24 Furness Quay, Salford Quays M50 3XZ

What is the aim of the course?

The aim of the course is to enable the participant to use ionising radiation safely to produce diagnostic images. The course will provide training as required by the IR(ME)R 2000, Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000. It will enable the course participants to undertake radiographic projections used in dental practice.

What will I learn?

On completion of the programme the participant will:

  • Have knowledge of the equipment and principles of radiation physics to be able to work safely and effectively in producing a diagnostic quality image.
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of different radiographic techniques to provide safe and effective imaging of patients taking into account their individual needs
  • Be able to work autonomously whilst still under the direction of the clinician and whilst working within current UK legislation regarding ionising radiation
  • Be able to perform intra-oral radiographs on prescription
  • Be able to perform extra-oral radiographs on prescription.

Course content

This course is designed for qualified dental nurses who would like to be more involved with patient care and support their dentists in the diagnosis and treatment planning by providing good diagnostic radiographs. Teaching on the course will cover:

  1. Radiation Physics
  2. Radiation protection
  3. X-ray apparatus and equipment
  4. Films and processing
  5. Quality Assurance
  6. Digital Imagery & Interpretation
  7. Principles of imaging
  8. Radiological anatomy
  9. Common dental pathology
  10. Practical Techniques

How will I be assessed?

The course assessment comprises of two elements:

1. a written examination (including a compulsory section which must be passed in order for the candidate to be awarded an overall pass)
2. the portfolio including reflective reports, the recording of practical

Entry Requirements

  1. Participants must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC), and hold the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses Certificate or equivalent.
  2. Participants should have at least two years post-qualification experience.
  3. The support from the participant’s place of work (General Practice or Community Services) is essential. Participants must have a named supervisor (Dentist or suitably qualified person) who will authenticate the workplace experience required for completion of the clinical experience.

Application Process

  1. ICE Application Form
  2. Brief (1 side A4) CV
  3. Statement on why you would like to study the course

If you would like to apply please contact us on: 0161 413 8335 or garry.peel@icedental.institute 


5 Lecture days

plus 1 Revision day

plus 1 Exam day


15th – 19th of July 2019

Revision Day + Exam Day TBC


ICE Postgraduate Dental Institute & Hospital