The National Dental Nurse Training Programme of Ireland is a joint initiative between the Dublin Dental University Hospital and Cork University Dental School & Hospital and starts in September each year.

This is a sixteen month part-time programme for trainee dental nurses who are working in dental practices.

Lectures take place on a Wednesday evening from 6.30pm – 9.30pm from the end of August to the end of June. Students are to attend class each week at least fifteen minutes before the lecture starts.

The current course fee is €2,500 and is subject to change.

For information about the course, please visit the School of Dental Science website.


Candidates must be employed as a Dental Nurse at time of application and throughout the duration of their study. If for any reason employment ceases, the student must inform their Tutor and will be given a time period appropriate to the situation to resume employment.

The following requirements are necessary for entry into the programme:

Have completed a Leaving Certificate with a minimum of a grade D3 at ordinary Level (or a minimum of a grade O6 or H6) in five subjects.


Be over the age of 23 years. Such students may be interviewed at the discretion of the Dental Schools. Students with other qualifications (e.g. qualifications from outside Ireland) will be considered on an individual basis and may be interviewed.

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 applying for 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 applying for 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 for further information).

Candidates should print and/or show the above requirements to their GP to ensure that all three blood tests are carried out. Failure to provide any of the above will result in the application being rejected.

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

Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland 2015: Chapter 9:  Immunisation and Health Information for Health Care Workers and Others in ‘At Risk’ Occupations:
The Prevention of Transmission of Blood-Borne Diseases in the Health-Care Setting (Department of Health and Children 2006),4352,en.pdf

Students will be required to complete a Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course accredited by the Irish Heart Foundation during the programme as per the curriculum of the American Heart Association (2016 guidelines).


Please read in full the document entitled Application Process 2020 prior to completing the online application form. After reading this document, please complete the application form below.

After completing the online application, you MUST print, complete all parts and email the Supporting documentation 2020 to Lana Zmijalac at  Paper applications will not be accepted.

If you have any queries in relation to filling out the online application form, please contact Ms Lana Zmijalac at 01.612.7315 or email

Please click here to complete the online application form. All parts of the application process must be completed and submitted by Friday 13th March 2020.

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