Is this apprenticeship for you?
Dental nurses play an integral role in the comfort and success of a patient’s time in the dentist’s chair. If you like the idea of providing chairside support for dental professionals in a wide range of scenarios, then this course is for you.
Learn how to prepare instruments, materials and medicaments for dental procedures, mix materials, sterilise instruments, keep records, note dictation, carry out stock control and ensure patient comfort and safety throughout their visit.
Whether you’re working in an NHS general dental practice, hospital, private dental practice, specialist dental practice, community dental service or military dental clinic and supporting a dentist, dental hygienist, dental therapist, clinical dental technician or orthodontic therapist, prepare for a fast-paced job where no two days are the same.
Find out more about this apprenticeship at: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/dental-nurse-(integrated)-v1-2
What knowledge and skills will you develop?
- The preparation and maintenance of a clean and safe clinical environment
- How to prepare, mix and handle materials
- How to prepare for dental radiographs
- How to keep accurate and current patient records
- How to give patients appropriate oral and general health advice
- How to recognise and deal with medical emergencies
- Adhere to best practices, professionalism and good communication at all times
What do you need to apply?
If you haven’t achieved Level 2 English and Maths, you will need to achieve this before taking the final assessment.
If you have an education, health and care plan or legacy statement, the minimum requirement for English and Maths is Level 3.
If your primary language is British Sign Language (BSL), a BSL qualification is equivalent to an English qualification.
How will you be assessed?
There will be a combination of multiple choice and written exams, portfolio work, interviews and practical assessments.
This Level 3 qualification aligns to the integrated nature of the End Point Assessment (EPA) plan. Employers and training providers will ensure that an apprentice meets the requirements of the integrated EPA.
Where can this course take you?
Successful completion of this apprenticeship results in a Level 3 qualification, approved by the General Dental Council and allows you to enter the professional registry as a dental nurse.