5137.
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ZIMBABWE ACADEMY OF DENTAL NURSING
The Zimbabwe Academy of Dental Nursing is now accredited with the Higher Education Council (HEXCO) National Diploma in Dental Surgery Assisting (ND DSA). Our registration number is 5137.
Get in Touch
ZIMBABWE ACADEMY OF DENTAL NURSING
The Zimbabwe Academy of Dental Nursing is now accredited with the Higher Education Council (HEXCO) National Diploma in Dental Surgery Assisting (ND DSA). Our registration number is 5137.
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Dental Surgery Assistant Diploma

 Programmes on offer:

USD$2300

Dental Surgery Assistant (DSA) In-house Diploma (ZADENU Qualification) 20 months Duration. Block release
16 - 20 Months

USD$3000

National Diploma (ND) in Dental Surgery Assisting (DSA) (Higher Education Council/HEXCO accredited) 2 years, block release.
24 Months

FEES - TBA

Bridging course from ZADENU Diploma to HEXCO Diploma in DSA, 6 months. Block release.
6 Months

$2700

Health Teachers Diploma (To be accredited with the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe). 15 months. Block release. Coming soon
15 Months

WELCOME NOTE BY THE DIRECTOR

In order to amplify our love for education of adults at the Zimbabwe Academy of Dental Nursing (ZADENU), allow me to start with a famous quote from William Shakespeare, an English Playwright from whom my informal middle name or nickname originated from, while I was doing grade 7 at Mount Selinda Mission School in the eastern part of Zimbabwe: “Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven”. Source: King Henry VI Part 2 (1590) scene vii. Upon realizing that Zimbabwe was slowly lagging behind in the global trend to professionalize the Dental Surgery Assistant, the Zimbabwe Academy of Dental Nursing (ZADENU) programme was born in March 2018. It offers a hybrid training/learning model incorporating aspects of block release, digitally supported modules, traditional open distance learning, open distance e-learning, face to face lecture/discussion and on the job education and training (OJET). This format allows its interns to study while continuing to work for those who are already employed, or run some side income generating projects in the informal sector at the same time continuing to earn a living while committing a few days per week to fulfil on the job and education/attachment requirements. ZADENU is a non-profit initiative meant to uplift the hitherto neglected “foot soldier” group of the dental care sector in Zimbabwe and beyond. Currently all the module writers and presenters of ZADENU offer their resources, skills and time on a voluntary basis except for airfares, room and board and small honorarium for
foreign visiting presenters. The ZADENU curriculum has a deliberate focus to make its graduates a community health worker who is multi-skilled and not confined to the oral health area only. But also to offer integrated health promotion in the areas of Mother and Child education, child care, HIV/AIDS prevention, palliative care, nutrition information, hygiene and sanitation education etc.
The Zimbabwe Academy of Dental Nursing offers a warm, friendly and accommodating learning environment. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions not answered by the content already posted on our website.

Director: Dr(Dr) Farayi Moyana (PhD): PhD (Bioethics & Health Law,WITS); BDS (SA); MPH (SA); B.Ed(Adult) (UZ); MBA (ZOU); MPhil (Applied Ethics,SU); PostGradDip (Orthodontics, UP); PostGradDip (Health Research Ethics, SU); Health Teachers Dip.; PostGradCert. (Oral Implants, UP); Dental Therapist Cert.; Advanced Dental Skills Enhanement Resideny (SIAST, Wascana Campus, Regina, CANADA); Certified Level II (Academy of Fixed
orthodontia, INDIA).

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While Dental Surgery Assistants (DSAs) are not and should not be confused with being dentists nor assistant dentists, they are very valued and important healthcare professionals that work alongside dental specialists, dentists, dental therapists and oral hygienists in the treatment of patients, allowing for safe and effective oral healthcare delivery. In order to render safe oral healthcare, there is a global trend and need to professionalize of Dental Assistants. They not only assist the dentist during dental procedures, but also make note of any specific instructions or procedures to be communicated to the patient during or after the treatment. In many clinics, the dental surgery assistant performs key duties related to working with patients. The job of a dental surgery assistant includes receiving patients, viewing charts, and beginning patient preparation. Often the assistant will make notes about performed procedures, progress, recommendations, and other subjects in the patient’s charts. Dental Surgery assistants must ensure that surgical and dental instruments are properly cleaned and sterilized before procedures begin. Working with x-rays is common, as is processing items such as removable dental appliances, taking patient pre-and post-treatment photos and casts or impressions. While dental surgery assistants do not perform any actual surgery upon patients, they may be responsible for tasks such as checking vital signs or maintaining IV fluid flows during procedures.

