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Recent courses offerings…

  • Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist
  • Introduction to Laser Therapy for the RDH and Supervising DDS
  • Oral Radiography for the Dental Assistant
  • Coronal Polishing for the Dental Assitant
  • Live Lectures for all Dental Professionals
  • Online Courses for all Dental Professionals

See below for detailed information on courses…

Internet Courses

Tuition is $40 per course each course is 2 ce credits

  • Alcoholism—Chemical Dependency
  • Care of Aesthetic Restorations and Implants
  • Clinical Procedures in the Dental Office—Infection Control
  • Early Childhood Caries
  • HIV/AIDS—Infection Control
  • Local Anesthesia Review I
  • Local Anesthesia Review II
  • Medical Emergencies I
  • Medical Emergencies II
  • Oral Pathology Review
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Dentistry
  • Protection for the Dental Team and Patient—Infection Control
  • Tobacco Cessation—Chemical Dependency
  • Transmissible Diseases—Infectious Diseases

Oral Radiography Courses

This course meets one week night for eight weeks and may be taken by those preparing to become certified to expose oral radiographs in the state of Arizona. To become x-ray certified, candidates must pass a written and clinical exam administered by the Dental Assisting National Board. Call DANB at 800-367-3262 or visit their website at for exam information and application forms. Only dental assistants that have taken and passed DANB are eligible to take radiographs in Arizona dental offices.

The lecture portion of the class may be taken separately as a review, or the entire program can be taken by those who need instruction in learning how to expose and process radiographs. Topics covered in the course will include radiation protection, film mounting, evaluation and interpretation of intraoral and extraoral radiographs, infection control, and the operation and maintenance of radiographic equipment.

Phoenix College is now utilizing digital radiography. ScanX phosphor plates will be used in place of traditional x-ray film in the lab. Interproximal and periapical techniques will be taught in the lab. Participants will need to provide a patient near the end of the eight week session. The textbook, Radiographic Imaging for Dental Auxiliary, or the newer version, Radiographic Imaging for the Dental Team is recommended and can be purchased through the Phoenix College Bookstore, 602-285-7489.

Dates: Session 1:

Session 2:


Phoenix College – Dental Building "R" Parking is in the North Parking Lot adjacent to the Dental Building (see map)


Lecture 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM (Lab is limited to 12 participants)


Section #21486 lecture Section #21594 lec/lab
$125.00 – Lecture Only$450.00 –Lecture with Lab

Refund Policy: Refund requests must be presented in writing 14 days prior to the course date. Electronic requests are permitted. After that date, no refunds will be issued. NO EXCEPTIONS. A tuition transfer may be available to another radiography course offering based on written extenuating circumstances. The CCDE reserves the right to cancel any course which does not receive sufficient enrollment. In the event of course cancellation, registrants will receive a full tuition refund.

Limited Attendance: Enrollment is on a first-come basis. The full tuition fee must accompany the registration form. Each lab section is limited to twelve participants.

Enroll and make payment online at

Live Lecture Courses

Introduction to Lasers for the RDH and Supervising DDS — $325


9 am - 4 pm
(6 Hours Category A.1)
featuring Jeanne Godett, RDH, BS

This program is designed to fulfill the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners' requirements on the use of lasers by dental hygienists. In Arizona, according to R4-11-601 the course must be offered by a recognized dental school or dental hygiene school as defined in A.R.S. 1201, or sponsored by a national dental/dental hygienists' association or state dental/dental hygienists' association or government agency. Courses offered by manufacturers are not recognized courses. A hands on component will give attendees a working knowledge of dental lasers as it applies to the practice of dental hygiene. Several models of diode laser will be available for the lab portion of the class. An additional didactic component and written exam meets the BODEX requirements. You will need to provide a copy of your dental hygiene or dental license.

Note: It is important to note that as specified in ARS 12-1281 (D, 2.) a dentist who supervises a dental hygienist whose duties include the use of emerging scientific technology must have training on the use of the emerging technology that is equal to or greater than the training the dental hygienist is required to obtain.

Local Anesthesia/Nitrous for the Dental Hygienist

The Phoenix College Center for Continuing Dental Education offers a fall and spring semester course for those interested in applying for an Anesthesia Certificate in Arizona. The Local Anesthesia Lecture/Lab course will require 80 hours of online, self study completion and then meet from 8 - 5 daily for 3 days prior to the WREB Anesthesia Exam in December and May. A syllabus and reading assignments will be sent to you via e-mail near the starting date of the class. To ensure that you will have adequate course preparation time please enroll early. The textbook, Handbook of Local Anesthesia by Stanley Malamed, (6th Edition) as well as the Handbook of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation by Morris Clark (3rd Edition) can be purchased online at, or through the Phoenix College Bookstore (602) 285-7489.

Students enrolling in the 2014 Fall Local Anesthesia course MUST be registered no later than August 15, 2014. The online self study will begin on August 18, 2014. These dates are firm. No one can be added to the course after 5 pm Pacific Time Zone August 15, 2014. Students will need to be comfortable with online instruction and testing technology, must be self directed and commit to 6 - 8 hours of study time per week to read the text book, complete all activities and the online exams.

The WREB testing agency requires that the written exam be taken a minimum of 15 days prior to the first day of the exam and no more than 60 days prior. For more information on the WREB exam visit

Register & pay at (Class Sections - total of three: Lecture 20883, Lab 22562, 22563 or 23109, and CEU Lab 22596. Mail DH license and CPR copies to the Center. or submit the following to register:

  1. Phoenix College Student Information Form
  2. Student Declaration Form. Not necessary for non-resident.
  3. The CCDE registration form PDF
  4. Copy of your dental hygiene license, or proof of graduation from an accredited Dental Hygiene Program
  5. Copy of your current CPR card


  • Registration Deadline: 5 pm Pacific Time Zone August 15, 2014
  • Online Self Study Session (including exams): August 2014 through December 2014
  • Recommended deadline to complete the WREB written exam at PersonVue, November 2014
  • On Site/Hands On Session: 3 Day Local Anesthesia/Nitrous Clinical Lab December 5, 6, & 7, 2014

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

  • 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 pm Pacific Time zone August 15, 2014. The full tuition fee must accompany the registration form.


Phoenix College - Dental Building "R" Parking is in the North Parking Lot adjacent to the Dental Building (


 $1,003—Maricopa County Arizona Resident fee $1,485 - $1,915—Non-resident fee

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