Faculty
Faculty of Medicine
Duration / ECTS - Credits
5 semesters / 120 ECTS
Academic Degree
Master Professional
Qualification Level
Master (UNESCO ISCED Level 7)
Mode of Study
Part-time
Language of Instruction
English
Location of Implementation
Vienna

The university course “Lasers in Dentistry” comprises five semesters with 120 ECTS and concludes with a Master Professional (M.Pr.). The course is run in cooperation with the
AALZ – World Academy for Laser Education in Dentistry.
The part-time Master’s course offers dentists the opportunity to specialise in the field of laser dentistry. It promotes analytical, constructive and creative problem-solving skills in practice on the basis of a sensibly broad specialist knowledge that is deepened in selected sub-areas. The programme is offered exclusively in English.

Admission Requirements

Recognised first university degree in the subject of dentistry, which demonstrates the professional qualifications for the Master’s degree programme.
University degrees obtained at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution are recognised.
Licence to practise dentistry, which proves the professional qualifications for the Master’s degree programme, or an equivalent qualification for foreign applicants.
Proof of two years of dental work in a clinic or practice.

Admission Procedure

Prerequisites for admission to the master’s program in laser dentistry at Sigmund Freud Private University
in Vienna are:

  1. a recognized first university degree in dentistry, which proves the professional background for the master’s program. Recognized degrees are those which have been approved by a competent state authority of the state in which the university is located or which have been accredited
    in a state-recognized procedure.
  2. In order to qualify for the professional qualifications referred to in paragraph 1, the applicant must have the knowledge required for successful study in the Master’s degree program in Lasers in Dentistry in the areas listed below:
    a. The license to practice as a dentist, which proves the previous professional training for the master’s program, or an equivalent qualification for foreign applicants.
    b. Proof of two years of dental work in a clinic or practice.
  3. The Examination Committee may make admission subject to the condition that certain knowledge must be demonstrated by the time the Master’s thesis is registered. The type and scope of these requirements are determined individually by the examination committee on the
    basis of the study content completed as part of the previous degree. This is done in consultation with the study coordinator or the subject study advisor.
  4. Applicants who have not acquired their study qualification at an exclusively English-speaking institution or who have learned English as their native language must provide proof of sufficient command of the English language for the study program.
    The following certificates are accepted:
    a. Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) “Internet-based” Test (iBT) with a score of at least 80 points or
    b. TOEFL “Paper-based” Test (PBT) with a score of at least 550 points or
    c. IELTS test with a score of at least 6.0
    d. Cambridge Test – Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
    e. An interview with the examining board in English to test English language skills
  5. The examination board shall determine whether the admission requirements have been met in consultation with the Registrar’s Office, in the case of foreign applicants in consultation with the responsible bodies.

Course Structure

The study program is divided into 19 modules, which are evaluated with 1 to 30 ECTS points. A total of 120 ECTS are awarded, each of which is calculated with a time expenditure of 25 working hours. This results in a total workload of approximately 3,000 working hours (student workload) including the final examination in 5 semesters total. The contact time at the teaching locations amounts to approximately 60 days during the entire course of study. The theoretical course days as well as the practical course days take place at the SFU in Vienna in block teaching. The attendance phases of several modules are combined into one teaching block, also in order to keep the travel costs of the participants as low as possible.
In addition, there will be an excursion week to Misr International University (MIU) in Cairo (Egypt). The parts of the study that are not done during the contact time are represented in self-study phases and patient treatment, preparation of modules, as well as in-depth online seminars and lectures. In addition, a master thesis is written in the last 2 semesters.

Module overview

The curriculum of the study program (pdf) follows a practice-oriented approach. The first modules introduce participants to the modules of dental diode lasers and erbium lasers, such as Er:YAG and Er,Cr:YSGG lasers, including the lecture on laser safety according to EN/IEC60825.1:2014, or OStrV, which provides participants with the skills of a laser safety officer.
Other modules cover optics, laser physics as well as advanced medical knowledge in the field of dosimetry and the use and functioning of fluorescence-based devices for caries diagnostics. In addition, computer-assisted literature research is presented for early qualification and support in the master’s thesis. This is rounded off by a module on scientifically correct behavior.
Further modules present one laser wavelength, and their clinical indications according to the following scheme:
• Module Low-Level Laser Therapy Systems (PBMT), low-power diode lasers
• Module Nd:YAG Laser
• Module CO2 Laser
Each of these clinical modules is supported by intensive skills training (hands-on training) in which participants practice the practical use of the equipment. Each of these modules contains the physical lecture content specific to the laser equipment in question.
The module “Symposium & Marketing” has a special position in the curriculum, as it contains a marketing lecture as well as a colloquium, in which the students, who are now about to graduate from the program, present the topic of their master’s thesis in a short lecture, as well as concluding discussions on the status of the clinical case documentation to be carried out.
A highlight of the study program is the one-week excursion module to the partner university Misr International University (MIU) in Cairo, Egypt. Here, participants gain practical experience and learn how to treat patients with various laser systems. Here, students can carry out patient treatment under expert supervision, provided they do not yet operate laser equipment in their own practice.
The last module is the master thesis, which concludes the program with a successful disputation.
Download: Module plan (pdf)

