To undertake the qualification you must:
a) be registered with the General Dental Council
b) have the support of your employing dentist to act as a supervisor and validate workplace activities for the Record of Experience.
Instruction is both theoretical, covering subjects such as Radiation Physics and Digital Imaging, and practical, covering such topics as Principles of Imaging, Film Handling and Intra-oral Techniques. Nurses also study the radiology syllabus.
A record of experience must be completed by dental nurses to demonstrate their competence in:
Preparing equipment, materials and patients
Intra-oral and extra-oral radiography techniques
Assuring the quality of dental radiographs.
As part of the record of experience, nurses are required to take a minimum of 10 dental panoramic radiographs, 10 pairs of bitewing radiographs, and 20 paralleling technique periapical radiographs, a minimum of two bisected angle technique periapicals, a minimum of two occlusal views, and a minimum of two cephalometric lateral skull views. Three expanded case studies also need to be completed.
The theory is delivered on a Tuesday evening at Central Campus, once a fortnight, from 6pm till 9pm. Enrolment September for Examination following June.
To be awarded the Certificate in Dental Radiography, you must complete the Record of Experience to meet the national standard and achieve a pass standard in an hour-long multiple-choice examination, which is held at Birmingham Dental Hospital.
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