Dental Nursing Advanced Apprenticeship
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
Faculty Level Location Length Ask Apply
Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services Level 3 Hele Road site Up to 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This advanced apprenticeship has been designed specifically for those work as Dental Nurses in a clinical dental setting. This framework has been designed to provide an occupational competence for a senior support position in the dental sector and the practical skills and knowledge required in a range of jobs in the sector. The framework includes:

  • Level 3 Diploma In Dental Nursing
  • Level 3 award in Employment and Personal Learning Skills in Health
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths

What topics will I study?

  • First Aid Essentials
  • Reducing risks to health and safety in the dental setting
  • The role and responsibilities of a dental nurse
  • Prepare and maintain environments, instruments, and equipment for clinical dental procedures
  • Principles of infection control in the dental environment
  • Provide chairside support for the assessment of patients’ oral health
  • Contribute to the production of dental images
  • Provide chairside support for the prevention and control of periodontal disease and caries and the restoration of cavities
  • Provide chairside support for the provision of fixed and removable prostheses
  • Provide chairside support for non-surgical endodontic treatment
  • Provide chairside support for the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery
  • Provide information and support to patients on the protection of their oral health
  • Assessment of oral health and treatment planning
  • Management of oral health diseases and dental procedures
  • Dental radiography

What experiences will I get?

You will be employed in the sector as a dental nurse and will be gaining on the job knowledge and experience.

What are the entry requirements?

Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide you ideally need GCSE grade 4 or above in English and maths and in some cases ICT, however, we will work with you and provide additional support in order to help you achieve the functional skills element or GCSE requirements of the Apprenticeship. Support can be delivered either prior to your Apprenticeship via a traineeship or during the delivery of your programme.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning resource centre. There is a restaurant and coffee shop on the Hele Road Campus.

  • Tutor and assessor support
  • Online portfolio and resources

What can the course lead on to?

You will be able to provide chair-side support to the dental team and support to the patient. Once trained Dental Nurses can progress into other career pathways such as: Dental Therapists and Hygienists, Oral Health Promotion, Dental Practice Management or related healthcare roles, such as Nursing and Radiography.

Are there any additional costs?

You will be required to wear a uniform as part of your job role and there may be resources that you will be required to purchase.

What support can I get?

You will have a dedicated Skills Officer who you can contact at any time. They will visit you in the workplace every 10 weeks to carry out a progress review with you and your employer.

What will this training cost me?

This can vary depending on the age of the Apprentice and the size of an organisation. Please contact a Training and Recruitment Advisor on 01392 400800 for more information.


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