There is a global trend and need to professionalize the Dental Surgery Assistants (DSAs). Unfortunately, there was no formal, structured training for dental surgery assistants in Zimbabwe until this programme was conceptualized. Dentists in Zimbabwe and in many of the Sub-Saharan African countries (with the exception of South African which now has formal training and statutory requirements for registration of DSAs), train their DSAs on the job in their individual surgeries. This created a big challenge when it comes to professionalism and efficiency because a dental surgery is actual a place of work not training, unless accompanied by a proper syllabus. Besides, many dentists do not have the time and sometimes not even the scope and skills to offer a structured training programme in their own surgery at the same time under pressure to attend to their patients. The Zimbabwe Academy of Dental Nursing is the first ever program offering a structured and formal training for dental surgery assistants and nurses in Zimbabwe. It is a brain child of Odontoblast Investments (Pvt) Ltd (through its Director: Dr Farayi Shakespeare Moyana -Full profile on Dr Farayi Moyana on LinkedIn) supported by its friends, who comprise a network of dental surgeries (the list is growing). Dr Moyana, who is the augural Director of ZADENU, has experience in the training of dental auxiliaries and was a senior Tutor and later the Head of the School of Dental Therapy and Technology at Parirenyatwa Central Hospital from 1989 to 1996. He is a South African trained dentist with an array of formal qualifications in the training of multi-disciplinary health care professionals. In addition to his dentistry degree his other qualifications include a Bachelor of Adult Education, Health Teachers Diploma, Master of Public Health, Master of Business Administration, Master of Philosophy in Biomedical Ethics, Three Postgraduate Diplomas or qualifications in Orthodontics, Health Research Ethics, Dental Implants, and he is completing his PhD in Bioethics and Health Law. He is the holder of an Advanced Diploma in the pedagogy of dental auxiliary training from Canada as well as an Executive Management Diploma.

The minimum requirements for enrolment are Five (5) Ordinary Level passes, including Mathematics Or Science Or Statistics, English language, and any other 3 subjects at Grade C or better. Strict entry requirements maybe relaxed on account of proven experience. An oral interview or Aptitude/written test may be administered in the event of overwhelming responses to press adverts. English is the medium of instruction. A minimum of 10 months of Work-Integrated Learning at dental clinics, hospitals and/or private dental practices is required. Candidates from SADC countries and elsewhere should first prove that a dental facility in their country will be able to offer them attachment/extended integrated learning. Candidates must have continuous access to internet services, as the programme is partly digitally/internet supported.
A police clearance certificate may be requested for admission into the programme.
(unless if one is already employed, in which case a recommendation or support from employer may be requested).

 

Both formal and non-formal assessments will be done. Practical competency and skills are assessed according to specific guidelines, which include Dental Assisting return demonstrations, oral assessments and VIVAs. Written tests and examinations will be administered during face to face sessions and at the end of the programme. It is compulsory for students to adhere to the stipulated ethical rules and dress code during practical and Work-Integrated Learning sessions at selected dental surgeries and dental centers. The student will procure recommended professional dress and clothing at own cost. Modules and other learning aids such as Cds and DVDs will be supplied as part of programme offerings. Students will not be paid (unless if they are already employed) while on attachment/integrated learning venues. The programme runs for 16 to 20months. Subsequent face to face sessions will be run on weekends at 3 to 4 month intervals. Both formal and non-formal assessments will be done. A minimum of 10 months of Work-Integrated Learning at dental clinics, hospitals and/or private dental practices is required. Candidates from SADC countries and elsewhere should first prove that a dental facility in their country will be able to offer them attachment/extended integrated learning. This is NOT an Online programme but a digitally supported part-time programme. Practical training/attachment is organized by student himself/herself but proven fulfilment of the practical checklist of activities is needed before sitting for the final examination. The radiation to which a dental assistant is exposed may be detrimental to the health of an unborn child. Due to the important practical component of the course, during which students are exposed to radiation, a female student may not take x-rays or be near x-ray machines during pregnancy. Any student who suspects she may be pregnant must notify the dentist at the centre where he or she is undergoing extended integrated learning. The Zimbabwe Academy of Dental Nursing may assist with arranging for attachment places (in partnership with its friendly organizations) on a first come first served basis. These attachment places may be available in the following towns and cities: Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru, Victoria Falls, Bindura, Masvingo, Zvishavane, Chinhoyi, Chitungwiza, Chipinge, Rusape and Kwekwe.

