National Diploma in Dental Nursing


We are an established Training Centre fully accredited by National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN). We offer National Diploma in Dental Nursing (NDDN) course which is based on the GDC registration requirements for dental nurses. It sets out the knowledge, skills behavioural requirements that should be developed and demonstrated.

National Diploma in Dental Nursing


The curriculum principally covers four domains of professional practice:

1. Clinical

2. Professional

3. Communication

4. Management and Leadership

The competencies for each domain are expressed in terms of learning outcomes. The scope of the syllabus for dental nursing is very wide. The syllabus details those areas of knowledge and understanding which a dental nurse needs to develop in order to be able to practice competently:

  • Health and Safety
  • Emergencies in the Dental Surgery
  • Structure of Tooth
  • Statutory Registration and Teamwork
  • Professionalism
  • Charting
  • Record Keeping
  • Microbiology & Infection Control
  • Communication
  • Patient Management & Care
  • Dental Materials and Equipment
  • Regional Anatomy

Record of Experience (ROE):

The GDC requires training centres to carry out on-going assessment of the students training. The Record of Experience forms part of this assessment. The ROE comprises a portfolio of the candidates actual clinical experience based at a dental practice ably supervised by a GDC registrant (dentist and dental nurse mentors). ROE must be completed prior to entry to the examination. If it is not completed within the given time line or prior to the respective examination registration date learners won’t be able to get registered for the intended examination. It is only available to students of NEBDN accredited training centers practices at the request of tutors and, by purchasing it, a student reserves a place for a particular examination.

In order to ensure trainee dental nurses complete the workplace tasks within the RoE to a satisfactory standard all Witnesses observing the clinical activities must read, understand and follow the Witness Toolkit to ensure that they are fully aware of their role and responsibilities. This is a mandatory requirement for all those GDC registered professionals acting as Witnesses to any student working towards the NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing qualification.

Learners are also required to pass the mock test as a part of the intended examination preparation. They must secure a minimum 65% of pass marks in order to be able to go for the intended examination. Learners will be differed to the next available examination if they failed the mock test. They must also pay the tuition fees and deferral fees for the examination as indicated in the student handbook and as discussed and confirmed during the induction session of the course.

The course tutor will contact trainees workplace mentor and update any issues such as poor attendance or falling behind with course work to the employer. The trainee, mentor/employer can discuss any concerns with the tutor or Centre Quality Assurance Coordinator at any time.

Entry Requirements:

+ Learners must be 18 plus preferably with equivalent to QCF level 2 qualification
+ Learners need to be either in work placement or must find placement within 4 weeks of the enrollment
+ Learners must demonstrate the competencies in English language if English is not their first language must pass the in house Literacy Tests

Course Delivery and Assessment:

Students are required to attend seminars and formal classes along with their practical work placement. NEBDN constantly monitors and reviews the structure of the qualification and candidates are assessed on each part of the examination by the panel examiners, which will be verified by the National Examination Committee.

New Examination Format:

It consists of both written and practical assessments and learners are required to pass both parts of the assessments in order to complete Nation Diploma in Dental Nursing Course. However, they must pass Part 1 before taking Part 2.

Part 1 of the assessment is the NEBDN written examination 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).

We provide additional examination preparation classes along with the learning resources and expert support you need to succeed in your course.

Dental Nurse Course Summary:

Course Name National Diploma in Dental Nursing
Course Description National Diploma in Dental Nursing (NDDN) course which is based on the GDC registration
Start Date Weekdays Evening / Weekends
Course Duration 12 Months
Fees £1,700
Other Costs Registration & Exam Fee: £485
Awarding Body National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN)

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