FAQs

I want  to be a Dental Nurse. What skills do I need? Role of a Dental Nurse.  

The dentist, hygienist and therapist carry out dental treatments such as fillings, crowns, root treatments, extractions, dentures. Some practices offer orthodontic treatment and implants. Most practices carry out tooth whitening. The dental nurse is trained to assist the clinician during these procedures, and is trained to offer support to the patient. Many of these procedures are intricate, so it takes about 6 months to train to become proficient in these practical procedures.

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We currently charge £1150 (Excluding exam fees) for the year’s Part-time Course leading to the NEBDN National Diploma. Why so reasonable? No VAT is one reason. Another is, that we seek out less expensive venues and pass the saving on to you. We also do not employ staff which cuts down the cost for you.

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We currently charge £1150 (Excluding exam fees) for the year’s Part-time NEBDN National Diploma Course. Contact us for an application form, which you fill in and send back to guarantee yourself a place.
Next. Eventually, you will have to find a job. Why? Part of the NEBDN qualification is practical experience within a dental surgery helping the dentist. Part-time OK? Yes. Because the Course takes a year, even if you are very part-time, there will be enough surgery time for you to complete the necessary practical work. How do I find a job? We can help once you are on the Course by putting you in touch with dentists who have contacted us with a job vacancy. We charge no fee for this. Look in Newspapers, on the Internet, and ask at your local dental surgery. Do ALL Courses taught by elsewhere require me to find a job? Yes. There are various Courses teaching towards slightly different examinations, but all Courses will need you to fill in a practical portfolio in which you will write details of how you have supported the patient and the dentist during various treatments.

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Where do we teach?

Due to Covid-19, currently we are teaching online.

Normally, we teach in Bracknell in Berkshire which is easy for you to get to by public transport and have free easy parking.

Many of our students have came from area of London, Slough, Reading, Newbury, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire.

Teaching Venue:

Ranelagh School, Ranelagh Drive, RG12 9 DA Bracknell

 

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How can dentists register their dental nurses with the GDC? 

When your trainee dental nurse is qualified [having successfully passed the new style NEBDN National Diploma, or having another qualification – for further information look at the GDC website].  After qualification, the DN can apply to the GDC to become registered. The GDC may refuse registration to persons with a Criminal Conviction or medical problems. Each case is different. Ideally, information about these issues should be sought from the GDC before starting a career in dental nursing.

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Registered Dental Nurses. Do they have to take out Professional Indemnity Insurance? Yes. this is a requirement of the GDC. PII is very easy for dental nurses to organise – simply join your professional association! the British Association of Dental Nurses. You can join as a student member. When you qualify and you register with the GDC, Professional Indemnity Insurance can be included with Full Membership of the BADN.

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Choosing a Dental Nursing Course? Important things to watch out for. All Dental Nursing Courses are taught to the GDC syllabus as are ours. So from that viewpoint, all courses are the same. However, always look to see what teaching qualifications, years of experience in the Dental Profession the Tutors have, and, most importantly how long they have been teaching the course! This is obviously very important! Next, check to make sure that the Tutors are NEBDN ExaminersIt is obviously best for you if they are, as they will know exactly what the NEBDN requires, and they will be able to guide you in the right direction. Then look to see if the Tutors are registered with the GDC – in other words, are they working within the Dental Profession. Lastly, look to see how long the Course is. If it is a year long, Part-time, we think this is just about right. A year give you enough time to take everything on board. Longer than this and things tend to drag on and  on.                                                                          Please realise that an NVQ qualification also requires that an Examination be taken.

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What skills do I need? Your duties in the surgery will consist of a large number of practical procedures. So you need to be the type of person to carry these out efficiently, once you are trained. There are, of course, important requirements, that of sterilising the instruments correctly, and disinfecting and cleaning the surgery. So it is vital, that you are the type of person who will carry out all these duties to the highest standards. Some dental nurses work on reception. Here you will require communication skills, and accuracy, so that appointments are made correctly. Both in the surgery and on reception, you must be “good with people” and be able to relate to their needs and problems.

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What qualifications do I need to get onto your Course?
Unlike some other NEBDN Courses, we do not require any school qualifications. We teach the Part-time NEBDN National Diploma Course leading to the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses [NEBDN] National Diploma in Dental Nursing Examination. The NEBDN qualification allows persons to apply to the GDC to apply to become registered. Students must be employed as trainee dental nurses [full or part-time] or be experienced. If you do not have a job, you can start on the Course, but it is best for you to have employment by about the 6th lecture [= about 2 months] when the practical subjects come along. It should be realised, that the Course requires good communication and literacy skills, as homeworks are set, and time in the lectures is set aside to practise towards the practical part of the NEBDN Diploma Examination. If English is not your first language, we leave it up to your Employing Dentist and you to decide whether your written and spoken English is sufficient.

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What qualifications do you need to take the NEBDN Examination?
None. The NEBDN has no academic barriers to entry. The GDC specifies what has to be taught to gain the NEBDN qualification = the GDC syllabus. The NEBDN National Diploma Examination has 2 sections: 2 hours of Mutliple Choice Questions. If this is passed, then there is an extended Practical 6 weeks later. For this, good communication skills are required. Again, if English is not your first language, we leave it up to your Employing Dentist and you to decide whether your writen and spoken English will be sufficient to be successful in this Examination.

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The NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing Examinations. When do they take place? On the 3rd Saturday of April and November and they are held throughout the UK in NEBDN Examination Centres. Contact the NEBDN for more information. The NEBDN organise everything to do with the Examination, so contact them direct.

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Who can take the post-qualification courses and examinations?
All GDC registered dental nurses can take the NEBDN Oral Health Education [OHE], NEBDN Dental Sedation Nursing and NEBDN Dental Radiography Courses and then go on to take the NEBDN Examinations. However our course for Dental Practice Management [an Introduction] is also open to all members of the Oral Healthcare Team.
There are other qualifications that a GDC registered DN can take and these are listed on the NEBDN website [please look on our links page.]

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