Who is this course for?

various toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste on marble topAn Oral Health Educator has an important and valuable role within a dental practice to promote good oral health care and work with patients to help prevent oral disease.

The NEBDN Certificate in Oral Health Education is specifically designed to equip a Dental Nurse wishing to develop professionally to become an oral health educator, with the knowledge and skills required to be able to effectively deliver oral health care messages, educate various patient groups and have the ability to adapt information and communication to the specific needs of the patient.

The Oral Health Education course is for Registered Dental Nurses who wish to further their knowledge and specialise in Oral Health Education, enabling them to take a more active role in the promotion of Oral Health.

What does the course include?

Record of Competence (RoC)

When registering for the qualification, the learner must have access to carry out practical skills with a range of patient types offering preventative oral health advice for a range of oral diseases.

The first 6 months of the course is focused on completion of the RoC to enable students sit the exam when planned. Please note, failure to complete the RoC will result in the course requiring to be extended which will incur a defer fee.

    The Record of Competence is in three parts:
  • Part A: Practical Competence Assessment Sheets (PCAS)
  • Part B: Case Study
  • Part C: Supplementary Outcomes (SO)

Part A - Practical Competence Assessment Sheets (PCAS):
Learners will complete the PCAS to provide evidence of their involvement in the oral health care of 7 individuals covering preventative advice for a range or oral health diseases. The setting should normally be within the learners own place of work but may be elsewhere if appropriate to the particular patient group.

Part B: Case Study
Learners will choose one patient for the production of a detailed case study.

Part C: Supplementary Outcomes (SO)
Learners will complete each of the supplementary outcomes to a level deemed satisfactory by Dentrain Professionals Ltd. The supplementary outcomes will allow the learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of areas of the syllabus in which they may not be able to gain clinical experience or which it may not be possible to assess by other means.

Students will be provided with a deadline to complete the RoC although this is always 3-4 months prior to sitting the exam. Upon completion of the RoC, this will go through an internal quality assurance process before being submitted to the NEBDN in preparation for the exam being booked.

Learning & Revision

Learners are not expected to attend our centre as this is a correspondence course which is learner led. Learners are provided with a number of different resources for learning material and are expected to carry out learning each week making their way through the materials provided with a calendar of dates to follow. The learning material provided is evidence based material which covers topics set out in the NEBDN syllabus and provides underpinning knowledge and understanding to help support practical skills along with preparation for the examination.

Mock exams are provided upon completion of the RoC and once learning from other material has been carried out. Mock exams help prepare further for revision for the examination.

Approximately 1 month prior to the expected examination date, the Tutor will arrange oral mock exams. These oral mocks will include random testing across the syllabus. Although this sounds daunting, this is a varied form of revision with excellent feedback from previous learners who have gone on to successfully pass the examination.

About the Examination

This is a 90-minute written examination composed of two sections:

  • Part A – 45 multiple choice questions (MCQ)
  • Part B – 30 extended matching questions (EMQ)

Examinations are held twice a year in March and September.

In order to be awarded this qualification, the learner must:

  • Complete and satisfy the requirements of the RoC
  • Pass the examination

Examination date

The examination date is published on the NEBDN website although examinations are held twice per year every March and every September. Please note, the timing of the exam will only be published nearer the time of the exam and the learner will be notified directly from the NEBDN. Please click here to visit the NEBDN website where the exam dates are published at the bottom of the page.

Tutor information

Our main Oral Health Education Tutor at Dentrain Professionals Ltd is Michelle Porter and Zoe Gee is our Internal Moderator. Michelle has been a qualified Dental Nurse for over 17 years and qualified an Oral Health Education Nurse in 2012. Michelle has a passion for oral health education and she started to tutor this course in 2015, she enjoys helping to support learners in achieving their goals with continuously high success rates.

Tutor support is available from 9am - 9pm 7 days a week with contact available via email, telephone, text or WhatsApp.

The Oral Health Education course is a remotely delivered course which is learner lead and whilst completing the Record of Competence (RoC) the learner is expected to record their progress on the online portfolio PebblePad in line with practical skills being gained in practice. The tutor is available to provide support and guidance throughout.

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the course is £900.

Please note, if candidates do not live on UK mainland, there will be a £25 surcharge to cover postage costs.

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Other useful contacts

We have a range of contacts available to support your needs at Dentrain. Please see below for further information.

Safeguarding Lead Complaints Officer
Zoe Gee
Mob: 07809 398984
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Safeguarding Officer
Careers Education Advice Guidance Officer
Qualification Lead
Michelle Porter
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Office: 01204 528652
Dentrain Professionals Ltd, Bridge Place, Rear of 22 Bridge Street, Bolton BL1 2EA