The Department of Dental Technology was established following the approval granted by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 2002 for the establishment of the School of Health Technology (SOHT). The department started in response to the quest to have a degree awarding program in Dental Technology in Nigeria. With its inception, FUTO became the first so far, the only university in Nigeria to offer a degree programme in Dental Technology. The pioneer staff Mr Kenneth N. Okeke and the pioneer head of the department Dr M.S Amaeshi worked with a team of academic, technical and administrative staff to get the programme started. Other pioneer staff include Miss Gertrude C. Iwueke (Dental Technologist). The preceding H.O.D was Dr J.O Ogunbowale and presently, Dr Chimezie C. Iwuala.
The program started with 18 students who were admitted in 2003, at present, the department has an estimated number of 118 students with an average of 24 in each class. The number of the staff has also increased tremendously with an increase in student intake. The department has FULL ACCREDITATION status following the National Universities Commission (NUC) exercise in 2017.
Philosophy of the Dental Technology Programme
The Philosophy of Dental Technology programme is to produce Dental Technologists with sound knowledge of principles and techniques in addition to scientific and clinical knowledge used in the Dental Technology, with due recognition of other members of the Dental team in the practice of the dental profession.
The aim of the program is to produce Dental Technologists who can recommend, design, fabricate, service and deliver various dental appliances and prostheses in dental treatment.
1. To realize the important roles of dental technologists in the dental profession.
2. To partner with other members of the dental team in creating dental health awareness.
3. To inculcate in dental technologists, sufficient knowledge for research and development.
4. To train for a capability to undertake independent practice within the limits of professional training and to help in employment generation.
5. To ensure relevance of training to local environment including the application of local technology for production and development.
6. To provide the students with sufficient training to undertake and appraise research findings, apply same to improve the practice and add value to dental care delivery
Assistant Chief Dental Technologist