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This Course at a Glance

  • Earn an internationally recognised qualification
  • Become a qualified Dental Nurse
  • Join the General Dental Council (GDC) Register
  • Learn essential skills and techniques
  • Flexible online learning
  • Qualify within 1 year
  • Exam fee not included
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NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing

This Course at a Glance

  • Earn an internationally recognised qualification
  • Become a qualified Dental Nurse
  • Join the General Dental Council (GDC) Register
  • Learn essential skills and techniques
  • Flexible online learning
  • Qualify within 1 year
  • Exam fee not included

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About Your Diploma

One of the most important professions within the oral healthcare sector is a Dental Nurse. Responsibilities are varied but essentially Dental Nurses are responsible for offering expert support to Dentists and patients during clinical procedures.

While working as a Dental Nurse, you will be responsible for maintaining good practice and a high quality of service while demonstrating professional skills and techniques. To achieve this career goal you need to obtain accredited qualifications which you can do by studying with learndirect.

Through our innovative online learning platform, you can study for an NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing. This Diploma course is accredited by the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses and is equivalent to level 3.

The NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing comprises of two sections. The first 12 weeks includes securing employment as a Trainee Dental Nurse. We offer a comprehensive range of job support including CV review, job search and interview/trial day preparation. During the initial 12 weeks you can progress to unit 5 on our online learning platform. If you have not secured employment within this 12-week timeframe, you will remain in this initial stage before rejoining the course and continuing your learning. 

Once employment has been secured, you will continue your learning on our online learning platform and proceed to taking your written NEBDN exam in either April or November. Your exam dates will be confirmed to you by your tutor.

Once you have successfully completed the course and passed the exams, you will be qualified as a Dental Nurse, allowing you to work in a range of settings including hospitals, private practices and community dental clinics.

Our online course covers everything you need to know to work as a professional Dental Nurse. Covering the depths of patient care and management, oral surgery, restorative dentistry, orthodontic procedures and more.

If you enjoy working within a team, have strong communication skills and are keen to help others enhance their dental hygiene then a role as a Dental Nurse is ideal for you.

Once you have successfully passed your course you will be able to register with The General Dental Council (GDC) which is internationally recognised.

Getting Started

As a UK leading online learning provider, learndirect has helped more than 4 million students achieve their career goals. By studying with us you have the ability to take full control of your learning process. 

Our NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing course is delivered by a blend of online learning as well as a practical experience whilst employed as a trainee dental nurse. This flexible learning approach eradicates the restrictions that come with some classroom-based teachings. You won’t have to neglect your existing commitments while on your way to qualifying as a Dental Nurse.

As soon as you enrol you will be given 24/7 access to our online student portal and can begin studying the introductory elements of the qualification straight away.  As a minimum you could be qualified as a Dental Nurse within 12 months.

Modules

The NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing is recognised by the General Dental Council (GDC) and the curriculum covers all areas set out within the GDC Preparing to Practice publication. The curriculum is split into the following modules:
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Emergencies in the Dental Surgery
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in the Provision of Dental Care
  • Anatomical Structures and Systems Relative to Dental Treatment
  • Oral Disease and Pathology
  • Patient Care and Management
  • Assessing Patients Oral Health Needs and Training Planning
  • Oral Health Promotion and Preventive Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontic Procedures
  • Dental Drugs, Materials, Instruments and Equipment
  • Pain and Anxiety Control in Dentistry
  • Radiography
  • Communication

Entry Requirements

• No formal qualifications are needed to train to become a professionally qualified dental nurse. • A good level of written and spoken English is required. • Min age:16 years • Min requirement of 16 hours per week within a dental surgery.

Minimum Age restriction

Min age: 16

Average completion timeframe

12 – 36 months (three years from the exam registration)

Assessment requirements

• formative workplace assessment – the Record of Experience. • The summative assessment comprises a written and practical component aimed at assessing knowledge and decision-making to demonstrate trainee Dental Nurses’ understanding and competence.

Is employment or practical experience required?

Yes. As soon as possible after enrolment with minimum requirement of 16 hours per week within a dental surgery working as a trainee dental nurse. You need to secure your employment within the first 12 weeks of joining the course.

