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In order to enter the National Certificate Examination, a candidate must be in employment as a trainee/student dental nurse. The candidate is required to undertake a theoretical course of training at an NEBDN Accredited centre and complete a work-based Record of Experience; this requires the support of a dentist who will be required to validate workplace activities.
In order to be awarded the qualification, a candidate must complete the equivalent of twenty-four months full-time employment as a dental nurse in addition to passing the National Certificate Examination.
The exam consists of:
Recommended time for completion 30 minutes
Written paper – 2 hours
In the Spotter the candidate is asked to identify in full 20 items arranged in groups of 4. The candidate may pick up any item to examine it but must replace it carefully in its original position. Shortened terms often used in daily practice (eg Cryer’s) are not sufficient for examination purposes and full marks would only be awarded for “Cryer’s elevator”.
1 minute is allowed for each group of 4
Candidates are required to carry out 2 practical tasks from a selection of 4 tests. Candidates are advised that:
Candidates undergo oral questioning to assess their depth of knowledge and understanding.
13 minutes are allowed for the Practical/Oral - up to 5 minutes for the Practical tests and the remainder of the 13 minutes for the Oral.
Completion of a portfolio of evidence
The examination is held annually on the third Saturday of March and November at a centre organised by NEBDN; there are a selection of National Certificate examination centers in the East of England region
During 2009 NEBDN has taken action to review and upgrade our qualifications to ensure that we maintain the high quality of our awards. Part of this work includes a full scale review of the National Certificate by an external Educational Advisor to ensure the qualification remains fit for purpose and continues to follow the General Dental Council’s guidelines with regard to Dental Care Professionals’ education and training.
As part of the review of the National Certificate marking process, it has been decided that all candidates who have failed the November examination will be able to re-sit just the sections they have failed in the following May rather than sitting the whole examination. This ruling will also apply to candidates sitting future National Certificate examinations.
Candidates will have the opportunity to successfully complete the failed sections within the three year period their Record of Experience is valid (Note – this is from the date of purchase of the Record of Experience). Should they not be successful during this time, it will be necessary for candidates to undertake the whole of the examination.
|1. Background to the Record of Experience||60.91 KB|
|2. Structure of NEBDN Record of Experience||34.3 KB|
|3. RoE Employer guidance information||32.54 KB|
|Diploma Exam Guidance||381.47 KB|
|National Diploma in Dental Nursing Info||105.09 KB|
|National Diploma in Dental Nursing Curriculum||544.85 KB|
|In Training||63.27 KB|