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Diploma in the Principles and Practice of Dental Nursing (QCF)

Diploma in the Principles and Practice of Dental Nursing (QCF)


This qualification focuses on direct chair side work and support during a range of dental treatments. It encompasses the underpinning ethics, professionalism, teamwork and communication required to work as a Dental Nurse. The qualification covers the current General Dental Council (GDC) learning outcomes and Skills for Health National Occupational Standards and on completion it will enable learners to register with the GDC. It also forms part of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Health (Dental Nursing) frameworks for England and Wales. Learners must achieve 49 credits from the 17 mandatory units.

Course content:
 DN 1 – Contribute to health and safety in the dental environment
 DN 2 – Work within regulatory requirements in relation to the role of a dental nurse
 DN 3 – Reflect on and develop own practice as a dental nurse
 DN 4 – Prepare and maintain environments, instruments and equipment for clinical dental procedures
 DN 5 – Promote oral health for individuals
 DN 6 – Provide support during the assessment of individuals’ oral health
 DN 7 – Contribute to the production of dental images
 DN 8 – Provide support during the prevention and control of periodontal disease, caries and the restoration of cavities
 DN 9 – Provide support during the provision of fixed and removable prosthesis
 DN10 – Provide support during non-surgical endodontic treatment
 DN11 – Provide support during the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery procedures
 DN12 – Principles of infection control in the dental environment
 DN13 – Dental anatomy and assessment of oral health
 DN14 – Principles and techniques of dental radiography
 DN15 – Principles of managing oral disease and dental procedures
 DN16 – Understanding ethics and professionalism in dental nursing
 UFAE – First aid essentials

Entry Requirements:
Learners must be at least 16 years old. Learners will need to be working or on practical placement to be able to show competence in knowledge, understanding and skills. It is recommended that learners spend a minimum of 16 hours per week on a Real Work Environment.

Units DN1 – DN11 and unit UFAE are internally assessed, and units DN12 -DN16 are both internally and externally assessed. A recommended range of assessment methods has been identified for the units in this qualification. This gives the opportunity for different learning styles and individual needs of learners to be taken into account; Direct observation, professional discussion, reflective accounts, written and pictorial information, task set by us, oral questions and answers.

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Principles and Practice of Dental Nursing

Duration of course

Up to 10 – 12 Months

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