Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienist

In keeping with the guidelines established by the Ohio State Dental Board for licensure/certification, all individuals participating in this lab course are required to provide appropriate documentation of immunization of hepatitis B and current certification in CPR in order to participate in this dental continuing education course.

While Stark State College does not require additional immunizations, it is strongly recommended by the Centers for Disease Control that all healthcare workers be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases such as hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella.  Because healthcare workers are considered to be at significant risk for acquiring or transmitting these diseases in the course of their professions, the Allied Dental Health Department at Stark State College supports this recommendation.*


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Atlanta, Georgia 30333

Due prior to the first clinical session

  • copy of current Ohio dental hygiene license
  • copy of current CPR/BLS certification
  • completed health history form
  • completed liability release form
  • proof of HepB vaccination/immunity*

Log in information will be sent electronically to the email you provided upon registration three weeks before the face to face delivery. Course modules will be available three weeks prior to start of the clinical portion.  Course modules will be available two weeks prior to start of the clinical portion.

Course participant requirements • purchase of required textbook from college bookstore prior to completing online module • completion of online learning modules according to the assigned schedule (online portion will be available two weeks prior to the clinical portion to paid registrants only) • achievement of 75% on all online exams in order to be permitted to participate in the clinical component.

Program Description:

This self-study, lecture and hands-on course prepares dental hygienists in Ohio for the safe and effective administration of local anesthesia and pain control. Topics include anatomy, physiology, pharmacology of local anesthesia, administration of local anesthesia, and indications, precautions and limitations associated with the use of local anesthesia. You’ll first complete a 12-hour online module, followed by a three-hour lecture and 14 hours of clinical practice in the techniques of local anesthetic administration on anatomical models and lab partners. You are required to serve as participant partners during the clinical training portion of the course. Completion of this course prepares you to take the NERB examination required for dental hygiene local anesthesia credentialing in Ohio. This course is approved by the Ohio State Dental Board and meets the standards for dental hygienists to be able to administer local anesthesia in the state of Ohio. It will be held in the Stark State College Dental Hygiene Clinic under the supervision of a dentist and qualified dental hygienist faculty. Registration will end three weeks prior to the class start date.  Lunch provided.

Continuing Education (CE) hours

  • 29 hours of CE.

NOTE: This course typically runs every semester. If there aren’t any courses available at this time, please check this page again in the near future. For more information, please contact Elise Moore at 330-494-6170 ext 4887.