CAO Code LY816
  Letterkenny Campus

Higher Certificate

Dental Nursing

2 years  /    Level 6  /    Full-time   /   Work Placement

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A dental nurse works as part of a dental team in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings. In Ireland Dental Nurses are mainly employed in General Dental Surgeries, Dental Hospitals, Health Service Executive Dental Clinics or Specialist Surgeries.

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Certain semesters of this course are taken in common with other courses.

SEMESTER MODULES MANDATORY/ELECTIVE CREDITS CONTACT HOURS
1 Clinical Dentistry: Patient Care, Materials & Instruments Mandatory 10 6
Patient-centred Communication Skills Mandatory 5 5
Clinical & Related Skills for Dental Nursing Mandatory 5 6
Nutrition & Oral Health Promotion Mandatory 5 3
Biological Science Mandatory 5 3
2 Clinical Work Placement 1 Mandatory 10 30
Disease & Infection Control for Dental Nurses Mandatory 10 10
Ethical, Legal & Current Issues for Dental Nurses Mandatory 5 5
Clinical Dentistry: Anatomy & Pathology Mandatory 5 5
SEMESTER MODULES MANDATORY/ELECTIVE CREDITS CONTACT HOURS
3 Clinical Work Placement 2 Mandatory 30 30
4 Dental Practice Management Mandatory 5 6
Medical Emergencies & Clinical Pharmacology in Dental Nursing Mandatory 10 7
Clinical Dentistry: Special Pracatice Mandatory 5 5
Clinical Work Placement 3 Mandatory 10 30

Follow-on Courses

Follow up programmes elsewhere include:

  • A range of courses such as dental hygiene and dental practice management in institutes and universities at home and abroad

Key Information

CAO Key Dates:
Discounted closing date – 20 January (17:15)
Normal closing date – 1 February (17:15)
Late closing date – 1 May (17:15)
Change of Mind opens – 5 May (12:00)
Change of Mind closes – 1 July (17:15)
Round 1 offers – 20 August (06:00)

Further Information

Department Administration: +353 (0)74 9186310 / +353 (0)74 9186309 / +353 (0)74 9186302

Head of Department Dr Joanne Gallagher
Email: science@lyit.ie
Telephone: +353 (0)74 9186309

School and Department
School of Science
Department of Life & Physical Sciences