Want to become a Fully qualified Dental Nurse?
What is Dental Nursing?Dental nurses have a vital role within a dental practice and in the National Health Service (NHS). The role of a dental nurse is varied and interesting ranging from supporting the dentist with instruments and materials for dental procedures to patient care and practice management such as arranging appointments, overseeing records and general administration. Dental nurses are an essential part of the dental team in delivering patient care and the provision of reassurance for nervous patients. With additional training dental nurses can be involved with such dental areas as taking x-rays and helping with dental impressions.
Working lifeThe working life of a dental nurse is highly varied and can involve work in dental reception as well as assisting various members of a dental team including dentists, orthodontists, dental technicians and hygienists. Interaction with the general public and patient care is an important part of the role of the dental nurse so that tact and diplomacy and the ability to get on with people is an essential quality for professional success.
The School of Dental NursingThe School of Dental Nursing has provided the Diploma in Dental Nursing courses accredited by the professional organisation National Examining Board (NEBDN) which is recognised and approved by the General Dental Council (GDC) since 2006. The school has an excellent record of student achievement and its success rate has been consistently above the national average. Many of our students have gone on to enjoy exciting and fulfilling careers in the dental sector of health care.
How do I apply for a course?To apply for the Diploma in Dental Nursing course which is a level 3 programme equivalent to A level you will normally need 5 GCSEs or equivalent. However if you do not have this qualification entry to the course may be possible on the successful completion of Numeracy and Literacy tests that the school provides. It is also important that you have the personal qualities necessary to make a successful dental nurse which includes effective communication and organisational skills, as well as a caring nature and an interest in the wellbeing of patients.
Our Dental Nursing course is combined with work placement and typically you will spend one day a week in the School and four days a week in a dental practice learning one the job. The School will proved assistance in finding you a suitable placement.