Dental Nurses provide the essential link between dentists and patients. The role supporting dentists, and the other care professionals who look after our teeth, with anything from sterilising instruments to reassuring a nervous patient through to booking appointments and assisting chairside.
- Understand & Reduce health and safety risks
- Apply Health & Safety Precautions
- Provide basic life support
- Anatomy of teeth and internal structures
- Prepare and maintain environments, instruments and equipment for clinical dental procedures
- Offer information and support to individuals on the protection on their oral health
- Contribute to the production of dental images
- Provide chair-side support during the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery, as well as other dental treatments
- Understand & Promote Cross Infection within the Dental setting
If no exemptions are in place, you will also be required to study maths and English as well as any additional qualifications that your employment needs.
You will be taught within college on an evening programme (6-9pm) to develop your knowledge. You will have workplace mentoring on practical activities and take part in activities within the dental training room.
You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:
- Oral questioning
- Portfolio of evidence
- Practical demonstration/assignment
- Practical & online examinations
- Gateway assessment by independent assessor on research project
Level 3 is the professional qualification you need to work as a Dental Nurse and leads to General Dental Council Registration. From Level 3 you could progress to the Post Qualification in Oral Health or the Level 4 Practice Manager apprenticeship. There are many opportunities for dental nurses to progress in the dental sector. You could move to dental therapy, hygiene, oral health promotion or dental practice management. You could move on to related healthcare roles in nursing or radiography.
This course operates from sites in Preston, Southport and Lancaster.
A qualification which has been approved by the General Dental Council as meeting the requirements for entry to the professional register.
All Apprenticeships require an initial assessment, interview and employment in the industry. At Level 3 you will need to achieve your functional skills at Level 2 if you don’t have your GCSE’s in English and Maths at grade A*-C.