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PNWDHI Course Offerings and Descriptions

 

Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists

(Maximum participants: 16)

Details of Course Structure

Non-credit Course

  • Total clock hours is 50. This equates to three (3) Pierce College quarter credits.
  • You will receive a Certificate of Completion once you successfully pass all competency requirements of the course.
  • Both the online study and in-class/on-site attendance is required.

Online Study

  • Fifteen (15) hours. Must have computer, webcam, microphone and internet access.
  • Begins approximately six (6) weeks prior to on-site attendance.

In-class/On-site Attendance

  • On-site attendance is at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood, WA
  • 40 hours over four days. Includes didactic, lab peer clinical experience.
  • You must agree to be a human subject to attend this course. If you cannot be a human subject, please contact us prior to applying to discuss potential options.

Costs, Text and Supplies 

  • ESTIMATED fee of $3,500 includes supplies, PPE, materials, rental fees, instruments, and liability insurance. This is paid at time of registration. Outstanding costs for missing or damaged equipment/instruments must be paid in full prior to providing testing or licensing documentation. Please see the refund policy located on the Application page.
  • Required textbook and DVD are $160 (estimate):
    • Bassett, K., DiMarco, A., & Naughton, D. (2014). Local Anesthesia for Dental Professionals, 2nd Ed. Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 978-0133077711.
    • Royer & Paarmann. (2012). Techniques for Successful Local Anesthesia DVD. ISBN-13: 978-0132725392
  • Students may purchase their textbook through any online source, including Pearson Education, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Barnes & Noble.com.

Lead Course Professor

Kathy B. Bassett, BSDH, RDH, MEd

Email: kbassett@pierce.ctc.edu

Professor Bassett is the lead instructor for the local anesthesia course. She co-authored the local anesthesia textbook, released in its second edition. Her textbook is one recommended by the Western Regional Examining Board as a reference for their exams and is used nationwide by several dental hygiene and dental programs. She also assists in the restorative course.

We encourage you to contact Professor Bassett if you have any specific questions about the course structure or content.

Nitrous Oxide Psychosedation

(Maximum participants: 20)

Details of Course Structure

Non-credit Course

  • Total clock hours is 15. This equates to one (1.5) Pierce College quarter credits.
  • You will receive a Certificate of Completion once you successfully pass all competency requirements of the course.
  • Both the online study and in-class/on-site attendance is required.

Online Study

  • Five (5) hours. Must have computer and internet access.
  • Begins approximately one (1) week prior to on-site attendance.

In-class/On-site Attendance

  • On-site attendance is at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood, WA
  • Eight (8) hours in one day. Includes didactic, lab peer clinical experience.
  • You must agree to be a human subject to attend this course. If you cannot be a human subject, please contact us prior to applying to discuss potential options.
  • Other healthcare providers may be eligible to take this course. Please contact us to enquire.

Costs, Text and Supplies 

  • ESTIMATED fee of $500 includes supplies, PPE, materials, rental fees, instruments, and liability insurance. This is paid at time of registration. Outstanding costs for missing or damaged equipment/instruments must be paid in full prior to providing testing or licensing documentation. Please see the refund policy located on the Application page.
  • Required textbook varies based on courses taken.
    • If taking the Local Anesthesia course: Bassett, K., DiMarco, A., & Naughton, D. (2014). Local Anesthesia for Dental Professionals, 2nd Ed. Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 978-0133077711.
    • If only taking the Nitrous Oxide course: Clark, M. & Brunick, A. Handbook of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation, 3rd Ed. Mosby. ISBN-13: 9780323048279.
  • Students may purchase their textbook through any online source, including Pearson Education, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Barnes & Noble.com.

Lead Course Professor

Keavin McIntosh, DMD

Email: kmcintosh@pierce.ctc.edu

Dr. McIntosh is the lead instructor for the nitrous oxide course and supervising dentist in the local anesthesia and restorative courses. Since 2001, he has also been an assistant adjunct professor in Pierce College's Dental Hygiene program, teaching nitrous oxide and restorative courses, and working as one of the supervising dentists for the dental hygiene clinics.

