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The National Diploma in Dental Nursing is a General Dental Council (GDC) recognised dental nursing qualification which covers all outcomes described within the GDC Preparing to Practice document. Upon successful outcome of the qualification, you are able to register as a Dental Care Professional with the General Dental Council (GDC) and practice as a qualified Dental Nurse

Course Outline & Entry Requirements:

Start date: TBC

Duration: 18 months


The facilities offered by the School for Dental Care Professionals (DCP’s) are well equipped and mirror the environment which exists in the dental care sector.

Throughout your studies, you will be supported by qualified staff that have a wide range of experience in the profession. Your studies will be via a mix of blended learning including; face to face, eLearning, virtual learning and within your dental setting.

A significant amount of training to become a qualified dental nurse is undertaken in the dental clinical setting.

Please see below course fact sheet for more information 

Entry Requirements: 

To be eligible for the course you must:

  • undertake an informal interview to ensure you can meet the requirements of the course. This qualification is not approved for use by learners under the age of 16
  • be working in a clinical setting for a minimum of 3 days per week or a minimum of 22.5 hours per week
  • have the full support of your employer both for the theoretical study and within the clinical environment
  • have the full support of your workplace team to undertake your formative workplace assessment via the electronic Record of Experience (eRoE)
  • carry out a variety of dental procedures and treatments to meet the requirements of the qualification
  • be able to commit to 100% attendance on the given course dates
  • have access to an electronic device and the internet so the electronic NEBDN RoE can
  • be accessed and completed by yourself and supported by your workplace team by the required deadline date
  • undertake the summative assessment by the scheduled dates set by the NEBDN


NHS Practices/NHS employees that operate within the North Western Deanery catchment areas; Cumbria/Lancashire, Cheshire/Merseyside, Greater Manchester are funded for the course.
Private Practice employees that operate within the North Western Deanery and/or NHS practices that operate outside of the North Western Deanery catchment areas; are unfortunately not eligible for NHS funding. A fee of £1,885 will be applicable prior to commencement of the course. This fee includes the registration of the trainee for the course, the eROE and the sitting of the first examination.

Deferral fee: £30.00 – applicable to the trainee

Failure of part 1 examination: £125.00 – applicable to the trainee 

Failure of part 2 examination: £300.00 – applicable to the trainee 


Please see below, the course fact sheet and application form for further information:

Fact Sheet: 

NEBDN National Diploma Fact Sheet 2020

Course Application Form: 

Application form AA, Level 3 and NEBDN

Application forms can be returned to    OR  


If you require any further information, please contact the school;

Telephone: 0161 272 5670

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