Courses in Your Area


REMEMBER to complete your mandatory continuing education requirements before you submit your license renewal form. The current cycle runs from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2015. You need to complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education every two years in approved subject areas. Dental hygienists who are registered as Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioners must complete 5 of these hours in public health coursework, and hygienists who have local anesthesia certification must complete 3 hours of their coursework in local anesthesia topics. For more information on continuing education in PA, go to the PA State Board of Dentistry website at: Click on Rules and Regulations, then click on Continuing Dental Education. DO NOT assume that a course is an approved subject area simply because it is being offered by an approved program sponsor. Because of this, it is suggested you get above the 20 hours recommended. The State Board of Dentistry conducts random audits to verify your credits.

“Academy Approval” indicates that a continuing education course appears to meet selected criteria. It is the responsibility of each participant to determine if a particular course is acceptable for license renewal. However, applicants should be aware that not all courses offered and approved by the Academy of Dental Hygiene Studies are approved for Continuing Education credits by the State Board of Dentistry. The Academy does not endorse or recommend any individual continuing education course and is not accountable for the quality of any course content. Certificates of Attendance should be retained by licensees in their own personal professional file.

During the course of its operations and advertisement for CE Courses, the PDHA and its components will not sell or distribute, or in any other way disseminate those email addresses or home addresses to third parties. Local Components and the PDHA will not use those email addresses and home addresses except for PDHA and Local Component communication purposes as agreed to by the Executive Committee of the Local Component and the PDHA Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

PDHA Sponsored Courses

Looking for a unique way to earn continuing education credits?  The PDHA is pleased to offer a great way for working hygienists to earn 3 CEUs! Please consider giving an In-Service Oral Health Training for caregivers at a nursing home near you. You can be a double winner. You can receive three FREE continuing education credits and your recipients will receive a wealth of great facts. Please visit the Nursing Home project page under Public Health on the website menu for all the details!

Local Component Courses


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Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley CE Registration Form all classes

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North Central

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SAVE THE DATE!  Friday, April 10, 2015 and Saturday, April 11, 2015 - Four 3 CEU Courses to be offered.


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Western PA

Saturday, February 28, 2015 – CPR Renewal Course, Jaden’s Restaurant, Monroeville – email Amanda Kundrod at for more details

Registration Form for all courses through April 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 6 CEU Event, AM Course: “Mandated Reporting and Child Abuse” and PM Course “Oral Myofunctional Disorders: What Every Dental Professional Needs to Know”, Greensburg Country Club, Greensburg, PA, Brunch Buffet included!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1 CEU and Vendor Event, 6:30-9:00PM, WPDHA Products Night and Student Officer Installation, Jaden’s Restaurant, Monroeville, PA, Free for Members.

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 2 CEUs, Hygienist-Only Dinner Event, 6:30-9:00PM, “Enhancing Patient Care and Personal Comfort through XP Technology” By: Lewis Meyers, Melting Pot, Station Square
This course is designed with just hygienists in mind; all attendees will take home a FREE American Eagle XP Sharpen-Free Instrument!

SAVE THE DATE!  Saturday, October 17, 2015 – 6 CEU Course to be offered north of Pittsburgh


Other Courses in the PA Area

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College Sponsored Courses

Community College of Philadelphia

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Fortis Institute – Erie

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Harcum College

Detailed Harcum College continuing education course information is listed here.

Annual Dental Expo (including required 3 hours related to local anesthesia)

Related Dental Course Offerings

Harrisburg Area Community College

Course Registration Forms and Information, including local anesthesia, may be found on our website.  For directions to course locations, visit our website at:

Luzerne Community College

“Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist,”  Contact Penka Farina at 570-740-0748 or for more info.

Manor College

Visit for general information and registration forms for classes.

Montgomery County Community College

Saturday, January 17, 2015, 3 CEUs, 9:00am-12:00pm, “ ‘I Haven’t Got Time For This Pain!’ Patient Care Considerations in the Management of Dental Pain with Local Anesthetics and Analgesics” By: Tom Viola RPh, CCP
Info/Registration Form

Early Spring Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists Certification Course – Hybrid Course (32 hours – combination of 6 computer online sessions with 2 synchronized sessions completed at home and 3 evening lab sessions on campus). Brochure/Registration Information

Weeks of Online Computer and Synchronized Session:  Weeks of 2/27/15 through 4/3/15 

Labs - Fridays:
4/10/15 from 5:15pm – 10:15pm,
4/17/15 from 5:15pm – 9:15pm &
4/24/15 from 5:15pm – 9:15pm

Late Spring Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists Certification Course – Hybrid Course (32 hours – combination of 6 computer online sessions with 2 synchronized sessions completed at home and 3 evening lab sessions on campus). Brochure/Registration Information

