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Dental nurse appreticeship

Hi, Im looking to take a gap year as I would like to reapply for dentistry in September of 2025 and I was looking for any dental nurse apprenticeships that I will be able to complete within my gap year. Does anyone know of any and do you think it will be possible to gain that qualification during this time. I would like to gain some more dental work experience during my gap so if this isn't an option what else can I do.
Original post by fhussain12345
Hi, Im looking to take a gap year as I would like to reapply for dentistry in September of 2025 and I was looking for any dental nurse apprenticeships that I will be able to complete within my gap year. Does anyone know of any and do you think it will be possible to gain that qualification during this time. I would like to gain some more dental work experience during my gap so if this isn't an option what else can I do.

Hi, dental nursing usually takes anything from 12-18 months depending on the course and they're very scheduled, based on deadlines so usually you can't speed it up. As you will have written coursework, portfolio, observations and exams. However, it's still a brilliant idea for you to have dental nursing experience without being a qualified dental nurse :smile:
Original post by Kingabrycka
Hi, dental nursing usually takes anything from 12-18 months depending on the course and they're very scheduled, based on deadlines so usually you can't speed it up. As you will have written coursework, portfolio, observations and exams. However, it's still a brilliant idea for you to have dental nursing experience without being a qualified dental nurse :smile:

ok thank you. So you think it would be a good idea to go through with it without actually completing the course
It'd be good to get your experience and will definitely help you be a better dentist, as you will understand all aspects of the job in dentistry. Being a dentist is just a part of it. It's worth trying but you will have to speak to your employer and check your contract, cause you can't be a dental nurse without being on a course. And some companies will make you pay for the course yourself if you don't complete it or leave straight after you completed it if that makes sense x
Original post by Kingabrycka
It'd be good to get your experience and will definitely help you be a better dentist, as you will understand all aspects of the job in dentistry. Being a dentist is just a part of it. It's worth trying but you will have to speak to your employer and check your contract, cause you can't be a dental nurse without being on a course. And some companies will make you pay for the course yourself if you don't complete it or leave straight after you completed it if that makes sense x

ah ok thank you so much

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