NVQ Dental Nursing

If you’re currently working as a dental nurse and want to be able to demonstrate your skills and learn more, then there is some work based training and a qualification available to you in the form of an NVQ Dental Nursing. Holding this respected NVQ proves you’ve got the necessary skills to assist a dentist as well as offering efficient patient care and support during a good range of dental and oral healthcare procedures.

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When taking this NVQ training, you’ll cover everything fromdental reception work, through preventing infection, to direct chair-side patient support.

The teaching programme covers the following subject areas and includes, but is not limited to:

  • The role of the dental nurse
  • Reception, administrative and clerical duties
  • Anatomy and physiology plus more specific dental anatomy and physiology, pathology and microbiology
  • The causes of dental disease and how to prevent it
  • Sterilisation, dental instruments and equipment used in treatment
  • Restorative dentistry and minor oral surger
  • Orthodontics
  • Health and Safety in the work place

You will be visited at your workplace and then assessed by an NVQ assessor while carrying out your normal daily duties. The actual training sessions, taken at your local college, will provide you with specialist knowledge that you will need to complete your NVQ Dental Nursing and for the externally marked examination – the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN) independent knowledge assessment paper.

Dental Nursing Training Audience

All candidates for this NVQ must be currently working as a dental nurse in a dental practice with, ideally, a minimum of 6 months chair-side experience. You’ll also need a good level of general experience in your role. As a guide, you’ll be expected to complete your NVQ Dental Nursing in around 18 – 24 months.

NVQ Dental Nursing Levels

The following levels are available for this NVQ:



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