NEBDN for the Certificate in Dental Radiography

Course syllabus and examinations

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Terms and Conditions
  • Be student focussed with small classes providing personal attention
  • Run courses and events at "work friendly" times meaning less time off work
  • Be run by dental professionals for dental professionals
  • Be located in modern convenient training facilities
  • Offer flexible course payment plans
  • Be dedicated to the training and education of dental professionals
  • Be run solely by dental professionals for dental professionals with the highest possible standards of tuition
  • Provide the highest possible training and education for dental professionals in a small class environment.
  • Provide a positive learning environment
SmileWisdom has an impressive 98% pass rate for the NEBDN Diploma in Dental Nursing London

Your Interest

    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.  

    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, location and key information

    Key Information
    Duration:  6 months
    Frequency: Monthly class of 4 hours each
    Starts date: 1st September 2021
    Day/time: Wednesday 9am to 1pm
    Where : The British Dental Association
    64 Wimpole Street,
    W1G 8YS


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

    • Part A – 60 multiple choice questions (MCQ)
    • Part B – 15 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.

    Why Study at SmileWisdom Dental Academy?

    • You will be taught by qualified and registered dental tutors, most of whom are also examiners
    • You will benefit from interactive methods including role plays, simulations and group work. The course will take place at The BDA (British Dental Association), the home of UK dental Professions. The BDA is at 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS
    • Professionally equipped class rooms with free refreshments
    • SmileWisdom students can benefit from the TFL 18+ Student Oyster Photocard. You will save 30% off the price of adult-rate Travelcards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets. This will be for the period of your course