NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography
This Course At A Glance
- Get qualified to take diagnostic images
- NEBDN accredited course
- Take on more responsibility in your role
- Online course materials
- Complete at your own pace
- Gain verifiable CPD
- Exam not included
About Your Course
Established Dental Nurses, Hygienists or Therapists who aspire to take on more responsibility in their role can develop their skills to take diagnostic images that help determine the root cause of dental problems.
Should none of the dental team be trained in radiography the task of taking diagnostic images falls on the Dentist. Taking the time to gain the necessary qualifications to take on this responsibility will make you a highly desirable dental professional and an asset to the team.
To operate radiography equipment you need to be trained to a level that complies with the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations- (IR(ME)R) 2017 and the Ionising Radiation Regulations-IRR 2017. This is to ensure any images taken are of the best quality and that the process results in the least radiation exposure possible.
You can gain this essential high level training online through an NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography. The course combines online academic study with workplace assessments that are signed off in a Record of Competence (RoC) to analyse your new skills.
You will learn everything you need to know about using diagnostic radiography equipment through innovative online materials then be able to practice your learning in the workplace, allowing you to go into your new role with confidence. What’s more, this course counts towards your professional CPD requirements.
learndirect is the leading UK online course provider. This NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography is nationally recognised and accredited by the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN).
This NEBDN course is delivered through a blend of online learning as well as practical assessments. The online element takes the form of an innovative and engaging mix of online learning materials so you can partake in them from anywhere in the UK.
This method of study gives you the flexibility to complete your course from home with minimal impact on your current commitments.
The course is suitable for those wishing to further their career and become competent in taking dental radiographs.
The course also counts towards verifiable CPD
In addition, you will need to pay the NEBDN examination fee which is £195.00.
The course is broken down into a range of interesting and important modules:
- Radiation physics
- Radiation protection
- Apparatus & equipment
- Films & processing
- Digital Imaging
- Principles of imaging
- Film handling
- Intra-Oral techniques & Extra-Oral techniques
- Digital imaging
- Quality assurance
- Care of patient
In order to enrol on this course you need to be a qualified Dental Nurse who is registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) or Irish Dental Council (IDC).
To complete the Electronic Record of Competence you will also need to currently be working in a dental practice and have a supportive employer who is happy to supervise and sign off on your practical assessments.
To be able to communicate effectively with patients, their families and other dental and healthcare professionals, you will also need to be competent in written and spoken English.
*You will have access to the course for 12 months only, after which, you can purchase extensions here
To pass the course you will need to complete a combination of written and practical assessments.
A 90-minute online written examination composed of two sections:
- Part A – 45 multiple-choice questions (MCQ)
- Part B – 30 extended matching questions (EMQ)
*Please note, examinations are held twice a year in March and September.
Completion of a work-based Electronic Record of Competence (eRoC) composed of three sections:
- Practical Competence Assessment Sheets (PCAS)
- Case studies
- Supplementary outcomes
This log of experience will help you capture vital information about the oral health education you are involved in upon prescription from your Clinical Referrer. You will need a workplace witness (a GDC registered dental professional) to grade your general performance. This will be against certain competencies and you will also need to reflect on your performance and skills.
Upon completion of this course you will receive the NEBDN Level 4 Certificate in Dental Radiography. Your course certificate will also state the number of CPD points/hours the course is eligible for.
Developing Your Career
This NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography helps you expand your skillset as a dental professional, enabling you to become a more employable and valued employee in the dental practice. By gaining this qualification you will be better positioned to climb the ladder in your career and command a higher wage.
Your ability to take the responsibility of diagnostic imaging off the Dentist not only reduces the pressure on them, it will help make the patient experience more efficient overall. You will also be able to reassure dental patients throughout the diagnostic process by talking them through the process.
Further Qualifications and Prospects
Should you wish to go deeper into radiography you can become a Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) with further training. This would position you to be the person in the practice that ensures the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) are being adhered to.
Or you could expand your skills in other areas by studying the other NEBDN post-graduate course that are available, these include:
- Oral Health Education
- Fluoride Varnish Application
- Orthodontic Nursing
- Dental Sedation Nursing
- Special Care Dental Nursing
Each of these courses will grow your skillset and allow you to move into a more senior role in the dental practice.
Should you wish to move into more of a leadership role in the clinic there are also courses you can take to help you achieve this goal. With learndirect you can study leadership and management courses that will help you have more of a hand in leading and organising the team and practice processes. This will help you move into roles like a Dental Nurse Team Leader or Practice Manager.
If your aspirations go further than this you could also pursue a career in teaching other aspiring dental professionals, should you gain the necessary teaching qualifications
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental Radiographers capture X-Ray images (also known as radiographs) of a patient’s teeth, mouth and gums. This enables the Dentist to have a better view of the cause of the oral health issues a patient is experiencing, such as cavities, decay and impacted teeth.
Yes, any GDC registered Dental Nurse can take on the responsibility of taking dental diagnostic images as soon as they have successfully completed a nationally recognised post-registration course like the NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography.
Today, dental radiographers take three main types of diagnostic radiographs, these are: Periapical – otherwise known as intraoral or wall-mounted images. The images captured are of a small number of teeth and they are taken through small film cards that are placed in the mouth. Panoramic – these wraparound images capture a wider shot of the mouth so the Dentist has a better view of the jaw and the mouth as a whole. Cephalometric – images of the entire head, generally from a profile angle, that help identify the issues in jaw misalignment cases.
This is the digital means of taking diagnostic images. Rather than using chemicals and a development room to process the images, they are immediately loaded into a computer system. This makes it easier for the Dentist to enhance them and take accurate measurements. It also reduces exposure to radiation during the process.
With the NEBDN certificate in Dental Radiography, GDC registered Dental Nurses, Hygienists and Therapists can act under a clinician’s prescription as an IR(ME)R operator to safely take intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs of dental patients.