Dental Nursing - Letterkenny

ATU - Donegal Campuses


Course Name Dental Nursing - Letterkenny
Course Provider ATU - Donegal Campuses
Alternative Provider(s) ATU - Atlantic Technological University
Course Code AU173
Course Type Higher Education CAO
Award NameNFQ ClassificationAwarding BodyNFQ Level
Level 6 Higher Certificate (Level 6 NFQ)  More info... Major Atlantic Technological University Level 6 NFQ
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Attendance Options Full time, Daytime
Location (Districts) Letterkenny
Duration 2 years full-time.
Specific Subjects or Course Requirements Additional Requirements
• O6/H7 in either Phy, Chm, Pch, Bgy or Ags
• F2/O6/H7 in Maths
• Garda Vetting
• Vaccination: Students are required to be vaccinated and demonstrate immunity to Hepatitis B prior to going on placement.

Higher Certificate (Level 6) and Ordinary Degree (Level 7)

5 Leaving Cert. subjects @ grade O6/H7 or better

Subjects must include either English or Irish.

Minimum points score of 160 points
Leaving Certificate General Entry Requirements

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Students who achieve grade H6 or better in the Higher (Honours) maths exam will receive 25 additional points. Bonus points will also apply to Honours maths results from previous years. For maths results from 2016 and e...

QQI FET Applicants General Information

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QQI Leibhéal 5/6 (FETAC)
Applicants must present a full major award at Level 5 or higher. A record achievement, a minor award or a component award will not meet the minimum entry requirement. You must have at least 120 QQI...

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Mature Applicants

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Mic Léinn Lánfhásta

If you are applying for first-year and will be 23 years of age (or older) by 1st January in the proposed year of entry you are defined as a “Mature Applicant”.

Do mature applicants have any advantag...

Alternative Entry

Expand+UK and Northern Ireland Applicants
Iarrthóirí ón Ríocht Aontaithe agus Ó Thuaisceart Éirinn

An award at Level 3 on the UK framework is the minimum entry standard for year one.

Standard UK/NI applicants
Standard applicants are those pres...

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Number of Places 18
Course Fee

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Rules on fees and grants are subject to change. Please check the websites of the HEA and SUSI for the most up-to-date information on the criteria for determining liability for fees and/or eligibility for grants. See

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Financial Support If you feel you may need financial assistance in university, apply for financial support as early as possible. The sooner you apply the sooner you will know if you are eligible for a grant. Applications usually open in March of each year.

You can check your eligibility on and
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 Programme Description
The main aim of this programme is to produce graduates who are licensed to practice as dental nurses. This programme will provide dental nurses with the appropriate multi-disciplinary skills to enable them to play a key role in dental practices.
Subjects Taught

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Year 1
• Clinical Dentistry 1: Patient care, Materials and Instrumentation
• Patient-centred Communication Skills
• Clinical and Related Skills for Dental Nursing
• Nutrition and Oral Health Promotion
• Biological...


Expand+Did You Know?
A dental nurse works as part of a dental team in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings. In Ireland, they are mainly employed in General Dental Surgeries, Dental Clinics or Specialist Surgeries. They are responsible for ensuri...

Careers or Further Progression Career Opportunities
Successful graduates find work in dental surgeries, dental hospitals and in the Health Service Executive (HSE). Graduate careers include working as a dental nurse.

Further Study Options
Graduates may progress to a range of programmes such as dental hygiene and dental practice management in institutes and universities in Ireland and abroad.
Further Enquiries Dr Kim McFadden,
Head of Department of Life and Physical Sciences,
Points History
Year Points
2022 216
2021 180
2020 233