Both formal and non-formal assessments will be done. Practical competency and skills are assessed according to specific guidelines, which include Dental Assisting return demonstrations, oral assessments and VIVAs. Written tests and examinations will be administered during face to face sessions and at the end of the programme. It is compulsory for students to adhere to the stipulated ethical rules and dress code during practical and Work-Integrated Learning sessions at selected dental surgeries and dental centers. The student will procure recommended professional dress and clothing at own cost. Modules and other learning aids such as Cds and DVDs will be supplied as part of programme offerings. Students will not be paid (unless if they are already employed) while on attachment/integrated learning venues. The programme runs for 12 months. Subsequent face to face sessions will be run on weekends at 3 to 4 month intervals. Both formal and non-formal assessments will be done. A minimum of 10 months of Work-Integrated Learning at dental clinics, hospitals and/or private dental practices is required. Candidates from SADC countries and elsewhere should first prove that a dental facility in their country will be able to offer them attachment/extended integrated learning. This is NOT an Online programme but a digitally supported part-time programme. Practical training/attachment is organized by student himself/herself but proven fulfilment of the practical checklist of activities is needed before sitting for the final examination. The radiation to which a dental assistant is exposed may be detrimental to the health of an unborn child. Due to the important practical component of the course, during which students are exposed to radiation, a female student may not take x-rays or be near x-ray machines during pregnancy. Any student who suspects she may be pregnant must notify the dentist at the centre where he or she is undergoing extended integrated learning. The Zimbabwe Academy of Dental Nursing may assist with arranging for attachment places (in partnership with its friendly organizations) on a first come first served basis. These attachment places may be available in the following towns and cities: Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru, Victoria Falls, Bindura, Masvingo, Zvishavane, Chinhoyi, Chitungwiza, Chipinge, Rusape and Kwekwe.

After successful completion of this 16 to 20-month training programme, a Dental Surgery Assistant Diploma underwritten by the Zimbabwe Academy of Dental Nursing (ZADENU) will be awarded during the official graduation ceremony organized by the Zimbabwe Academy of Dental Nursing (ZADENU) with its participating partners or friends.

A 6 to 8 months Bridging course is available for upgrading to the much sort after HIGHER EXAMINATION COUNCIL (HEXCO) National Diploma (ND) in Dental Surgery Assisting (DSA).

Plans are underway to allow dental surgery Assistants with a diploma to be admitted to the envisaged dual qualification degree in Oral Hygiene/Dental Therapy with local Universities.

A 3 to 5-day Face to face or Zoom seminar/workshop will be contacted at the beginning of each three to four-month semester/block/module at a venue to be announced in advance. All face to face sessions are currently contacted in Harare, Zimbabwe. Candidates coming from outside Harare will make own accommodation arrangements. The programme may assist candidates to secure accommodation in Harare. The first face to face contact sessions are compulsory. Teas, lunches, reading materials and stationery will be provided as part of the package. But branded uniforms are not provided as part of the package.

Each of the 5 modules/blocks consists of the following assessments, tests and examinations:

