Extended Duties Courses for Dental Care Professionals

Certificate Cone Beam CT

This is a programme for Dental Care Professionals who are involved in the use of Cone Beam CT imaging for dental treatments. The programme contains information surrounding the legislation, safety and uses of the Cone Beam technology however the practical application should be conducted in the workplace by a suitably trained practitioner. DCPs must already hold a qualification in dental radiography to be able to undertake this course.

Prescribing and Interpreting Dental Radiographs

This course, in line with the General Dental Council's recent revision of the Scope of Practice, is designed to allow dental hygienists / therapists qualified before 2013 to make their own decision about the necessity of radiographs during dental treatment and the interpretation of these views.

This course is sectioned into two modules, the first concentrates on bitewing radiography and the second on periapical radiography. The modules can be undertaken separately or together depending on your clinical need.

Certificate of Competency in Impression Taking

This course is open to all dental care professionals and provides training to allow the taking of dental impressions. This course is now available as an online programme with the knowledge and theory aspects being provided as an online learning package and the practical aspects being undertaken in your place of work. The course can be started at any time and runs for 15 weeks. Following completion, a Certificate of Competency is awarded allowing the DCP to undertake dental impressions for study models, bleaching trays, bite guards, gum shields and retainers. We can also provide this course in- house if required.

This course fully complies with the GDC Scope of Practice requirements and the educational criteria defining Continuing Professional Development.

Please be advised, access to video messaging systems such as Skype / Facetime may be required.

Certificate of Competency in Fluoride Application

This course is available to all dental nurses who hold, or are working toward, the Certificate in Oral Health Education or equivalent. Dental nurses can complete the theory section of the course online, and must nominate a mentor to supervise the practical aspects within the dental environment. This can be a dentist, therapist or hygienist.

Certificate of Competency in Plaque Indices

This course is available to all dental nurses who hold, or are working toward, the Certificate in Oral Health Education or equivalent. Dental nurses can complete the theory section of the course online, and must nominate a mentor to supervise the practical aspects within the dental environment. This can be a dentist, therapist or hygienist. A workplace log is required of a minimum of 5 patients seen on two occasions.

Certificate of Competency in Placement of Rubber Dam

This course is available to all registered dental nurses and will provide the information and guidance needed to assist in dental treatments by the placement of rubber dam. Dental nurses can complete the theory section of the course online, and must nominate a mentor to supervise the practical aspects within the dental environment. This can be a dentist, therapist or possibly a hygienist.

Certificate of Competency: Suture Removal

This course is available to all registered dental nurses and will provide the information and guidance needed to assist in dental treatments by the removal of sutures following assessment by a dental surgeon. Dental nurses can complete the theory section of the course online, and must nominate a mentor to supervise the practical aspects within the dental environment. Nurses can elect to complete the course using intra oral sutures, external sutures or a combination of both.