We encourage you to contact Professor Dr. McIntosh if you have any specific questions about the course structure or content.

Restorative for Dental Hygienists

(Maximum participants: 10)

Details of Course Structure

Non-credit Course

Required online study begins August 1.

Required on-site attendance at the Lakewood, Washington Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus is from the last week of August through mid-September, weekdays only, Monday through Friday (excludes Labor Day). We try to arrange the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) restorative licensing exam on the final Saturday after the end of the course for your convenience.

Please anticipate hours to be in the range from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Total clock hours is 110. This equates to seven (7) Pierce College quarter credits. However, please be advised that this is not a college credit course and you will not receive credit for successful completion.
  • You will receive a Certificate of Completion once you successfully pass all competency requirements of the course.
  • Both the online study and in-class/on-site attendance is required.

Online Study

  • 30 - 40 hours. Must have computer, webcam, microphone and internet access. Smartphones cannot be substituted.
  • Begins four (4) weeks prior to on-site attendance.

In-class/On-site Attendance

  • On-site attendance is at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood, WA
  • Seventy (70) hours over two weeks. May include a Saturday class. Includes didactic, lab with MockBoard and two to three days of patient clinic.

Costs, Text and Supplies 

ESTIMATED fees include instrument purchase, PPE, materials, rental fees, and liability insurance. This is paid at time of registration. Outstanding costs for missing or damaged equipment/instruments must be paid in full prior to providing testing or licensing documentation. Please see the refund policy located on the Application page.

  • Course, PPE, liability insurance cost: $6000
  • Instrument rental cost: $200
    • You will be held accountable and charged the current amount to replace missing or damaged instruments.
  • Materials and instrument purchase cost: $500
  • Required textbook: $60
    • Bagby, M. & Gladwin, M. (2013). Clinical Aspects of Dental Materials: Theory, Practice, and Cases, 4th Ed. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott, Williams,
      & Wilkins. ISBN-13: 9781609139650.
    • Students may purchase their textbook through any online source, including Pearson Education, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Barnes & Noble.com.

Lead Course Professor

Sarah Backus, RDH, BSDH, MS

Email: sbackus@pierce.ctc.edu

Professor Backus is the lead instructor for the restorative course. She has been the lead junior clinic restorative professor since 2018 and teaches in the senior restorative clinic. With over 15 years of private practice experience in addition to her years of teaching, she brings a wealth of expertise with a fun attitude to the course.

We encourage you to contact Professor Backus if you have any specific questions about the course structure or content.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for All Courses

Lab Coats and PPE

  • Pierce College furnishes students with lab coats and level 3 surgical masks for typodont lab activities.
  • Pierce College will fit-test and supply N95 respirators to the student for use during patient care.
    • However, if the student does not pass a fit test with one of our N95s in stock, the student will not be able to complete the course(s).
    • We highly encourage the student to get fit-test on their own, prior to the course, and bring with them sufficient N95s.
    • Students must arrange to have a minimum of ten FDA approved N95 respirators for use during patient care.
  • If a student damages the lab coat, an additional charge will apply to replace the lab coats and collected before the Certificate of Completion and licensing documents are provided.

Safety Glasses and Loupes

  • Students must furnish their own appropriate safety glasses based on OSHA guidelines for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Magnification support is recommended such as very strong magnifying glasses or loupes.

Clinic Attire

  • Students are expected to be clean, and to wear close-toed shoes with non-mesh uppers and non-skid soles.
  • Scrubs are acceptable and/or full length pants in a neutral color such as beige, tan, taupe, black, brown, etc. Pants may not touch the ground and must have full coverage (no low-rise pants, cropped, etc.).
  • Students must comply with all COVID safety protocols and processes. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the course. Information will be sent to you in the information packet.
  • Jeans are acceptable in labs only and may not have any holes or tears in them.
  • Additional detailed information will be sent to you in the information packet by July 30.