  • A midterm module/block 3 hour written test under examination conditions.
  • End of module/block 4 hour written and practical examination
  • A candidate who fails the test or exam will be allowed to apply for one repeat. If the candidate fails again they may be allowed to apply for repeat subject to a recommendation from their supervising dentist provided an application fee of 100 to 200USD is paid to the Academy.
  • During extended attachment periods candidates will expected to complete and hand in assignments and log books or reports based on a prescribed format.
  • International computer drivers Licensee (ICDL) and First Aid training will be a requirement at student’s own cost.
  • At the end of the 18 to 20 months programme a candidate is expected to pass a five-hour written paper and practical test covering the whole syllabus.
  • An oral examination will be arranged for candidates who are below 50% but above a subminimum of 45%.
  • A candidate who withdraws before completing the programme may be given a testimonial letter upon completing at least 10 months of On the Job and Education training.
  • ZADENU is accredited as a provider and training centre by The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation and Science Development of Zimbabwe.
  • The programme is also endorsed by the Research Council of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Dental Association.
  • Graduates of this programme are not yet registrable with the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe (MDPCZ) because currently there is no legal or statutory requirements for the registration of dental surgery assistants (DSAs) in Zimbabwe. The graduates of this programme should not expect to be registered in Zimbabwe as DSAs although it may be possible in future for them to present their Diploma, upgrade or convert to future programs if the register for DSAs is opened at the MDPCZ or at any of the councils under the Health Professionals Act.
  • Our full programme comprises the ZADENU primary Diploma after 18 to 20 months followed by the upgrading to a full Higher Education Council (HEXCO) National Diploma after a 6 to 8 months upgrading course.

The graduates of this programme will be expected to secure their own employment (if not already employed) during or after the training. All the Lectures, tutorials, learning materials, tests, examination, preparation of transcript and certification will be prepared and presented by and through The Zimbabwe Academy of Dental Nursing (ZADENU).

HEXCO ACCREDIATION

The programme targets serving/experienced and school leavers in Zimbabwe and the Southern African Development Coordinating Countries (SADC) who wish to acquire a formal qualification in dental nursing or surgery assisting. This initiative is poised to raise the standard of dental assisting and nursing in Zimbabwe and Sub- Saharan Africa, with a medium to long term vision of enlarging capacity to include dental hygienists as well. The project is run on a cost-recovery basis as it currently does not have a sponsor to subsidize the training costs. The programme is run on a modular basis, interspersed with extended experiential learning/practical/attachment/work-integrated learning at private dental surgeries, quasi-public dental facilities and government dental clinics. The pedagogical approach is unique in that it harnesses the power of internet learning, modules, long distance learning, Informal and Non-formational aspects of Adult education as well as experiential work integrated training. The programme runs for 18 to 20 months leading to the conferment of a Diploma in Dental Assisting under the seal of the Zimbabwe Academy of Dental Nursing. At 3 or 4 months’ intervals the group will meet for 3 to 5 days for theoretical inputs and additional formal assessments. The experiential learning/attachment phase will be laden with assignments and on- line continuous learning. The face to face sessions will be mainly focused on basic sciences and commercial subjects such as Anatomy, Physiology, dental materials, Photography, Dental Assisting theory, radiology, microbiology/hygiene, DHE, First Aid (may be outsourced from MARS, EMRAS or St Johns Ambulance), Public Relations, marketing, Health law and medical ethics, record keeping, Computer literacy (ICDL qualification will be outsourced and a requirement before final examination or graduation).

The total programme  are: HEXCO National Diploma US3000, ZADENU in House Diploma US2300,  broken down as follows:
1. Minimum deposit at registrations USD 1500
2. Cost of Uniform +/-USD 150
3. The balance to be paid over a maximum period of 10 months.
4. Full payment before beginning of programme earns a 10% discount
5. Please familiarise yourself with our refund policy below.
These fees will cover learning materials such as modules, cds and DvDs but excludes uniforms required to worn at all times during attachment/integrated learning.
If a candidate is already employed they will be exempted from wearing the Academy uniform while on attachment.

 

Our Refund Policy

  • Cancellation within 10 days of payment –25% handling fee deducted
  • Cancellation within 15 days of payment –50% handling fee deducted
  • Cancellation after 20 days of payment- No Refund

Refunds are only applicable upon written request, provided it’s on compassionate grounds based on individual circumstances. Provided a candidate has not commenced practical training nor attended any of our seminars, in full or partially-whatever the case maybe.

Please be guided accordingly.

Our Testimonials

"Good day I thank you Dr and Mrs. Moyana for organizing this day I did learn a lot it’s a day always to remember."
Marvelous Muzvonda
Graduate
"That's true we had a wonderful time thank u Dr Moyana and Mrs. Moyana and everyone who prepared for this day may the good Lord bless you indeed. "
Haruperi Maworera
Graduate

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