Level 3 Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery (Dental Nursing)


Course fee £720.00
What this includes:
Full tutor support throughout
Course and exam fees
This does not include:
Extension or resit fees



Course title: Certificate in Minor Oral Surgery (Dental Nursing)
This course is aimed at dental nurses who wish to assist in the provision of minor oral surgery treatments in both general practice and hospital environments.
Awarded by: DELTA Awards




Structure: The course is delivered by way of 6 modules. This course requires the involvement of a workplace supervisor / expert witness who will take overall responsibility for the practical evidence completed within the workplace. This person will receive their own account login and be required to sign off the evidence submitted. Please ensure you have this person in place prior to course application. Failure to do so will compromise course progress.
Grading: Pass or fail




Candidates must hold GDC registration and a recognised Dental Nurse qualification.

Access to a range of minor oral surgery procedures








This course is assessed by:

  • Workplace Record of Competence which forms 30% of the final grade
  • Essay submission – an extended essay with research element is required in the final module and forms 20% of the overall grade
  • Case study – an extended case study on a specific area of minor oral surgery should be completed and forms 10% of the overall grade
  • Final examination – a 60 minute written exam on all subjects covered forms 40% 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 final examination.

Practical Component: Optional – Suture removal
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 Module 1 Assessment
Dental Anatomy revision
Anatomy of the head
Multiple choice questions
Module 2 Content Module 2 Assessment
  • Pre-operative procedures
  • Patient selection and evaluation
  • Referral and pre operative assessment
  • Pre and post-operative instructions
In module patient case assignments
Module 3 Content Module 3 Assessment
  • The clinical environment
  • Dental Surgery
  • Hospital
  • Common oral surgery procedures
End of module essay questions
Workplace Portfolio of Evidence
Module 4 Content Module 4 Assessment
  • Complex Oral Surgery treatments (such as biopsies, apicectomy, cyst removal or denucleation, non-standard extractions)
  • Anxiety and pain control
  • Medical emergencies
  • Post operative complications
Extended case study
Workplace Portfolio of Evidence
Module 5 Content Module 5 Assessment
  • Physiology of blood
  • Haemorrhage and healing
  • Wound management
End of module assignments
Extended essay (submitted at the end of the course)
Module 6 Content Module 6 Assessment
  • Suture removal
WPE logs


Extended Case Study

The candidate is required to complete a case study which involves the treatment of a more complex oral surgery case.

  • 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

Extended Essay

An extended essay on the action of blood with regard to the mechanisms of clotting, wound healing and abnormalities in the healing process. Candidates will be required to reference their work and research the content. The essay should be in the region of 1500 – 1800 words. This contributes to 20% of the final grade.

Portfolio of Workplace Experience

A workplace portfolio is required to demonstrate practical skills when assisting with a range of minor oral surgery procedures.

Access to some or all of the following procedures is required:

Non-surgical extractions
Surgical Exposure and/or removal of an impacted tooth
Non-/Surgical Removal of Supplemental or Supernumerary Teeth
Soft Tissue Biopsy
Cyst removal

This contributes 40% to the final grade.

Written Exam

Candidates will be required to sit a final written exam of 60 minutes duration. The examination is provided electronically and candidates are able to undertake this in their own environment under strict, remote invigilation. This contributes to 40% of the final grade.