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NEBDN for the Certificate in Dental Radiography

Course syllabus and examinations

Enrol Now for Wednesday, 8th May 2024

24 hours over six months, 9am to 1pm one Wednesday every 4 weeks – Live interactive and online

The syllabus is designed to provide Dental Nurses with the educational experience, including the knowledge, critical understanding, intellectual skills, practical skills and personal attitude to enable them to provide effective and safe radiography for dental patients.  

NEBDN Certificate is equivalent to a Level 4

Course Information and Syllabus

SmileWisdom invites registered dental nurses to join the NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography course.

Successfully qualified dental nurse who is awarded the NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography will be able to act under prescription as an IR(ME)R operator, in order to safely take intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs of patients. This is a highly valued skill, giving you an edge when applying for the jobs you really want.

During this course you will have:

  • A standardised and quality assured learning experience
  • An independent and objective assessment of theoretical and practical knowledge
  • A portfolio of evidence of practical experience in the form of a detailed Record of Competence ( RoC )
  • A nationally respected and recognised qualification
  • The eligibility to become an IR(ME)R, operator
  • All hours for this course will also contribute to core e-CPD as per GDC requirements

NEBDN qualification are nationally recognised and instantly understood by prospective employers. The SmileWisdom course is accredited against NEBDN standards to ensure that all candidates get a fully supported learning experience and are best prepared for the busy world of general dental practice.


  1. Radiation physics
  2. Radiation protection
  3. Apparatus & equipment
  4. Films & processing
  5. Digital Imaging
  6. Principles of imaging
  7. Film handling
  8. Techniques
  9. Intra- oral techniques & Extra- Oral techniques
  10. Digital imaging
  11. Quality assurance
  12. Care of patient

Record of Competence (RoC)

You will be required to complete a work-based Record of Competence (RoC). There are three sections to the RoC

  • Practical Competence Assessment Sheets (PCAS)
  • Case studies
  • Supplementary outcomes

To apply for the course you must:

  • B registered with the General Dental Council (GDC)
  • Be sufficiently fluent in written and spoken English to communicate with patients, their relatives, the dental team and other healthcare professionals in the UK
  • Be able to meet the work-based clinical requirements of the Record of Competence ( RoC )
  • Be currently working in general dental practice

Fees and location

Duration:  6 months
Frequency: Monthly class of 4 hours each
Where: Live Online and fully interactive *

*Live Online lectures take place in a ‘virtual classroom’ on our teaching platform.
Our live online study mode means you can study with us from anywhere in the UK. Our advanced teaching platform will let you feel like in a real classroom, without having to spend time and money on commuting. Perfect if you are looking to combine good quality education with a busy lifestyle.


This is a 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.

Award of qualification

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must:

  • Complete and satisfy the requirements of the Record of Competence
  • Pass the examination.

Awarding Body:

National Examining Board for Dental Nurses (NEBDN)

Your practice must be willing to allow you to take radiographs and supervise you in doing so.

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Key Information

Course: Dental Radiography
Qualification: NEBDN Certificate in Dental Radiography
Level: Equivalent to Level 4
Start Date: Wednesday, 8th May 2024
Duration: 6 months
Number of Hours: 24
Day: One Wednesday every 4 weeks, 9am-1pm
Where: Live online with your tutor teaching all your classes
Target Exam: March 2025
Price (incl. VAT): £900
Exam Fee: £205
Total (incl. VAT): £1,105
Payment Options: Monthly instalments or full payment as preferred
Tutor:Dr Liz Moran, BDS

Why Study at SmileWisdom Dental Academy?

  • You will be taught by qualified and registered dental tutors, most of whom are also NEBDN examiners
  • You will benefit from interactive methods
  • Our exam pass rate is over 95%
  • SmileWisdom students can benefit from the TFL 18+ Student Oyster Photocard, Totum student card which gives you discounts and deals at 100s of popular brands  You will also save 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets. This will be for the period of your course
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