Dental Nursing - Athlone Campus

TUS - Athlone Campus


Course Name Dental Nursing - Athlone Campus
Course Provider TUS - Athlone Campus
Alternative Provider(s) TUS - Technological University of the Shannon
Course Code US661
Course Type Higher Education CAO
Award NameNFQ ClassificationAwarding BodyNFQ Level
Level 6 Higher Certificate (Level 6 NFQ)  More info... Major Technological University of the Shannon Level 6 NFQ
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Attendance Options Full time, Daytime
Location (Districts) Athlone
Duration 2 years full-time.
Specific Subjects or Course Requirements Laboratory-based science subject at Grade H6 in higher level or O3 in ordinary level, plus four subjects at Grade O6 at ordinary level, to include Mathematics and a language (English or Irish)
Leaving Certificate General Entry Requirements

Expand+Foundation Level Irish
Foundation Level Irish at Grade F2 will meet the minimum language requirement for all courses.

Bonus Points for Honours Mathematics
25 bonus points will be awarded to any CAO applicant who has gained a grade H6 or higher i...

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme LCVP Students apply through the CAO in the normal way. The LCVP module will be considered as a passing module provided the applicant achieves at least a pass grade. This will apply for entry to Honours Degree (Level 8), Ordinary Degree (Level 7) and Higher Certificate (Level 6) courses.

Points will be awarded for LCVP Link Modules as follows:
Pass: 28 points Merit: 46 points Distinction: 66 points
Leaving Certificate Applied Programme LCAP The LCA subjects do not meet the minimum entry requirements for admission to academic courses at TUS and are not considered passing subjects. Holders of the Leaving Certificate Applied programme may wish to undertake a QQI FET/FETAC in order to gain eligibility for entry to third level courses at TUS.
QQI FET Applicants General Information

TUS accepts QQI-FET/FETAC awards for entry on all courses of study. The following minimum entry requirements will apply to graduates of QQI-FET/FETAC qualifications who are seeking admission to courses at TUS.


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Mature Applicants A limited number of places are available for mature applicants (23 years of age or over on the first day of January on the year of application). Mature applicants must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for the programme and will also be assessed through face-to-face interview.
Alternative Entry

Expand+Trade Qualifications
A trade applicant, seeking admission to the first year of a course, should do so through the CAO. Such application may be on the basis of National Craft Certificate, Senior Trades or Advanced Tourism Certification Board (NTCB)/...

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Disability Access Route to Education DARE Web Page - Click Here
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Course Fee

Expand+All undergraduate course fees consist of two elements:

1. Student Contribution Fee and;
2. A Tuition Fee.

Student Contribution Fee
The Student Contribution Fee for the 2022/2023 academic year is €3,000. This is an annual charge, which is se...

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Financial Support

Expand+Students can apply through the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) for a grant to cover the
Student Contribution Fee. SUSI is the single awarding authority for all grant applications. It is an “online application system” and is accessed at...

CAO Application Dates and Fees

Expand+Entry 2023

Early online application (discounted): Fee €30 Closing Date: 20 January 2023 at 5pm

Normal online application: Fee €45 Closing Date: 1 February 2023 at 5pm

Late online application - restrictions apply (see page 3 2023 CAO Hand...

Course Content

Expand+What is this course about?
This course will give you the clinical competence to work as a dental nurse. Students with an interest in teamwork and communication will be supported to assist within a dental team. The dental nursing student will partici...

Subjects Taught What will I study?
Year 1: Clinical Dental Nursing Placement Stage I, Clinical Dentistry, Learning and Development for Higher Education, Infection Prevention and Control, Dental Anatomy, Human Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare.

Year 2: Clinical Dental Nursing Placement Stage II & III, Clinical Dentistry, Sociology for Healthcare, Psychology and Communication, Dental Research, Health and Safety in Dental Practice, Oral Health promotion, Business Management.
Comment Other Information
• QQI FET/FETAC Applicants

• Work Placement

• The Higher Certificate in Science (Dental Nursing) has the approval of the Dental Council of Ireland.

• All offers will be subject to Garda Vetting. Due to the risk of exposure to infectious agents in the clinical environment all applicants will be required to undertake a Hepatitis B vaccination.
Careers or Further Progression What can I do after the course?
Many dental nurses progress to Senior Dental Nursing roles and Clinical Dental Nurse managers. Other progressive parts include Dental Nurse Tutor / Educators, Practice Management, Treatment Co-Ordination, Marketing representatives within the dental field and Oral Health Promotion.

Further study pathways include; Orthodontic therapy, Dental hygiene, Sedation training, Radiography, and Dental Implant nursing.
Further Enquiries Dr Desmond Cawley
Head of Department of Nursing & Healthcare
Tel: (0)90 6471836
Course Web Page Web Page - Click Here
Points History
Year Points
2022 376
2021 311
2020 300