NEBDN Dental Nurses Exam Details and Fees

Dental Nurses must pass 2 exams in order to get the qualification:

First exam: Written Exam (theory) is a 2 hour multiple choice questions exam containing 100 questions. Written exams are taken either in April or November.

  • Records of Experience (RoE) must be fully completed and submitted on PebblePad no later than 4 weeks before the exam. Consult Aida for more information and details.
  • Each student must complete and pass every Mock Exam in the “Exam Preparation” (blue section) at least once, before they can sit the actual exam.

Second exam: OSCE Exam (practical) – divided into 2 assessments:

First assesment – the candidates will be required to describe verbally the steps they would take to complete a procedure or give patient advice. This will last about 40 minutes.

Second assessment – the candidates will be asked to select the correct instruments for a certain procedure, to put the steps of process in the correct order and interpreting dental charts. Candidates will be given a maximum of 1 hour.

OSCES exams are taken either in January or June.

When a student wants to register for the Dental Nurses exam, they must request us (the course provider) to register you.

To register for the exam fee of £485 pounds has to be transferred to our account. NEBDN do not accept any payments from students. Full exam fee has to be transferred to course provider’s (Dental Tutors) account and we will make the payment to the NEBDN.

Once a student passes both Dental Nurses exams, they are eligible to register with the General Dental Council (GDC). Please use this link to register.

Note: Every student must complete the course and pass the examination within 18 months of the course start date. For example, if your course started in September 2021, you must complete it and take the first exam in November 2022 (written exam) and the second exam in January 2023 (OSCE exam). If you are not ready to take the exams,  do not complete the RoE by the deadline, or decide to take the exam later, then the monthly course fee will be applied, as well as the administrative charges to the NEBDN.

Administrative fees and deferral fees (in case you decide to take the exam later or your RoE is not completed by the deadline):

  • Change the Written exam date – £35
  • Change the OSCE exam date – £150

Re-sit fees (if you fail the exam):

  • Written exam – £150
  • OSCE exam – £300

All NEBDN fees

Exam Criteria

To be able to take the NEBDN Dental Nurses Written Exam, you must meet the following 2 criteria:

1. Your RoE must be fully completed and submitted on PebblePad. RoE takes an average of 6months to complete, and you should start working on it as soon as you get the PebblePad login details.

There is a lot of information and guidance on the Students Hub in regards to RoE and PebblePad.

In case you get stuck or something is unclear – Aida is always happy to help with any questions that you may have in regards to completing, submitting the RoE, or using the PebblePad.

2. Students must regularly complete the Mock Exams that are located on the Students Hub, under the blue section “EXAM PREPARATION”.

You should be practicing Mock Exams regularly throughout the duration of your course, and should be passing them without any issues, if you expect to pass the actual Written Exam.

We can see your results and this helps us to decide whether you results are sufficient to sit the NEBDN Written Exam.

If either of these conditions is not met 4 weeks before the exam date, your exam will be deferred to the next one (6months later) and you will have to cover the NEBDN deferral fees as well (currently £35 to defer the Written Exam).

These are the clear and strict instructions from the NEBDN that we as the course provider and you as a student must follow.