Course Structure

Course Overview

Are you interested in working as a Dental Nurse? This is a professional oriented course designed to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, competences and attitudes to be a Dental Nurse and to facilitate progression within education, as part of further study. Dental nursing is a dynamic, people-orientated and fulfilling career. The programme is both innovative and learner centered with both work-based and blended learning elements to enhance the educational experience, by working in conjunction with Dental practices and through using technology to enhance learning. Students will be also be given opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities, such as volunteering, during their time in the college to facilitate and enrich their personal development.

Course Entry Requirements

The following are the entry criteria for the Dental Nurse programme:

  • School leavers with a minimum of a grade O6 or H6 in five subjects orequivalent

  • FET graduates with a Level 5 award or equivalent in a related field area

  • Mature applicants can be assessed through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process for access purposes, based on their relevant prior learning and work experience .

Leaving Certificate Biology or Level 5 certification in Anatomy and Physiology or equivalent is desirable. All applicants will be interviewed, and must have sufficient competence in English to participate successfully. Where English is not an applicant’s first language, these applicants may be asked to undergo English language assessment in cases where no evidence is presented of a B2 level of English language proficiency. Applicants must have personal access to a computer and internet facilities for completion of the course work and engaging in blended learning. Marino College endeavours to provide an equal opportunities education and training setting. Students can be assessed to determine their level of learning support needs.


Modules List (indicative - may change)

Year ONE

  • Foundations of Practice

  • Dental Nursing Theory and Practice

  • Clinical Dentistry I

  • Personal and Professional Practice

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Clinical Portfolio I 

**Students are required to undertake 2 days of work experience per week in Year 1 and block placements. As this is a professional course, there is a mandatory block placement of 10 weeks which takes place in June - August for Clinical Portfolio II.

Year Two

  • Clinical Dentistry II

  • Health Promotion Care and Disease Prevention

  • Dental Practice Management

  • Clinical Portfolio II

  • Design Thinking Project

**Students are required to undertake 3 days work experience in Year 2 and block placements.

Work placements must be agreed and approved before course commencement. All students must be Garda Vetted (NVB) and receive the Hepatitis B vaccination prior to taking up work placements.


Future Prospects

Upon qualifying, students are encouraged to extend their knowledge through participation of post qualification courses.

  • B.Sc in Dental Practice Management with Oral Health Education  (Athlone IT) 

  • Certificate in Oral Health Education (NUIG/Marino Institute)

  • Certificate in Dental Radiography (Dublin Dental Hospital/UCD) 

  • Dental Hygiene (TCD/UCC)

  • Orthodontic Therapist (TCD)


Course Requirements

Course Code

NFQ Level 6 in Dental Nursing

Subject to validation by QQI and approval by relevant regulatory bodies including the Irish Dental Council
20 months


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+ The courses are a great gateway to amazing career opportunities

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