Additional requirements

• NEBDN registration fee not included with enrolment. • Fee can only be paid once in employment and unit 1 assignment in our online learning platform has been signed off • Completion of the RoE (Record of Experience) prior to written exam (Part 1) • UK based Dental Practice with a GDC registered witness

If placement or practical required, when?

As soon as possible after enrolment

Exams required

The NEBDN examination is in two parts and you will need to pass Part 1 before you can take Part 2. Part 1 is a written exam 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). These clinical examinations are designed around simulated situations which 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

Is Membership Required?

No Membership

Additional requirements

• NEBDN registration fee not included with enrolment. • Fee can only be paid once unit 1 assignment in Atom has been signed off • Completion of the RoE prior to written exam (Part 1) • UK based Dental Practice with a GDC registered witness

Certification Timeframe

Up to 12 weeks from exam date.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

To become a qualified Dental Nurse, you will need to pass an exam after completing the course and you will be assessed through a work placement.

*Please note, your exam fee is not included in the course price.

 

Upon successful completion of the course and the exams, you will receive a Diploma in Dental Nursing, which is equivalent to Level 3, accredited by the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses. The qualification replaces the National Certificate in Dental Nursing and will make you a qualified Dental Nurse.

You will also be eligible to apply to the General Dental Council (GDC) Register.

 

 

 

Learn your way with our variety of delivery methods to ensure you access the approach that is best for you.

Did you know that you can join a tutor-led course?

Whilst we know that many of our students love the flexibility of our online courses some prefer a little extra support. If you are interested in the NEBDN Diploma but feel you would like a more supported option our sister company Smilewisdom is able to offer more options.

Please note that SmileWisdom tutor-led courses are excluded from any promotion discounts.

 

In Classroom

Face to Face Lessons are held in Central London on a biweekly basis. The perfect option for students who prefer a more traditional classroom setting.

Hybrid – Lessons are held alternatively in classroom and the live online with a tutor. In both formats, you are taught by the same tutor in a fully interactive session where you can meet other students and ask any questions.

Live online and interactive – Live online lessons are at a set time with a tutor. This is an interactive classroom experience where you can ask your tutor questions and interact with other students.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Dental Nurse is a qualified dental care practitioner but is not qualified to work as a Dentist. Rather than carry out procedures themselves, a Dental Nurse will assist the Dentist throughout various practices and procedures. A Dental Nurse has a wide range of responsibilities from sterilising equipment and preparing treatments to disinfecting surgical tools and completing administrative tasks. With regards to Dentists there are a few roles that fall under this umbrella with some professionals specialising in certain areas and having varying levels of experience. These roles include, Dental Surgeon, Practice Principal, Endodontist, Peridontist.
As well as developing a range of technical skills during studies, a Dental Nurse needs to possess some essential skills that will help them succeed in their role. These skills include, effective communication, good organisation, ability to work well under pressure, ability to work within a team, stay calm under pressure, confidence and strong people skills.
By enrolling on a Dental Nursing Diploma that is accredited by the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) you can become a qualified Dental Nurse in 1 year. Your training should take around 36 weeks.
In short, no. You do not have to study a degree to work as a Dental Nurse but you will need to undertake an accredited course to become qualified. Please note that to enrol on a course you may need a certain number of GCSEs or Level 2 equivalent qualifications as part of your entry requirements.
It is certainly possible for a Dental Nurse to become a Dentist but you will need to undergo around 5 years of training. Despite having qualifications and experience as a Dental Nurse you will have to start from the beginning if you choose to work as a Dentist. However, you will already possess a wealth of knowledge of the industry should you choose to train to become a Dentist.

Emma
Retrained as a foot health practitioner and set up a flourishing healthcare business while juggling work as a dental nurse and two children!

Gemma
Check out how this course has helped real-life learners – people just like you - to reach their goals and achieve success!

“I was just overwhelmed with happiness, and I was so proud of myself that I’d actually achieved something that others told me I never would, and it’s the first time in a long time that I’m excited for the future.”

Paul
Re-took his Maths GCSE at the age of 46 to boost his grade and prove the doubters wrong!

“I wasn’t happy with what I got at school many years ago and I felt this is what I should have got the first time around, so I was glad to get that monkey off my back.”

