The distance learning NEBDN accredited Oral Health Education course is suited to registered dental nurses who desire to become qualified oral health educators. The course is an excellent stepping stone towards retraining to become a hygienist. The course takes 6 - 12 months to complete depending on when you enrol and is comprised of:
- Online learning modules
- A Record of Competence (RoC) portfolio
- A written exam
Who should apply?
You should only enrol for this course if you are employed, qualified, registered, indemnified and:
- Have emailed firstname.lastname@example.org the required documentation below;*
- Have access to five of the seven specified patient groups (see groups below);
- Are able to meet the NEBDN record of competence requirements - see below.
- Have access to one or more committed mentors/supervisors;
- Have the self-discipline required to complete the course;
- Have access to a computer and the internet;
- Feel you are motivated enough to complete the course;
- Are able to attend one of the listed exam locations below.
* We require the following documents completed and signed by yourself and your employer.
Please email scanned copies (you may take photos and email these) to email@example.com.
The RoC must take a minimum of three months to complete and includes:
A) Assessment of seven patients, four of whom must each be seen twice.
B) Production of a detailed written case study (with a word count of 2250-2750 words). This is usually one of the patients from the topic ranges requiring second visits.
C) Supplementary outcomes including:
- An exhibition demonstrating knowledge of the syllabus
- A record of verifiable CPD relevant to oral health education
- A reflective account
You must have access to the following topic ranges:
To be seen on two occasions
Prevention of Caries
Non-Carious Tooth Surface Loss
To be seen on one occasion
Care of Dentures
Care of Fixed Prosthesis
Care of Orthodontic Appliance
Throughout your RoC, you need to see at least five of the patient groups below:
Pregnant / nursing mothers
Parents of pre-school children (4 and under)
Parents of primary school children (5 – 11)
Seniors (65 and older)
People with special needs / medically comprised people
Exams are held twice per year at the NEBDN Manchester Centre or DNN Brighton Centre. Please note that exam centres are subject to change and are not guaranteed. The next available exam dates are:
|Last day to register with NEBDN to sit this exam||RoC to be completed no later than*|
|September 2021 ( date unknown)||28/02/2021||15/06/2021|
* We need to confirm your exam entry. In order to do this, we must have signed off your entire RoC as satisfactory by this date.
** NEBDN extended this date on 04/08/2020
Oral Health Promotion During a Time of Pandemic
The aim of this webinar is to learn how to utilise your skills and expertise outside of the dental surgery to promote good oral health habits during a time of pandemic. One hour of verifiable CPD awarded upon completion.
Oral Health and General Health
The aim of this webinar is to understand the connection between oral health and general health. One hour of verifiable CPD awarded upon completion.
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Pay by telephone – 020 7193 0584
Request invoice – email firstname.lastname@example.org
The refund policy only applies if you have paid the course fee in full (£675.00) and does not apply if you paid by payment plan. Payment plan payments will not be refunded.
Modules 1-7 are non-refundable, and are valued at £199.00 including VAT.
Remaining fee: £476.00
If you have NOT completed the exam enrolment forms and applied for the RoC or started the RoC assessment tutorials, the remainder of the course fee is part-refundable. See table below:
|Cancel within 30 days||Receive refund: £476.00 minus £50.00 processing fee.
|Cancel within 60 days
Receive refund: £476.00 minus £75.00 processing fee.
|Cancel within 90 days
||Receive refund: £476.00 minus £125.00 processing fee.|
|Cancel after 90 days
What happens if I can't sit the exam I have registered for?
You can defer the exam if you are unable to attend it or if you do not complete your RoC in time. The current fee for this is £30.00 (this is subject to change). When you register for an exam, you only have three attempts to sit the exam. For example, if you defer your first exam, this will count as one attempt and you would have two attempts left. Please contact email@example.com directly if you need to defer. Please note that there may be additional charges with DNN depending on when your online course and support access is due to expire.
What happens if I use up all my exam attempts?
If you use up all your exam attempts due to failing or deferring exams you will need to restart the course again.
What if I fail my exam?
NEBDN currently charges £175.00 to resit an exam. NEBDN charges are subject to change.
Can I get a refund if I decide to cancel?
The NEBDN exam fee is non-refundable. If you have purchased this and not completed the exam entry forms, DNN will refund part of the payment. Please see above refund policy.
Certificate in Oral Health Education Module 1: The Oral Cavity
Learners will refresh their knowledge on the oral cavity including tooth formation, structure and function with a brief review of the tongue and salivary glands.
Certificate in Oral Health Education Module 2: Caries and Periodontal Diseases
In part one, learners will explore the caries process, risk factors and treatment options. In part two, learners will explore the signs, symptoms and management of the most common periodontal diseases .
Certificate in Oral Health Education Module 3: Other Diseases of the Oral Cavity
In part one, learners will explore tooth surface loss, xerostomia, dentine hypersensitivity and staining. In part two, learners will explore peri-implant diseases, candidiasis, koplik spots and ulceration.
Certificate in Oral Health Education Module 4: Essentials of Oral Health Education
In part one, learners will explore plaque removal, fluoride and diet . In part two, learners will explore caring for fixed and removable appliances and the link between general and oral health.
Certificate in Oral Health Education Module 5: Patient Groups
In part one, learners will explore giving tailored oral health advice to different patient groups. In part two, learners will explore the role other healthcare professionals, wider determinants of health and different types of socialisation.
Certificate in Oral Health Education Module 6: Becoming an Oral Health Educator
In part one, learners will explore the role of the oral health educator and managing anxiety and challenging behaviours. In part two, learners will explore how to communicate effectively with patients, overcome barriers and plan tailored sessions.