Certificate in Dental Radiography

The Certificate in Dental Radiography is run by the Dublin Dental Hospital in association with Diagnostic Imaging, UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science.

Programme Overview

The Certificate in Radiography is a programme designed for dental professionals currently working in dental surgeries who hold a recognised (Dental Council) dental nursing or dental hygiene qualification.

This programme is delivered online and supported by face-to-face teaching in your dental surgery and practical sessions in the dental hospital. A computer and internet connection is essential (preferably high speed/broadband connection).

Programme Duration

The programme is 6 months in duration.

Entry Requirements

All students require support from their employing practitioner to supervise their practical training and fill in their record of experience. This support must be verified by signature of the supervising dentist.

The following requirements are necessary for entry to the certificate programme:

· Students must hold a recognised dental nursing or dental hygiene qualification that satisfies entry onto the Dental Council of Ireland’s voluntary register for dental nurses or register for dental hygienists. Proof of qualification and registration are required.
· All students require ongoing support from their employing practitioner to supervise their practical training and fill in their record of experience. This support must be verified by signature of the supervising dentist.

Programme Award

Registered candidates who have successfully completed:
· All required examinations and assessments of the programme
· The record of clinical experience in the exposure of dental radiographs, verified by your employing practitioner to the satisfaction of the programme tutor.
· Attend all practical sessions as set out by the programme tutor
will be awarded a Certificate in Dental Radiography awarded by the Dublin Dental Hospital in association with Diagnostic Imaging, UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science.

Course Structure

The candidate must be employed throughout the duration of their study. Dentist support, supervision and record of experience assessment are essential to complete the programme. If for any reason employment ceases, or employer changes, the student must inform their course tutor. A time period appropriate to the situation will be allowed to the student to resume employment.

Course delivery

All academic sessions (lectures, demonstrations, and tutorials) will be delivered using a range of appropriate teaching methodologies.

All course materials will be available through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Moodle (except the core textbook which is included when the course fee is paid). Computer and high speed internet access is essential for undertaking the programme. Students must also have Adobe Acrobat 9 installed on their computer (available free for download) as well as power point or a power point viewer.

The programme commences in January each year.

Each student must have a valid email address.

Attendance at any workshops or face-to-face meetings are essential and no student will be granted permissions to be exempted.

Assessment

The programme is assessed on a continuous basis using a combination of online formative assessments, completion of the necessary practical technique training session, a portfolio of experience and a final online examination.

Students are required to complete a portfolio of experience, which is a record of their skills, knowledge and clinical experience gained in the workplace over the programme’s duration, which must be submitted for assessment to the Dental Schools. This record is completed under the supervision of the supervising dentist and any time may be requested by the course tutor for review at any time.

Programme Fee

The fee for the January 2017 programme was €1,150. This fee was inclusive of the core textbook.

Vaccinations

In accordance with the current Irish Dental Council Guidelines vaccination against the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is strongly recommended for all clinical dental personnel. Vaccination is also advised against tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, and tetanus.

Candidates are required to provide Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C documentation. All candidates must provide all of the following documentation at the time of application:

  • Proof of non-infection with Hepatitis B. This must be dated within six months of starting the programme.Candidates should ask their GP to carry out the following tests: HBsAg and HBcAb. The result should be negative. (In the presence of positive HBsAg or positive HBcAb, a negative HBeAg and negative HBV-DNA viral load result will be required).
  • Proof of non-infection with Hepatitis C. This must be dated within six months of starting the programme.Candidates should ask their GP to carry out the following tests: hepatitis C antibody test. The result should be negative. (In the presence of a positive hepatitis C antibody test result, a negative PCR test for hepatitis C RNA will be required).
  • Proof of Hepatitis B immunity. Candidates should ask their GP to carry out the following test: anti-HBs. The result should be greater than 100 mIU/mL. (If the result is less than 100 mIU/mL, please contact Pascaline Fresneau at pascaline.fresneau@dental.tcd.ie for further information).

For further information about these requirements for healthcare providers, candidates should consult the following:

Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland 2013: Chapter 4:  Immunisation and Health Information for Health Care Workers and Others in ‘At Risk’ Occupations: http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/hcpinfo/guidelines/

The Prevention of Transmission of Blood-Borne Diseases in the Health-Care Setting (Department of Health and Children 2006) https://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Hepatitis/BloodborneVirus/File,4352,en.pdf

Applications

Applications are available for submission at the end of August each year. The application form and updated course outline will be posted on this page once they are available.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, applications for the Certificate in Dental Radiography programme will not be accepted for the programme starting January 2018. We hope to resume the programme the following year.

Contact Details

For more information or to add your name onto our mailing list, please email dentalnursetutor@dental.tcd.ie.