Module

Semester 1
MODULE Laser Safety (LSO)
Participants are familiarized with the foundation of laser safety at the beginning of the course. The principles of laser-tissue interactions, biological effects of radiation, possible eye damage and the protective measures to be taken are covered.

Semester 1
MODULE Erbium lasers
In this module, participants will learn the necessary physical and technical background of Er:YAG and Er,Cr:YSGG lasers. Furthermore, they will be able to use an erbium laser practically. Laser-tissue interactions of these wavelengths (2.78 and 2.94 μm) will be discussed. All relevant clinical indications of erbium lasers will be presented and their application demonstrated. Participants watch and learn clinical procedures on the skill model.

Semester 1
MODULE Diode lasers
The participants learn the technical-physical background of the different diode lasers (wavelengths 445, 650, 810, 940, 970/980 nm). Furthermore, they learn how to handle this class of devices. In the second part of the module, the interaction of the laser radiation of these powerful diode lasers with biological tissue is explained. All relevant clinical indications of diode lasers are presented and the application is demonstrated. Students will watch and learn clinical treatments using the skill model.

Semester 1
MODULE Optics
Fundamentals of physics of light (optics) is taught using various model descriptions of light. Knowledge is provided in the areas of geometrical optics, wave optics, and quantum optics.

Semester 1
MODULE PBMT & Stat 1
The interaction of laser radiation from low-power diode lasers with biological tissue is discussed. All relevant clinical indications of low-level diode lasers will be presented and their application demonstrated. Participants will watch and learn clinical treatments using the skill model. In Medical Statistics 1, participants are introduced to the necessity of statistics for the evaluation of preclinical and clinical research. They will be exposed to different statistical methods and how to select a method for a specific problem.

Semester 1 bis 4
MODULE Scientific Integrity
This module spans a total of 3 semesters. Participants learn to recognize what problems might threaten the integrity of their research and to consider in advance how to address and mitigate them. Students learn the basis of a scientific literature search and the various search engines for doing so, especially PubMed and Web of Science. In the Medical Statistics 2 part, the basics of Medical Statistics 1 will be deepened, and demonstrated on the students’ currently running master theses with examples and help. In the last part of the module, the topic of plagiarism will be addressed and students will learn clean scientific work. This takes place simultaneously with the start of the master thesis.

Semester 2
MODULE Laser physics
An essential part of the module is the introduction to laser physics, building on the physical knowledge from the module “Optics” to explain to the students the technical operation of a laser. Gaussian beams, optical resonators, laser-active media and modulation mechanisms are the main topics. The participants also learn the relevance of dosimetry and learn how to calculate doses of non-ionizing radiation.

Semester 2
MODULE CO2 Laser
The interaction of laser radiation from dental CO2 lasers with biological tissue is taught. All relevant clinical indications of CO2 lasers will be presented and their application demonstrated. Participants will be able to observe and learn clinical treatments on the skill model.

Semester 2 bis 4
MODULE Applied Optics
Building on the module “Optics”, the knowledge of propagation and description of laser light in more complex situations is imparted. The knowledge of geometrical optics, wave optics and quantum optics will be deepened and deepened with practical examples.

Semester 3
MODULE Pediatric laser dentistry
In this module, participants learn the clinically relevant treatment options in pediatric dentistry with the corresponding wavelengths and their application. They learn the clinical treatments on the skill model, then during patient demonstrations

Semester 3
MODULE Orthodontics
In this module, participants will learn all clinically relevant treatment options in orthodontics with the corresponding wavelengths and their application.

Semester 3
MODULE Applied Laser physics
Building on the “Laser physics” module, the knowledge of the function of the active medium and the propagation of divergent laser beams in more complex situations is imparted. The knowledge of rate equations, population inversion and Gaussian beams will be deepened and reinforced with practical examples.