Weeks of Online Computer and Synchronized Session:  Weeks of 3/27/15 through 5/1/15 

Labs - Fridays:
5/8/15 from 5:15pm – 10:15pm,
5/15/15 from 5:15pm – 9:15pm &
5/22/15 from 5:15pm – 9:15pm


Northampton Community College

Spring 2015 Dental Hygienist Local Anesthesia Certification Class Dates:
Saturday & Sunday, March 21 & 22, and Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29
Spring 2015 Dental Hygienist Local Anesthesia ReviewCourse Dates
Saturday, February 28 & Friday, March 13, 2015
Course Information Form for both courses
Additional Information for Certification Course

Penn College of Technology

Click here for information on PCT’s Local Anesthesia course for Dental Hygienists!

Temple University

Temple University’s Dental eCampus is a new initiative which provides you with access to online courses and webinars with continuing education credits.  Please see the attached information for more information and to join a webinar.

For All Courses:   Brochure      Registration Form
 Questions? Nicole Carreño at 215.707.7541 or Email:


-15% Temple Dental Alumni Discount

-10% Discount if you sign up for 3 or more courses. (There are no changes or refunds with this option.)

-Word of Mouth Discount for full fee paying attendees – Bring one or more friends/colleagues to a continuing education course and receive a 20% discount on a future course. (Discounted course must be taken within 6 months time to qualify.)


Wednesday, January 21, 2015, “Jewels You Can Use on Monday” by Dr. Marc Gottlieb,  - D $295 DT $125; SFC / 6CE

Friday, February 6, 2015, “Positioning for Life-Ergonomic Advancements in Dentistry” (Hands On) by Judy Bendit, RDH, BS, – D $225 DT $100

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, “Nitrous Oxide Sedation” (Hands On) by Drs. Braid and Fielding,  - D $800; SFC / 7CE

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, “Adoption of 3D Cone-Beam CT in your Practice” Dr. Jie Yang,  - D $295 DT $125; SFC / 6CE

Friday, March 6, 2015, “Demystifying the Principles of Esthetic Restorative Dentistry” Dr. Steven Weinberg,  - D $295 DT $125; SFC / 6CE

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, “Dental Management of Emergencies” Drs. Fielding and Jones, – D $800 ; SFC / 7 CE

Friday, April 10, 2015, “Bioactive Materials for Restoration and Vital Pulp Therapy and Fiber Reinforced Composites” (Hands On) by Dr. Howard Strassler,  - D $325 DT $125; SFC / 6CE

April 24-25, 2015, “Introduction to Laser Dentistry” (Hands On) by Dr. Robert Convissar and Dr. James Craig, – D $695; SFC / 14CE

Friday, May 8, 2015, “Is Occlusion an Illusion?” by Dr. David Donatelli and Dr. Scott Nakamura,  - D $195 DT $95; SFC / 3CE

Friday, May 29, 2015, “Prosthetically Driven Implant Treatment Planning and Contemporary Computer Guided Surgery” by Dr. Hai Qing,  - D $195 DT $95; SFC / 3CE

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, “Composites Can Be Beautiful!” (Hands On) by Dr. Howard Glazer,  - D$225 DT $100; SFC / 3CE

Friday, October 2, 2015, “Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for the General Dentist” by Dr. Harold Slutsky, – D$295 DT$125; SFC / 6CE

Friday, October 9, 2015, “The 7 Habits of Highly Esthetic Dentists” by Dr. Joseph Greenberg,  - D$295 DT$125; SFC / 6CE

Friday, October 23, 2015, “The Art and Science of Restorative Dentistry” by Dr. S. Rand Werrin,  - D $195 DT $95; SFC /

Friday, November 11, 2015, “3CE Telescopic Retainers – Universal Solution for the Restoration of the Deteriorated Dentition” by Dr. Joseph Breitman,  - D$295 DT$125; SFC / 6CE

Travel and Learn (No Discounts Apply)

June 28, 2015, 7 Night Western Mediterranean Aboard Norwegian Epic: “36 Shades of Gray: The Fascination and Frustration of Radiographic Diagnosis in the 21st Century and Managing Teeth for a Lifetime”By: Dr. J.E. Bouquot and Dr. Robert Seghi

University of Pennsylvania

For more information on University of Penn courses, go to or contact: Susan Conroy at: 215-573-9098 / 866-PENN-CDE or

University of Pittsburgh

All courses will be updated here on all Pitt offerings

Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center’s free Board Approved Act 31 Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting course:

Westmoreland County Community College

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Non-association corporate advertising is available.  The current rate is $50 per CE ad; posted for 30 days.  Please email for more details.

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