NHTI is firmly committed to developing and delivering continuing education programs that will enhance the professional lives of Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists, offering:
- State-of-the-art clinic
- Highly qualified faculty
- Reasonably priced courses
- Workshops that meet the criteria established by the
NH Board of Dental Examiners
- Liability insurance available from NHTI for $20.00
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Continuing Ed Course Descriptions
POI – Preliminary Inspection of the Oral Cavity
This covers the Introduction to Dental Assisting in 302.06. With online and hands-on components, this course prepares dental assistants to perform a preliminary oral inspection on patients and includes taking medical/dental histories, obtaining/reading vital signs, basic oral anatomy and terminology, and dental charting. Participants must complete assignments online prior to clinical portion.
Please note: Course not required for dental assistant graduates from ADA accredited programs; course not appropriate for RDH.
PPE Requirements: Face masks, safety glasses, scrubs, lab coat, and gloves.
ICP – Infection Control Practice
With online and hands-on components, course topics include barrier techniques, limiting contamination, hand washing, handling of sharps, sterilization, disinfection, and disposal of waste materials. Participants must complete assignments online prior to clinical portion.
Personal Protective Equipment Requirements: 2 surgical masks, N95, safety shield, gloves, scrubs, and a lab jacket.
Administration of Local Anesthesia
Course lectures for this introductory study of the concepts and techniques of delivering intraoral anesthesia are provided online and coordinated with clinical practice. Emphasis is on the prediction and prevention of medical complications. 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. Course consists of 24 lecture hours and 21.5 clinical hours in which students practice injection techniques on partners under the supervision of NH-licensed dentists and qualified dental hygienists. Upon successful completion of the course and the ADEX exam and obtaining NH permit, hygienists will be qualified to administer local anesthesia according to NH law.
Required Textbook: Local Anesthesia for the Dental Professional, 2nd edition, 2015, by Bassett, DiMarco & Naughton, ISBN- 978-0-13-307771-1
Personal Protective Equipment: N95 face mask, face shield, gloves, scrubs, and a fluid resistant lab jacket.
Participants will 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)
Personal Protective Equipment: face mask, safety glasses or safety shield, gloves, scrubs, and a lab jacket.
Lecture and clinical sessions provide an in-depth study of dental sealants. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, the participant will be qualified to legally apply sealants in NH. A patient requiring sealants on at least four occlusal surfaces must be provided by the participant. Patients under 12 years of age will need instructor approval. Individuals will work on extracted, sterile teeth.
Materials required by participant:
Personal Protective Equipment: 2 surgical masks, N95, face shield, gloves, scrubs, and a lab jacket
Temporary Crown & Bridge Fabrication
This training qualifies the dental assistant, according to the NH Board of Dental Examiners’ regulations. The focus is on techniques and materials used in temporary fabrication, finishing margins, and duplicating tooth anatomy. Participants will create temporary crowns and bridges on typodonts only.
Personal Protective Equipment Requirements: 2 surgical masks, face shield gloves, scrubs, and a lab jacket
Monitoring Nitrous Oxide Use
This course prepares dental assistants and dental hygienists to monitor nitrous oxide use during dental procedures. Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will meet the qualifications stipulated by the NH Board of Dental Examiners.
Personal Protective Equipment Requirements: face mask.
Orthodontic Duties for the Dental Assistant
This course qualifies the orthodontic dental assistant to perform those expanded orthodontic duties designated by the NH Board of Dental Examiners.
Personal Protective Equipment Required: 3-4 surgical masks, gloves, face shields, scrubs, and lab jackets.
Following the guidelines of the NH Board of Dental Examiners, this course is designed to provide participating dental assistants with the proper background knowledge and clinical experience in coronal polishing to enable them to perform this procedure in a practice setting.
Personal Protective Equipment Required: Lab coat, safety glasses, 2 face masks, 1 n95 mask
Techniques in Dental Radiology
On-line lectures and learning activities are coordinated with laboratory 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. NOTE: This course does not meet the radiology course requirements for the NHTI Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene programs.
Online portion: 2 months
Textbook: Dental Radiography: Principles and Techniques, Iannucci Howerton, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-4377-1162-2.
-Completion of POI & ICP Courses & Employment Verification Form
Personal Protective Equipment Required: surgical masks, gloves, N95, face shield, scrubs, and lab coat.
Out with the Old in with the New – Periodontal Classification System
This course will review the new Periodontal Classification System established by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP). 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 in this course will include the following: 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.
This course meets the requirements established by the NH Board of Dental Examiners for dental assistants and dental hygienists. Topics: prescription/non-prescription products and safety considerations.
Prerequisites and required documents:
Dental Office Emergencies – Is Your Team Prepared?
Per Den 403.03 – Starting April 1, 2020, at least 2 CEUs shall be earned in Medical Emergency Training
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.
Infection Control for the Dental Office – ONLINE
This course provides infection control guidelines and recommendations for the dental office. The course is based on the CDC infection and prevention guidelines, and includes information on disinfection and sterilization, products, and asepsis protocols. This course fulfills the NH dental infection control requirements for certification and license renewal.