Diploma in Dental Nursing


NFQ Level 7, Special Purpose Award

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure that the programme and module content as described in the University's Calendar and Book of Modules for the 2020-21 academic year are accurate. However, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, no guarantee is given that programme/module content, delivery and assessment may not be altered, cancelled, replaced, augmented or otherwise amended. Any changes will ensure the same competencies and Learning Outcomes are met. Programme and/or Module Coordinators will communicate any such changes to students.


This 16 month part-time, outreach programme aims to provide the Dental Nurse with practical skills supported by the theoretical knowledge required to understand the Dental Nurse's role and responsibility as part of the dental team.

From 2017 onwards students must have successfully completed the Leaving Certificate with a minimum of a Grade O6 in five subjects or equivalent examination OR be over 23 years of age and must have secured clinical placement at the time of application (New grading scheme - TGRUSE).

Fitness to Practise
Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake of first year students (including repeats), this programme will be subject to the University's Fitness to Practise Policy - full details may be found here.

In order to be admitted to the University Examination in Dental Nursing, a student must have satisfactorily attended (subsequent to entry to the College of Medicine and Health) prescribed modules amounting to 120 credits:

DN1001 Ethical Issues in the Provision of Dental Care (5 credits)
DN1002 Microbiology and Cross Infection Control for Dental Nurses (15 credits)
DN1005 Dental Anatomy and Physiology (Oral and Systemic) for Dental Nursing (10 credits)
DN1007 Dental Pathology and Disease (10 credits)
DN1008 Restorative Dentistry for Dental Nurses (10 credits)
DN1009 Oral Surgery for Dental Nurses (10 credits)
DN1011 Oral Health and Development for Dental Nurses (10 credits)
DN1012 Dental Practice Administration (5 credits)
DN1013 Clinical Student Portfolio (20 credits)
DN1015 Medical Emergencies for Dental Nurses (10 credits)
DN1016 Dental Research Based Project (15 credits)

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2020/2021 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2020/2021.

Two Year Rule
Students must pass/progress within two academic years of first registration for each year of the programme. Students are permitted to repeat any academic year once only and may not repeat any more than two academic years in any one programme.

Programme Learning Outcomes for Diploma in Dental Nursing (NFQ Level 7, Special Purpose Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

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