• Code:AD
  • Certification:NEBDN Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • Duration:One Year

This course is aimed at students wishing to gain a nationally recognised qualification in Dental Nursing. The course will provide learners with the necessary skills to support other members of the Dental Healthcare team across the full range of dental treatments.

Learners will undertake a range of specialist modules in dental nursing theory and practice to develop the knowledge and skills to provide chair side support to dental
professionals and deliver a high level of patient care

Programme of Study
  • Record of Experience Portfolio
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biology
  • Patient Care and Management
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Oral Disease and Prevention
  • Dental Materials and Equipment
  • Local and General Anaesthesia
  • Radiography
  • Prosthodontics
  • Minor Oral Surgery
  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Ethics
  • OSCE Preparation
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • First Aid Response (PHECC)
  • Communications
  • People Handling

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances maybe considered
  • Leaving Cert Applied
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following a successful interview.

Career Opportunities
  • HSE clinics
  • Private practices
Higher Education Progression*

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply through the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements). Examples of potential courses include:


  • Diploma in Dental Hygiene TR802 (Level 7)


  • BSc in Health & Society DC209 (Level 7)

Graduates of the NEBDN Diploma in Dental Nursing will be eligible to apply for entry to the Dental Council Register for Dental Nurses subject to final approval by the Dental Council of Ireland. Graduates can also gain post graduate qualifications to advance to roles in the area of oral health education and promotion, dental radiography, orthodontic therapy and dental hygiene.

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