Semester 3
MODULE Nd:YAG Lasers
The participants learn the technical-physical background of a Nd:YAG laser with wavelengths of 1064 nm and 532 nm. Furthermore, they learn how to use this class of equipment. The interaction of the laser radiation of dental Nd:YAG lasers with biological tissue is discussed. All relevant clinical indications of Nd:YAG lasers will be presented and the application demonstrated. Participants will watch and learn clinical treatments using the skill model.

Semester 4
MODULE Symposium & Marketing
A deeper understanding of communication skills in dental practice is provided; this includes communication with patients as well as internal practice communication. Furthermore, students present their preliminary results of their master theses at the symposium.

Semester 2 – 5
MODULE Treatments (own office)
The participants use the acquired knowledge and practical skills to treat patients in their own practices or clinics according to evidence-based treatment protocols.

MODULE Treatments (excursion)
Participants apply the knowledge and practical skills taught to treat patients under expert supervision during the field trip to the partner university Misr International University (MIU) in Cairo, Egypt.

Semester 2 – 5
MODULE Case conference
Participants present their own treatment documentation online in Zoom conferences with their fellow students and their supervisors. They discuss treatment protocol and outcomes.

Semester 2 – 5
MODULE Clinical Case Documentations
Participants document their treatments on the basis of the guidelines for preparing case documentation published by the German Society for Laser Dentistry (DGL).

Semester 4 bis 5
MODULE Master thesis
With the master thesis, the graduate should show that they are able to work independently on a scientific thesis within a given period of time according to scientific methods under guidance.

Qualification Profile & Skills

The goal is to further educate dentists who wish to excel in both technological competence and innovative treatment skills. With successful completion of the study program they become experts in the use of dental lasers in a clinical environment.
Since there are hardly any comparable study programs nationally and internationally, the SFU takes a pioneering position with this specialized master’s degree in the field of further education and comes closer to its own set goals of more internationalization. Another unique feature of the program is its international orientation as an English-language master’s program in the German-speaking world.

Occupational Profiles & Career Opportunities

The Master’s program in Lasers in Dentistry is an application-oriented continuing education program, whereby great importance is also attached to the teaching of scientific fundamentals.
The program offers dentists the opportunity to specialize in the field of laser dentistry. It promotes analytical, constructive and creative problem-solving skills in practice on the basis of a reasonably broad technical knowledge that is deepened in selected areas.
The main objectives of the program are to provide students with scientific skills and to enable them to take up qualified a qualified position in the dental community. Qualifications that students acquire in the course of their studies are in particular:

  • An understanding of the different optical models for the classification of light
  • Knowledge of the physical principles as well as the technical implementation of a laser system
  • Knowledge of dental principles in the application of laser systems with specific wavelengths
  • Competent and professional patient counseling in all areas of lasers and laser-assisted therapies
  • Critical evaluation ability of scientific knowledge in the field of dentistry
  • The ability to use dental laser systems in a clinically correct manner:

o The safe and ethical use of lasers
o The clinically indicated use of lasers, taking into account the indications and contraindications for the given wavelengths.
o The supportive or independent role of lasers in therapy
o Use of dental lasers on expert level in a clinical environment

  • Recognized therapy plans and treatment protocols

With the supervision by qualified scientific staff, participants are introduced to the successful and professional application of lasers in their practice. The degree enables an innovative step in the interdisciplinary linking of life science, medicine and natural sciences. The interdisciplinary cooperation also offers the possibility of linking research and teaching between the fields of dentistry and physics at the highest level of quality.

Costs

The tuition fees for the Master Professional Programme “Lasers in Dentistry” at SFU MED amount to EUR 4,600 per semester. This corresponds to EUR 23,000 if completed within the standard period of study of 5 semesters.

Crediting of modules already completed and with the same content in other training programmes (in particular this applies to the Mastership programmes of the cooperation partner AALZ-WALED) takes place on application by the applicant.

Contact tuition fees and financing models
Please send enquiries by e-mail to the SFU Med-Accounting department at
med-accounting@sfu.ac.at 
SFU Campus Prater, Freudplatz 1, 3. OG, Zi 3004, 1020 Vienna

Contact

Organisational contact and study guidance

Leon Vanweersch
SFU / AALZ – WALED
Zahnklinik der Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität
Freudplatz 3, 2. Stock, 1020 Vienna
Tel: +49 151 50610781
E-Mail: leon.vanweersch@med.sfu.ac.at