Diploma in Dental Nursing

Course Start Date:

7th January 2020: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Course Fee

£1600 + NEBDN Registration Fee (currently £485)

Enrolment Fee

£185 (Non refundable but deducted from course fee once formal training starts)


All dental nurses in practice need to be registered as “in training” with an accredited training provider if not on the GDC register. If you have a new nurse we recommend that they work in practice for about 3 – 6 months before committing to the course to make sure they are going to stay in your employment. During this period the dental nurse will be legal, provided they are enrolled on an accredited course and have completed the employers induction training at the commencement of their employment, consisting of health and safety, practice information and ethical and confidentiality considerations. Once enrolled on our course we will provide you with a certificate to keep in the dental nurses staff file to prove they have been enrolled on a training course, should you need this as proof for the CQC.


Students complete an “Electronic Record of Experience” in their own practices under the guidance of a registered Dental Care Professional. Each practice will need to have a nominated “training mentor”; this can be a registered dental nurse, hygienist, therapist or dentist. They will receive guidance, resources and support from us and will supervise the trainee dental nurse in the practice. We expect the training mentor to attend the Induction lecture and maintain contact with the tutor throughout the entire course.

Surgery Time

The NEBDN do not stipulate a set amount of clinical time for a Trainee Dental Nurse to be in surgery to complete the eROE, the amount of surgery time needed can vary greatly depending on the trainee and the rate they learn. We recommend that a Dental Nurse Trainee should get as much clinical time as possible.


The first part of the examination is taken in November and is a written paper that will consist of multiple choice and extended multiple choice questions. Entry to the written exam is conditional on the record of experience being fully completed and signed off by the tutor, student and employing dentist.

Practical Examination

Once the written examination has been passed the student can enter the practical part of the exam, it will consist of a number of OSCEs or Objective Structured Clinical Examinations. An OSCE is a multi-station examination in which candidates spend a fixed period of time at each station before moving on to the next. It is essentially a rotation, although stations may be set up in several different rooms. The stations may require the candidates to undertake a task, such as mixing impression material, setting out an instrument tray, or giving advice or an explanation to a real or simulated patient. The OSCE examination is held at the end of January.