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NEBDN Level 4 Certificate in Dental Radiography

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NEBDN Level 4 Certificate in Dental Radiography

This Course at a Glance

  • Elevate your dental career
  • Gain verifiable CPD
  • Complete in as little as 6 months
  • Gain academic knowledge and practical skills
  • Fully accredited by the NEBDN
  • Various payment methods available
  • No need for time off work

 

About Your Certificate

If you’re a GDC registered dental nurse, hygienist or therapist looking to develop your skills and advance your career, taking on the responsibility of diagnostic imagery is a great way to do it.

Anyone in charge of operating radiography equipment needs to be trained to the highest level in order to comply with the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations- (IR(ME)R) 2017 and the Ionising Radiation Regulations-IRR 2017.

This helps make sure all images taken are of optimum diagnostic quality and that the process is completed with the least possible radiation exposure to patients and staff.

You can take this task out of the hands of your dentist and become a more valued asset to your team with an online NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography.

Combining academic study with workplace learning, this course gives you everything you need to perform both intra-oral and extra-oral x-rays safely, effectively and with confidence. And what’s more, you’ll gain verifiable CPD in the process.

The learning materials are entirely online, so you can work through them at your own pace. You will then need to complete a work-based Record of Competence (RoC) to measure your practical skills before assessing your overall ability through an online exam.

As the course materials and exam are both online, there will be no need for you to take any time off work to complete this course. The online elements are flexible, so you can progress at your pace with the ability to gain your certificate in as little as six months. So you can take that next step in your career sooner than you may have originally thought.

Getting Started

learndirect is a leading UK distance learning provider. This NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography is nationally recognised and approved by the BSDMFR and the Society and College of Radiographers.  

It is a popular course that is suitable for GDC registered dental nurses, or hygienists and therapists who did not complete this subject during their training.

The course requires a Record of Competence to be signed off in practice by a suitable GDC registered person, such as a dentist, hygienist, therapist or a dental nurse who holds this or an equivalent qualification.

The course is suitable for those wishing to further their career and become competent to take dental radiographs, and for those wishing to progress to become hygiene therapists.

The course also counts towards verifiable CPD.

Unit 1 - Induction 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure of the course, the Record of Competence and the role of the witness
  • Provide all the necessary documents from your employer who will be supporting you throughout your clinical procedure
  • Gain an overview of the NEBDN’s external learning platform- Pebblepad
  • Submit your registration form which will gain you exam entry

 

Unit 2 - Professionalism Lifelong Learning and Regulation 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand professionalism
  • Understand the importance of lifelong learning
  • Understand the principles of evidence-based practice
  • Understand the relevance of outside bodies in relation to radiography
  • Understand the importance of professionalism and lifelong learning relevant to radiography
  • Understand current legislation and CPD requirements in relation to dental radiography

 

Unit 3 - Record Keeping and Information Technology 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles and guidelines for good clinical note keeping
  • Understand the reasons for confidentiality
  • Understand the use of information technology in the context of confidentiality
  • Understand the necessity for accurate and contemporaneous records
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality at all times
  • Understand the legislation which relates to record keeping in the dental workplace
  • Understand all regulations which ensure confidentiality of patients’ information

 

Unit 4 - Clinical Governance, Risk Assessment and Audit 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the elements of clinical governance and the need for valid consent
  • Understand the principles of risk assessment
  • Understand the principles of internal and external quality assurance
  • Understand the process of auditing and ensuring patient safety
  • Understand the themes of clinical governance and how they relate to patient safety, consent, risk assessment and quality assurance
  • Understand all themes of clinical governance and their importance in relation to radiography

 

Unit 5 - Radiation Physics 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the physics of radiation covering; the electromagnetic spectrum, background radiation, the production of x-rays, properties of radiation, attenuation, scattering and absorption of radiation, biological effects, risks, benefits, dosimetry, factors affecting radiation dose and image quality versus radiation doses
  • Understand the physical science of radiation and the safe limits of its use
  • Understand dose limits and the nature of ionising radiation

 

Unit 6 - Radiation Protection 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand general radiation protection including the IRCP principles of radiation protection
  • Understand the importance of sourcing previous radiographs in relation to dose reduction, medico-legal issues, radiographic legislation and local rules and procedures
  • Understand how to gain a working knowledge of the ALARA/P Principles
  • Understand the potential dangers of radiation
  • Understand the importance of radiation regulation
  • Understand safe practices and current radiographic legislation in the dental workplace

 

Unit 7 - Radiography Apparatus and Equipment 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand important points of radiographic equipment
  • Understand the practical aspects involved in the production of the final radiographic image
  • Understand the various components and workings of dental radiographic equipment
  • Understand the various components of radiographic equipment and the mode of action of each

 

