National Diploma in Dental Nursing – Online Dental Nurse Course
NEBDN NATIONAL DIPLOMA IN DENTAL NURSING COURSE SUMMARY
The NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing is a General Dental Council (GDC) recognised dental nursing qualification that covers all outcomes described within the GDC Preparing to Practice document.
National Diploma course start date: Join our online dental nurse course anytime and start learning the same day.
Who’s it for: Adult Learners (16+).
Course duration: 12-18 months.
Study method: Online or remotely via Zoom, WhatsApp and our Online Students Hub.
Course fee: £1,800 (excluding NEBDN examination fees). This can be paid monthly at £150 per month.
Exam fee: £510, not included in the course price. This fee must be paid in full once you start working as a trainee dental nurse. This will also grant you access to the eRoE and the ability to complete your practical assignments. NEBDN Exam Information
Exam dates: November (written exam) and January (OSCE exam), or April (written exam) and June (OSCE exam). Students must complete a minimum of a 12-month course before they can take the exam.
Finance: You can choose to pay monthly.
National Diploma Lessons: The main lessons are running every Saturday 09:00 AM-11:00 AM. All Saturday lessons are recorded and stored on our Student Hub. This is extremely convenient, as most of the students work on Saturdays or have other commitments.
Exam preparation lessons: Theory and practical exam preparation sessions are running Monday-Friday at 19:00. Our tutor also provides guidance on how to complete the Records of Experience (RoE). One-to-one classes are also available on demand.
Work placement: We have a large network of dental clinics in the UK, and we will assist and guide our dental nurse students on how to secure a placement as trainee dental nurses. However, it is also the student’s responsibility to find the placements themselves.
Awarding body: National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN).
General Dental Council (GDC): Upon completing the course and passing both dental nurse exams, students will receive the NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing and will be able to register with the GDC, allowing them to work as qualified dental nurses anywhere in the UK.
NEBDN National Diploma Course Syllabus: Full version of the NEBDN National Diploma syllabus.
Requirements: You do not need any specific academic qualifications to begin studying and working as a trainee dental nurse. As soon as you start the course, we will provide you with an enrolment letter that can be used to apply for trainee jobs. We prefer students to have good written and verbal skills in the English language. Your general suitability for work is also important.
A dental nurse should possess certain personal qualities, such as:
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
- The ability to stay calm under pressure.
- A pleasant and caring disposition.
- Excellent attendance, timekeeping, and punctuality.
- The ability to work as part of a team.
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
• Make appropriate referrals to other health professionals.
BECOME A QUALIFIED DENTAL NURSE
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 Diploma in Dental Nursing certificate 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 as a trainee dental nurse while undertaking a National Diploma course to prepare for the qualification.
Our online dental nurse course takes 12-18 months to complete. Afterwards, each student is required to take the NEBDN dental nurse exams in order to get the qualification. NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing is equivalent to Level 3.
DENTAL NURSE TRAINING
By enrolling in our online dental nurse course, students will have to work as trainee dental nurses for the duration of the course. We have a huge network of over 2400 dental clinics in the UK that we contact regularly for trainee dental nurse placements, and we help our students find placements.
While training as dental nurses, students will complete the Records of Experience (RoE) and prepare for theory and practical exams. If they pass both exams successfully, they will receive their NEBDN 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 nurse anywhere in the UK.
We have noticed that there is an increased number of students from the NEBDN-accredited dental nursing courses who are looking for options to transfer to Dental Tutors.
We are pleased to announce that you can now continue your NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing course as a Dental Tutors student for a monthly fee of £100 per month. This will grant you:
- Student support.
- Full access to our NEBDN learning material via our Online Students Hub.
- Lesson recordings for the entire syllabus.
- Animated treatment videos and labelling exercises.
- Mock exams with over 2000 questions.
- NEBDN Written Exam revision.
- NEBDN OSCE Exam revision.
- At least 3 live Zoom lessons per week with our tutors.
NEBDN EXAM RESIT
If you need to resit the NEBDN National Diploma examination and wish to stay with your current course provider, then our exam preparation material might be exactly what you need. We offer different exam preparation subscriptions:
- NEBDN Written Exam mock exams: £60 per month (self-study), or £150 per month (with a tutor).
- NEBDN OSCE Exam preparation: £100 per month (self-study), or £200 per month (with a tutor).
You can find more details on our exam preparation page.
OVERSEAS DENTAL CARE PROFESSIONALS
Overseas dental care professionals are eligible to submit an application with the General Dental Council (GDC) for an individual assessment to register as a dental hygienist or dental therapist. If GDC accepts and the application is successful, the foreign-trained dentists will be eligible for registration. Upon registration, they can work in the UK.
Become a Qualified Dental Nurse
Module 1: Professionalism and the Role of the Dental Nurse
Aim: To discuss the roles and responsibilities of a dental nurse including their professional responsibility and to enable dental nurses to understand the importance of adhering to professional, ethical, legislative and local policies relevant to working within the dental setting.
Module 1: Professionalism and the Role of the Dental Nurse
Module 2: Health and Safety
Module 3: Dealing with Medical Emergencies
Module 4: General, Dental and Regional Anatomy
Module 5: Oral Disease
Module 6: Prevention of Oral Disease
Module 7: Assessment
Module 7: Assessment
Module 8: Restorative Dentistry
Module 9: Child Dental Health
Module 10: Minor Oral Surgery
Module 11: Pain and Anxiety Control
POST GRADUATE COURSES
Once you become a Qualified Dental Nurse we can help you to progress within dental nursing, enabling completion of Post-Registration courses such as:
• Oral Health Education
• Sedation Nursing
• Implant Nursing
• Orthodontic Nursing
• Fluoride Application
OTHER ROLES OF DENTISTRY
Candidates may also progress into other roles of dentistry such as:
• Witness or Mentor
• Practice manager
• Dental technician
• Dental hygienist
• Dental therapist