What Will I Learn?
The Dental Assistant plays a vital role in oral healthcare, providing close support to the dental surgeon in all aspects of patient care. They provide assistance to both the patient and the dentist during clinical procedures and maintain good practice and high quality service in the dental environment. In addition, their duties may include maintaining materials and equipment and also practice management. Career pathways can lead to working as a hygienist, therapist or school nurse. There are also opportunities in teaching and health promotion.
This course gives you the skills and practical competence needed to work in a dental surgery. You will learn about the day-to-day running of a dental practice and acquire the qualifications for entry to the Profession. Dental nurses are valuable members of the dental team. This is an auxiliary profession, supporting members of the dental team in the delivery of dental treatment.
Skills required of students considering dental nursing include communication and organisation skills, the ability to use initiative, and ability and willingness to work closely with the dental team in providing support and assistance during the provision of dental treatment. The dental nurse may also be involved with the administration of the dental surgery.
Is this the right course for you?
Yes, if you have an interest in healthcare, in particular, oral healthcare.
The course is ideal for you if:
• You would like to make a positive contribution to the health of the local population
• You wish to learn how to maintain high standards of hygiene and cleanliness and health and safety
• You enjoy interacting with different people as part of a multi-disciplinary team
• You are looking for a qualification that leads to employment.
You will need to be able to develop good patient skills and be able to communicate effectively. Having a caring and understanding personality as well as a positive outlook is an advantage.
This two-year course is delivered with practical and academic components.
This course will give you the training and an internationally recognized qualification which allows you to work as a Dental Assistant in a variety of settings including private practices, hospitals and community dental clinics. The course includes an assessed work placement where you will spend a minimum of 15 hours per week. The School will help you to find a placement, usually in a dental surgery.
The academic year will be a combination of lectures and clinical practice, which will provide students with a variety of learning opportunities. The School of Dental Nursing offers a stimulating programme which combines comprehensive training at the college with a work placement at a local clinic. You will be taught by highly experienced tutors who will give you both the theoretical knowledge and practical knowhow to be a successful nurse. Our on-campus student surgery will allow you to gain crucial practice and build your confidence before you start your placement. You will have access to a comprehensive range of dental materials and be given on-going support and advice throughout the course.
Clinical experiences will also be gained within the skills laboratory at the school and also at external institutions and private practices.
The programme consists of offline and online lectures, tutorials, demonstrations and practical experience. You will be assessed on a continuous basis regarding suitability and application of theory to practice. By the end of the course, you will have developed appropriate skills in patient and team management.
o MODULE 1: Basic Dental Sciences
MODULE 2: The Dental Office Equipment, Instrumentation and Delivery of dental care
o MODULE 3: Preclinical dental skills
o MODULE 4:Infection Control and Occupational Health and safety
o MODULE 5: Dental Materials
o MODULE 6:Radiography
o MODULE 7: Foundations of Clinical Dentistry and Dental Assisting
o MODULE 8: Dental Office Management
You will be assessed by written examinations, practical examinations, and continuous clinical and written assessments.
As a holder of a Dental Assisting Diploma, you will be able to find work in a variety of working environments including dental hospitals and Executive dental clinics, as well as in general and specialist dental practices. Depending on the work setting, advancement in the field may include: senior dental nurse, clinic nurse manager, practice manager, marketing representatives for dental products and dentifrices, dental nurse tutor and the area of health promotion. Dental Assistants are also in great demand in countries abroad such as Dubai, Qatar, UK, among others.