Dental Radiography

About this course

NLDC’s Dental Radiography course is an accredited certificate by the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN). This course is for already registered dental nurses who wish to become more involved with dental hygiene, therapy and assessing diagnostic radiography.

This radiography course aims to train the dental nurse to act under prescription as an Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulation operator. The nurse will acquire the skills needed to perform safe radiography on patients. Within this course both Intra-oral and Extra-oral X-rays will be covered and protocol that IR (ME) R provides to protect the patients from the ionizing radiation will be looked at.

Radiography summary

The course provides GDC registered nurses with experience and knowledge of using different types of X-rays. The student will learn practical skills to allow them to operate effective and safe radiography on patients.


The Dental Radiography course is a 6-month program that comprises a total of 40 hours. Moreover, all the attended days are verifiable CPD (Continuing Professional Development) hours.


A Record of Competence will be required to attend the program. You will have to complete three sections: Practical Competence Assessment Sheet, Case Studies and supplementary outcomes.


The dental nurses who are looking to be awarded must complete and satisfy the requirements of the Record of Competence and pass the written exam.

Entry requirements

To get enrolled on our accredited Dental Nurse Course you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have your hepatitis B vaccination.
  • A valid proof of ID.
  • A valid visa with permission to work in the United Kingdom (non-UK resident students).
  • National Insurance Number

Please be aware that it is mandatory to complete our training course before you can begin working as a Trainee Dental Nurse. To enrol on our courses we require applicants to successfully pass a initial assessment test.

Why to choose us?

Dental nursing is a career that is well paid and allows great progression. At NLDC we have a recruitment team which is very established and is one of the best in London. Our students have first placing in NHS, Private or mixed practises.

Fees and key information

Course typeDiploma

Typical duration6 months


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Course Overview

This 12 month dental nursing diploma course is comprised of a written examination, practical examinations and a workplace portfolio (Record of Experience).


The awarding body for the National Diploma for dental nurse qualification is the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN.) NLDC is an accredited NEBDN training centre. We offer a choice of evening, weekend and daytime classes in our modern and comfortable training centre.


You will also be required to complete an e RoE (Record of Experience), which is a practical experience record which needs to be completed within deadline provided by the NEBDN. To complete your RoE you should be working in a dental practice as a Trainee Dental Nurse.

What will be your roles as a Dental Nurse?
  • Set up for each and every patient, providing the Dentist with the correct equipment and instruments.
  • Assist the Dentist during treatment by passing relevant instruments and equipment, aspirating and retracting if necessary.
  • Prepare and mix materials.
  • Write patient notes correctly and efficiently as dictated by the Dentist.
  • Monitor the patient as of entering the room, during treatment and as they leave the surgery.
  • Offer support and reassurance to patients.
  • Carry out stock control.
  • If and when a Dental Nurse works on reception, duties may involve:
    • Greeting patients and checking them in.
    • Answering the phone and interacting with patients.
    • Booking appointments.
    • Taking payments.
    • Liaising with laboratories and referral practices/hospitals.
What can you achieve after successfully completing this qualification?

Can register with GDC and have a better prospect.
Can go for post graduate courses and become a Specialist Dental Nurse.
Can get better wages.
Can get on to a Dental Hygienist/Therapist courses.
Can get on to an Orthodontic therapist course.
Can become an Oral Health Educator and many more.

What will you study in this course?
  • Law and ethics in dentistry
  • Health and safety
  • General anatomy
  • Oral anatomical structures
  • Human Physiology
  • Medical emergencies in dentistry
  • Oral diseases
  • Oral Surgery
  • Oral Cancer
  • Oral Health Promotion
  • Dental Radiography
  • Endodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Restorative dentistry
  • Drugs used in dentistry
  • Dental materials
  • Dental Implants
  • Periodontics- for gum and other surrounding tissues
  • Dental Charting etc