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  • SALE Savings End Midnight Friday 28th June
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Friday 28th June

NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing

This Course at a Glance

  • Earn an internationally recognised qualification
  • Become a qualified Dental Nurse
  • Join the General Dental Council (GDC) Register
  • Learn essential skills and techniques
  • Flexible online learning
  • Qualify within 1 year
  • Exam fee not included

NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing (Dental-Nurse-banner.png)

About Your Diploma

One of the most important professions within the oral healthcare sector is a Dental Nurse. Responsibilities are varied but essentially Dental Nurses are responsible for offering expert support to Dentists and patients during clinical procedures.

While working as a Dental Nurse, you will be responsible for maintaining good practice and a high quality of service while demonstrating professional skills and techniques. To achieve this career goal you need to obtain accredited qualifications which you can do by studying with learndirect.

Through our innovative online learning platform, you can study for an NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing. This Diploma course is accredited by the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses and is equivalent to level 3.

The NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing comprises of two sections. The first 12 weeks includes securing employment as a Trainee Dental Nurse. We offer a comprehensive range of job support including CV review, job search and interview/trial day preparation. During the initial 12 weeks you can progress to unit 5 on our online learning platform. If you have not secured employment within this 12-week timeframe, you will remain in this initial stage before rejoining the course and continuing your learning. 

Once employment has been secured, you will continue your learning on our online learning platform and proceed to taking your written NEBDN exam in either April or November. Your exam dates will be confirmed to you by your tutor.

Once you have successfully completed the course and passed the exams, you will be qualified as a Dental Nurse, allowing you to work in a range of settings including hospitals, private practices and community dental clinics.

Our online course covers everything you need to know to work as a professional Dental Nurse. Covering the depths of patient care and management, oral surgery, restorative dentistry, orthodontic procedures and more.

If you enjoy working within a team, have strong communication skills and are keen to help others enhance their dental hygiene then a role as a Dental Nurse is ideal for you.

Once you have successfully passed your course you will be able to register with The General Dental Council (GDC) which is internationally recognised.

Getting Started

As a UK leading online learning provider, learndirect has helped more than 4 million students achieve their career goals. By studying with us you have the ability to take full control of your learning process. 

Our NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing course is delivered by a blend of online learning as well as a practical experience whilst employed as a trainee dental nurse. This flexible learning approach eradicates the restrictions that come with some classroom-based teachings. You won’t have to neglect your existing commitments while on your way to qualifying as a Dental Nurse.

As soon as you enrol you will be given 24/7 access to our online student portal and can begin studying the introductory elements of the qualification straight away.  As a minimum you could be qualified as a Dental Nurse within 12 months.

Modules

The NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing is recognised by the General Dental Council (GDC) and the curriculum covers all areas set out within the GDC Preparing to Practice publication. The curriculum is split into the following modules:
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Emergencies in the Dental Surgery
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in the Provision of Dental Care
  • Anatomical Structures and Systems Relative to Dental Treatment
  • Oral Disease and Pathology
  • Patient Care and Management
  • Assessing Patients Oral Health Needs and Training Planning
  • Oral Health Promotion and Preventive Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontic Procedures
  • Dental Drugs, Materials, Instruments and Equipment
  • Pain and Anxiety Control in Dentistry
  • Radiography
  • Communication

Entry Requirements

• No formal qualifications are needed to train to become a professionally qualified dental nurse. • A good level of written and spoken English is required. • Min age:16 years • Min requirement of 16 hours per week within a dental surgery.

Minimum Age restriction

Min age: 16

Average completion timeframe

12 – 36 months (three years from the exam registration)

Assessment requirements

• formative workplace assessment – the Record of Experience. • The summative assessment comprises a written and practical component aimed at assessing knowledge and decision-making to demonstrate trainee Dental Nurses’ understanding and competence.

Is employment or practical experience required?

Yes. As soon as possible after enrolment with minimum requirement of 16 hours per week within a dental surgery working as a trainee dental nurse. You need to secure your employment within the first 12 weeks of joining the course.

