|Course title:||Certificate in Advanced Oral Health Practice|
|This course is aimed at dental nurses who wish to provide oral health advice and education to patients as part of a treatment plan or as a preventive measure. Learners will also be able to apply fluoride as part of a treatment plan, and undertake plaque scoring to facilitate oral health education.|
|Awarded by:||The Dental Education, Learning and Training Academy|
|Structure:||The course is delivered by way of 6 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|
|Assessment:||This qualification is assessed by:
Candidates must achieve a pass in all assessments to gain the qualification.
|Resit Arrangements:||Candidates can receive a small course extension to amend or change any information in the case studies or essay submissions.
Candidates get two attempts at the final examination.
|Practical Component:||The application of fluoride and undertaking of plaque scoring|
|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|
|Dental Anatomy revision
Most popular oral diseases:
Two case studies which contribute to the final grade
|Module 2 Content||Module 2 Assessment|
Communication and session planning
|In module questions and answers|
|Module 3 Content||Module 3 Assessment|
The use of fluoride and its application
Managing dental caries
|Workplace evidence of the application of fluoride to 10 patients
End of module questions and answers
|Module 4 Content||Module 4 Assessment|
|Prevention of Dental Disease in children
||End of module essays
Case study which contributes to the final grade
|Module 5 Content||Module 5 Assessment|
||Submission of a workplace record of experience detailing 5 patients who have undergone plaque scoring
Extended case study which contributes to the final grade
|Oral Health Session
An oral health advice session to a group with a minimum of three participants
An oral health presentation or talk to a larger group e.g. Brownies, school group or ante-natal group
An oral health session for a new mum to include advice for both the mum and the new baby
The candidate is required to complete 6 case studies which involve their role in the treatment of patients by providing oral health advice. The case studies are assessed collectively and contribute to 30% of the final grade. All case studies must include:
- Details of the treatment undertaken
- The role of the dental nurse during the treatment
- A critical evaluation of the appointment(s) including identification of strengths, areas of good practice and areas of improvement
- Where possible, supporting literature should be included to justify treatment management decisions
An extended essay on the management of a patient with barriers to oral health care. This essay title is provided in the final module of the course and the candidate has until the exam to complete and submit. This contributes to 10% of the final grade.
Oral Health Session
The candidate has a choice of three activities to undertake. They should produce full session plans, detailing aims and objectives of the session, information about the session and a full evaluation. This must be witnessed in full by a suitable person who is required to write a report.
Candidates will be required to sit a final written exam of 90 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.