Dental nurse

Dental nurse

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

The dental nurse role is designed to complement other professions. As an apprentice dental nurse, 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. Dental nurses may work in a variety of clinical environments, so this apprenticeship focuses on all aspects of clinical responsibility and duty, and will provide you with the relevant qualification to apply to the General Dental Council for professional registration as a dental nurse. You’ll develop knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention; transmission of infectious diseases and their prevention; materials, equipment and resources; and the skills to advise patients on oral health maintenance; prepare and maintain the clinical environment before, during and after dental procedures; and care for and manage the needs of patients.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications

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

Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum

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