Colchester Institute offers a range of training opportunities in dental nursing. All of the courses offered require employer support and employment in a dental practice.
How do I become a dental nurse?
Dental Nurse Apprenticeship programmes are designed to prepare you for work and to develop employability skills and professionalism for working in a dental setting. For applicants interested in a career in dental nursing with no experience this is the ideal opportunity for you. If you choose an Apprenticeship you will complete a course of study called a ‘standard’ which would include a recognised Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing. At the same time you will be employed in a dental practice with a contract of employment with day release to college.
The Dental Nursing Team at Colchester Institute has excellent links with employers in Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire and support students aged 16 – 21 in finding employment. We work closely with dental practices and aim to match applicants to suitable workplaces where possible, often in their own local area.
The full-time Technical Certificate in Preparing to Work in Dental Environments provides learners with an introduction to Dental Nursing. This course is suitable for applicants interested in progressing on to the Advanced Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing, or working as a receptionist in a dental surgery.
Courses are delivered by a highly qualified team of dental nurse tutors with a range of professional experience and their expertise is valued by our students. Their practical team-based approach to dental nursing ensures a friendly and supportive learning environment. Our excellent facilities include a fully-equipped dental surgery and decontamination suite that simulate work in a real dental practice, where you can learn about a range of dental procedures and techniques.
Already employed as a dental nurse?
If you are already employed as a dental nurse we offer part-time courses and CPD training to allow you to extend your skills and knowledge. For applicants who are already employed as a dental nurse we offer the opportunity to complete the Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing as an evening study course.
If you are a registered dental nurses and aspire to specialise in a particular area in the dental care profession or to become a practice manager there are opportunities with the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN), including the Certificate in Oral Health Education.