Advanced Dental Nursing BSc (Hons)

Overview
If you’re looking for a course that leads to registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) and you’ve got the drive to succeed as a key member of a dental team, this BSc (Hons) Advanced Dental Nursing degree course is for you.

You'll be an essential member of the dental team with an extended scope of practice, allowing you to confidently increase your role in patient care, and gain the essential knowledge you need to become registered with the GDC. In our dental facilities you'll gain analytical and evaluative skills that allow you to contribute to patient education, the development of the dental team and the wider dental field.

After the course, you’ll be set to take on a variety of careers in the dental industry. You could go on to work in a clinical environment or in research, health promotion, management or education.

What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:

  • Qualify with the CertHE Dental Nursing after your first year of study, which allows you to register with the GDC as a dental nurse before your second year
  • Learn dental nursing procedures and techniques in our Dental Academy
  • Turn your knowledge into practical skills, working as part of a team to provide dental care and oral health promotion to patients in the community
  • Use treatment bays and simulation technology, which includes our Phantom Head (manikin head) skill lab
  • Work alongside dentists, dental nurses and other students, giving you a taste of your future work environment
  • Develop your clinical management, leadership and decision-making skills
  • Produce a dissertation on a subject of your choice, related to your advanced dental nursing practice

Careers and opportunities
There are many career routes you can take after completing this course. As a registered dental nurse with a degree, you’ll be qualified to take on roles in any sector of the dental industry, including:

  • general dental practice (NHS or private)
  • corporate dental practice
  • hospital dental services
  • armed forces
  • specialists dental practice
  • oral health promotion
  • education
  • sales
  • management

Whatever career you pursue, our Careers and Employability service will be on hand with support and advice for 5 years after you graduate.

Work experience and career planning
This course focuses on applying your knowledge and building the practical skills needed to succeed in your career as a dental nurse.

You'll provide care in the local community and outreach locations, working as part of a dental team with dental professional and students including undergraduate King’s College London Dental Institute students.

Our Careers and Employability service will support you in your workplace ambitions, and help you with career planning.

What you'll study 
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
  • Foundations of Dental Nursing Professional Practice
  • Fundamentals of Dental Nursing Practice
  • Science Informing Practice

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applied Dental Nursing Professional Practice
  • Communication for The Dental Team
  • Core Skills Training Framework Repeat
  • Dental Radiography and Dental Imaging
  • Engaging with Service Improvement
  • Evidence Based Decision Making

There are no optional modules in this year.


Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Behaviour Management
  • Core Skills Training Framework Repeat
  • Enhancing Advanced Dental Nursing Professional Practice
  • Leading Safe and Effective Care
  • Project

There are no optional modules in this year.

Teaching

You'll be taught through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical work
  • guided reading

You'll also learn skills and knowledge through independent study with support from Faculty and Dental Academy staff.

Our academic staff have expertise in clinical practice. All modules are fully supported by online lecture and study materials.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • written examinations
  • computer examinations
  • presentations
  • coursework

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

There are many career routes you can take after completing this course. As a registered dental nurse with a degree, you’ll be qualified to take on roles in any sector of the dental industry, including:

  • general dental practice (NHS or private)
  • corporate dental practice
  • hospital dental services
  • armed forces
  • specialists dental practice
  • oral health promotion
  • education
  • sales
  • management

Whatever career you pursue, our Careers and Employability service will be on hand with support and advice for 5 years after you graduate.

BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

96 points to include 2 A levels, or equivalent, including 32 points from a pure Science subject. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application. All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course. This includes screening to exclude infectivity with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

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