Dental nursing programmes and qualifications

Listed below are details of qualifications leading to registration with the GDC as a dental nurse and the providers offering these qualifications

Registering with the GDC

If you wish to register with us, please check to ensure your qualification is listed below. 

If you qualified several years ago and your specific qualification is not listed below, please check our historic qualifications page or contact the Registration team. 

If you qualified outside the UK, please check your route to registration. This includes qualifications awarded in the European Union, European Economic Area and all other primary qualifications awarded by an overseas institution.

Dental Nursing Assistant Level 3/Dental Nursing Assistant

We have recently been receiving applications from those who have completed qualifications for dental nursing assistant or dental nursing assistant level 3. Please note that these qualifications are NOT eligible for registration as a dental nurse with the GDC. You must hold one of the qualifications listed below in order to apply for registration as a dental nurse.

If you have any queries, please contact the Registration team.

Inspection reports:

Certificate of Higher Education in Advanced Dental Nursing

Programme delivered by Coleg Menai in collaboration with Bangor University and awarded by Agored Cymru.

This programme has been provisionally accepted by the GDC Registrar. The decision regarding approval of a this programme will not be made until the first learners have completed their studies and final assessments. The recommendations of the panel must then be considered by the Registrar. Please contact the provider for further information about the programme.

Certificate of Higher Education in Dental Nursing

A new version of the programme has been approved by the Registrar and is being delivered by the school. 

Cardiff University inspection report plus observations 2016


Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dental Nursing

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Dental Nursing (QCF)

City and Guilds inspection report plus observations 2015

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice of Dental Nursing

(Delivered in England and Wales only)

NCFE CACHE  inspection report plus observations 2022

SVQ Oral Healthcare: Dental Nursing Level 3 and the PDA in Dental Nursing

Certificate of Higher Education in Dental Nursing

Teeside University inspection report plus observations 2017