Oral Health and Application of Fluoride Varnish Certificate

Oral Health and Application of Fluoride Varnish Certificate




Partner Institution

Why study this course?

The course is run over approximately one semester and during that time students will attend up to 5 days for delivery of the course content. The remaining time will allow students the opportunity for practical application and demonstration of competence in the clinical environment. This will involve the application of fluoride varnish and giving oral health advice under supervision. An overview of anatomy and physiology of the mouth, use of fluoride in oral health, oral health advice and education, fluoride varnish application and patient care management, special considerations when working with children, professional issues of legal and professional aspects of dental nursing.


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Entry Requirements

Further details on entry requirements can be found on the partner institution course page.

Further Information


The course will be taught in well-equipped classrooms with access to phantom heads for simulated clinical practice. The course will be assessed by:

  • Direct Observation of Practice (DOP's) including oral questions – this activity will take place in the classroom setting
  • Clinical log: this is a record of learning activities and personal reflections that students will be doing in their own clinical environment over the period of the course


The course is led and delivered by a variety of oral health care specialists. The course team are highly experienced and appropriately qualified to provide the academic and underpinning knowledge to the clinical subjects.


The aim of the module is to prepare registered dental nurses to deliver evidence based oral health advice and apply fluoride varnish.


  • Demonstrate technical expertise in the application of fluoride varnish to child and adult teeth
  • State the evidence underpinning oral health advice for the public
  • Identify the causes of dental diseases and the action of fluoride in improving dental health
  • Provide safe and effective oral health advice to children and adults in community and clinical settings
  • Describe the legal and professional conditions informing duties and roles for dental nurses within their scope of practice 
  • Reflect on the role of dental nurses in relation to prevention improving oral health


Partner Institutions

The UCLan partnership network offers higher education courses in 22 Partner Institutions, allowing students to study locally for their HE award. Partner students are able to take advantage of a wide-range of University facilities as well as accessing the facilities available at the Partner Institution.

Many of the courses run in partner institutions provide the opportunity to ‘Move On’ or progress to UCLan to complete a programme or to study for a higher qualification.


The full list of modules indicated on this course page are for information purposes only. Certain modules may not be delivered every year and delivery might be dependent on the number of students selecting a given module. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this course, you are accepting that it is possible that not all of these module options will be available. At (or before) the start of each academic year, you will have an opportunity to discuss your course and preferred module options with your tutor. The University will then do all it reasonably can to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred module options.

Partner Institutions

This course is delivered at the following partner institution(s):

VSM Healthcare

8 Salmon Field Business Village

Telephone: 0161 665 2882
Fax: 0161 665 5884