Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia Certification Course

Fall 2014 Clinical Training Dates: October 11, 12, 13, 2014 (Sat, Sun, Mon)
Middlesex Community, College, 44 Middle Street, Lowell, MA. Dental Clinic
Enrollment Period: June 30 - July 18, 2014 by calling 1-800-818-3434. Please provide
Course # CAR 751-80 and a valid email address and phone number.
Tuition:  $1399 which includes online study, lunch, and clinical supplies.
Liability insurance covered by MCC
Forms submission: By July 21, 2014 (see below)
Online Study Period/3 Quizzes:  July 21 - October 6, 2014.  

Lead Instructor and Course Director: Debra November-Rider, RDH, MSDH
Licensed Supervising Dentist: Dr. Mary Terkoski, DDS

This course is recommended for registered dental hygienists who would like to become certified in local anesthesia. MCC complies with the Mass. Board of Registration in Dentistry regulations for the administration of local anesthesia. At completion, RDH will be able to administer safe, effective, and painless local anesthesia with confidence and competence and be prepared to take the NERB exam.  The course consists of a 40-50 hour on-line study (self-paced) prior to clinical training, interactive presentations, and a 3-day clinical training in which students will have 30 injection experiences and a clinical final exam.  Each participant will have 30 injections total - 3 of the following.
Note: Plain Anestheics used. No vasocontrictors are added. 

  1. Anterior Superior Alveolar ASA)
  2. Middle Superior Alveolar  (MSA)
  3. Posterior Superior Alveolar (PSA)
  4. Infraorbital (IO)
  5. Greater Palatine (GP)
  6. Nasopalatine (NP)
  7. Inferior Alveolar/Lingual
  8. Buccal
  9. Mental/Incisive
  10. Infiltrations (maxillary & mandibular)

The strength of this hands-on course is the amount of actual time you will administer injections to your classmates. Participants must sit as a patient. Upon successful completion, students will be awarded a certificate and 56 CEUs.  Note: Partial credit cannot be awarded. 4:1 student to instructor ratio during clinical.  This is a pass/fail course. 

Pass/Fail course.  Students must complete all requirements - partial credit will not be awarded. Students are required to submit appropriate forms: medical and dental history, consent form, student memo of understanding, copy of current CPR certification and copy of RDH license prior to the online study.  Please note that the online study is self-paced but takes 40-50 hours to complete. The online study and three quizzes (75 % or above) must be completed by October 6, 2014 in order to participate in clinical. It is strongly recommended that participants begin the online study 6-8 weeks prior to clinical.

Tuition: $1399 which includes all clinical supplies and lunch. 

Step 1:
Call 1-800-818-3434 by between June 30 - July 18,2014.  Course # CAR 751-80. Please provide a valid e-mail and phone number. Seats are limited to 24.
Step 2: Once you register, please download the required forms below and fax or email completed forms to fax number 781-280-3812 or no later than July 21. Please include a copy of your valid RDH license and CPR certification. MCC reserves the right to withdraw your seats if your forms are not submitted by the deadline.
Step 3: Once MCC receives all forms, you will receive an e-mail with log on instructions for the online study. The study is self-paced and takes approx 40-50 hours to complete.  The online study with three quizzes(75 % or above) must be successfully completed by October 6, 2014 in order to participate in clinical.

Questions: 781-280-3663 or

Required paperwork/forms:
Local Anesthesia Consent Form
Medical History Form
Memo of Understanding
Copy of valid RDH license  and CPR Certification

Refund Policy:
Withdrawal prior to or on August 25, 2014                         100% refund
Withdrawal between  August 26 – September 5                   50% refund
Withdrawal September 6 or later                                          0

Textbook Requirement:   Handbook of Local Anesthesia, 6th edition by Stanley Malamed. $85. ISBN: 978-0-323-07413-1. The textbook is available at the MCC Lowell Campus Book Store or online at your preferred book vendor. For MCC store hours, please call 978-322-8323.

Attention Massachusetts Small Business Owners: 
This course is approved by the Massachusetts Workforce Express Fund.   This pool of funding is designed for small business owners with less than 100 employees to quickly provide training for employees.  Funding is paid to employers (not employees). Applications must be received 6 weeks in advance of program. If eligible, this fund will reimburse employers 50 % of the tuition cost.  For more information on this funding,  please contact Kara O'Donnell-Galvin  or  617.717.6919 or online application   The state approved course number is 1050556.             

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Last Modified: 4/10/14