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. 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, from September 2013 all Witnesses observing the clinical activities must receive a documented, standardised level of training to ensure 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.

NEBDN will check that all applicants applying to enter either part of the NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing examination from January 2014 provide supporting documentation that shows all Witnesses involved in signing off their RoE have successfully completed the training course. Any applicants that do not include this will not be eligible to enter the final Diploma examination.

The course tutor will contact trainees workplace mentor and centre will issue progress reports to the employer and update any issues such as poor attendance or falling behind with course work. 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

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.

Part 1 (2½ hour written paper) 75 Multiple Choice Questions and 50 Extended Matching Questions. Only successful candidates will enter to the OSCE (Practical) stage which will be held after 6 weeks of the written test. Students who fail the written part of the examination will have the opportunity to re-sit the written section only at the following sitting

Part 2 (1½ hour practical section) consists of a series of practical tests known as Objective Structured Clinical Examinations or OSCEs.

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)
Academic Level NQF Equivalent Level 3
Awarding Body National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN)

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