NHTI is firmly committed to developing and delivering continuing education programs that will enhance the professional lives of dental assistants and dental hygienists. Our courses feature a state-of-the-art clinic, highly qualified and experienced faculty, and continuing education approved by N.H. Board of Dental Examiners.

Teledentistry and the Changing World

Learn how TD, given the opportunity, can be used, and what we can teach our public health dental hygienists so they can implement TD.

New! Teledentistry and the Changing World

Online: Feb. 9, 2022; 6-8 p.m.
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This online course offers you lectures for this introductory study of the concepts and techniques of delivering intraoral anesthesia and coordinated with clinical practice. Emphasis is on the prediction and prevention of medical complications.

The curriculum includes head and neck anatomy, armamentarium, pharmacology, neurophysiology, patient evaluation and management, record keeping, and risk management. The goal is to safely select and administer adequate local anesthesia for use in painless periodontal treatment.

The course offers 24 lecture hours and 21.5 clinical hours during which you’ll practice injection techniques on partners under the supervision of N.H.-licensed dentists and qualified dental hygienists.

Upon successful completion of the course and ADEX exam and obtaining your N.H. permit, you’ll be qualified to administer local anesthesia according to N.H. law.

CEUs: 48

Required textbook: Local Anesthesia for the Dental Professional, 2nd edition, 2015, by Bassett, DiMarco & Naughton, ISBN- 978-0-13-307771-1

Prerequisites and required documents: Email the following to NHTIbtc@ccsnh.edu:

PPE requirements: N95 face mask, face shield, gloves, scrubs, and a fluid resistant lab jacket

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This course offers you didactic and clinical continuing education to administer nitrous oxide in N.H. The course covers he history of nitrous oxide; the neurophysiology of pain and pain control; patient assessment including medical and dental indications and contraindications; anatomy and physiology; the pharmacology of nitrous oxide; emergency prevention and management; nitrous oxide armamentarium, including safe assembly and handling of gas tanks, masks, tubing, scavenger and monitoring equipment; techniques; record keeping; and regulatory/legal issues.

If you’re seeking certification in nitrous oxide administration in a state other than N.H., you must contact the appropriate state board and gain knowledge of and meet the requirements for nitrous oxide administration in that state.

Hours:  20 

Prerequisites and forms:

Required textbook: Handbook of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation, 4th Edition, by Morris S. Clark, DDS, FACD and Ann Brunick , RDH, M.S., 2015

Required materials:

  • Clinical attire, including scrubs and closed toe shoes
  • Face masks, safety glasses, and non-latex gloves

Part 1: Online Didactic Instruction (8 hours, online self-study, 3 weeks)

It’s been estimated that you’ll spend a minimum of 4-6 hours each week reading, reviewing material, and completing assignments; however, each participant learns differently, therefore, the total number of hours for the online didactic instruction will vary by participant.

All didactic instruction will be completed online and accessible 24/7.  The lecture material has 3 modules each with a power point, quiz, and assignments. There is a 50-question final exam that must be completed online before the clinical day. You will pass with a 75% or better. 

Part II:  Clinical Session (6 hours at NHTI)

This in-person clinical session prepares you for certification in the administration of nitrous oxide. It includes 6 hours of laboratory/clinical instruction during which you’ll review nitrous oxide equipment, watch a DVD, and administer nitrous oxide. There is a 6:1 participant to instructor ratio during the clinical session.

Participation includes the experience of administering as well as receiving nitrous oxide. If for any medical reason you cannot receive nitrous oxide, a medical note must be turned in with the registration.  You must contact the coordinator by the second week of the course through email.

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You’ll learn indications and contraindications to sealants and ITR placement and will have an opportunity to place glass ionomer pit and fissure sealants, as well as practice ITR placement on teeth. Evidence supporting this technique will be presented.

CEUs: 10 (4 Didactic/6 Lab)

Prerequisites and required documents: Email the following to NHTIbtc@ccsnh.edu:

  • Active RDH license  

PPE requirements: face mask, safety glasses or safety shield, gloves, scrubs, and lab jacket

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This course provides an overview of what the evidence-based dentistry approach offers clinicians striving to best meet patient needs and preferences. Working in the classroom and the computer lab, you’ll gain experience in quickly finding evidence relevant to a practice need and appraising that evidence.

CEUs:  7

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This required course reviews infection control procedures through lecture and clinical activities. You’ll learn the latest protocols for proper asepsis in non-traditional settings and are strongly encouraged to bring a portable dental unit. Clinic attire and safety glasses are required.  

CEUs: 4

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This course addresses systemic conditions and diseases with emphasis on dental hygiene treatment planning and the management of dental and medical emergencies in alternative dental settings. It includes a pharmacology review for common disease states.

CEUs: 6

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This required class meets once as a group, followed by individual completion of required online activities, and teaches you to understand and comply with legal requirements to properly handle patient medical records. Key concepts of HIPAA, FERPA, and N.H. law are included. You’ll draft a privacy impact assessment (PIA) and will complete learning activities prior to class end date.

CEUs: 8

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Following the guidelines of the N.H. Board of Dental Examiners, you’ll gain the proper background knowledge and clinical experience in coronal polishing to perform this procedure in a practice setting.

Prerequisites and required documents: Email the following to NHTIbtc@ccsnh.edu:

PPE requirements: Lab coat, safety glasses, 2 face masks, N95 mask

You must provide a patient for the second clinical session and treat 5 patients under the supervision of a N.H. dentist between clinical sessions. Pending COVID restrictions.

