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Oral Health Care: Dental Nursing HNC

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 7

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

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Course overview

This course will provide the knowledge, skills and expertise to register with the General Dental Council as a qualified Dental Nurse. This course includes a placement within a dental establishment to develop, and enhance realistic practical skills within a dental team.

The course is delivered by supportive, experienced staff in our realistic clinical learning environment and external work-based placement. This will support your previous learning and provide practical application within dental nursing.

What you will learn

  • Dental Anatomy
  • Dental Charting including; specialised software
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Dental Radiography
  • Non- Surgical Endodontics
  • Extraction and Minor Oral Surgery
  • Decontamination Processes and Skills
  • Health and Safety
  • Oral Diseases and their Prevention
  • 18 Mandatory units including a graded unit

Placement information

The dental nursing team will facilitate placement arrangements including referral to Occupational Health for a health check and required immunisation. 

How the course is assessed

The course is assessed via a combination of open/closed book assessments within the college e-assessment centre. Completion of an electronic portfolio with a variety of evidence types.

Number of days per week

  • 2 days placement, 3 days on campus 

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of the National Certificate Level 6 Oral healthcare: Preparing for Practice or relevant experience from a Healthcare environment will be considered.
  • Your place on the course will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check in the form of an enhanced PVG.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • External applicants will be required to attend an interview in advance of an offer for a place on the course.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5 

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • HND in Dental Nursing (SCQF Level 8)

A variety of post qualifications including:

  • PDA Dental Nursing: Supporting Special Care Provision at SCQF Level 8
  • PDA Dental Radiography (Operator)
  • BSc Oral Health Sciences

Career options

  • Completion of this award allows the student to register with the General Dental Council as a qualified dental nurse.

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Full time 26/08/24 41 Weeks

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