Dental nursing programmes and qualifications

Details of qualifications leading to registration with the GDC as a dental nurse can be found in this section. You will also find the details of the schools which offer programmes in these qualifications.

Registering with the GDC

If you wish to register with us, please check your qualification is listed below. If it is, you can then apply for registration. If you hold an older qualification not listed below, please check our list of historic qualifications or contact us.

If you have qualified outside the UK, please follow your route to registration.

Inspection reports

Under the details for each school are links to the most recent GDC inspection reports for each programme. Please note that the first report for a programme will not be published until the year the first cohort graduates, or later if an ongoing sufficiency decision cannot be given at that point. At the end of each report are observations received from the school on the contents of the report and any requirements and recommendations made by the GDC.

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 us.


Certificate of Higher Education in Dental Nursing

This programme has been provisionally accepted by the GDC Registrar. The decision as to the approval of a new programme for dental care professionals will not be made until the first cohort has completed their studies and examinations, or assessments, and the programme inspected by the GDC. 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


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 2017

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 2011

BSc (Hons) Advanced Dental Nursing
DipHE Advanced Dental Nursing
Certificate of Higher Education in Dental Nursing