Unit 8 - Films and Processing 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand indirect and direct action films, their usage, structure and production of a latent image
  • Understand the components of dental radiographic film and how they are effectively exposed and developed in the dental workplace
  • Understand the properties of each component of dental x-ray films
  • Understand effective film development processes

 

Unit 9 - Principles of Imaging and Film Handling 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles of image production
  • Understand the safe and secure storage of image receptors to maintain their integrity
  • Understand the principles of image production
  • Understand the importance of maintaining image receptors
  • Understand image quality factors and factors relating to common film faults

 

Unit 10 - Digital Imaging 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles of digital image production, including the identification of digital image faults, storage and data protection
  • Understand the principles of digital dental radiography
  • Understand the radiation doses of digital dental radiography in relation to non-digital radiography
  • Understand the reasons for film faults in relation to digital radiography

 

Unit 11 - Intra Oral Techniques 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to take a range of intra-oral views, ideally Grade 1 tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient
  • Understand the various films and techniques available for intra-oral radiographs
  • Understand the principles of intra-oral exposures and potential exposure faults

 

Unit 12 - Extra Oral Techniques 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to take a range of extra-oral views, ideally Grade 1 tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient
  • Understand the various films and techniques available for extra-oral radiographs
  • Understand the principles of extra-oral exposures and potential exposure faults

 

Unit 13 - Quality Assurance and Principles of Interpretation 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of quality assurance and quality control
  • Understand how to implement the three-point quality rating scale for radiograph
  • Understand the principles and practice of interpretation
  • Understand the importance of quality assurance in relation to patient dose reduction
  • Understand film faults and how to implement an effective quality assurance process

 

Unit 14 - Radiological Anatomy and Common Dental Pathology 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the radiographic appearances of normal anatomical structures
  • Understand how to recognise the abnormal appearances of the many diseases that can affect the teeth and jaws
  • Understand the principles of interpreting radiographs
  • Understand abnormal presentations of the teeth and jaws

 

Unit 15 - Patient Care 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to adapt, manage and take X-rays for paediatric patients
  • Understand how to adapt, manage and take X-rays for patients with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Understand how to employ infection control techniques in line with HTM01-05
  • Understand how to suitably explain the risks to reflect the maturity and understanding of the patient

 

Unit 16 – Exam Guidance 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Gain some tips on how to deal with exam stress and how to organise your time with revision
  • Have the opportunity to try out a mini-mock exam, where we will provide you with the answers, for you to find out any particular areas you are struggling with

 

Unit 17 – Mock Exam 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Sit a mock exam, identical in structure to the final written exam
  • Successfully pass the mock exam to be eligible for entry to the final exam

To get started on this online dental radiography course, you will need to be a registered dental nurse and provide your GDC registration number at the time of enrolment.

You will also need the support of your employer to supervise your learning in the workplace and have access to patients and equipment to complete both intra-oral and extra-oral x-rays (50 cases).

Practical training should be undertaken in dental practice under the supervision of a dentist or in Dental Radiography Departments in Dental Hospitals or Radiography Education Centres.

You will complete a variety of assessments to ensure you can safely take intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs of patients. 

These consist of:

Completion of a work-based Record of Competence (RoC). Of which there are three sections:

  • Practical Competence Assessment Sheets (PCAS)
  • Case Studies
  • Supplementary Outcomes

Completion of a 90-minute written examination which consists of two sections:

  • Part A – 45 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Part B – 30 Extended Matching Questions (EMQ)

*Please note examinations take place twice a year in March and September. Outside of this, the online learning materials provide the flexibility to complete your course at your pace (minimum completion time of approximately 6 months).

On successful completion of your course, you will receive a nationally recognised NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography.

Your course certificate will also state the number of CPD points/hours the course is eligible for.

With this NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography, you can expand your skillset, increase your employability prospects, be better positioned to advance your career and potentially command a higher wage.

Not only will you gain a detailed understanding of dental imaging, you can confidently talk about the use of radiation with patients and reassure them throughout the diagnostic process. Your ability to take on the responsibility of radiographs will take the pressure off dentists and make the patient experience more efficient.

Becoming more of an asset to your practice can help you gain an increase in salary in your current role as well as make you more attractive to future employers. Should you wish to go deeper into radiography you can become a Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) with further training. Making sure the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) are being adhered to.

Alternatively, you may prefer to expand your skills across a broader spectrum. In addition to Dental Radiography, the NEBDN provides post-registration qualifications in:

Each of which would give you more skills, seniority and responsibility in your role.

You could also progress into management positions within the practice. Where you’ll have more of a hand in leading and organising the team and practice processes in roles such as a dental nurse team leader or practice manager.

With relevant qualifications you could also pursue a career in teaching, where you’d pass on your dental knowledge to future dental nurses, hygienists or therapists.  

