Dental nurse apprenticeship

Assist dental health professionals, providing chair-side support and a high level of patient care

During the dental nurse apprenticeship you’ll predominately work with a dentist, dental hygienist, dental therapist, clinical dental technician or orthodontic therapist within a surgery environment with patients attending throughout the day. As an apprentice, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge necessary to provide ‘chair-side’ support to dental professionals, with the aim of delivering a high-level of patient care, for people of all ages, different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs within a variety of clinical environments. You’ll be responsible for preparing instruments and materials for dental procedures, mix materials, sterilise instruments, keep records, note dictation, carry out stock control and ensure patient comfort and safety throughout their visit. As a dental nurse you’ll work within the standards and scope of practice as defined by the General Dental Council Scope of Practice document.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements for the dental nurse apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £22,000 per annum

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