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Dentistry in the Czech Republic universities: departments, competition, exams and future prospects

Aleksandra Baranova

2 July 2023

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"Dentistry is one of the most popular programs in the Czech Republic. Applicants are attracted by the fact that dentists study only for 5 years (whereas the General Medicine program is intended to last for 6 years), they start practical training from the first year and can work immediately after graduation – without passing any further assessments.

In the Czech Republic, the Dentistry program is not divided into Bachelor's and Master's programs, the education process goes on continuously for 5 years and only in-person. The graduate receives the MDDr. title – a dentist (medicinae dentium doctoris), is fully qualified to work in the Czech Republic and the EU, can earn good money immediately after graduation, as well as open his own office or clinic and work for themselves."

In the Czech Republic in total, there are 5 options of places where you can study to become a dentist: in Prague, Plzeň, Hradec Králové, Brno and Olomouc. The competition among applicants is very high. The number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of places. The applicants are two times less likely to get admitted to the Dentistry program than to the General Medicine program. Nevertheless, highly motivated students should definitely try to get admitted to a Dentistry program at a Czech university.

Who would be suited to the Dentistry program?

Choose dentistry if you are ready for massive competition during the entrance exams, if you are fine with spending a lot of your time studying and if you know how to work with your hands. Also, you should truly want to become a doctor and have great communication skills. This is a job that involves working with people, thus requiring a lot of responsibility and empathy.

Entrance exams and conditions

"All medical departments accept applications until the end of February. Given that the competition for the dentistry programs is exceptionally high, we recommend applying to all five existing programs at once.

Czech applicants have an opportunity to receive additional points for graduating from high school with honours as well as for participation in academic competitions (or even to get admitted without entrance exams). Unfortunately, this does not apply to foreign applicants and they must pass the entrance exams with flying colors. Passing the exams with flying colors means that you can't afford to make any mistakes, high competition lives simply no room for those. Every single point may become crucial.

Entrance exams are held in written form in early June. The exams include tests in chemistry, physics and biology.

If you are applying to both General Medicine and Dentistry programs (and as a rule, applicants tend to try applying to both), then the entrance exams are going to be the same, however, the level of competition - very much different. You are going to take tests in chemistry, physics and biology once for both programs."

Studying to become a dentist in the Czech Republic – 5 departments

Let's take a closer look at the departments and admission statistics.

The Charles University has five medical faculties, but only three of them offer the Dentistry program: the First Faculty of Medicine in Prague, the Faculty of Medicine in Plzeň and the Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové.

Option 1: admission to the dentistry program in Prague

Last year, 862 applicants applied for admission to the Master in Dentistry program of the First Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University, 62 of them got in. The competition is 14 people per place. The entrance exam consists of 210 questions – 70 for each subject. Either one or several of the given options can be the correct answer.

The First Faculty of Medicine issues the collections of exam assignments – these are 3 books with assignments in chemistry, physics, biology. Those are mandatory for preparation!

Option 2: admission to the dentistry in Hradec Králové

Last year, 597 applicants applied for admission to the Master's in Dentistry program of the Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové, 58 of them got in. The competition is 10 people per place. The entrance exam consists of 4 parts. In addition to chemistry, physics and biology, questions on dentistry are included. A maximum of 80 points can be received for the test, 20 points per each part.

Option 3: admission to the dentistry program in Pilsen

Last year, 657 applicants applied for admission to the Master in Dentistry program of the Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen, 80 of them got in. The competition is 8 people per place.

"Entrance exams are held in the form of written tests in physics, chemistry and biology. Each test includes 50 questions with the one correct answer out of several choices. You have 90 minutes to complete each of the tests.

You should prepare using the collections of questions in physics, chemistry and biology issued by the faculty."

Option 4: admission to the dentistry program of the Masaryk University

"Last year, 1116 applicants applied for admission to the Master in Dentistry program of the Masaryk University, 949 applicants came to take the entrance exams, 90 of them got in. **The competition is 10 people per place. **

Entrance exams are held in the form of tests in physics, chemistry and biology. The tests consist of 40 multiple choice questions, only one of the choices is the correct answer. Tests in chemistry and physics last for 60 minutes, in biology – for 50 minutes. For each correct answer, 1 point is given. In total, you can receive 120 points. Last year, the last accepted student had 84 points.

You can receive additional points for international certificates in English at C1 or C2 level, as well as for international certificates in German, French or Spanish."

Option 5: admission to the dentistry program in Olomouc

"Last year, 1125 applicants applied for admission to the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry of the Palacký University in Olomouc, 80 of them were successful. The competition is 14 people per place.

