Dental Nursing Apprenticeships

About Dental Nursing

The role of a Dental Nurse is varied. Primarily a dental nurse provides chair side support for the clinical team.  The team includes dentists, hygienists/therapists, clinical dental technicians and administration staff.

Dental Nurses can be employed in general practice, hospitals or the community dental services and can also train as a Dental Nurse in the armed forces.

What you'll be doing

During the Apprenticeship you will cover areas such as:

  • Health and Safety
  • Roles and Responsibilities of a Dental Nurse
  • First Aid Essentials
  • Preparation and maintenance of the  environments, instruments, and equipment for the clinical dental procedure
  • Oral Health Education
  • Radiography
  • Dental Caries, Periodontal Disease
  • Crowns, Bridges and Dentures
  • Cross Infection Control

How do you get into the industry?

There are no minimum levels of entry: however, some employers may prefer you to have a good standard of general education such as GCSE’s in Maths and English. You will also be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS Check).

Like all Apprenticeships, in order to start a Dental Nursing Apprenticeship, you need to have a job or a placement in the industry as it is a work-based qualification.

Further Progression

You can further your career by taking additional courses in:

  • Impression Taking
  • Applying Fluoride
  • Radiography
  • Oral Health Education
  • Combined Diploma in Hygiene Therapy

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Dental Nurse Advanced Apprenticeship - Level 3

In order to start a Dental Nursing Apprenticeship, you need to have a job or a placement in the industry as it is a work-based qualification.

There are many places that you can go to find a job; the Total People Website, the Apprenticeship Vacancies Website, local papers, Internet job sites and the Job Centre Plus.


This will be dependent on the size of the employer and if the employer is an apprenticeship levy payer. This can be discussed with Total People Ltd.  

Advanced Apprenticeship - Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing

What qualifications will I gain:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing 
  • Functional Skills Maths Level 2
  • Functional Skills English Level 2
  • Additional Qualifications included within the course
    •  First Aid at work
    • Health & Safety

Exam Units

  • Unit 305 - Principles of Infection Control in the Dental Environment
  • Unit 313 - Assessment of Oral Health and Treatment Planning
  • Unit 314 - Dental Radiography    
  • Unit 315 - Management of Oral Health Disease and Dental Procedures

End Point Assessment (EPA)

  • An EPA has to be undertaken to pass the Dental Nurse Apprenticeship standard. The EPA must be assessed by a different organisation than the one delivering the training.

The EPA consists of:

  • (75%) A 2000-3000 word project which demonstrates the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for a dental nurse. The project will be based on a theme that is relevant to the dental practice.
  • (25%) An interview (structured discussion) between the apprentice and the EPA centre focussing on the project results and how they have performed during the apprenticeship.
  • Apprentice is graded a Distinction, Pass or Fail.

Length of the course:

21 months Approximately

Dental Nursing

Apprentice Dental Nurse

Holmes Chapel Dental Practice in Crewe
£8,840 per year
21 months duration
Dental Nursing

Dental Nurse Apprenticeship

Waterloo Dental Practice in Stoke-On-Trent
£7,488 per year
21 months duration