The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 23, 2014

Penn College Offers Local-Anesthesia Training for Dental Hygienists

The Daily Item

— WILLIAMSPORT — Local Anesthetics for the Dental Hygienist, a 30-hour training course delivered over two weekends, is being offered by Workforce Development & Continuing Education and the School of Health Sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Scheduled for March 22-23 and April 5-6, the course is designed to provide licensed dental hygienists with the necessary knowledge and skills to administer local anesthesia in a clinical setting. Upon successful completion, participants will be eligible for certification by Pennsylvania’s State Board of Dentistry to administer local anesthetics.

Participants will gain knowledge in orofacial anatomy, pathology, pharmacology, armamentarium and complications, and side effects of administering local anesthesia. Practical training includes hands-on application in clinical laboratory settings, and specific requirements set forth by the state Board of Dentistry will be addressed.

Since administration of local anesthesia was added in 2009 to the scope of dental hygienists’ practice in Pennsylvania, Penn College has conducted several training programs to address workforce needs.

The cost is $1,000 and includes course materials and continental breakfast and lunch each day. Copies of a current dental hygiene license, current cardiopulmonary resuscitation/basic life support certification and proof of liability insurance are required for entrance into the course, which is taught in the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

For more information or to register, visit or call (570) 327-4775.