NEBDN Level 4 Certificate in Dental Radiography

This Course at a Glance

  • Elevate your dental career
  • Gain verifiable CPD
  • Complete in as little as 6 months
  • Gain academic knowledge and practical skills
  • Fully accredited by the NEBDN
  • Various payment methods available
  • No need for time off work

 

About Your Certificate

If you’re a GDC registered dental nurse, hygienist or therapist looking to develop your skills and advance your career, taking on the responsibility of diagnostic imagery is a great way to do it.

Anyone in charge of operating radiography equipment needs to be trained to the highest level in order to comply with the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations- (IR(ME)R) 2017 and the Ionising Radiation Regulations-IRR 2017.

This helps make sure all images taken are of optimum diagnostic quality and that the process is completed with the least possible radiation exposure to patients and staff.

You can take this task out of the hands of your dentist and become a more valued asset to your team with an online NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography.

Combining academic study with workplace learning, this course gives you everything you need to perform both intra-oral and extra-oral x-rays safely, effectively and with confidence. And what’s more, you’ll gain verifiable CPD in the process.

The learning materials are entirely online, so you can work through them at your own pace. You will then need to complete a work-based Record of Competence (RoC) to measure your practical skills before assessing your overall ability through an online exam.

As the course materials and exam are both online, there will be no need for you to take any time off work to complete this course. The online elements are flexible, so you can progress at your pace with the ability to gain your certificate in as little as six months. So you can take that next step in your career sooner than you may have originally thought.

Getting Started

learndirect is a leading UK distance learning provider. This NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography is nationally recognised and approved by the BSDMFR and the Society and College of Radiographers.  

It is a popular course that is suitable for GDC registered dental nurses, or hygienists and therapists who did not complete this subject during their training.

The course requires a Record of Competence to be signed off in practice by a suitable GDC registered person, such as a dentist, hygienist, therapist or a dental nurse who holds this or an equivalent qualification.

The course is suitable for those wishing to further their career and become competent to take dental radiographs, and for those wishing to progress to become hygiene therapists.

The course also counts towards verifiable CPD.

Modules

Unit 1 - Induction 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure of the course, the Record of Competence and the role of the witness
  • Provide all the necessary documents from your employer who will be supporting you throughout your clinical procedure
  • Gain an overview of the NEBDN’s external learning platform- Pebblepad
  • Submit your registration form which will gain you exam entry

 

Unit 2 - Professionalism Lifelong Learning and Regulation 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand professionalism
  • Understand the importance of lifelong learning
  • Understand the principles of evidence-based practice
  • Understand the relevance of outside bodies in relation to radiography
  • Understand the importance of professionalism and lifelong learning relevant to radiography
  • Understand current legislation and CPD requirements in relation to dental radiography

 

Unit 3 - Record Keeping and Information Technology 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles and guidelines for good clinical note keeping
  • Understand the reasons for confidentiality
  • Understand the use of information technology in the context of confidentiality
  • Understand the necessity for accurate and contemporaneous records
  • Understand the importance of confidentiality at all times
  • Understand the legislation which relates to record keeping in the dental workplace
  • Understand all regulations which ensure confidentiality of patients’ information

 

Unit 4 - Clinical Governance, Risk Assessment and Audit 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the elements of clinical governance and the need for valid consent
  • Understand the principles of risk assessment
  • Understand the principles of internal and external quality assurance
  • Understand the process of auditing and ensuring patient safety
  • Understand the themes of clinical governance and how they relate to patient safety, consent, risk assessment and quality assurance
  • Understand all themes of clinical governance and their importance in relation to radiography

 

Unit 5 - Radiation Physics 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the physics of radiation covering; the electromagnetic spectrum, background radiation, the production of x-rays, properties of radiation, attenuation, scattering and absorption of radiation, biological effects, risks, benefits, dosimetry, factors affecting radiation dose and image quality versus radiation doses
  • Understand the physical science of radiation and the safe limits of its use
  • Understand dose limits and the nature of ionising radiation

 

Unit 6 - Radiation Protection 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand general radiation protection including the IRCP principles of radiation protection
  • Understand the importance of sourcing previous radiographs in relation to dose reduction, medico-legal issues, radiographic legislation and local rules and procedures
  • Understand how to gain a working knowledge of the ALARA/P Principles
  • Understand the potential dangers of radiation
  • Understand the importance of radiation regulation
  • Understand safe practices and current radiographic legislation in the dental workplace

 

Unit 7 - Radiography Apparatus and Equipment 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand important points of radiographic equipment
  • Understand the practical aspects involved in the production of the final radiographic image
  • Understand the various components and workings of dental radiographic equipment
  • Understand the various components of radiographic equipment and the mode of action of each

 

