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I was thinking of doing a dental nurse Apprenticeship and then completing an orthodontic therapy course. However I'm looking at current and past vacancies, they all require at least 2 years experience post qualification. How difficult was it for you to become employed after your course?
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I was thinking of doing a dental nurse Apprenticeship and then completing an orthodontic therapy course. However I'm looking at current and past vacancies, they all require at least 2 years experience post qualification. How difficult was it for you to become employed after your course?
Hey! Did you end up doing this? This is exactly what I'm thinking of doing now. My aim is to get into an orthodontic therapy course as that's where my interest lies, but I've also seen most courses require at least 2-3 years of qualified work before you can apply.
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Hey! I’m a dental nurse with nearly 2 years post qualification, I’m currently in the journey to eventually do orthodontic therapy myself. They do require 2 years post experience, however, I don’t have any experience with ortho at all so that’s what I’m doing now! Hopefully, within the next months I’ll feel ready. You also do need a trainer which will be a specialist orthodontist. Hope this helps!
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(Original post by Jada111)
Hey! I’m a dental nurse with nearly 2 years post qualification, I’m currently in the journey to eventually do orthodontic therapy myself. They do require 2 years post experience, however, I don’t have any experience with ortho at all so that’s what I’m doing now! Hopefully, within the next months I’ll feel ready. You also do need a trainer which will be a specialist orthodontist. Hope this helps!
Hey! How are you finding dental nursing? I'm yet to start but I know that I eventually want to end up in orthodontics and really want to do the orthodontic therapy course. I did some shadowing of a therapist a few weeks ago and loved it! I actually applied for hygiene and therapy this year but after some work experience realised that my interest is in orthodontics and not in the health side of dentistry.
I've heard about the trainer, I guess if you work in an orthodontic practice you can find a trainer more easily? Is that the idea? Thanks for your help!
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Hii! Me personally I really enjoy it! Especially if you work in a practice which is willing to support your goals. I would say to keep that in mind. Also, nhs and private practices can run quite different. I’m currently in a private practice and I do prefer it but suppose depends on the person. Yes, you’re right. If you do work in an ortho practice it would be easier but bare in mind if the practice/trainer are willing to support you at that time. Sometimes you find practices where every nurse wants to do the course so it’s a a bit of wait as some practices won’t have multiple ppl doing the course at one time! Hope that helps! Feel free to ask more questions :-)
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