Dental Radiography (Operator) for DCPs

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The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Dental Radiography: Operator at SCQF level 9 is for registered dental nurses who will be acting as operators working with x-ray generating equipment. It will develop the candidates’ skills and knowledge as they expose patients to ionising radiation taking a range of radiographs requested of them by a registered dental practitioner(s). 

Course Prospectus
Information Document


Download our course prospectus for more details on: 


  • Considering undertaking an additional qualification?
  • Aims and Learning Outcomes
  • Course Info: Content and Assessment Methods
  • Student Support
  • Course Format


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SQA Unit Specification
SQA Approved Centre



This document will provide guidance surrounding what will be covered in each outcome of the programme. 

It will be beneficial to download and save a copy of this document so that you can refer back to it at any time.

Unit Specification Download Link

Course Resources

Radiography Competency Video Showcase


A collection of short videos that will provide guidance and support when completing your practical competency assessments.  These videos should be used for reference, in addition to your study days and clinical demonstrations by by your supervising GDC registered Dentist.

These resources are password protected and only available to candidates currently undertaking the NES post registration programme. 


Course Dates and Instructions for Course booking

No course currently being offered – contact your Local Dental Education Centre

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For any queries contact the Lead DCP Tutor at your Local Dental Education Centre in the first instance. 

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