Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia Certification Course

Clinical Session:  March 17, 18, 19, 2018
Online Study Period (Independent and Self-Paced):  December 4 - March 12
Location of clinical: Middlesex Community, College, 44 Middle Street, Lowell, MA. Dental Clinic.
Enrollment Period:   November 27 - February 1 (or until seats fill). Call 1-800-818-3434 to enroll.  Please provide course # CAR 751-80 and a valid e-mail address, phone number and home address. 
Tuition:  $1399 which includes online study, lunch, 3-day clinical, and clinical supplies. Liability insurance covered by MCC.

Online Study Period/3 Quizzes:  Must be completed by March 12, 2018 to participate in clinical.

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

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

Permit L information

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 54 CEUs.  Note: Partial credit cannot be awarded. 4:1 student to instructor ratio during clinical.  

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 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 March 12  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, breakfast and lunch. CDCA exam a separate fee. 

Step 1:  Dates TBA. 
Call 1-800-818-3434. Course # CAR 751-80. Please provide a valid e-mail and phone number and home address.
Step 2: Once you enroll please download the required forms below and fax or email or mail completed forms to fax number 
781-280-3812 or email   Please include a copy of your valid, current RDH license and CPR certification. 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 March 12 in order to participate in the 3-day clinical.  It is strongly recommended that participants begin the online study 6-8 weeks prior to clinical.

Questions: Call 781-280-3570 or

Required paperwork/forms:
Local Anesthesia Consent Form
Medical History Form
Memo of Understanding
Copy of valid, current state RDH license
Copy of valid, current state CPR certification

Refund Policy:
As stated in above memo of understanding

Textbook Requirement:   Handbook of Local Anesthesia, 6th edition by Stanley Malamed. ISBN: 978-0-323-07413-1. The textbook is available at the MCC Lowell, MA campus book store or online at your preferred book vendor. For MCC bookstore hours and location 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 provide training for employees.  Tuition must be employer paid (not employee paid).  Completed online application (link below) must be received 6-8 weeks in advance of the clinical training dates.   If eligible/approved this fund will reimburse employers 50 % of the course tuition cost.  For more information on this funding please contact Commonwealth Corporation at  or call 617.717.6943.  Apply Online.  
The state approved course number for this course program is 1050556.   


Program FAQ's

Hands-on Review of Local Anesthesia Techniques
If you are a Registered Dental Hygienist with a valid, current state permit/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 already learned, or to troubleshoot any barriers you have encountered.  This course includes four hours clinical and a two-hour lecture. Participants are required to sit as a patient.   Required Forms:  In order to participate you must have your permit/license to administer local anesthesia from your state dental board and sit as a patient for this hands-on course.  Please submit the following forms/copies to the Community Education and Training Department at MCC:  state RDH license, CPR certification, state permit to Administer Local Anesthetic, medical history form, and consent form.  Memo of Understanding is not required. Liability insurance covered by MCC. Note:  If you have passed a local anesthesia certification course between May 2016 to the present, you may also participate in this class with proof of passed L/A certification course.   Lead Instructor: Debra November-Rider, RDH, MSDH.   Questions call 781-280-3570. (6 hours, 10 CEUs) $300 which includes all clinical supplies. 
Enrollment Dec 11 - March 23, 2018 by calling 1800-818-3434. Course # CAR 753-80
Course Date:
 Saturday, April 21, 2018    8:30am - 3pm                          
Lowell campus. Course # CAR 753-80

Last Modified: 11/13/17