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Dental Nurse Apprenticeship

Summary: 
This course offers the skills needed for employment and career progression within the dental health care sector.
Course description: 

The Dental Nurse Apprentice will study one day a week at City College Norwich where the core theoretical, underpinning knowledge elements of the Dental Diploma will be taught as well as any required functional skills - portfolio building will also form part of this day. The remainder of the Apprentices’ working week will be at the dental surgery at which they are employed where they will be regularly visited by their assessor. 

This course is aimed at individuals who want to work as a dental nurse. The role of a dental nurse is regulated by the General Dental Council. An individual may be able to register with the GDC upon satisfactory completion of a registerable qualification, which includes the Diploma in Dental Nursing (QCF) which is included in this programme.

The role of a dental nurse is to provide ‘chair-side support’ for the dental team including dentists, dental therapists, hygienists and technicians. Dental nurses can be employed in general practice, hospitals or the community dental services and can also train as a dental nurse in the armed forces.

Entry requirements: 

Grade C in English and Maths

Objective: 

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. For further information, please see: www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Assessment: 

End Point Assessment

  • Portfolio of evidence required for Level 3 Diploma to be competed in advance of the End Point Assessment
  • Apprentices must achieve a GDC approved Licence to Practice qualification in Dental Nursing, in advance of the End Point Assessment
  • Project 2,000 - 3,000 words (75% of total grade)
  • Interview (25% of total grade)

Apprentices must pass both sections to be deemed competent.

Academic progression: 

There are a range of post registration courses available to Dental Nurses looking to progress in their career. These may include further QCF qualifications, a range of higher education qualifications or other work-related education and training to support continuing professional development.

Career progression: 

There are a range of post registration courses available to Dental Nurses looking to progress in their career. These may include further QCF qualifications, a range of higher education qualifications or other work-related education and training to support Continuing Professional Development. NEBDN (National Examining Board for Dental Nurses) post-registration qualifications include:

  • Certificate in Dental Sedation Nursing
  • Certificate in Oral Health Education
  • Certificate in Special Care Dental Nursing
  • Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing
  • Certificate in Dental Radiography
Costs: 

Please contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01603 773365 or employerpartnerships@ccn.ac.uk

This is a Level 3 course:
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Course: Apprenticeships
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E0162

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Duration: 
18 - 24 months