Courses in Your Area

PremierREMEMBER to complete your mandatory continuing education requirements before you submit your license renewal form. The current cycle runs from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2017. 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.

If you have attended a Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance Act 31 course, you must log onto and fill out the Act 31 Credits form to register your attendance.  Click on the Act 31 button and fill out the demographic form, as you were instructed to do at your course.  You must complete the form in order for the state board to be notified.

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! ** ATTENTION PHDHPs:  If you have not been receiving mail or emails about PHDHP information and events, please send a request to be added to the mailing list along with your contact information (mailing address and email address), along with your PHDHP license number to PDHA Central Office at **

Thursday, November 2, 2017 – Sunday, November 7, 2017:  SAVE THE DATE!  The Keystone Dental Health Conference at the 94th PDHA Annual Session:  The 2017 conference will be held in Lancaster at the Lancaster Marriott November 2-5, 2017.  Registration will open in August 2017.


ADHA Sponsored Courses

Wednesday June 14, 2017 – Tuesday June 20, 2017:  ADHA’s 94th Annual Conference,  Jacksonville, FL; Venue: Prime Osborn Convention Center and Hyatt Jacksonville; Headquarters Hotel: Hyatt Jacksonville; Registration/CE Courses/Event Tickets & Housing are open – click HERE;  Registration starts at $199   Hotel rates begin at $169++ per night.


Local Component Courses



Friday, April 7, 2017, 4CEUs, 8:00AM-12:00PM, “The Power of Prevention: Implementing Early Intervention Protocols”, By: Lisa Maisonet, RDH, BS, PHDHP, Full Breakfast served 7:30am, Green Pond Country Club, Bethlehem   Registration/Information

Wednesday May 3, 2017, 4CEUs, 8:00AM-12:00PM, “My Favorite Things…Dental Hygiene Style”, By: Angela Stone, RDH, Full Breakfast served 7:30am, Green Pond Country Club, Bethlehem   Registration/Information


Friday May 19, 2017, 3CEUs, Registration opens at 8:15AM,  Course from 9:00AM-12:00PM, “The Mighty Thyroid: Linking Thyroid Function to Oral and Systemic Health”, By Betsy Reynolds, RDH, MS, Days Inn, Meadville  Registration/Information

Friday May 19, 2017, 3CEUs, Registration opens at 1:00PM,  Course from 1:30AM-4:30PM, “The Mighty Thyroid (Part II): Examining Thyroid (and Other) Cancers Affecting the Head and Neck”, By Betsy Reynolds, RDH, MS, Days Inn, Meadville   Registration/Information

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 4CEUs, Registration opens at 7:30AM, Course from 8:30AM-12:30PM, ““Transforming Patient Care Through the Integration of New Products, Technologies, and Diagnostic Testing”, By Lisandra Maisonet, RDH, BS, PHDHP, EFDA,

This course is co-sponsored by Premier



Thursday, March 23, 2017, 2CEUs, 5:30PM Registration & Dinner, 6:00PM-8:00PM Course, “Making Faces: Maxillofacial Prosthodontics”, By: Andrea Smith, DDS, The Inn at Reading, Wyomissing   Registration/Information

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 2CEUs, 5:30PM Registration & Dinner, 6:00PM-8:00PM Course, “Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Options Beyond CPAP”, By: David Winans, DDS Oral Surgeon and Scott Cronin, MD, ENT,  The Inn at Reading, Wyomissing   Registration/Information

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 3CEUs, 5:30PM Registration & Dinner, 6:00PM-9:00PM Course, “Craniosacral Therapy:  Clinical Applications in the Dental Field”, By: Charise Rogosky, LMT, CSTA-CP,  The Inn at Reading, Wyomissing   Registration/Information


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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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Fortis Institute – Scranton

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Harcum College

Detailed Harcum College continuing education course information is listed here. Annual Dental Expo Related Dental Course Offerings

Harrisburg Area Community College

March 25 – April 10, 2017, “Local Anesthesia for the Dental Professional”, A course designed to provide the licensed dental hygienist with the knowledge and skills to administer safe and effective local anesthesia in a clinical setting. Didactic content with hands-on training will include: neuroanatomy and pain physiology, armamentarium and local anesthesia administration, pharmacology and systemic complications. The specific requirements of the State Board of Dentistry of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be addressed.

2 Saturdays, March 25 & 26, 7:30AM-5:00PM
2 Sundays, April 9 & 10, 7:30AM-5:00PM
Lunch will be provided each course day.

To register or for more information, please call 717-780-2414 or email
The registration form can be found online HERE or by downloading it HERE

Luzerne Community College

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Manor College

Visit for general information and registration forms for classes.

Montgomery County Community College

March 10 – April 15, 2017  – “Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists” Hybrid Course; 32 hours (Combination of 6 computer online sessions with 2 synchronized sessions completed at home and 3 evening lab sessions on campus) Weeks of Online Computer and Synchronized Session:

Weeks of 3/10/17 through 4/15/17     Synchronized Sessions: 3/19/17 and 4/16/17 (Sun. 7pm)
Labs: Friday, 5:15 p.m.-10:15 p.m. 4/21/17,
Friday, 5:15 p.m.- 9:15 p.m. 4/28/17 &
Friday, 5:15 p.m.- 9:15 p.m. 5/5/17

Limited Space Available    More Information/Brochure

Northampton Community College

Friday, April 7, 2017, 8:00AM-12:00PM, 4CEUs, “Putting the “I” in Team: Interprofessional Patient Centered Care” and “In Pursuit of Health: Care to Take the Journey”, By: Lee Somerville, RDH, MS, NCC Monroe Campus, Tannersville    Registration/Information

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00AM-12:00PM, 3CEUs, “Oral Pathology Review”, By: Deborah Levin-Goldstein, RDH, MS and Sherri L. Meyers, RDH, MS, Fowler Family Southside Center, Bethlehem    Registration/Information

June 3 – June 11, 2017, “Local Anesthesia Certification Class”, Provides licensed dental hygienist with the basic concepts of pain management in the dental practice, including a review of essential anatomy and neurophysiology, the pharmacology of anesthetic and vasoconstriction agents, client assessment, armamentarium, local anesthetic complications and their management. Instruction and practice of local anesthesia delivery techniques will occur in a clinical lab setting. Lunch and a half hour break is included for the first three sessions, Fowler Family Southside Center, Bethlehem   Registration/Information

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7:30AM-5:00PM
Sunday, June 4, 2017, 8:00AM-4:30PM
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8:00AM-4:30PM
Sunday, June 11, 2017, 8:00AM-1:30PM

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 information page 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.)


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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:

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Westmoreland County Community College

April 22 – 30, 2017 (two Saturdays and two Sundays), “Local Anesthesia for the Dental Professional”,  Designed to provide the licensed dental hygienist with the knowledge and skills to administer safe and effective local anesthesia in a clinical setting.  Didactic content will include:  neuroanatomy and pain physiology, armamentarium and local anesthesia administration, pharmacology and systemic complications.  Practical training will include hands-on administration of local anesthesia in a clinical laboratory setting.  The specific requirements set forth by the State Board of Dentistry of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be addressed.
2 Saturdays, April 22 & 29, 7:30AM-5:00PM
and 2 Sundays, April 23 & 30, 7:30AM-4:00PM
$900 tuition + $80 material fee
3.0 CEUs
Course:  MEDX 4880-01  Registration/Information



Non-association corporate advertising is available.  The current rate per CE ad is:
1 month – $50.00
3 months – $125.00
6+ months – $250.00
Please email for more details.  If you know of a course that should be added to our calendar, please contact the webmaster.


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