Level 3 Certificate in Implant Dental Nursing


This course is aimed at dental nurses who wish to improve their knowledge and clinical skills when assisting with dental implants.



Course title:                     Implant Dental Nursing

This course is aimed at dental nurses who assist with patients undergoing implant placement and associated treatment and who wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of this patient group.

Awarded by:                    Delta Awards

Structure:                         The course is delivered by way of six modules.  Five modules are mandatory and must be passed with the sixth module containing elective topics for the student to choose the most appropriate for their requirements.

Grading:                            Pass or fail

Pre-requisites:                Candidates must hold GDC registration and a recognised Dental Nurse qualification. Candidates must work in an implant dental practice and have access to a minimum of 15 implant patients with varying treatment plans. Full practice support is required.

Assessment:               This course is assessed by:

        • Workplace Portfolio of Evidence to record involvement in 15 patient cases where dental implant treatment is being conducted. This forms 30% of the final grade
        • One case study which forms 20% of the overall grade
        • The completion of two elective topics from a selection which makes up 20% of the final grade
        • Final examination – a 60 minute written exam on all subjects covered forms 30% of the overall grade


Candidates must achieve a pass in all assessments to gain the certificate.


Resit Arrangements:      Candidates can receive a small course extension to amend or change any information in the case studies or essay submissions.

                                                Candidates get two attempts at the online examination


Practical Component:    Students must select two elective units to complete from the following:

Treatment Co-Ordinator

Clinical Photography

Impression Taking or Intra Oral Scanning

Suture Removal

Advanced Implant Procedures


Guided Learning Hours: This programme is 300 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)

Course length:                 9 – 12 months

Credits:                             This course attracts 30 credits



Course content:

Module 1 Content 

Health and Safety, Medic-Legal and Patient Management



Module 2 Content



Module 3 Content

 Anatomy and Physiology


Module 4 Content

Treatment planning and chairside



Module 5 Content

Implant Treatment


Module 6 Content

Elective Topics:

Choose two from the following:

  • Treatment co-ordinator
  • Clinical Photography
  • Impression Taking or Intra Oral Scanning
  • Suture removal
  • Advanced Implant Procedures

Students must complete a minimum of 5 of the following advanced treatment options to include at least 2 different treatment types:

  • Hard/Soft Tissue Augmentation
  • Abutments
  • Restorative (denture)
Module 1 Assessment:

 In-module assignments

Final examination


Module 2 Assessment

 In module assignments

Final Examination


Module 3 Assessment

 In module assignments


Module 4 Assessment

End of module assignments

Workplace Portfolio of Evidence

Case study

Final examination

Module 5 Assessment

End of module assignments

Workplace Portfolio of Evidence

Case study

Final examination


Module 6 Assessment

End of module assignments

Workplace portfolio of evidence

Final examination






Case Study – The candidate is required to complete a case study which involve their role in the provision of dental implants to one patient from initial planning to the completion of the treatment. Details of the treatment undertaken to include:

  • The role of the dental nurse during the treatment
  • A critical evaluation of the appointment(s) including identification of strengths, areas of good practice and areas of improvement
  • Where possible, supporting literature should be included to justify treatment management decisions


Workplace Portfolio of Evidence

The candidate is required to demonstrate their involvement with a minimum of 15 patients undergoing implant dental treatment. The candidate is also required to select two of the elective units in the sixth module and will be required to present practical evidence in their portfolio to support their learning.

Written Exam – candidates will be required to sit a final written exam of 60 minutes duration. The examination is provided online and is available four times a year. Candidates will be required to undertake this under strict examination conditions.