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Certification Preparation Programs

Local Anesthesia Certification for Registered Dental Hygienists (WHD002-66)


with Denise Bridges

Calendar Apr 24, 2021

This course will provide a comprehensive study of local dental anesthetics utilized in the dental hygiene profession. During lecture and lab components, the participant will learn to safely administer topical and local dental anesthetics. 

Course # WHD002 is taught in two phases, and includes 11 hours of online pre-study exercises and assignments, 12 hours of on-site didactic instruction, and 14 hours of on-site clinical instruction. It is specifically designed to provide the participant with the 35 hours of local anesthesia instruction required to prepare the participant to take the NERB Local Anesthesia Examination and obtain permit the “Permit L” Local Anesthesia licensure from the State of Massachusetts. (This course covers the Massachusetts Rules and Regulations 234 CMR 3.09-3.14, and the requirements for administration of local dental anesthetics by dental hygienists.) 

Fee: Total cost for this course is $1,199. per person, (online component $549.00, lab component $650.00). The course is limited to 14 participants. 

Important Note: Students will be required to register for the Local Anesthesia Certification for Dental Hygienists - online component) AND for the lab componet. After completiing registration for this course, please register for the lab componet here

Payment may be made by check (made payable to Cape Cod Community College) or credit card at the time of registration. At the close of registration and once payment is received, participants will be notified by mail or e-mail and given his/her login name and password. This process may take several days. After receiving this information, the student will have access to the online pre-study course material. 

Pre-Course Requirements (Documentation of the first four items is required prior to the start of the onsite course):

* 1. Current CPR certification

* 2. Proof of immunity to HBV by titer test

* 3. Personal Malpractice insurance coverage

* 4.  Current state licensure

   5. A medical history form is provided online and must be completed prior to attending this course.

   6. Each participant must be able to both receive and administer local anesthetic agents. These are standard requirements for all clinical activities. 

*Copies must be sent to the following address prior to the start of the course:

Denise Bridges RDH, MHA
Dental Hygiene Program
Cape Cod Community College
2240 Iyannough Road
W. Barnstable, MA 02668

Online Pre-Study Expectations: This condensed course format reduces a full-semester course into 3 days of class attendance; therefore an online pre-study component is required. Extensive time must be devoted to the pre-study readings and video viewing in order to complete the additional 11 hours of exercises and assignments to successfully complete this course. The online pre-study preparation contains tests and exercises that must be completed prior to attending the on-site lecture and clinical sessions. Students are expected to have internet access, basic computing and web skills in order to complete this course. Registration is required at least 5 weeks prior to the on-site course starting date in order to allow access to the pre-study course material.  

Certification: At the completion of this on-site course, participants will take a mock written NERB exam, and a clinical practicum which is pass or fail. One must receive a grade of 75 or better in the written exam combined with a pass clinical grade in order to receive certification of completion for local anesthesia training. A certificate of completion will not be issued to anyone with less than three full days of attendance; and/or has not satisfactorily completed the on-line or on-site course work requirements. 

Required Text: Stanley Malamed, Handbook of Local Anesthesia, 6th Edition (available at CCCC bookstore)

Recommended Reading: Brand & Isselhard, Anatomy of Orofacial Structures (available at CCCC bookstore)

To be completed prior to the on-site course:  Exercises and reading in the Moodle pre-study component. (Printed from Moodle pre-study material).   Pre-test multiple choice questions.  Review text and videos according the Blackboard course documents: Handbook of Local Anesthesia, 6th Ed. by Stanley Malamed 

What to bring to class: 

  • Completed Medical History (Printed from Moodle pre- studymaterial).   
  • Completed Informed Consent (Printed from Moodle pre-study material).  
  • Clinic attire (long sleeve scrub top, scrub pants and clinical shoes)
  • Safety Glasses
  • Latex-free Gloves
  • Face Masks

Bring online self-study workbook and all injections techniques, (printed from Moodle pre-study material).  

Cancellation Policy: Full payment for all non-credit courses must be made at time of enrollment. If you withdraw from a workshop/course at least one week before the first meeting, you will receive a 100% refund. No refund is given for withdrawals made less than one week before the course starts. If WERC cancels a course, you receive 100% refund of all fees.

Please feel free to contact:

Denise Bridges at, or by phone at 508-362-2131X 4733, with any questions regarding this course. 

Resources for professional liability insurance:

  1. Healthcare Providers Service Organization 1-800-982-9491
  2. Chicago Insurance Co. (Affiliated with ADHA)
  3. 1-800-503-9230   

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