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Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert

A part-time, one year Postgraduate Certificate programme to develop students’ theoretical and practical competencies in the fast-developing world of sedation and pain management.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Part-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£6,075 (PT)
Overseas:
£12,205 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
20 March 2015

Entry Requirements

Minimum of a Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a relevant subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. All applicants must normally hold an approved medical or dental qualification and have a minimum of three years' clinical experience post-qualification.

English language requirement: Good

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

Alongside theoretical training, the programme provides clinical attachments to a course mentor at accredited sedation clinics in or near London. Students receive training in pre-sedation assessment and how to administer sedation to patients, and observe the criteria set for recovery and discharge of patients after sedation. Students also receive simulation training in the management of medical emergencies during sedation.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules worth 15 credits each.

Core Modules

  • Conscious Sedation Clinical II
  • Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical II
  • Conscious Sedation Clinical I
  • Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical I

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

Each student writes a 3,000 word referenced essay on a sedation-related topic as part of formal assessment.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, clinical skills seminars, problem-based learning and directly supervised clinical sessions sedating patients. Students also receive simulation training in the management of medical emergencies.

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Top career destinations for this degree

  • King’s College NHS Trust, Speciality Doctor in Oral Surgery, 2011,
  • Self Employed, Sedation Practitioner, 2010,
  • Eastman Dental Hospital, Specialist Dental Registrar, 2010,
  • Eastman Dental Hospital, Dental Consultant, 2010,
  • Worcestershire Primary Care Trust, Dentist, 2010,

Employability

The programme prepares graduates to practice as:

  • Operator Sedationists: as dentists they can conduct dental procedures and administer drugs for relief of pain and anxiety, conscious sedation.
  • Dedicated sedation practitioners: deliver the relief of pain and anxiety, conscious sedation, as a dentist conducts the dental procedures. This form of sedation practice is becoming very popular and the demand is increasing.
  • Sedation trainers.
  • Various graduates are now offering conscious sedation for the first time in their practices, and one graduate is now running airway certification courses.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme is available to both doctors and dentists, which is unique in the UK. The programme invites guest speakers from other institutions and the Programme Director himself is a visiting professor from UWC, Cape Town, providing connections with the international sedation community.

Find out more about the programme on the institute's Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert page.

Student / staff ratios › 80 staff › 420 taught students › 62 research students

Department: Eastman Dental Institute

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This limited attendance programme is open to both dental and medical practitioners.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-03-20

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • why you want to study Dental Sedation and Pain Management at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme at the EDI
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets your needs
  • what is your clinical/theoretical experience related to this programme
  • whether you think you would be able to offer conscious sedation as an option for patient treatment in your surgeries
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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