A university-validated degree has launched at New College Lanarkshire - the first of its kind for the Dental profession in the UK.
The BSc Dental Nursing has been created by New College Lanarkshire and University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in response to demand from industry professionals to provide a programme of study for dental nurses to future-proof their career and place them at the same level as other professional groups within a dental team.
The partnership offers the 13 students now enrolled on the course the opportunity to study the university-validated degree-level qualification within the vibrant and innovative college environment – including its industry leading dental facilities which opened in February 2016.
Kirsty McPherson, 28 from Maryhill, is enrolled on the BSc course alongside employment with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. She said:
“I enrolled on an evening course with the College to complete my HND while continuing employment. Everything we were learning was relevant to what I was experiencing in the workplace so I was delighted when I heard the College would be running the degree!
“Everything blends together well and being able to study helps build my skills, knowledge and confidence and gives me an in-depth understanding of the work I am carrying out.
“The BSc will also ensure a better standard of Dental Nursing in Scotland – if nurses have better opportunities to improve themselves, there will be better provision for patients.
“Offering the degree level course also recognises the importance of Dental Nurses, and allows us to further our careers and ensure we are providing the highest standard of practice.
“I love coming to New College Lanarkshire – the facilities, staff and curriculum are fantastic and I am already seeing benefits to my career.”
Jennifer Lowe, Assistant Head of Faculty for Care and Science at New College Lanarkshire, said:
“We are delighted that 13 students have enrolled with the course – launching the degree is an absolute landmark moment for the industry.
“The BSc Dental Nursing was developed in response to demand from employers, training providers and dental nurses to be qualified to degree level and beyond.
“With the introduction of the degree course at the College, I am confident that we will produce very highly skilled and sought after practitioners.
“I started my career are a Dental Nurse and never in my wildest dreams did I think that a degree for Dental Nursing would be available. The opportunities it will provide are endless and I look forward to seeing the successes of all our students.
“I would like to thank our partners at UWS who have made it possible for the students, and for guiding us along the way in creating what we hope will be a highly successful programme.”
The degree programme is offered to students who have an HND or equivalent in Dental Nursing in partnership with UWS – the first model of its kind for its School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery.
Karen Wilson, Dean of University of the West of Scotland’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 attend New College Lanarkshire’s Coatbridge Campus for one day per week spanning two academic years – allowing students to study while on the job.
Students are trained in the College’s state-of-the-art dental facilities, allowing them to learn advanced Dental Nursing practice while putting their skills to use in a practical environment.
Students who take on the degree will have the qualifications to work at an advanced level within a practice and employers will benefit from having staff who are qualified in Dental Nursing as well as leadership, health promotion and the latest technology.
To find out more about the course or to apply, visit: http://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/dental-nursing