Dental nurses work in a clinical environment that could be located in a NHS general dental practice, hospital, private dental practice, specialist dental practice, community dental service or military dental clinic. The clinical environment is called a dental surgery and consists of a dental chair, x-ray unit and various equipment and instruments required for dentistry. An apprentice will predominately work with a dentist, dental hygienist, dental therapist, clinical dental technician or orthodontic therapist within a surgery environment with patients attending throughout the day.
Dental nurses are registered professionals and work within the standards and scope of practice as defined by the General Dental Council Scope of Practice document.
On programme qualifications:
Lv3 Extended Diploma in Dental Nursing
Possible progression routes:
Sedation / Radiography / Oral Health Educator
Post Qualification qualifications
Possible job roles:
Employment in a suitable role for the chosen apprenticeship is essential. Northern Skills Group will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible but we advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to actively seek employment for themselves.
Applicants are required to have Level 2 English and Maths (GCSE Grades 9-4 / A-C). Certificates will need to be produced at enrolment. If proof cannot be produced or you do not meet these entry requirements, then applicants will be invited to complete an initial assessment prior to acceptance. An interview will take place.
Dental and regional anatomy, oral health and treatment planning
Prevention and Control of infection
Recognising and Supporting actions during First Aid and Medical Emergencies