Orthodontic Nursing

Where can I study? | How do I apply? | Resources| Mar 19 to Mar 21 Exam Schedule

Who is it for?

This qualification is aimed at registered dental nurses working in or aspiring to work in specialist practice.

There is theoretical learning related to the subject covering the biological background to Orthodontics and encompasses the various appliances used today and how to maintain them. This qualification also emphasises the medico-legal aspects of treatment and the importance of good communication between patient and dental team.

Successful completion of this qualification will enhance your professional development and should give you and your employer a considerable increase of confidence in your abilities.


This qualification aims to provide you with:

  • a standardised and quality assured learning experience with one of our accredited course providers
  • an independent and objective assessment of knowledge
  • a portfolio of evidence of practical experience in the form of a detailed record of competence
  • a nationally respected qualification.

What are the benefits?

  • Our qualifications are nationally recognised and instantly understood by prospective employers.
  • Our course providers are accredited against our standards ensuring that candidates get a fully supported learning experience and the best preparation for practice.
  • Our syllabus encourages a range of learning styles to suit the individual.
  • Our formal assessment and Record of Competence are based on the best modern educational practice giving you excellent evidence of your fitness to practice.
  • Practical skills are assessed on real life activities within the workplace using objective tools to ensure a standardised approach.
  • Candidates become part of the NEBDN Alumni ensuring ongoing support, information and networking opportunities.

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be registered with the General Dental Council or the Irish Dental Council
  • be enrolled with a course provider accredited by NEBDN
  • be sufficiently fluent in written and spoken English to communicate with patients, their relatives, the dental team and other healthcare professionals in the UK
  • be able to meet the work-based clinical requirements of the Record of Competence.

Record of Competence

You are required to complete a work-based Record of Competence (RoC).

There are three sections to the Record of Competence:

  • Practical Competence Assessment Sheets (PCAS)
  • Case Studies - Directly Observed Clinical Skills (DOCS) Assessments
  • Supplementary Outcomes


This is a 90 minute written examination composed of two sections:

  • Part A – 45 multiple choice questions (MCQ)
  • Part B – 30 extended matching questions (EMQ).

Examinations are held twice a year in March and September. Examination dates can be found on our website under the Qualifications section.

Award of qualification

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must:

  • complete and satisfy the requirements of the Record of Competence and
  • pass the examination.