Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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Drogheda Institute of Further Education

Drogheda Institute of Further Education

Dental Nursing


Course Code(s):  5M4468
QQI Award Code:  5M4468 Community Health Services
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course is aimed at students wishing to gain a nationally recognised Diploma in Dental Nursing from the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Dental Studies & Orthodontics
Restorative Dentistry
Anatomy & Physiology
Biology
Introduction to Nursing
Safety & Welfare at Work
Occupational First Aid
Computer Applications
Communications
Work Preparation & Experience
Patient Care & Management
Medical Emergencies
Professionalism, Teamwork & Record Keeping
Code of Ethics
Microbiology & Infection Control
Oral Disease & Prevention
Dental Materials & Equipment
Local & General Anaesthesia
Radiography
Gerodontology & Paediatric Dentistry
Dentistry
Prosthesis
Oral Surgery
Orthodontics
Special Needs Dentistry
Dental Anatomy
OSCE Preparation

 

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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Radiographer - Diagnostic   Speech & Language Therapist  
Prosthetist / Orthotist   Spinologist  
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Nurse - Midwife   Nurse - Children's  
Dental Nurse/Surgery Assistant   Dental Hygienist  
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Physiotherapist   Aromatherapist  
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Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Medical & Healthcare
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Progression Routes

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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DCHSX 

5M4468