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Trinity College Dublin

Dublin , State ,Ireland

Diploma Dental Nursing

What is a Dental Nurse?

The dental nurse plays an important role in the organization and management of the dental practice, assists the dentist in all aspects of patient treatment and plays a vital role in inpatient care. The main duties of a dental nurse include infection prevention and control, chair-side assistance, preparation and maintenance of dental surgery and patient care.

This course gives you the skills and practical competence needed to work in dental surgery. You will learn about the day-to-day running of a dental practice and acquire the qualifications for entry to the Dental Council Voluntary Register of Dental Nurses.

Dental Nursing: The course for you?

If you have an interest in working as part of a dental team in the delivery of oral healthcare and have a caring and understanding disposition, this may be the course for you. Skills required of students considering dental nursing include communication and organization skills, the ability to use initiative, and the ability and willingness to work closely with the dental team in providing support and assistance during the provision of dental treatment. The dental nurse may also be involved with the administration of the dental surgery.

Through the course, you will be able to develop good patient skills and learn to communicate effectively in a healthcare environment.

Dental Nursing at Trinity

This two-year course is based in the Dublin Dental University Hospital beside Trinity’s campus. Clinical facilities are of a very high standard and class sizes are small so that students receive considerable staff input into their progress throughout the program. The course is very practical throughout, allowing students to progressively develop practical clinical skills. Graduates of the Trinity School of Dental Science and Dublin Dental University Hospital (DDUH) are highly sought after due to the extensive clinical exposure obtained during this program.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of Dental Nursing, you will be able to find work in a variety of working environments, including dental hospitals and Health Service Executive dental clinics, as well as in general and specialist dental practices. Depending on the work setting, advancement in the field may include senior dental nurse, clinic nurse manager, practice manager, marketing representatives for relevant companies, dental nurse tutor, course co-ordinator, and the area of health promotion.

Further courses of study are available to dental nurses, including the Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy.

Your degree and what you’ll study

The Diploma in Dental Nursing course is divided into practical and academic components. Both academic teaching and practical clinical experience are gained at the Dublin Dental University Hospital (DDUH) at Trinity.

Dental Nursing students attend DDUH from Monday to Friday, from 8.30 am to 5 pm, but there will be opportunities to enjoy university life at various times during the week. The first year will be a combination of lectures and clinical practice, which will provide students with a variety of learning opportunities.

In the second year of the program, the students will have the opportunity to work with various dental clinicians in a wide variety of disciplines. Clinical experiences will be gained within the DDUH environment, external institutions and private practices.

First-year modules

  • Microbiology and Pathology
  • Physiology and Medical Emergencies: Clinical Dentistry I
  • Anatomy, Public Oral Health and Social Concepts in Dentistry
  • Clinical Dentistry II and Computer Skills
  • Clinical Placements I

Second-year modules

  • Clinical Dentistry III, Practice Management and Health Psychology
  • Clinical Placements II
  • Case Study

Intakes

  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 60

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

If you are an international student studying at Trinity, you might be considering internship and graduate work in Ireland, in your home country, or elsewhere. This section provides information for Non EU students on working in Ireland during and after your studies. For information and resources to support an international job search, see our Devex resource which includes international job search advice and information.

Employers value candidates who have more to offer than a good degree with high grades. They look for students who are well rounded and who have experience outside the classroom. Search for and take advantage of opportunities to gain experience, develop your skill set, and gain a clearer picture of what you like and don't like in terms of career options.

For example, you can get involved in some of the many student clubs and societies in college, volunteer or get a part time job. Remember that voluntary work is as valuable as paid work on your CV or resume - it's a great way to demonstrate your skills to future employers. Have a look at the TCD Civic Engagement website and check out volunteering opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

PSW Opportunity

2 Year

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • General Entry Requirements
  • Class XII – ISC, CBSE
  • 80-90% in six subjects at XII depending on course (or 5 at Grade XII and 1 at Grade X) Mathematics up to Grade X

International Baccalaureate

  • 3 subjects at Grade 5 (Higher Level)
  • 3 subjects at Grade 4 (Standard Level),
  • including English & Maths
  • 32 to 40 points, depending on course

A-levels

  • 4 A2 or best 3 A2 plus one AS
  • Pass in English & Maths
  • *75% or above / HL Mathematics required
  • at Class XII level for Computer Science,Engineering, Science and Mathematics courses

*Additional requirements may apply for some courses

  • English Language Proficienc Test
  • IELTS - 6.5 (No individual band below 6)
  • TOEFL - 90 (Written score 21)
  • PTE Score -63 (No section below 59)

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  • Course Code: TR801
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Under Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 02 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 27516 EUR
    Annual Cost of Living: 12000 EUR
    Application Fee: 55 EUR
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