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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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Dental Nursing

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Marino College of Further Education

Marino College of Further Education
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Course overview

Course Code
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This accredited course in Dental Nursing is designed to prepare students for a career in Dental Nursing and encourage participants to gain a recognised professional qualification. During the course you will be able to experience the role of the Dental Nurse in a variety of dental settings.

What will you Study?

Anatomy and Physiology
Clinical Dentistry 1 and 2
Radiology
Oral Health Education
Infection Prevention and Control
Dental and Medical Emergencies
Oral Surgery
Health and Safety
Restorative Dentistry
Professional Development
Endodontics
Prosthodontics
Dental Ethics and Legislation
Dental Materials
Orthodontics
Dental Anxiety and Patient Management
Special Needs Dentistry
Communications in Dentistry
Paedodontics
Geriodontology
Record of Experience
OSCE Preparation
Work Placement
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

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