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Dental nurse

Assisting other dental health professionals, providing chair side support and a high level of patient care.

Regulated standard

This standard needs a training provider who is recognised by the associated approval body. Please check with the training provider for further details.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
18 months
Current funding band
Up to £6,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

None specified.

What apprentices will learn
  • oral anatomy and physiology, respiratory and circulatory systems
  • how infectious diseases are transmitted and prevented
  • dental materials, equipment and resources
  • how to deal with medical emergencies
  • legislative compliance and regulatory requirements
  • clinical skills
  • health promotion
  • patient care and management

Apprentices will achieve a qualification that has been approved by the General Dental Council (GDC) as meeting the requirements for entry to the professional register.

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C).

Professional registration

On completion, apprentices can register with the GDC as a qualified dental nurse.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
NCFE/CACHE 0191 240 8950
City and Guilds 0844 543 0000
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.