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Professional Course

Clinical Dental Technology

This course is designed to train and prepare qualified dental technicians for the Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology exam at the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh).

Why study with us

  • Learn with real patients in our on-campus Dental Clinic under the supervision of experienced clinical teachers.
  • You'll be supported with personal tutors and unlimited access to a web-based learning system.
  • Our step-by-step approach means there's no clinical experience necessary. This will prepare you for the demands of being a professional clinical dental technician.

Award: Pre-registration
Level: Professional Course, CPD
Delivery: Distance learning (online) with some attendance
Study mode: Part-time
Duration: Two years 
Campus: Preston
Start date: September 2024, September 2025

Applications for 2024 entry are now closed. Applications open in October 2024 for September 2025.

Course overview

The course is delivered over six terms spanning two years. Each term has five teaching sessions of two consecutive days:

  • Thursday - mainly theoretical and laboratory-based teaching
  • Friday - mainly clinical teaching

All clinical teaching, training and treatment sessions will be supervised by qualified and experienced university clinical tutors. The hands-on emphasis on clinical training makes for an exciting and interactive way of learning.

Entry requirements

  • You must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) as a dental technician.
  • An academic qualification in dental technology, or;
  • An equivalent professional qualification, or;
  • Significant and relevant proven professional experience is required.
  • Successfully pass the application and interview.
  • Satisfactory DBS clearance and health screening.
  • A current certificate of immunisation against communicable diseases (Hepatitis B).
  • Agreement to notify us of any events that would affect DBS reports as they might occur through the duration of the programme.



This course is based in the School of Medicine and Dentistry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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