CEU & Health Courses

Effective January 2022:  All students (including non-credit students enrolled in any on-campus courses or off-site clinical) will be required to provide Middlesex Community College proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to coming on-campus.  More info will follow on the documentation process for non-credit students.  

ONLINE - Dental Radiography: Putting Theory to Practice
This online refresher course will provide the dental radiographer the basic principles of x-ray production and biology. The fundamentals of intraoral radiographic exposures and interpretation will be reviewed, as well as troubleshooting common challenges through technique and armamentarium modifications. Attendees will leave with reinforced understanding of and confidence in dental radiography theory and application in patient care.  Course is open to any dental professional working with x-ray production. (2 hours, 2 CEUs) $49 tuition.

Fall Course
Course Number HLT 759-75; CRN 18347

Presenter:  Kelly Shutoff
Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 9am – 11am

Enroll:  Email career_training@middlesex.mass.edu
Must be present for the entire online webinar to be awarded CEUs. Zoom session is live and not recorded. 


  • Define x-radiation and explain basic steps of x-ray production
  • Describe the biological effects of ionizing radiation on a living organism.
  • Outline fundamental principles of intraoral radiographic exposure selection and technique.
  • Identify features of normal anatomy and common deviations from health in the interpretation process.
  • Troubleshoot challenging intraoral exposures through technique and armamentarium modification.


ONLINE Improved Local Anesthesia Outcomes
This online course will provide the participant with an overview how to troubleshoot local anesthesia problems including how to pick the correct local anesthetic to give you best outcome. Information on how to prevent and manage both local and systemic complications that can arise from the administration of local anesthesia will also be covered. Lecture course. Open to any dental professional (4 hours, 4 CEUs) $89
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe basic troubleshooting principles.
  2. Apply troubleshooting techniques for various maxillary and mandibular nerve block injections.
  3. Assess causes for inadequate local anesthesia and make recommendations for improvement.
  4. Implement strategies to troubleshoot inadequate or absence of local anesthesia.
  5. Identify how to choose the safest and most effective local anesthetic for your patient.
  6. Describe the different local complications that can arise from the administration of local anesthesia.
  7. Identify the causes of adverse drug reactions (ADR) in the administration of local anesthesia.
  8. Summarize all the causes of a local anesthetic overdose and how to prevent and manage it from occurring.

Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 9am - 1pm 
Online with Class Meeting Times via Zoom
Course Number: HLT 748 75 CRN: 18346
Instructor:  Debra NOVEMBER-RIDER
Must be present for the entire webinar to be awarded CEUs

Registration closes on 9/7/22 at 5pm

To register:

Middlesex Community College is piloting a new online registration system for our noncredit courses.  To register for Improved Local Anesthesia Outcomes, please click on the Fall 2022 noncredit catalog below to register and make payment.

Fall 2022 Noncredit Online Course Catalog

Note: If you have questions pertaining to registration or are paying through a third party vendor, e-mail career_training@middlesex.mass.edu.


Local Anesthesia Refresher Course: Hands-On Review
If you are a RDH with a state license to administer local anesthesia and would like to have faculty oversee your technique, this class is for you. We will review maxillary and mandibular nerve blocks. Specific injection techniques will be determined by participants. The goal of this course is to become more comfortable with injection techniques that you have learned, or to troubleshoot any barriers you have encountered. This course will include four hours clinical practice and a two hour lecture. 4 students to 1 instructor during clinic.  6 CEUs

Requirements: In order to participate you must have your state permit license to administer local anesthesia, valid RDH license, and sit as a patient for this hands-on course. Note: If you have passed a local anesthesia course within 2 years of course date,  you may enroll with proof of successful completion of a local anesthesia certification course in lieu of state permit to administer Local Anesthesia.  Tuition: $360 - includes all clinical supplies.
Next session Date TBA
Submit the following forms/copies no later than to Ellen Wright at wrighte@middlesex.mass.edu 
Medical history and consent forms
Current/valid RDH license
Permit L or state license to administer Local Anesthesia
CPR certification
COVID-19 vaccination card

Click here for: Medical history and consent forms


Online - Safe and Effective Local Anesthesia
Do you know why when you give an IANB, you do not achieve complete anesthesia or anesthesia at all? What is the safest local anesthetic for your pregnant patient, cardiac patient or a patient with liver disease? What new advances are there in local anesthesia? This presentation will address how to ensure the safest anesthetic for your patient, and how to troubleshoot and improve your injection techniques. A review of how to calculate the MRD to prevent toxicity will be covered including other risk management principles for safe local anesthesia administration. Online lecture class only; no clinical component. (4 hours, 4 CEUs) $89

At the completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify critical anatomical landmarks for various maxillary and mandibular nerve block injections.
  • Assess causes for inadequate local anesthesia and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Implement strategies to troubleshoot inadequate or absence of local anesthesia.
  • Calculate the maximum recommended dose (MRD) based on the patient weight and medical status.
  • Determine factors to consider when formulating a safe treatment plan for local anesthesia.
  • Describe the most recent advances in pain control.

4 hours, 4 CEUs, $89
Course not recorded. Must be present the entire webinar to be awarded CEUs
Next Session TBA. Online via Zoom
Course Number HLT 744-75
Email career_training@middlesex.mass.edu


Dental Office Administration   ***NEW***
Are you looking for a career in dental office administration? Join us for a complete introduction to dental front office administration. We will provide a foundation of dental knowledge and administrative skills for anyone interested in starting a career in a dental practice with little to no experience, or dental assistants seeking to expand their knowledge. Course is taught online with instructor via Zoom. Topics:
- Intro to Dental Practice
- Dental Terminology/Infection Control
- Superior Customer Service and the Patient Experience
- Treatment plan, Insurance, and HIPAA
- Review and Professional Opportunities
15 hours, $299
9/22 - 10/27             6:30pm-9:00pm         Thursday
Online with Class Meeting Times
Course Number: HLT 782 75      CRN: 18349
Professor: LAROCHE

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
Administrative medical assistants are skilled multi-taskers who direct the flow of patients through an office. Job duties can include scheduling appointments, entering demographic and insurance information into practice software, managing patient check-in and check-out, answering phone calls, filing and retrieving records, maintaining electronic records, composing correspondence, performing daily financial practices, assigning medical codes and processing insurance claims. Upon completion, you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) national certification exam offered by the National HealthCare Association (NHA).  Exam Voucher Included. This is a fully online course in partnership with Cengage Learning.  Enrollment and payment is through Cengage Learning by calling 855.520.6806.  Not eligible for tuition waivers. $2,195.  160 hours.

Course outcomes:

  • Learn what is required to succeed as a Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Master multitasking as it relates to scheduling appointments, processing insurance requests, maintaining records and corresponding with patients
  • Learn best financial practices for a medical center
  • Master the fundamentals of medical terminology and ethical best practices
  • Understand the basics of working with medical documents, medical billing, and coding processes
Last Modified: 9/6/22