There are three main routes to becoming a Dental Nurse; (a) finding employment (or a placement) and a Centre Delivery Site, (b) finding a Centre Delivery Site who arranges placements for you or (c) applying for a full-time course at a dental teaching hospital.
a. The majority of qualified Dental Nurses will have come through this route. You will need to find employment (or a placement) as a trainee Dental Nurse in a dental practice. Once you have employment you can start to look for a training place with a Centre. In most cases your employer will be able to recommend a Centre Delivery Site as they may have used them before. Don’t worry if the course does not start for a few months, you can keep your employment as a trainee for up to two years.
b. All Learners must be either in employment or in a clinical environment prior to starting the NEBDN programme. Any Learner who is not in employment or in a clinical environment will not be considered an NEBDN Learner and cannot access the NEBDN National Diploma qualification through our Centres. Search one of our accredited Centres.
If you wish to sit the NEBDN National Diploma in Dental Nursing at the end of your training then you must ensure your Centre is on our accredited list.
c. Dental teaching hospitals provide all the training and clinical experience in one place but full-time places are limited. Check that the teaching hospital you have selected is one of our accredited Centre Delivery Sites and contact them regarding their application process.
To apply as a Dental Nurse, there is a minimum age requirement of 16 years old.