Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists

Purpose

This program is designed to prepare licensed dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia. The course meets the requirements of the PA State Board of Dentistry to apply for certification in the administration of local anesthesia in the practice of dental hygiene. 

Program Description

The content of this 32 hour course includes the mechanism of action of local anesthetic agents and vasoconstrictors, a review of essential anatomy, armamentarium, patient evaluation, local and systemic effects and complications. In addition, individuals will perform safe and effective local anesthesia administration techniques on clinical partners under the supervision of qualified faculty.

This course is offered in a hybrid format and includes six computer online sessions with two synchronous sessions completed at home and three evening laboratory sessions completed on Central campus.

Program Goals

Acquisition of a Local Anesthesia Permit in PA

Curriculum

Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists BICEC 1615

Prerequisites

  • Dental Hygiene license in good standing
  • Current BLS/CPR certification
  • Proof of personal liability insurance
  • Computer skills (basic)

Consideration for Industry Certification

Upon successful completion of the program, individuals can apply to the PA State Board of Dentistry for their Local Anesthesia Permit.

Recognition of Completion

A non-credit certificate will be awarded by the College.

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