Unit 8 - Films and Processing 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand indirect and direct action films, their usage, structure and production of a latent image
  • Understand the components of dental radiographic film and how they are effectively exposed and developed in the dental workplace
  • Understand the properties of each component of dental x-ray films
  • Understand effective film development processes

 

Unit 9 - Principles of Imaging and Film Handling 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles of image production
  • Understand the safe and secure storage of image receptors to maintain their integrity
  • Understand the principles of image production
  • Understand the importance of maintaining image receptors
  • Understand image quality factors and factors relating to common film faults

 

Unit 10 - Digital Imaging 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles of digital image production, including the identification of digital image faults, storage and data protection
  • Understand the principles of digital dental radiography
  • Understand the radiation doses of digital dental radiography in relation to non-digital radiography
  • Understand the reasons for film faults in relation to digital radiography

 

Unit 11 - Intra Oral Techniques 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to take a range of intra-oral views, ideally Grade 1 tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient
  • Understand the various films and techniques available for intra-oral radiographs
  • Understand the principles of intra-oral exposures and potential exposure faults

 

Unit 12 - Extra Oral Techniques 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to take a range of extra-oral views, ideally Grade 1 tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient
  • Understand the various films and techniques available for extra-oral radiographs
  • Understand the principles of extra-oral exposures and potential exposure faults

 

Unit 13 - Quality Assurance and Principles of Interpretation 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of quality assurance and quality control
  • Understand how to implement the three-point quality rating scale for radiograph
  • Understand the principles and practice of interpretation
  • Understand the importance of quality assurance in relation to patient dose reduction
  • Understand film faults and how to implement an effective quality assurance process

 

Unit 14 - Radiological Anatomy and Common Dental Pathology 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the radiographic appearances of normal anatomical structures
  • Understand how to recognise the abnormal appearances of the many diseases that can affect the teeth and jaws
  • Understand the principles of interpreting radiographs
  • Understand abnormal presentations of the teeth and jaws

 

Unit 15 - Patient Care 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to adapt, manage and take X-rays for paediatric patients
  • Understand how to adapt, manage and take X-rays for patients with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Understand how to employ infection control techniques in line with HTM01-05
  • Understand how to suitably explain the risks to reflect the maturity and understanding of the patient

 

Unit 16 – Exam Guidance 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Gain some tips on how to deal with exam stress and how to organise your time with revision
  • Have the opportunity to try out a mini-mock exam, where we will provide you with the answers, for you to find out any particular areas you are struggling with

 

Unit 17 – Mock Exam 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Sit a mock exam, identical in structure to the final written exam
  • Successfully pass the mock exam to be eligible for entry to the final exam

Requirements

To get started on this online dental radiography course, you will need to be a registered dental nurse and provide your GDC registration number at the time of enrolment.

You will also need the support of your employer to supervise your learning in the workplace and have access to patients and equipment to complete both intra-oral and extra-oral x-rays (50 cases).

Practical training should be undertaken in dental practice under the supervision of a dentist or in Dental Radiography Departments in Dental Hospitals or Radiography Education Centres.

Assessment

You will complete a variety of assessments to ensure you can safely take intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs of patients. 

These consist of:

Completion of a work-based Record of Competence (RoC). Of which there are three sections:

  • Practical Competence Assessment Sheets (PCAS)
  • Case Studies
  • Supplementary Outcomes

Completion of a 90-minute written examination which consists of two sections:

  • Part A – 45 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
  • Part B – 30 Extended Matching Questions (EMQ)

*Please note examinations take place twice a year in March and September. Outside of this, the online learning materials provide the flexibility to complete your course at your pace (minimum completion time of approximately 6 months).

Qualifications

On successful completion of your course, you will receive a nationally recognised NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography.

Your course certificate will also state the number of CPD points/hours the course is eligible for.

With this NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography, you can expand your skillset, increase your employability prospects, be better positioned to advance your career and potentially command a higher wage.

Not only will you gain a detailed understanding of dental imaging, you can confidently talk about the use of radiation with patients and reassure them throughout the diagnostic process. Your ability to take on the responsibility of radiographs will take the pressure off dentists and make the patient experience more efficient.

Becoming more of an asset to your practice can help you gain an increase in salary in your current role as well as make you more attractive to future employers. Should you wish to go deeper into radiography you can become a Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) with further training. Making sure the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) are being adhered to.

Alternatively, you may prefer to expand your skills across a broader spectrum. In addition to Dental Radiography, the NEBDN provides post-registration qualifications in:

Each of which would give you more skills, seniority and responsibility in your role.

You could also progress into management positions within the practice. Where you’ll have more of a hand in leading and organising the team and practice processes in roles such as a dental nurse team leader or practice manager.

With relevant qualifications you could also pursue a career in teaching, where you’d pass on your dental knowledge to future dental nurses, hygienists or therapists.  

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