UCC Undergraduate courses

Dental Nursing

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Dental Nursing

  • Code

    N/A

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    Pathway 1: 16 months part-time (Special Purpose Award); Pathway 2: 2 years full-time (Clinical Training)

  • Qualifications

    DipDN

  • Fees

    Part-time: €2,500; Full-time: €3,130 per year. (Not eligible for SUSI funding). See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    5 x O6/H7, Interview See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    N/A

  • Closing Date

    Closed for September 2022 entry.

Course Outline

The UCC Diploma in Dental Nursing was designed to meet the needs of the general dental community and has standardised dental nurse training in Ireland. It was developed as a joint initiative between Cork University Dental School and Hospital and the Dublin Dental University Hospital.

Successful completion of this course will permit entry onto the Voluntary Register for Dental Nurses with the Dental Council of Ireland.

This course aims to provide you with the practical skills supported by the theoretical knowledge to develop an understanding of the dental nurse’s role and responsibility as part of the dental team.

Modules

Pathway 1: Part-time 16-month programme

  • 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)

Pathway 2: Full-time (Clinical Training) 2-year programme

Year 1

  • 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)

Year 2

  • DN2111 Oral Health and Development for Dental Nurses (10 credits)
  • DN2112 Dental Practice Administration (5 credits)
  • DN2113 Clinical Logbook (20 credits)
  • DN2115 Medical Emergencies for Dental Nurses (10 credits)
  • DN2116 Dental Research-Based Project (15 credits)

Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and practical sessions.

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Course Practicalities

Expected lecture hours

You are required to attend lectures each Wednesday evening from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Expected lab/practical hours

A practical workshop will take place in April for one week which all students must attend. You must complete 2,000 clinical hours over the 16-month period. This will be gained either in the workplace or in the University Dental School and Hospital if you are successful in securing a clinical training placement in the Dental School.

Why Choose This Course

This course delivers a high standard of education, using state-of-the-art technology to provide dental nursing education outside of the major dental hospital centres in Ireland.

Throughout the course, video-conferencing, online learning and mobile learning will be used to enhance your learning experience. The use of technology means we can reach students in various geographical locations in Ireland, as well as create a blended learning environment for our students.

Skills and Careers Information

The Diploma in Dental Nursing provides you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are highly sought by dental practitioners.

The employment rate of our graduates is extremely high and there is also an opportunity to travel with your qualification. Some of our graduates have obtained work in the UK, Australia and Canada.

Requirements

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements

O6/H7 in at least five subjects in the Leaving Certificate.

Mature Students

Applicants should apply directly to the Admissions Office, UCC and may be required to attend an interview.

Fitness to Practise

This programme is subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy – see our Fitness to Practise page for more information.

Garda Clearance

All students on this programme will come into contact with the public and assume positions of trust through educational and training opportunities. To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, UCC is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake this programme.

Garda vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC once a student has accepted their place on the programme. It involves a police check to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether any criminal proceedings are pending. The Garda Siochána provide this information for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of six months or more (including permanent residence).

All students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of six months or more must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries or residence. This certificate should state that the student has had no convictions recorded against them while residing there.

Fees and Costs

  • Part-time: €2,500 total 
  • Full-time: €3,130 per year (Student Contribution + Capitation Fee)

Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for those that are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student contribution and capitation fees are payable by the student. Please note this course is not eligible for SUSI funding.

Please see Fees Office for more information.

How Do I Apply

Please note that this programme is open to EU applicants only.

The application process for the Diploma in Dental Nursing 2022/23 programme is now closed.

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact

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