This professional course follows the curriculum based on the General Dental Council Registration requirements for Dental Nurses. The curriculum covers four areas: Clinical Practice, Professional Practice, Communication and Management/Leadership. A fully completed electronic Record of Experience (eROE) is a mandatory element of the course and must be submitted prior to external assessments. The eROE requires chair-side experience in dental surgeries; between September 2017 and June 2018, you will attend College three days per week and work placement two days per week. Throughout the academic year, you will also be expected to attend College for a minimum of three Wednesday evenings for exam revision classes.
If you have not achieved a Grade C or equivalent in English Language, Mathematics or ICT, Level 2 Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT will be compulsory. This programme of study is likely to include enrichment units which are an additional component to enhance your employability. A minimum attendance of 80 % is expected on all aspects of the course.
Career Opportunities / Progression
Successful completion will allow for application to the General Dental Council for registration. You may progress to further study in Dental Hygiene or Dental Technology. You may also apply for post-certificate courses in oral health, radiography or conscious sedation, or seek full-time employment.
Requirements are pre-defined by the College’s admissions criteria which are outlined at the beginning of this document. Students must produce evidence of vaccination (or immunity) against hepatitis B (Hep B) and tuberculosis (TB). Students will be required to undertake an Enhanced Access NI Check at the commencement of the course. Please note that applicants with certain health conditions may be asked to demonstrate that they will be able to perform all the tasks of a Dental Nurse, as outlined in the GDC Guidelines (2007).
This course is part-funded by the Department of Health and the approximate cost to the student is £1900. No further student finance is available.
All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.