First dental nurse degree course
New College Lanarkshire pioneers qualification
The first degree course for dental nurses in the UK has been launched in Scotland in an effort to increase professionalism and future proof careers.
The BSc Dental Nursing course has been created by New College Lanarkshire and validated by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in response to demand from within the industry.
The degree programme will be offered to students who have a HND or equivalent in dental nursing in partnership with UWS – the first model of its kind for its School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery.
Jennifer Lowe, assistant head of faculty for care and science at New College Lanarkshire, said: “The BSc Dental Nursing was developed in response
to demand from dentists as employers, dental nurses and dental nurse training providers that dental nurses should be qualified to degree level and beyond.”
Karen Wilson, dean of UWS’s School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, said: “The university enjoys extremely close links with New College Lanarkshire and we are delighted to have validated this programme which has been developed in response to demand from the dental sector.”
The part-time course is held over two academic years and learners will attend New College Lanarkshire’s Coatbridge Campus for one day per week spanning two academic years – allowing students to study while on the job.