This programme leads to a nationally recognised award for trainee dental nurses working in a dental practice. It enables you to gain the qualification needed to fulfil the General Dental Council requirements for registration and to take your career forward.
Dental nurses provide 'chair-side support' for the clinical team including dentists, dental therapists, hygienists and others.
You must be in paid employment as a dental nurse.
You will attend class sessions to fulfil the knowledge evidence requirements of the programme and build a portfolio of evidence. You will be allocated a qualified assessor who will visit you in the workplace to action plan your progress, observe your practice and assess your portfolio of work.
Your employer will need to provide you with any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required legally and to help you to undertake your role safely.
There is the option to take further training courses for more specialist roles in dental nursing, hygiene, therapy, practice management or teaching. Learners sometimes progress to higher qualifications in related fields such as radiography.
Once trained, dental nurses can progress their career to become dental therapists and hygienists or to work in areas such as oral health promotion, dental practice management, nursing, radiography and conscious sedation.