Full Time 1yr
Dental nurses are essential across the dental industry. They contribute significantly to the care of patients undergoing dental treatment and are vital members of the dental team.
Our course is designed to ensure you are able to safely and competently support the operator and patient during the provision of dental care.
The course only takes one academic year (September – July), all course fees are paid for by the NHS and a bursary is available whilst you study.
On successful completion you will have gained 120 degree level 1 credits and be able to register as a qualified dental care professional with The General Dental Council.
We endeavour to recruit students to our health and social care courses who have the right values base and demonstrate appropriate behaviours. We embed the values of the NHS Constitution throughout our admissions processes and they are an essential part of the curricula. Find out more about the values we look for.
On this course you can:
Our courses are accredited by the General Dental Council. Once you complete this course, you’ll be able to register and work in any sector of the dental industry. These might include:
The Dental Academy at Portsmouth has great facilities. Being able to interact with patients in a clinical environment from year one is great.
Shweta Patel, dental student
Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth including:
The subjects covered will ensure you have the complete knowledge and skills to safely and competently support the operator and patient during treatment.
You will specifically focus on the following areas:
Core units in this programme include:
As part of our commitment to the NHS, each student will complete a programme of Statutory and Mandatory training in line with the NHS framework.
During your study with us you will learn about the anatomy and physiology of the head and neck, understand body systems, investigate and apply national guidance in relation to health, safety and infection control, explore methods of communication across a range of mediums, relate evidence based theory and learn the practical skills necessary to support dental care delivery in the UK.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical laboratory work and guided reading. Our academic staff have expertise in clinical practice and research, and we provide a student-centred approach to teaching, with all units fully supported by online lecture and study materials.
On this course there is a balance of formal examinations and coursework assessment. You will be expected to complete coursework throughout the year, whereas exams take place at the end of the academic year.
There are fantastic facilities for both theoretical and practical learning. All units incorporate a blended learning approach where you actively engage in a variety of teaching such as practical group sessions, seminars as well as traditional lectures. Supported by experienced dental staff, the Academy provides clinical simulated opportunities prior to your progression onto our clinical floors; where you will support student dental clinician's, treating NHS patients, in the role of Dental Nurse.
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We have built the optimal environment for you to study both the theoretical and practical elements necessary to succeed. Offering a balance of state-of-the-art teaching and clinical facilities, here’s a taste of what you’ll have access to:
Our Dental Academy is a training ground for undergraduate King’s College London Dental Institute students as well as you and others on your course. So with dental care professionals and undergraduate dentists under the same roof, you’ll really get a feel of what it’s like to be part of a dental team working within a primary dental care setting.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
We provide you with three sets of scrubs (clinical clothing) and a name badge at the start of the course. Extra or replacement scrubs can be ordered at £8 per set or £4 for individual items. Replacement name badges can be ordered at £7. You will need to purchase your own visor frame (available from the Dental Academy for £8) and a pair of black shoes which enclose the foot (not clogs). You will also need to pay £30 for the use of a model skull (with extra fees if not returned). Locker keys require a deposit of £10.
There are a variety of outreach locations that you will need to attend to support your study. For NHS bursary students, you will be reimbursed for any travelling costs incurred which are unlikely to surpass £50.
On completing this course, you’ll be qualified to become a valuable member of the dental team. You’ll be able to register as a member of General Dental Council (GDC) and gain employment within all sectors of dentistry, whether it’s in a dental practice, hospital environment or so on.
Another option is further study. You could apply for a place to study on our BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy (it should be noted that this is not a guaranteed route of entry) or a variety of post-registration courses in areas such as radiography, oral health education and hygiene.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
To broaden your range of hands-on experience, some learning can occur outside the University. Outreach increases the diversity of practice, widening your skills base. You’ll therefore have the option to work in a number of local settings, including:
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.
After you apply, we'll invite you to an Applicant Experience Day where you’ll get to speak to lecturers and meet your future classmates. You’ll also be able to explore course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you'd like to tour the campus or meet teaching staff before you apply, find out about our other visiting opportunities.
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