Higher Certificate in Science (Dental Nursing)

Higher Certificate in Science Dental Nursing

Course Overview

  • 2

    Years

  • 6

    Level

  • 275

    Points

  • AL631

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

AIT has been to the fore in developing higher education opportunities to degree level for dental nurses. The programme is delivered in an attractive, modern facility, situated on AIT’s East Campus.

Dental nurses play an important role in the modern dental practice. They assist the dentist during dental procedures. Their duties include preparing the surgery, setting out dental instruments, assisting during operations, dealing with patients and looking after cleanliness of the surgery. They may also be responsible for administrative duties such as making appointments and book-keeping. Dental nurses are typically employed by a dentist in private practice, by dental hospitals and by the HSE.

What will I experience?

This course will give you the appropriate multi-disciplined skills to enable you to play a key role in dental practices. These skills are in the nursing and business areas and will enable you to contribute effectively to the modern dental practice.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Many dental nurses find employment in general dental practices and opportunities also exist in dental and general hospitals in a more specialised capacity. After three years with a qualification and certain specified responsibilities, you may be promoted to the senior dental nursing grade within certain areas of the health service.

After graduating from this programme you may apply to join the BSc in Dental Practice Management with Oral Health Promotion at AIT. A number of AIT Dental Nursing graduates have been awarded places on dental hygiene courses through the UCAS UK college entry system.

Additional Information

The Higher Certificate in Science (Dental Nursing) has the approval of the Dental Council of Ireland.

60% of the Class of 2014 were in employment, while 27% were continuing their studies six months after competing their programme.

Course Details

Course Duration:
2 Years
CAO Course Code:
AL631
Cut Off CAO Points:
275
Median CAO Points:
340
Course Award:
Higher Certificate in Science
Course NFQ Level:
Level 6
Department:
Dept of Nursing & Healthcare
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Laboratory-based science subject at Grade H6 in higher level or O3 in ordinary level, plus four subjects at Grade O6 at ordinary level, to include Mathematics and a language (English or Irish)

QQI (FETAC):

Up to 6 places reserved for QQI students Any QQI level 5 qualification is acceptable. Applicants to this programme are required, however, to have the module Mathematics (5N1833) included in their award or alternatively have Leaving Certificate Mathematics and Biology (5N2746) or alternatively have Leaving Certificate Science at O3.

Course Structure

Year 1

Dental Nursing Practice Placement Year, Chemistry, Biology, Dental Professional Practice, Learning and Development for Higher Education, Dental Anatomy, Physiology and oral Pathology, Clinical Dentistry, Dental Materials.

Year 2

Dental Nursing Practice Placement Year, Dental Pharmaceuticals, Behavioral Science for Dental Nursing, Dental Disease and Infection Control, Clinical Dentistry, Dental Materials, Legal, Health and Safety, Medical Emergencies, Finance and Accounting.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Many dental nurses find employment in general dental practices and opportunities also exist in dental and general hospitals in a more specialised capacity. After three years with a qualification and certain specified responsibilities, you may be promoted to the senior dental nursing grade within certain areas of the health service.

A number of AIT Dental Nursing graduates have been awarded places on dental hygiene courses through the UCAS UK college entry system.

Work Placement

There is work placement in both years of this programme.

Further Study

After graduating from this programme you may apply to join the BSc in Dental Practice Management with Oral Health Promotion at AIT.

Bachelor of Science in Dental Practice Management with Oral Health Promotion

Bachelor of Science

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