The six-semester Bachelor of Arts in Dental Hygiene (BA) programme is primarily aimed at the markets of Germany, Switzerland and Italy/South Tyrol due to the specific work requirements and admission requirements.

In principle, the students must meet the admission requirements stipulated in section 63 of the Austrian University Act (UG 2002), i.e. they must have a “general university entrance qualification”, a “European school leaving certificate” or an “equivalent qualification” (e.g. Abitur, International Baccalaureate) in accordance with section 64 UG. A specific professional qualification with professional experience is also a prerequisite for admission to the programme. This includes completed training as a dental assistant/prophylaxis assistant (or an equivalent qualification e.g. ZMF) with at least three years of professional experience.

All applicants without a university entrance qualification are invited to sit a university entrance exam at DPU. The exam includes an essay on a specialist area, a written single-choice test in chemistry, biology and psychology, and an interview of the candidate by members of the exam board on a specialist area from dental assistance. Teaching materials are provided and tutorials are arranged at DPU in order to prepare for the university entrance exam.

The admission procedure focuses not on the Matura or Abitur grading, but on a “Matura-plus concept”. The objective of this admission procedure is to find talented and motivated young people who can be expected to learn scientific thinking on their own, and who are ethically motivated. They are willing and able to undergo vocational training and develop the ability to come up with ideas and the will to shape their field. Foreign applicants, for example from other EU countries as well as other countries, have equal opportunities, taking into account legislation and fulfilment of ENIC-NARIC requirements. The admission procedure is based on the principle of an objective, evidence-based selection in several stages.

1st stage:
When the application is received, the formalities are checked in the first stage pursuant to section 63/64 UG 2002 for the Bachelor of Arts in Dental Hygiene (BA):

  • Preliminary registration form
  • CV with passport photo
  • Certificate of a completed training programme as a dental assistant/prophylaxis assistant (or equivalent qualification e.g. ZMF in Austria)
  • Proof of at least three years of experience in this profession
  • Certified copy of the school leaving certificate*
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of German, at least level B2**

* If the general university entrance qualification has not been completed, successful completion of the DPU university entrance exam is an admission requirement for the programme.

**for international applicants

Send your application documents to:  Danube Private University (DPU), Steiner Landstrasse 124, 3500 Krems an der Donau, Austria. You are welcome to submit these in advance by e-mail to

2nd stage:
After a positive assessment of the application documents, applicants are invited to a written admission test (single choice), a personal one-on-one interview and a practical examination at DPU (this can be waived if relevant proof of practice is provided).

The focus of the written exam is the type and scope of knowledge from the work processes of prevention, resources, process management and knowledge transfer.

The interview explores the personal maturity, the motivation to choose an occupation, the communication behaviour, the ability to manage conflict and the social competence of the applicant.

As part of the practical exam on the phantom, the manual prerequisites required to complete the treatment process can be assessed.

3rd stage:
The exam committee compiles a ranking of all applicants and gives the DPU Rectorate the number of suitable applicants and their details for the allocation of places according to the annual acceptance capacity.

Crediting external achievements

The admission committee can credit previously attained educational achievements td, provided that the attainment of the final competency is guaranteed. Achievements that have been attained at a recognised European university or a training institute of the Dental Association can be credited.