Online Dental Nurse Courses – Dental Nursing College


Dental Tutors is the leading NEBDN-accredited online dental nurse course provider. At Dental Tutors, we are always student-oriented and provide the best possible service that we can. Since 2018, we have been delivering outstanding online dental nursing courses, and our efforts and dedication are reflected in our student reviews. We could not be more proud of what we do.

We are only focusing on online courses because we believe that studying online is in the best interest of the students. This allows them to combine their studies with other commitments in their lives.


Students who enrol in our online dental nurse course receive the following advantages:

  • Animated videos and visual content
  • Assistance in getting a trainee dental nurse placement
  • Integrated course progress tracker
  • Interactive labelling and colouring exercises
  • Access to all study material online
  • Lesson recordings
  • High exam passing rate
  • Mock and revision exams
  • Monthly payment plans
  • Monday to Friday student support and exam preparation lessons
  • Assistance and guidance with Records of Experience
  • 1 to 1 student support sessions
  • Ability to earn while you learn
  • Flexibility while studying and working
Dental Nursing and Trainee Dental Nurses, Dental Nursing and Trainee Dental Nurses, Oral Health Education Course, Fluoride Varnish Application


Dental nurses must either hold a recognised qualification and be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) or be enrolled in an approved training course. The National Diploma in Dental Nursing is a recognised qualification that is accredited by the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses. Students are awarded a certificate while working as trainee dental nurses in a dental practice while completing the National Diploma course and eventually passing the examination.

Our online dental nurse course takes a minimum of 12 months to complete. Afterward, each student is required to take the NEBDN dental nurse exams to get the qualification. The NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing is equivalent to Level 3 and is recognised in the UK.


Dental nursing is a well-paid and rewarding profession. Dental nurses assist in several procedures, from basic check-ups to complex surgeries. Students will receive the NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing qualification and the General Dental Council (GDC) number, once they complete the course and pass the dental nursing exams, allowing them to work as a qualified dental nurses anywhere in the UK.

Although the receptionists are normally the patient’s first point of contact in the dental practice, the dental nurse is quite often the first person the patient comes into contact with in the clinical area. Dental nurses are registered dental professionals who provide clinical and other support to other registrants and patients.

Dental nurse duties:
• Prepare and maintain the clinical environment, including the equipment.
• Carry out infection-control procedures to prevent physical, chemical,
and microbiological contamination in the surgery or laboratory.
• Record dental charting carried out by other appropriate registrants.
• Prepare, mix, and handle dental materials.
• Provide chairside support to the operator during treatment.
• Keep full and accurate patient records.
• Prepare equipment, materials, and patients for dental radiography.
• Process dental radiographs.
• Monitor, support, and reassure patients.
• Give appropriate advice to patients.
• Support the patient and their colleagues if there is a medical emergency.
• Make appropriate referrals to other health professionals.

What is a Dental Nurse?

A dental nurse / dental assistant works closely with the dentists and hygienists, providing assistance throughout a patient’s visit at the dental clinic.

Assisting the dentist in a wide range of procedures, from preparing the various materials required and ensuring the proper instruments and equipment are available to cleaning and sterilising the used instruments.

They will complete patient notes on instructions from the dentist and ensure confidentiality is maintained. The dental nurse ensures the efficient running of the dental workplace as well as the well-being of the patient.

Dental nurses must either hold a recognised qualification and be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) or be working towards registration on an approved training course. The National Certificate in Dental Nursing is a recognised qualification that is accredited by the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses. This certificate can be obtained by working in a dental practice while undertaking studies to prepare for the qualification.

How to become a dental nurse?

How long does it take to become a qualified dental nurse?

Our online dental nurse course takes a minimum of 12 months to complete. Afterwards, each student is required to take the NEBDN dental nurse exams in order to get the qualification.

The NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing qualification is equivalent to Level 3.

After successfully passing the exams, students are able to register with the GDC (General Dental Council) and work as dental nurses anywhere in the UK.

Dental Nurse Course Information

NEBDN Dental Nurse Examination Process and Requirements

The aim of the National Diploma examination is to assess knowledge and decision-making to demonstrate that the candidate’s understanding and competency show that they are safe to practice as a dental care professional.

The NEBDN examination is divided into two parts, and you will need to pass Part 1 before you can take Part 2.

Part 1 is a written paper consisting of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and extended matching questions (EMQs). Part 2 is a practical examination consisting of a series of objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) which are arranged in cubicles around a large room. These clinical examinations are designed around simulated situations that you may commonly encounter in the workplace.

Once you have passed Part 2 of the examination, you will be awarded the NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing, and you will be eligible to apply for registration with the General Dental Council as a qualified dental nurse.

More information about the exams

What is a qualified dental nurse’s salary in the UK?

Qualified dental nurses can earn up to £30,000 per year (National Careers Centre) while working full-time.

Until students receive the qualification, they can work as Trainee Dental Nurses. This helps them earn while they learn.

Students often choose to take a post-registration course to progress as individuals and explore new career paths.