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Lecture and practice drills will focus on the prevention and management of medical emergencies in the dental office. Common systemic conditions, etiologies of disease, and risk assessment will be discussed.

Hours: 2.5

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Lecture and clinical sessions provide an in-depth study of dental sealants. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, you’ll be qualified to legally apply sealants in N.H. You’ll take the didactic, place sealants on extracted teeth and models, and place sealants under the supervision of a dentist.

Prerequisites and required documents: Email the following to NHTIbtc@ccsnh.edu:

  • ADA Graduate Dental Assistant or proof of completion of POI and ICP courses

Materials required: Lab coat, safety glasses, 2 extracted teeth, a patient requiring sealants on at least 4 occlusal surfaces

PPE requirements: 2 surgical masks, N95, face shield, gloves, scrubs, and lab jacket

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This course includes online and hands-on components on barrier techniques, limiting contamination, hand washing, handling of sharps, sterilization, disinfection, and disposal of waste materials. 

  • Course not designed to meet annual OSHA training requirement. 
  • Course not required for dental assistant graduates from ADA accredited programs.

Hours: 4

PPE requirements: 2 surgical masks, N95, safety shield, gloves, scrubs, and lab jacket

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This course provides infection control guidelines and recommendations for the dental office based on the CDC infection and prevention guidelines. You’ll learn information on disinfection and sterilization products and asepsis protocols. This course fulfills the N.H. dental infection control requirements for certification and license renewal.

CEU: 3

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This course meets the requirements established by the N.H. Board of Dental Examiners for dental assistants and dental hygienists. Topics include prescription/non-prescription products and safety considerations.

Hours: 6

Prerequisites and required documents: Email the following to NHTIbtc@ccsnh.edu:

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This course prepares you to monitor nitrous oxide use during dental procedures. Upon successful completion of the course, you’ll meet the qualifications stipulated by the N.H. Board of Dental Examiners.

Hours: 6

Prerequisites and required documents: Email the following to NHTIbtc@ccsnh.edu:

  • RDH, ADA Graduate Dental Assistant, or proof of completion of POI and ICP courses

PPE Requirements: face mask

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This course qualifies you to perform those expanded orthodontic duties designated by the N.H. Board of Dental Examiners.

Hours: 8

Prerequisites and required documents: Email the following to NHTIbtc@ccsnh.edu:

  • RDH or ADA Graduate Dental Assistant or proof of completion of POI and ICP courses

PPE requirements: 3-4 surgical masks, gloves, face shields, scrubs, and lab jackets

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This course reviews OSHA laws and CDC guidelines including the bloodborne pathogen standard, chemical hazard standard, infection control techniques, annual employee training, and ways to prevent cross-contamination in the dental office.

CEUs: 3.5

PPE requirements: Surgical masks, scrubs, and lab coat

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This course reviews the new periodontal classification system established by the American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology. The new classification involves some significant changes, including a new system for staging and grading periodontitis, the modification and/or elimination of certain concepts and, introduces a classification for peri-implant diseases and conditions.

Topics covered include:

  • The main categories within the new classification system
  • Differences between the current classification and the previous classification system
  • Rationale and evidence to support the new staging and grading, and how to classify your patients

This course will review content in lecture format with clinical discussion and case studies for practical application.

CEUS: 4

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With online and hands-on components, this course prepares you to perform a preliminary oral inspection on patients, take medical/dental histories, obtain/read vital signs, understand basic oral anatomy and terminology, and complete dental charting. 

This course is not required for dental assistant graduates from ADA-accredited programs and is not appropriate for RDH.

Hours: 4

Prerequisites and required documents: Email the following to NHTIbtc@ccsnh.edu:

Required materials

  • Manual blood pressure cuff
  • Stethoscope

PPE requirements: Face masks, safety glasses, scrubs, lab coat, and gloves

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Online portion: 2 months
Clinical portion (NHTI campus): 4 days, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Online lectures and learning activities are coordinated with lab practice to develop dental radiographic techniques. Students are required to schedule two clients. Techniques covered include: digital radiography, processing, mounting and evaluating films. Emphasis placed on client and operator protection, exposure and processing errors, asepsis protocol, radiographic techniques and equipment function. Following this course, passing of RHS portion of DANB exam is required according to NH law.

This course does not meet the radiology course requirements for the NHTI Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene programs.

Textbook: Dental Radiography: Principles and Techniques, Iannucci Howerton, 5th Edition, ISBN: 978-0-323-29742-4

Prerequisites and required documents: Email the following to NHTIbtc@ccsnh.edu:

Required PPE: Surgical masks, gloves, N95 for patient care and working on each other, face shield, safety glasses scrubs, and lab coat

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Learn how TD, given the opportunity, can be used, and what we can teach our public health dental hygienists so they can implement TD.

Date: Online: Feb. 9, 2022; 6-8 p.m.

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The focus of this course is on techniques and materials used in temporary fabrication, finishing margins, and duplicating tooth anatomy. You’ll create temporary crowns and bridges on typodonts.

Hours: 8

Prerequisites and required documents: Email the following to NHTIbtc@ccsnh.edu:

  • ADA Graduate Dental Assistant or Completion of the POI and ICP courses at NHTI

Required Materials:

  • Two models of the same tooth: one before the prep was done, and one after the prep was done. (Both models need to have the soft tissue around the prep.)
  • Impression material and temporary crown material used in your office for 5-6 impressions. No impression material is provided.

PPE requirements: 2 surgical masks, face shield gloves, scrubs, and a lab jacket

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