Local Anesthetic Module Theory

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This Local Anaesthesia Continuing Education course has been approved by the Council of the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta (CRDHA).  

It is a self-study, interactive, and hands-on course, that will teach participants to safely and effectively administer local anaesthetic agents. This course is based on the textbook, Handbook of Local Anaesthesia7th Ed., by Dr. Stanley F. Malamed (ISBN 10: 0323074138) and will review head and neck anatomy related to the administration of local anaesthetics, demonstrate the various techniques involved in local anaesthesia and explain patient evaluation, complications, and office emergencies. Successful completion of the course will enable the CRDHA to issue a certificate recognizing that you have completed the course. 

***The CRDHA certificate is required before you may administer local anaesthesia.*** 

 

The CDE - Local Anaesthetic for Registered Dental Hygienists Course is comprised of two components: A three months, guided, home-study Theory Module, and a three days hands-on Clinical Module.  

Participants must successfully complete the Theory component and the written Theory Examination at least 3 weeks prior to register and attend the in-person Clinical component. 

 

Course information 

 

The Local Anaesthetic Theory Module is a guided, self-study Course, and it is administered through an electronic classroom. The E-classroom is offered as support and guidance for participants during their home-study period using the Moodle platform. Study guides, learning activities, and quizzes are offered to help participants during their learning. The Theory Module requires a minimum of three months of self-study. 

 

The Theory Exam is offered monthly at the University of Alberta, and the date is chosen at the registration. The exam runs usually in the morning, the time and date will be confirmed by email at least two weeks before the exam date.  

 

Participants residing in or outside of Edmonton may also choose to write the Theory Exam at a recognized Testing Center on a date and time that is more convenient for them (Testing Center fees will apply, and are payable by the participant to the Test Center). If participants choose to write in a test center, he/she must communicate with CDE at least two weeks before the exam date. 

 

Upon registration participants will receive information via email regarding how to access the E-Class Module and course syllabus explaining policies regarding examinations, rewrites, extensions, refunds, appeals, etc. If you do not receive any communication within 2 weeks following the course registration, please contact Continuing Dental Education at dentce@ualberta.ca. 

 

Prerequisites  

  • Participants must be certified R.D.H. and hold a current Registration Practice Permit. 
  • Candidates must also hold a current CPR certificate (validity is 12 months from the date of issue). 
  • Participants are required to practice in Dental office as a RDH for a minimum of 6 months before taking the clinical module. 

 

Once successful completion of the Written Theory Examination is achieved, participants may register and attend the in-person Local Anaesthetic Clinical Module. The LA Clinical is offered 3 times a year (February, June and November) and must be pursued within 8 months of successful completion of the Theory Module.  

 

Please read carefully: 

  •  REGISTRATION CONFIRMS YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE COURSE. Following registration, withdrawal from the course within the first week following the published course registration deadline date is eligible for a refund of the tuition fee less a $200 non-refundable deposit. 
  • Withdrawal more than 1 week after the published course registration deadline date is not eligible for refund, unless the withdrawal is due to medical conditions (must be requested in writing accompanied by a letter from the participant’s physician.) 
  • Transfer is permitted within the first week following the published course registration deadline. A transfer, one time only, to a future course will be allowed if there is sufficient space available in the next course intake. There is no guarantee space will be available. Transfer cannot be made to a course intake further in the future than the very next calendar intake for the course. Transfer requests must be in writing (email) to Continuing Dental Education, must include a $200 transfer fee, and are subject to any increase in tuition fees. Should the participant then be unable to attend that future session, they would forfeit the entire fee amount.