Additional requirements

• NEBDN registration fee not included with enrolment. • Fee can only be paid once in employment and unit 1 assignment in our online learning platform has been signed off • Completion of the RoE (Record of Experience) prior to written exam (Part 1) • UK based Dental Practice with a GDC registered witness

If placement or practical required, when?

As soon as possible after enrolment

Exams required

The NEBDN examination is in two parts and you will need to pass Part 1 before you can take Part 2. Part 1 is a written exam 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). These clinical examinations are designed around simulated situations which 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

Is Membership Required?

No Membership

Additional requirements

• NEBDN registration fee not included with enrolment. • Fee can only be paid once unit 1 assignment in Atom has been signed off • Completion of the RoE prior to written exam (Part 1) • UK based Dental Practice with a GDC registered witness

Certification Timeframe

Up to 12 weeks from exam date.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

Assessment

To become a qualified Dental Nurse, you will need to pass an exam after completing the course and you will be assessed through a work placement.

*Please note, your exam fee is not included in the course price.

 

Qualifications

Upon successful completion of the course and the exams, you will receive a Diploma in Dental Nursing, which is equivalent to Level 3, accredited by the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses. The qualification replaces the National Certificate in Dental Nursing and will make you a qualified Dental Nurse.

You will also be eligible to apply to the General Dental Council (GDC) Register.

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

A Dental Nurse is a qualified dental care practitioner but is not qualified to work as a Dentist. Rather than carry out procedures themselves, a Dental Nurse will assist the Dentist throughout various practices and procedures. A Dental Nurse has a wide range of responsibilities from sterilising equipment and preparing treatments to disinfecting surgical tools and completing administrative tasks. With regards to Dentists there are a few roles that fall under this umbrella with some professionals specialising in certain areas and having varying levels of experience. These roles include, Dental Surgeon, Practice Principal, Endodontist, Peridontist.
As well as developing a range of technical skills during studies, a Dental Nurse needs to possess some essential skills that will help them succeed in their role. These skills include, effective communication, good organisation, ability to work well under pressure, ability to work within a team, stay calm under pressure, confidence and strong people skills.
By enrolling on a Dental Nursing Diploma that is accredited by the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) you can become a qualified Dental Nurse in 1 year. Your training should take around 36 weeks.
In short, no. You do not have to study a degree to work as a Dental Nurse but you will need to undertake an accredited course to become qualified. Please note that to enrol on a course you may need a certain number of GCSEs or Level 2 equivalent qualifications as part of your entry requirements.
It is certainly possible for a Dental Nurse to become a Dentist but you will need to undergo around 5 years of training. Despite having qualifications and experience as a Dental Nurse you will have to start from the beginning if you choose to work as a Dentist. However, you will already possess a wealth of knowledge of the industry should you choose to train to become a Dentist.

Learn your way with our variety of delivery methods to ensure you access the approach that is best for you.

Did you know that you can join a tutor-led course?

Whilst we know that many of our students love the flexibility of our online courses some prefer a little extra support. If you are interested in the NEBDN Diploma but feel you would like a more supported option our sister company Smilewisdom is able to offer more options.

Please note that SmileWisdom tutor-led courses are excluded from any promotion discounts.

 

In Classroom

Face to Face Lessons are held in Central London on a biweekly basis. The perfect option for students who prefer a more traditional classroom setting.

Hybrid – Lessons are held alternatively in classroom and the live online with a tutor. In both formats, you are taught by the same tutor in a fully interactive session where you can meet other students and ask any questions.

Live online and interactive – Live online lessons are at a set time with a tutor. This is an interactive classroom experience where you can ask your tutor questions and interact with other students.

Emma
Retrained as a foot health practitioner and set up a flourishing healthcare business while juggling work as a dental nurse and two children!

Gemma
Check out how this course has helped real-life learners – people just like you - to reach their goals and achieve success!

“I was just overwhelmed with happiness, and I was so proud of myself that I’d actually achieved something that others told me I never would, and it’s the first time in a long time that I’m excited for the future.”

Paul
Re-took his Maths GCSE at the age of 46 to boost his grade and prove the doubters wrong!

“I wasn’t happy with what I got at school many years ago and I felt this is what I should have got the first time around, so I was glad to get that monkey off my back.”

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