Course Dates

Our next diploma course begins-

November 2024 (Induction October)

April 2025 (Induction March)

We offer live online based courses with a tutor.

For OSCE revision sessions for external students please contact us for further information.


To enrol on the diploma course a completed application form along with a non refundable deposit of £200 is required, this is invoiced once the application form has been processed. The £200 deposit is deducted from the course fees.

Course Fee £1600 plus the Exam fee of £510.

National Diploma For Dental Nurses (NEBDN)​

The is a qualification approved by the General Dental Council (GDC) for statutory registration which became mandatory for all dental nurses from 31st July 2008. Under the GDC regulations, unqualified dental nurses may only work under supervision as trainees provided they are enrolled on a theoretical training course at an approved training centre. In order to be awarded the qualification, a candidate must complete the Electronic Record of Experience and pass the National Diploma Examination. The Electronic record of experience must be completed to register for the exams. Exams are held in April/June and November/January.


Want to find out more about our NEBDN National Diploma for Dental Nurses Course then please get in touch.

What does the coursework involve?

Coursework forms an essential part of the on-going assessment of training. The ‘Record of Experience’ (RoE) should be completed within 6 months.

This involves completing a series of on-line log sheets of workplace activities that have been observed by a GDC registered member of staff (a ‘Witness’). The ‘Witness’ assesses the log sheets and completes online feedback to the student.

Approximate time commitment for the Witness may be ½hr- 1hr a week (during completion of the Record of Experience).

For the student the commitment is 1½ – 2 hours a week – this will increase during the revision weeks.

The Witness Training Program is no longer mandatory but instead some guidance notes are provided by the NEBDN and should be read by the allocated witness who should be a GDC Registrant.

Course Delivery and Assessment

Students are required to attend formal live online classes along with their practical work placement to fulfill the Diploma course requirements. Our online based Diploma course runs one Saturday/one Friday per month with a duration of 12-13 months.

Timetable issued at the start of the course for the duration.

Lecture notes are sent electronically following each lecture and a tutor is always on hand to answer any questions outside of the scheduled class times.

Homework and assessments are set on an ongoing basis.

NEBDN constantly monitors and reviews the structure of the qualification and candidates are assessed on each part of the examination by the panel examiners, which will be verified by the National Examination Committee​

Topics Covered

  • Health and Safety and Infection Control in the workplace
  • Emergencies in the clinical environment
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in the Provision of Dental Care
  • Anatomical Structures and Systems Relative to Dental Care
  • Oral Disease and Pathology
  • Assessing Patients Oral Health Needs and Treatment Planning
  • Oral Health Promotion and Preventive Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Minor Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontic Procedures Dental Drugs, materials, instruments and equipment
  • Radiography
  • Communication

Course Entry Requirements

You must be employed as a trainee dental nurse by the time the course starts or within three months of the course commencing. If unable to secure a placement in this time frame then the candidate will be transferred onto the next available course.

We can assist candidates find a placement through our network of Practices subject to availability of placements and successful interview.

  • You will be required to complete an English literacy test.
  • You must be proficient in spoken and written English.
  • You must complete a practical Record of Experience, which requires the support of a dentist who will be required to validate workplace activities.
  • Students with previous experience will be considered for fast tracking.

Each application will be dealt with on an individual basis.

A completed application form should be submitted to enrol on the course.

Should the course be oversubscribed your application will be placed on a waiting list for the next available intake.

Recommended Text Books

National Diploma

  1. A text book for dental nurses
    H Levison 12th Edition – Blackwell
  2. Self assessment questions and answers for dental assistants
    Perridge – Wright