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Important Notice

The Restorative Course has been filled.

This website will be updated by August 1, 2017 with the information needed for 2018 course offerings.

We anticipate offering the Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide courses in March 2018 and the Restorative Course in August/September 2018.

Please check back after August 1 for specifics.

Thank you for your interest in our Continuing Education Courses.


Courses Offered in 2017

Number of Days on Campus On-Campus Attendance Dates Course Maximum Participants Minimum Participants to Offer Course
One (1), plus Online Pre-study March 20, 2017 Nitrous Oxide Sedation 16 5
Four (4), plus Online Pre-study March 21 - 24, 2017 Local Anesthesia 16 10
Ten (10), plus Online Pre-study August 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31 and September 1, 5, 6 2017 (Two full weeks) Restorative 10-12 10

Course offerings are always dependent on minimum student numbers. If we do not meet minimum student numbers, the course(s) will be canceled. Please see Costs, Refunds and Cancellations.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation (Maximum participants 16)

This course provides you with the didactic background in the science, theory, rationale, and procedural use of nitrous oxide with lab/clinical experience in the administration of N2O2 with explanation of Washington state laws and regulations.

Instructional methods and assessment includes online pre-study assignments, pre-tests, post- tests and competency exit exams.

This course provides a Certificate of Completion for ten (10) hours.

Textbook required: Clark, M. & Brunick, A. Handbook of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation, 3rd Ed. Mosby. ISBN-13: 9780323048279
Textbook cost: Approximately $50.

Students must purchase their own textbook, readily available at several online sources such including Pearson Education, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Barnes & Noble.com.  Textbook cost:  Approximately $50.

Access to course materials will be provided via the online system approximately one week before the start of the course.

LABCOATS: Pierce College furnishes the students with Lab Coats. If a student damages the lab coat, an additional charge will apply to replace the lab coats.

CLINIC/LAB ATTIRE: Students are expected to be clean, wear close-toed shoes which are non-mesh and non-skid soles. Scrubs are acceptable and/or full length pants in a neutral color such as beige, tan, taupe, etc. Pants may not touch the ground and must have full coverage (no low-rise pants). Jeans are acceptable in labs only and may not have any holes or tears in them. More information will be sent to you in the Information Packet after March 5, 2017.

SAFETY GLASSES: Students must furnish their own appropriate safety glasses based on OSHA guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Loupes are recommended for the restorative course.

Local Anesthesia (Maximum participants 16)

This course is designed to expand your basic dental hygiene knowledge in pain control and provide additional didactic information and clinical experience in administration of local anesthetic agents to clinical competency. The course includes fundamentals of local anesthetic science and administration techniques for clinicians to achieve entry-level clinical proficiency in their day to day practice.

Instructional methods include online pre-study assignments with the onsite lecture and clinical portion occurring over four days (approx. 30 hours). The online pre-study requires no less than 10 hours of independent study. Course evaluation/assessment will be done through written pre-tests and post-tests, lab feedback and proficiencies, and Mock Board testing.

This course provides a Certificate of Completion for forty (40) hours.

Textbook required: Bassett, K., DiMarco, A., & Naughton, D. (2014). Local Anesthesia for Dental Professionals, 2nd Ed. Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 978-0133077711.

Required DVD: Royer & Paarmann. (2012). Techniques for Successful Local Anesthesia DVD. ISBN-13: 978-0132725392

Textbook cost: approx. $90, Optional DVD cost: approx. $60

Access to course materials will be provided via the online system approximately two weeks before the start of the course.

LABCOATS: Pierce College furnishes the students with Lab Coats. If a student damages the lab coat, an additional charge will apply to replace damaged lab coats.

CLINIC/LAB ATTIRE: Students are expected to be clean and must wear close-toed shoes, non-mesh, and non-skid soles. Scrubs are acceptable and/or full length pants in a neutral color such as beige, tan, taupe, etc. Pants may not touch the ground and must have full coverage (no low-rise pants). Jeans are acceptable in labs only and may not have any holes or tears in them. More information will be sent to you in the Information Packet after March 5, 2017.

SAFETY GLASSES: Students must furnish their own appropriate safety glasses based on OSHA guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Restorative (Maximum participants 10)

This course focuses on increasing proficiency or introducing you to the various aspects of restorative dentistry. Because students are either licensed dental hygienists/dentists or dental hygiene/dentist graduates the condensed course is designed to review prior knowledge and increase your clinical restorative skills.

Instructional methods include online pre-study assignments with the onsite lecture and clinical portion occurring over eight days (approx. 90 hours), and using pre-tests, post- tests, lab feedback and proficiencies, and Mock Board testing. The online pre-study requires no less than 10 hours of independent study.

This course provides a Certificate of Completion for one hundred (100) hours.

Textbook required: Bagby, M. & Gladwin, M. (2013). Clinical Aspects of Dental Materials: Theory, Practice, and Cases, 4th Ed. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins. ISBN-13: 9781609139650.

Textbook cost: Approximately $55.

Students must purchase their own textbook, readily available at several online sources such including Pearson Education, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Barnes & Noble.com.  Textbook cost:  Approximately $55

Access to course materials will be provided via the online system approximately two weeks before the start of the course.

LABCOATS: Pierce College furnishes the students with Lab Coats. If a student damages the lab coat, an additional charge will apply to replace the lab coats.

CLINIC/LAB ATTIRE: Students are expected to be clean. Students must wear close-toed shoes, non-mesh, and non-skid soles. Scrubs are acceptable and/or full length pants in a neutral color such as beige, tan, taupe, etc. Pants may not touch the ground and must have full coverage (no low-rise pants). Jeans are acceptable in labs only and may not have any holes or tears in them. More information will be sent to you in the Information Packet after July 30, 2017.

SAFETY GLASSES: Students must furnish their own appropriate safety glasses based on OSHA guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Magnification support is recommended such as very strong magnifying glasses or loupes.

NOTE: If you have taken a local anesthesia course and passed a licensing examination, please send a copy of your successful board result or your Local Anesthesia license with your application AND bring a copy with you to display during patient care.

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