The entrance exam consists of tests in physics, chemistry and biology – 40 questions per each subject. There may be several correct answers. You can score a maximum of 50 points for each test. You have to complete all the tests in the span of 2 hours."

Confirmation of your knowledge of Czech

"Medical departments of the Czech Republic impose the highest requirements when it comes to checking the language competence of foreign applicants.

Thus, the First Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University and the Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University in Hradec Králové require their applicants to provide a certificate of knowledge of Czech at C1 level. As we`ve already discussed in our blog, C1 is the level of a proficient language user, and you should not expect to get on that level while living and studying in the Czech Republic for a year. But do not worry, in practice, medical departments hold a designated exam for foreign applicants applying for admission to those medical departments. And this is a B2+/C1 level exam, that is, it additionally checks the knowledge of the medical terminology. You can prepare for this exam with the help of our ""Admission to the Medicine"" program.

The Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University accepts any B2 level certificate.

The Faculty of Medicine of the Masaryk University in Brno and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry of the Palacký University in Olomouc do not require foreign applicants to provide certificates of knowledge of Czech. It will be enough to successfully pass the entrance exams."

How to prepare for admission to a Dentistry program of the Czech universities

"In order to successfully pass the entrance exams, it is necessary to perfectly master the material of the Czech university-preparatory school in three subjects – biology, chemistry and physics. You want to have the level of knowledge that corresponds to the Czech curriculum that covers 4 years of university-preparatory school.

Czech university-preparatory schools provide strong training in these subjects, and competing with the Czech applicants is going to be anything but easy. We advise that you study chemistry, physics and biology in-depth, starting as early as during your 11th grade. Choosing to take your final exams in these subjects will also be reasonable.

If you are going to apply for admission after graduating from a specialized medical college, of course, you will have an advantage, as you will be better prepared in the entrance exam subjects than a regular school graduate.

You should come to the Czech Republic, having already developed a deep knowledge base in chemistry, physics and biology. With the help of our ""Admission to the Medicine"" program, you will be able to prepare for the entrance exams with a Czech teacher, hone in on the necessary vocabulary and practice solving standard tasks from the preparatory collections issued by the departments.

Purchasing the department-issued collections that contain standard tasks, as well as the textbooks for Czech university-preparatory schools in chemistry, physics and biology is highly important. We can also advice that you attend classes for applicants provided by the medical departments."

How dentists are trained in the Czech Republic

"The advantage of studying dentistry is the direct connection of the acquired theoretical knowledge with their practical application. Starting from the 1st term, students learn the basics of the diagnosis and treatment of dental caries as a part of the simulated training, and from the 2nd year on they treat real patients as a part of the practical classes.

The first two years of study are also devoted to the theoretical subjects (anatomy, physiology, histology, biology, biophysics, chemistry, etc.), great importance is attached to studying foreign languages, including Latin."

"Our innovative approach to teaching dentistry gives students the opportunity to gain maximum practical experience already during the studies. It goes without saying that at the same time we maintain high standards for the transfer of general knowledge in medicine''.

"Professor René Foltán, Vice Dean for Dentistry of the First Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University"

"For example, at the First Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University, instruction in pre-clinical subjects, which are part of the curriculum in year 1 and 2, takes place in three simulator classrooms. Clinical dentistry subjects are taught in classrooms, while subjects of general medicine are taught at the clinics and departments of the compound of the General University Hospital, Motol University Hospital, and Military University Hospital.

The maximum intensity of practical training, as a rule, falls on the 10th term, when students undergo 7-week internships and conduct comprehensive treatment of patients."

After the graduation

"Although studying to become a dentist in the Czech Republic is quite challenging and requires mastering a large amount of theoretical and practical knowledge, you will be rewarded with the high-quality education and a high-demand, prestigious, engaging and lucrative profession.

Graduates of the Dentistry program are qualified to work as practicing dentists in all EU countries. The graduates, of course, have the opportunity to broaden their qualifications towards the field of orthodontics (teeth straightening) or oral and maxillofacial surgery by passing a certification exam.

The salary of a dentist in the Czech Republic, as a rule, ranges from 40,000 to 80,000 CZK. If a dentist works in the public medical sector, then with less than a year of experience they earn from 42,000 to 48,000 CZK. Most dentists work in the private sector, many open their own offices or clinics.

Since medical departments also provide high-quality education in foreign languages, graduates have the opportunity to work in other EU countries. Primarily, Czech dentists tend to consider a career in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.

In the Czech Republic, every dentist has an obligation to constantly continue with their training. It is important for a dentist to always keep up with the times, master new technologies and equipment. The Czech Dental Chamber supports the system of lifelong learning of dentists. A dentist has the opportunity to receive a ""Certificate of Proficiency"" from the Czech Dental Chamber after completing one of the lifelong learning programs."

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