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Center for Continuing Dental Education

Center for Continuing Dental Education


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.

 *If you are new to Phoenix College, or if you have not taken classes in the past four (4) semesters, you must complete Step 1 & 2 then register for a course*

To Register For A Course:

  1. *Enroll by creating MEID Account & Apply for Admission at
  2. *Submit Identification
  3. Register for a Course at  Or, in person at the Hannlley Enrollment Center located on the main campus, 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013
  4.  Pay course fee
  5. Enrollment inquiries: Hannlley Enrollment Center (602) 285- 7777

Summer 2016 Course Offerings

  • Early Childhood Oral Health Promotion Online Course

Fall 2016 Course Offerings

  • Dental Anesthesia
  • Oral Radiography for Dental Assistants 

Summer 2016 Early Childhood Oral Health Promotion Online Course

This course will provide dental and dental hygiene professionals, as well as other healthcare professionals, with information to enable them to provide practical and effective advice to parents and other healthcare providers about preventing oral diseases in infants and young children.  This course will be offer at the start of each semester and conclude at the end of the semester.  Course fees include 4 CEU.  The online course is estimated to be completed in approximately 4 hours.     

Date: Begins May 31, 2016, Last day to enroll July 1, 2016

Time: Online, go at your pace, to be completed by the end of the semester in which the participant is registered

Location: Online

Class Number: 20137 Summer 2016     

Cost: $40 includes 4 hours of CEU upon completion of the course



Fall 2016 Local Anesthesia Lecture and Lab for Dental Hygienists

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 8 am – 5 pm daily for three days before the WREB Anesthesia Exam.

Enrolled students will be sent a syllabus, with an assignment list just before 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 2016 Spring Local Anesthesia course MUST be registered no later than August 15, 2016, 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 15, 2016. 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 Begins with obtaining Phoenix College Special Permissions Through the Dental Department:

There are three class sections in which to register.  These are special permission classes, and you will be granted authorization to complete registration once documentation of your Dental Hygiene License and current CPR card are provided. Documents can be sent by fax, email, or mail. 

The Three Sections are:

  1. Lecture, DHE 227, Class # 19850
  2. Lab, DHE 227, Choose one section from: Class #41199, 41201, 41206, or 41207
  3. CEU Lab, Class # 18914

A copy of your Dental Hygiene license and current CPR card must be sent to the Dental Department prior to registering for the three sections listed above by one of the following methods:

  1. Fax: (602) 285-7330
  2. Email: Secretary Arty Flores at 
  3. Mail: Phoenix College Dental Department
             Attn: Local Anesthesia Registration
             1202 W. Thomas Road
              Phoenix, AZ 85013 

If you are new to Phoenix College, or if you have not taken classes in the past four (4) semesters, you must follow the steps below.

Complete the Student Information and follow the Steps to Enrollment:  

  1. *Enroll by creating MEID Account & Apply for Admission at
  2. *Submit Identification
  3. Email the Dental Department at with student ID number for completion of class permission
  4. Register for course(s) in person at the Hannlley Enrollment Center located on the main campus, 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013 or send an email to  
  5.  Pay course fee
  6. Enrollment inquiries: Hannelly Enrollment Center (602) 285- 7777                                                          

Important Dates:  Registration Deadline August 15

         · Online Self-Study Session: August 15, 2016 through November 10, 2016.
         · Recommended deadline to complete the WREB written exam at Prometrics Testing, November 29, 2016
         · On Site/Hands On Session: 3 Day Local Anesthesia/Nitrous Clinical December 2, 3, & 4, 2016.
         · WREB Anesthesia Exam at Phoenix College - December 16, 17, & 18, 2016

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 26. Registration deadline is 5:00 PM August 15, 2016. 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.

$1,269—Maricopa County Arizona Resident (Residency - must live in Arizona for one year)

$1,489 - 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.



Fall 2016 Oral Radiography for Dental Assistants

This course meets once a week night for eight weeks and may be taken by those preparing to become certified to expose oral radiographs in the state of Arizona.  The lecture portion may be taken separately as a review, or those who need instructions in learning how to expose and process radiographs can take the entire program.  

Phoenix College utilizes digital radiography. ScanX phosphor plates will be used in the lab.  Interproximal and periapical techniques will be taught in the lab.

Dates: TBA

Location: Phoenix College Healthcare Center, 3144 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Class Number: TBA

Tuition: $125.00 – Lecture
              $450.00 - Lecture & Lab 

Limited Attendance: Enrollment is on a first-come basis.  Each lab section is limited to twelve participants

To expose radiographs in the state of Arizona, Dental Assistants must:

1)      Pass the written DANB Dental Radiation health and Safety Examination and

2)      Have a valid Radiologic Proficiency Certificate in your possession

To view exam information and application visit the Dental assisting National Board (DANB) website at or call at 1 (800) 367-3262.