Courses and Seminars

NEBDN Certificate in Orthodontic Nursing

Course overview

This NEBDN qualification is for registered dental nurses who routinely assist during orthodontic procedures. This will give students the ability to practice competently and give them a greater understanding of orthodontic procedures.

Course tutor:
Maria Goodier
9.30am - 5pm

10 Months

Lecture Room, 3rd Floor Dental Extension

Suitable for:
Dental Nurses registered with the GDC who work with patients requiring fixed and removable orthodontic treatment
Available from the NEBDN website


"I enjoyed working in groups the most. I have met people with great knowledge, not only teachers but also other people attending this course. That's why I like working in groups, because I could also learn something from them. "
"My tutor has been very helpful with guidance and support offered very quickly when I needed it to avoid any delays with coursework. "
"I enjoyed the practical sessions, for example the cephalometric tracing session as it was hands on and there were enough support staff to help all the students. "
"After every single lesson my knowledge was growing and I felt more confident at my work place. The course improved not only my knowledge but helped me improved my clinical/technical skills. "

The course covers

  • Types of orthodontic treatment (fixed and removable)
  • Orthodontic records
  • Clinical photography
  • Interdisciplinary care
  • Legislation
  • Oral health education.

There are a maximum of 12 places available for this course.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the aims, limitations, risk and benefits or orthodontic treatment
  • Provide oral health instruction
  • Trace cephalometric radiographs
  • Prepare patients for and take clinical photographs
  • Demonstrate competence in assisting with the treatment of patients undergoing orthodontic treatment through the completion of a portfolio (Record of Competence).

Training dates

You will be expected to attend training on:

  • 19th September 2024
  • 31st October 2024
  • 28th November 2024
  • 9th January 2025
  • 6th February 2025
  • 5th March 2025
  • 10th April 2025
  • 8th May 2025
  • 12th June 2025
  • 10th July 2025


Entry requirements

  • GDC registration
  • Access to 50 orthodontic cases, including a minimum of 10 fixed, 10 removable and 5 functional as outlined in the Employer Information Sheet – Orthodontic Dental Nursing available here
  • Self motivation
  • Suitably qualified staff within the workplace who are willing to act as witnesses to your performance during completion of your Record of Experience.  Each witness will need to complete a Witness Training Programme prior to observing any performance.  Information regarding the Witness Training Programme is available here.


To gain the qualification you will need to:

  • Attend 80% of course dates
  • Successfully complete a NEBDN Record of Competence
  • Achieve a pass in the NEBDN written examination.

How to apply

For documentation on how to apply please download the application pack from here: Ortho 2024

All documents can be emailed to Please send all documentation using the same method.

Any applications received with missing documents will not be processed and will be returned directly to applicant.  

You will receive a confirmation email up to 3 working days from submission.


Further information

If you are interested in joining our mailing list, please email adding ‘Mailing List – Dental Orthodontic Nursing’ in the subject line to

Candidates who fail the examination will continue to be supported by the DTEC team at no extra cost until the expiration of their Record of Competence.  NEBDN however will charge a resit examination fee.  Details of fees payable are available on the NEBDN website (  These fees are to be paid to DTEC in the first instance and are then forwarded to NEBDN.

Candidates who choose to / or are required to defer entry to the examination will continue to be supported by the DTEC team but may be subject to charges according to the Examination Entry & Deferral Policy available here.