Is this course for me?
This course is for you:
Where are we located?
Our Training Centre is conveniently located 5 minutes walk from Harrow on the Hill Station.
14 Lyon Road
Harrow, HA1 2EN
Nearest Station is Harrow on the Hill, which serves the Metropolitan Line of the London Underground and Chiltern Railway of National Rail. The station is 5 minutes walk By Bus:Harrow Bus Station, adjacent to Harrow on the Hill Station, is also a 5 minutes walk .The following buses are visit Harrow Bus Station: 182, 183, 186, 223, 258, H14, H17, H19, H9 and N18.
When does the next Course start?
The next intake will start on the 18th March 2017. Alternate Saturday 10-2
Can I start to work in a dental practice before or I have to wait until I start the course?
You don't need to wait to start the course to work in a dental practice. You can start to work as soon as you enrolled on the course, then we will provide you with an enrolment letter which the employer will need before they employ you.
To be able to finish the course, students must be working full or part-time as a trainee dental nurse. This is because there is an NEBDN requirement for a portfolio of practical experience, the Record of Experience (ROE) which can only be done if student works in a dental practice.
Do I need any qualifications or experience in dentistry to start the course?
No previous qualifications are needed. We invite applicants to come along to the centre for an information session, discuss any concerns or needs and then offer a place based on a satisfactory short English literacy. No experience necessary. However students need to find employment in a dental practice within 3 months from when they started the Course.
What happens after I am accepted on the Course?
Next step is to make payment of the non refundable deposit of £450 to secure your place.
What topics will be covered during the course?
The syllabus includes 15 topics as follows:
1. Health and Safety and Infection Control in the Workplace.
2. Emergencies in the Clinical Environment
3. Legal and Ethical Issues in the Provision of Dental Care.
4. Anatomical Structures and Systems Relative to Dental Care.
5. Oral Disease and Pathology.
6. Patient Care and Management.
7. Assessing Patients' Oral Health Needs and Treatment Planning.
8. Oral health Promotion and Preventive Dentistry.
9. Restorative Dentistry.
10. Oral Surgery.
11. Orthodontic Procedures.
12. Dental Drugs, Materials, Instruments and Equipment.
13. Pain and Anxiety Control in Dentistry.
What happens in the exam and how are students prepared for this?
There are 2 parts to the exam, held 6 weeks apart. Part 1 must be achieved in order to enter Part 2.
Part 1 is a 2 ½ hour paper of 125 multiple choice style questions. No essays or written work involved!
Part 2 is a practical assessment involving a series of activities where students demonstrate basic dental nurse abilities. This could include selecting instruments, mixing materials, carrying out infection control procedures or managing patients.
What are the Dental Premier's recent exam results?
We are delighted that, with our Tutor’s guidance, our students’ dedication to their goals led to success in the recent National Diploma examinations.
January 2016: 100% of students passed
November 2015: 90 % of students passed
Can I register with the General Dental Council once I have the qualification?
You can apply for registration as a Dental Nurse once you have passed both parts of the exam. The GDC will consider your application based on various requirements such as providing a character and health reference. Their website is www.gdc-uk.org.
How can I progress my Career after I become qualified?
There are a range of specialist courses available to Dental Nurses looking to progress in their career. NEBDN (National Examining Board for Dental Nurses) post-registration qualifications include:
Certificate in Oral Health Education.
Certificate in Dental Sedation nursing
Certificate in Special Care Dental Nursing
Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing
Certificate in Dental Radiography
Dental Nurses may also move into other dentistry associated roles such as Dental Practice Manager, Head Dental Nurse or Dental Nurse Team Leader. Further qualifications can prepare Dental Nurses to work as Dental Nurse Tutors, Dental Hygienists or Dental Therapists.