Post-graduate courses:

  • Dental Radiography
  • Oral Health Education
  • Dental Sedation Nursing
  • Dental Implant Nursing
  • Orthodontic Dental Nursing
  • Fluoride Varnish Application
  • Special Care Dental Nursing
The completion of the National Diploma in Dental Nursing allows students to achieve other dental nurse qualifications:

• Radiography
• Oral Health Education
• Sedation Nursing
• Implant Nursing
• Orthodontic Nursing
• Fluoride Application

Candidates may also progress into other roles in dentistry, such as:

• Tutor
• Witness or Mentor
• Practice manager
• Dental technician
• Dental hygienist
• Dental therapist
• Dentist

Dental Nurse – NHS Career Path

What is the NEBDN RoE (Records of Experience)?

The purpose of the RoE is to ensure student dental nurses receive summative assessments carried out in the workplace to an approved standard. All those involved in the assessment process must adhere to the benchmarks and performance criteria set out in the Record of Experience Checklists and Marking Guide.

The RoE is composed of a series of Practical Experience Record Sheets (PERS), covering all areas of general dentistry in five units. The PERS provide a written record of the student’s performance during the relevant clinical procedures that they refer to and indicate whether that performance was satisfactory or not.

The range of procedures and the number of PERS to be completed ensure that all registered dental nurses have had a documented minimum of workplace training experiences as a starting point for their careers. Students must provide support to a range of patients during the completion of the RoE and are required to indicate on the tracking document at least one occasion where they have assisted each of the following: an adult patient, a child patient, an elderly patient, or a patient with special care requirements.

What is a Trainee Dental Nurse or Dental Assistant?

Once you enrol to an accredited dental nurse course, you will be required to complete theory and practical assignments before you can take the dental nurses examination.

Trainees start by shadowing qualified dental nurses and observing the wide variety of treatments that are carried out on a daily basis at the practice. It allows them to become familiar with the running of the surgery and see how a nurse works alongside a clinician.

We will assist and guide all our students in finding a trainee placement / dental nurse job from the start of the course through our dental clinic network in the UK. Most of our students get a placement within 2 months of the course.

All dental staff are required to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B.

Trainees usually start with the national minimum wage or an apprentice wage.

The average salary for trainee dental nurse jobs is £23,480, depending on experience (Totaljobs salary checker).

What is a Locum Dental Nurse?

Locums offer a temporary solution to staffing shortages. They are usually either self-employed or employed by a locum agency. Many locums enjoy the freedom of undertaking their job without being responsible for any other duties or roles within the Practice. However, this can make them isolated and inclined not to be involved in day-to-day Practice matters, which would normally be beneficial for both parties. Qualified dental nurses may choose this path as it provides flexibility.

The advantages of being a locum include:

  • Flexibility: control over when and where they work and how often.
  • Self-employed: in charge of themselves.
  • Financial benefits: they can set their own pay rates and claim many more expenses against their tax bill.
  • Increased knowledge: working at various locations can increase knowledge and understanding of different working practices to learn from.


JYOTHSNA Sunnapurallapalli
JYOTHSNA Sunnapurallapalli
20:15 01 Aug 22
Aida has given excellent guidance all way through. She is very lovely, Kind, down-to-earth, and has tons of patience to explain every aspect of the subject. The resources are extremely helpful slides, videos, mock exams, and zoom meetings I highly recommend studying with Dental Tutors.
07:19 31 Jul 22
Dental tutor is the best option for whom want to have a fully support to pass their dental nurse exam. Specially Aida she is amazing tutor. She put all effort and worked so hard supply us with all support materials to make sure we understood well before she goes to the next topic . She is happy to... reply and answer our questions any time 24 hours a day. Provide us with good advice on how to pass the exam. I did pass both my written and OSCE exam from first time with Dental Tutors . I highly recommend Aida she is perfect xxxread more
Anna M
Anna M
18:50 30 Jul 22
I can not thank you my Tutor Aida enough. She is absolutely brilliant! She is a very thoughtful Tutor who puts a lot of thought into how she presents the material. Her lessons were engaging, useful, and she was very patient with everyone in class always encouraging her students to try. I would... highly recommend Dental Tutors if you want to pass your exams. I have very bad experience with other college who just collected money from me and gave me 0 Knowledge. If I wouldn't try Dental Tutors I wouldn't become a dental nurse and I wouldn't be even thinking to continue studying. I passed my exams, Thank you very much!!! All team are amazing supporting . Massive Thank you Dr.Pragati for informative Module lessons for our Saturday lessons !read more
Tatyana S
Tatyana S
20:54 29 Jul 22
I can't be more grateful to Aida and all the other tutors, they gave me so much knowledge, i couldn't pass exams without them. I'm qualified dental nurse now and I'm so proud.Our lessons were so interesting and understanding, nothing never been a problem, always all the tutors explained over and... over again if someone didn't understand something. We had incredible support all the time. Absolutely amazing college. Thank you so more
Silpa Mahe
Silpa Mahe
11:07 28 Jul 22
Thanks a ton Aida for your support to achieve this in the very first time itself.Your evening classes and revision classes especially during exam time s were really helpful.I would like to thank all my tutors,Aida and simas for my achievement.
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