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Center for Continuing Dental Education


Continuing Education Classes are on hold for the current Fall 2015 semester. Please check back for further updates. 


Providing Quality Continuing Dental Education Since 1990

The mission of the Phoenix College Center for Continuing Dental Education is to expand upon the scientific and professional knowledge of health care providers; by presenting quality continuing dental education courses that promote current concepts of practice and excellence in patient services.


 Announcement:  The Center for Continuing Dental Education is currently being reorganized.  There are no classes scheduled for the Fall 2015 Semester at this time, except for Local Anesthesia.  Please continue to register for Local Anesthesia, and check back frequently for further updates of classes available.


Local Anesthesia Lecture and Lab for Dental Hygienists

Fall 2015 - Registration Instructions:

Dental Anesthesia Lecture and Lab Classes

The Phoenix College Dental Department offers a course for those interested in applying for an Anesthesia Certificate in Arizona, and to prepare for the Western Regional Examination Board (WREB) Anesthesia exams.

DHE227 Dental Anesthesia Lecture/Lab is not a Continuing Education course, but rather a full semester course.  Course content requires a minimum of 80 hours of online, self-study work, and meets from 8am – 5pm daily for three days prior to the WREB Anesthesia Exam.

Enrolled students will be sent a syllabus, with an assignment list just prior to the starting date of the class.  Required course textbooks are:

Handbook of Local Anesthesia by Stanley Malamed, (6th Edition) with DVD,

ISBN: 032307412 ISBN-13: 9780323074124.

Handbook of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation by Morris Clark (4th Edition),

ISBN 145574572, ISBN-13: 9781455745470.

Students enrolling in the 2015 Fall Local Anesthesia course MUST be registered no later than August 19th, 2015, when the online self-study begins. This date is firm.  No one can be added to the course after 5 pm Pacific Time on August 19th, 2015. Students will need to be comfortable with online instruction and testing technology, must be self-directed and commit to 6 - 8 hours of study per week to complete.


This course is structured to meet the WREB testing agency timeline that in which requires that the local anesthesia exam be taken at least 15 days prior to the first day of the clinical exam in anesthesia and no more than 60 days prior. For more information on the WREB exam visit

Registration is through the Phoenix College Admissions Department:

Complete the Student Information Form, and follow the Steps to Enrollment:  You will skip steps 2, 3 and 6.

There are three class sections to be registered into.   For operator assisted registration, call 602-285-7777.

1.      Lecture, DHE227, Section 13893
2.      Lab, DHE227, Section 15468, 15469 or 15978 (same lab, but limited                     attendance in each section - register in one), and
3.      CEU Lab, Section 15499

A copy of your Dental Hygiene License (or proof of program graduation), and current CPR card must be sent to the Dental Department prior to the starting date of class by one of the following methods:

1.      Fax:  602-285-7330

2.      Mail: Phoenix College Dental Department                                                                               Attn:  Local Anesthesia Registration

                  1202 W. Thomas Rd.

                  Phoenix, AZ  85013 OR,


3.      Secretary E-mail (for sending copies only):


Important Dates:  Registration Deadline August 19th

         · Online Self Study Session: August 19, 2015 through October 28, 2015.
         · Recommended deadline to complete the WREB written exam at Pearson Vue                  Testing, Nov. 2, 2015
          · On Site/Hands On Session: 3 Day Local Anesthesia/Nitrous Clinical December               11, 12 & 13, 2015.
          · WREB Anesthesia Exam at Phoenix College - December 18 - 19, 2015

Course Objectives

          · Thorough review of head and neck anatomy
          · Local anesthesia techniques
          · Administration of nitrous oxide analgesia
          · Identification and treatment of medical emergencies.
          · Preparation for the WREB examination in local anesthesia

For lab use, please bring
          · Two sterile aspirating syringes
          · Sterile hemostat
          · Blood pressure cuff and stethoscope
          · Clinical attire and patient safety glasses

Note: Students unable to receive anesthesia for medical reasons will need to provide a patient for the lab sessions. This course meets the licensure requirements in all WREB states and the special requirements of Arizona, Washington and New Mexico.

Limited Attendance: Class size is limited to 24. Registration deadline is 5:00 PM August 19, 2015. The full tuition fee must accompany the registration form.

Lab On-Site Location:   Phoenix College - Dental Clinic.  3144 N. 7th Avenue.  Phoenix, AZ  85013 (Corner of 7th Avenue and Flower Street)

Tuition: Approximate tuition - fees vary slightly depending on your residency status.

$1,003—Maricopa County Arizona Resident (residency - must live in Arizona for one year)

$1,485 - Non-resident fee

Exam: A separate examination and fee by the Western Regional Examining Board, as well as an application fee to the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners (ASBDE) are required to obtain a valid local anesthesia certificate by the ASBDE. Visit (under dental hygiene exams, and for more information.