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DHA Exam Fees, Syllabus & Exam Pattern For Dentist

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) regulates and oversees Dubai's healthcare sector, licensing and certifying healthcare professionals, such as dentists. To effectively practice in Dubai, it is vitally important for dentists to know more about DHA exam fees, syllabus, and exam patterns. This post offers comprehensive details that enable dentists to prepare effectively for the DHA examination. Let’s get started.

Guide To DHA Exam Fees, Syllabus & Exam Pattern For Dentist

Below we discuss all you need to know about DHA exams to plan ahead and get an opportunity to provide dental care services in Dubai:

DHA Exam Fees

Before diving deeper into the details of the DHA Exam syllabus and pattern, it's crucial to gain an understanding of its fees. The DHA exam fees vary depending on which examination dentists appear for. It typically ranges between AED 1,500-3,000.

  • Primary Source Verification Fee (PSV): Before applying to take the DHA Exam, dentists are required to undergo Primary Source Verification (PSV). The cost for PSV typically falls around AED 1,000, and payment should be made directly to relevant authorities.
  • DHA Exam Application Fee: The DHA Exam application fee is payable when submitting an exam application. Typically, this averages out to AED 500 per dentist.
  • Prometric Exam Fee: The DHA Exam is administered by Prometric, an experienced provider of standardized testing services. Dentists taking part are expected to pay between AED 1,000-1.500 as Prometric exam fees depending on their specialty area of dentistry.

DHA Exam Syllabus

The DHA exam for dentists serves to test candidates' knowledge and abilities across multiple aspects of dentistry. Its syllabus covers numerous subjects (not exclusively dental-specific). Topics may include (but aren't limited to):

  • Oral Medicine and Radiology: This section's focus lies on diagnosing and managing oral diseases as well as understanding radiographic images.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Candidates will need to demonstrate knowledge of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures such as tooth extractions, dental implant placement, and facial trauma management.
  • Periodontics: This section assesses your knowledge of periodontal diseases, their diagnosis, and potential treatment plans such as scaling and root planing, gum surgery procedures, and dental implantology.
  • Prosthodontics: Candidates will be tested on their knowledge of fixed and removable prosthodontics, such as crowns, bridgework, dentures, and implant-supported prostheses.
  • Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics: This field covers the diagnosis and treatment of dental caries, pulp diseases, and endodontic procedures such as root canal treatments.
  • Orthodontics: The candidate's knowledge and understanding of dental and skeletal malocclusions will be tested, along with various treatment solutions available to correct them.
  • Pedodontics: This subject address dental care for children, including preventative measures, behavior management strategies, and treating dental diseases specific to this age group.

DHA Exam Pattern

The DHA Exam for dentists utilizes a standardized format in order to assess their knowledge and skills. Comprised of multiple-choice questions (MCQs), its duration will differ according to specialty, but on average, it takes approximately three hours.

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs): The DHA Exam consists of multiple-choice questions designed to test dental professionals on various concepts, clinical scenarios, and problem-solving skills. Dentists must choose from among several options presented to them the one which best answers each MCQ.
  • Specialty-Specific Questions: Exams for each specialty ensure that dentists are tested in their areas of expertise. Prosthodontists might have more questions pertaining to prosthodontics, while orthodontists will likely face questions specific to orthodontics.
  • Passing Score: In order to successfully pass the DHA Exam, dentists must achieve at least the DHA-determined minimum passing score. However, this figure may change based on the difficulty level and specialty of the exam taken.

Tips for DHA Exam Preparation

  • Acquaint yourself with the DHA exam syllabus and create a study plan accordingly. Pay special attention to those topics where you lack confidence. 
  • Utilizing study materials such as textbooks, online resources, and practice questions will enable you to better comprehend a subject matter.
  • Join study groups or DHA courses in order to network with fellow candidates, share knowledge, and exchange study strategies.
  • Take mock exams to simulate the real exam environment and evaluate your readiness. Analyze and assess performance to pinpoint areas for improvement and set achievable goals for yourself.
  • Master your time management during an exam so that all questions can be completed within the designated amount of time.
  • Stay abreast of recent advances in dentistry by reading professional journals, attending conferences, and participating in continuing education programs.

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Final Thoughts

The DHA exam is a crucial step for dentists seeking to practice in Dubai. Understanding the exam fees, syllabus, and exam pattern is essential for effective preparation. By allocating sufficient time for studying, utilizing appropriate resources, and practicing mock exams, dentists can increase their chances of success in the DHA examination. Remember to regularly check the official DHA website for any updates or changes to the exam requirements. Good luck!


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