|Course title:||Certificate in Dental Imaging|
|This course is aimed at dental nurses who wish to undertake the practical aspects of dental imaging including Cone Beam CT, and become operators, enabling them to take dental radiographs and scans on referral from a suitable healthcare professional.|
|Awarded by:||DELTA Awards|
|Structure:||The course is delivered by way of six modules. All modules are mandatory and must be passed.|
|Grading:||Pass or fail|
|Pre-requisites:||Candidates must hold GDC registration and a recognised Dental Nurse qualification.
Access to Cone Beam CT is essential.
|Assessment:||This course is assessed by:
Candidates must achieve a pass in all modules to gain the certificate.
|Resit Arrangements:||Candidates can receive a small course extension to amend or change any information in the Workplace Portfolio of Evidence. A fee may be applicable.
Candidates get two attempts at the final examination included, further attempts will be charged.
|Practical Component:||Taking dental radiographs – Cone Beam CT is included in the programme and access to a Cone Beam CT unit is mandatory to complete the programme. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure access to all radiographic views.|
|Guided Learning Hours:||This programme is 300 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)|
|Course length:||9 – 12 months|
|Credits:||This course attracts 30 credits|
|Module 1 Content||Module 1 Assessment|
|Legislation||End of module assignments|
|Module 2 Content||Module 2 Assessment|
Faults and errors
|Quality assurance activity as part of the WPoE.|
|Module 3 Content||Module 3 Assessment|
|Equipment used in Image Production
Film Based systems
|End of module assignments|
|Module 4 Content||Module 4 Assessment|
|Interaction with Matter
Biological Effects of Radiation
|End of module assignments|
|Module 5 Content||Module 5 Assessment|
|Intra oral techniques
Extra oral techniques
|End of module assignments
|Module 6 Content||Module 6 Assessment|
|Cone beam CT
||End of module questions|
Workplace Portfolio of Evidence
The Workplace Portfolio of Evidence is completed alongside the online course work. This will demonstrate the learner’s practical ability with regard to the taking of radiographs and the safety of all concerned.
The WPoE consists of:
- 15 Periapical radiographs
- 10 pairs of bitewing radiographs
- 10 panoramic radiographs
A further 5 Cone Beam CT images.
Simulations or real views of:
- Occlusal views
- Bisected angle views
- Cephalometric views
Learners will undertake a risk assessment of their radiographic facilities and create a report of their findings
Quality Assurance / Image Audit
Learners will undertake an audit of a minimum of 35 dental images, highlighting faults and creating an audit report on their findings.
The Workplace Portfolio of Evidence contributes toward 60% of the final grade.
Candidates will be required to sit a final written exam of 60 minutes duration. The examination is provided electronically and candidates are able to undertake this in their own environment under strict, remote invigilation. This contributes to 40% of the final grade.