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Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Dental Nursing


This advanced course will further develop your skills and knowledge to progress your career as a dental nurse. 

A dental nurse supports the dentist in all aspects of patient care, including the preparation of the dental surgery, accurate record keeping and stock control. In general dental practice they may also carry out reception duties during busy periods, including booking appointments, taking payments whilst greeting and reassuring patients. 

Dental Nurses have a vital role within the team and should also have qualities which include, a calm and reassuring manner, the ability to relate well to people, including children, good organisational skills and be able to work effectively as part of a team of professionals which is a key factor in the role of a Dental Nurse.


This apprenticeship programme aims to provide you with the following qualifications: 

  • Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing
  • Level 2 Functional Skill English
  • Level 2 Functional Skill Maths.

End Point Assessment - this will involve a project and professional discussion on an area of public interest within a dental capacity. 


Mandatory units include: 

  • First aid essentials
  • Reducing the risk to health and safety in the dental setting
  • The role and responsibilities of a dental nurse
  • Prepare and maintain environments, instruments, and equipment for clinical dental procedures
  • Principles of infection control in the dental environment
  • Provide chairside support for the assessment of patients’ oral health
  • Contribute to the production of dental images
  • Provide chairside support for the prevention and control of periodontal disease and caries and the restoration of cavities
  • Provide chairside support for the provision of fixed and removable prostheses
  • Provide chairside support for non-surgical endodontic treatment
  • Provide chairside support for the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery
  • Provide information and support to individuals on the protection of their oral health
  • Assessment of oral health and treatment planning
  • Dental radiography
  • Management of oral health diseases and dental procedures.


Monday: 9am-3pm

*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Entry Criteria

Ideally, you will be employed within a dental surgery. Your place of work will need to be able to support the apprenticeship programme and day release. New College Durham can help support you to find employment in a dental practice.

What next?

Qualified dental nurses could progress to post-certificate qualifications and further develop your career within dentistry to become a senior dental nurse, specialist dental nurse in orthodontics or GA/sedation, oral health promotional officer, radiography protection supervisor, dental laboratory technician, dental practice manager, dental therapist, dental tutor, dental professional within the Ministry of Defence (British Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy).

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship Dental Nursing

Durham, UK
Apprenticeships, Advanced Apprenticeship

Published on 2 Jun 2020

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