PDA Dental Radiography (Operator)

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This course will provide the underpinning knowledge relevant to operating safely with radiation in a dental practice/clinic. It will prepare the Dental Care Professional to act as an Operator as they follow the prescription provided to them by a General Dental Council (GDC) registered dental practitioner.

The delivery of this programme will be remote, there may be occasions when you are required to come on to the Coatbridge Campus for practical activates.


Candidates must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) as a Dental Care Professional (DCP). They must also have full support from a dental practitioner(s) who will sign a declaration stating that they will be responsible for practical skills development relating to, setting up for, and exposing patients to radiation.


Whilst at college you will learn the theory and simulated practical skills to set up for a range of intra and extra-oral dental images. Within your workplace or practice placement you will expose patients to radiation following the prescription from a dental practitioner and under guidance and supervision.