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Level: 2

Location: Workplace

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Diploma in Dental Nursing equips learners with knowledge and skills both in direct chairside work and in providing support in a range of dental treatments. You will learn about various aspects of dental nursing including:

•First aid essentials
•Providing chairside support to patients for a number of procedures
•Contributing to the production of dental images

You will learn on the job in the work environment. On successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to register with the GDC as a dental nurse.


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, you should be employed as a dental nurse and should demonstrate that you have the potential and opportunity to gain the qualification successfully. You need to be aged at least 16.

Course Content

You'll cover subjects such as:

• Emergency first aid
• Preparing and maintaining environments, instruments, and equipment for clinical dental procedures
• Providing chairside support to patients for a number of procedures
• Management of oral health diseases.


How will I be assessed?

Some assessment will take place in the workplace and will include a portfolio of evidence to meet the competence units in the qualification. There are also four knowledge units that are assessed by individual online tests. Observations are undertaken by an appointed assessor




Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

£2,225, which can be financed by a student loan.

What can I do after this course?

This qualification can help you to progress in - or to - a number of roles such as:
• Dental hygienist
• Dental nurse
• Dental technician
• Dental therapist.

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Employer academy prepared Michael for his future career

Health care assistant Michael Smith has recently completed his apprenticeship and is already “a really valuable” team member on ward 206 at the Royal Derby Hospital.        
Michael, 21, took levels two and three in Health and Social Care at the Roundhouse, where he also gained valuable work experience through the innovative Employer Academy run in partnership with the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.        
This voluntary work helped him secure clinical apprenticeship role with the Trust.      
Michael trained on orthopaedic Ward 206 and was supported academically throughout his apprenticeship by DCG.          
He is now a qualified Health Care Assistant on the ward – following in the footsteps of his mum and brother.          
Michael said: “I’m happy as an HCA, but in future I may look at becoming a nurse practitioner or physiotherapist.”          
Senior Ward Sister Lynsey Heald described Michael as “a really valuable member of the team” and said his college study programme and work experience through the Employer Academy helped prepare him for the ward.          
She added: “He’s really hard working and he’s got a lovely way with the patients, and he gets on really well with the team.          
“Doing the health and social care courses really helped because he knew what to expect. They become a bit more confident, as well. We’ve got a recent new apprentice and Michael’s really taken her under his wing.”

I like caring for people, I’m enjoying the job and I really like the team. I’d recommend it.

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