The Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene Inc.
is accredited by The Commission on Dental
Accreditation of Canada and designated by
The Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB)
Local Anesthetics Program
Local Anesthetics Program for Dental Hygienists
Local Anesthetics at VCDH
5 weeks in duration with 2 weekends on campus. Program Dates (2 options for 2023):
Summer Program: Weekend 1: June 23, 24, and 25, 2023
Weekend 2: July 14, 15, and 16, 2023
Fall Program: Weekend 1: September 1, 2 and 3, 2023
Weekend 2: September 22, 23, and 24, 2023
2024 Program Dates TBD.
Local: 604-215-7611 Toll Free: 1-800-457-3189
The Local Anesthetics Program at the Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene Inc. is designed for registered
dental hygienists who have not been trained in the administration of local anesthetics and who wish to obtain,
or who must obtain certification to administer local anaesthesia. This is also an excellent program for dental
hygienists who are looking to refresh their skills and knowledge in local anesthetics.
About the Program
The Local Anesthetics Program is offered twice a year - once in the spring and once in the fall.
It is 33.5 hours of theory, clinical training and evaluation. There are 12.5 hours of teaching
and evaluation in theory, and 21 hours of clinical practice and evaluation.
The total cost of the Local Anesthetics Programs is $1,695.
The first thing you will need to do is complete and submit an application. Along with this application you will be asked to provide the following documents:
1. A copy of your current practicing license
2. A letter from a licensed dentist indicating that you are able to practice local anesthetic injections under his/her supervision in the weeks between course weekends one and two.
3. A registration fee of $250 (certified Cheque) which will be deducted from the tuition cost
4. Copy of current CPR Basic Life Support (BLS) Certificate
Handbook of Local Anesthesia, 7th Edition, Malamed, Stanley F., Mosby.
It is your responsibility to procure this textbook before the course begins.
Once your application has been processed a course outline will be emailed to you as well as a course contract. It is advisable to read the outline over before you start the course so you know what is expected at each session. The contract will have important policies and information about the course and will need to be signed and returned to us before the course begins.
Why Choose VCDH?
Our program provides a 5:1 student to instructor ratio in the clinical portion and all of our
instructors have experience teaching local anesthetics. The program is fully approved by
the CDHCB and PCTIA and is deemed substantially equivalent by the CRDHA.
These approvals are significant to licensed dental hygienists in BC and Alberta, as notification of successful completion of the program at the Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene will be relayed to the CDHBC and the CRDHA for speedy application to registrants' practicing licenses.
The Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene Inc. was designed and built specifically as a dental
hygiene college to benefit students. As a hygiene-focused school, everything from our facility
to our curriculum is designed with the modern dental hygienist in mind.
This theoretical and clinical course’s content will develop the student’s understanding of
pain and pain control, the physiological action of drugs, the function of pharmacological
agents used in the dental office, and the safe and effective delivery of local anesthetics
agents. Proper asepsis, optimal client management including the prevention and handling
of reactions and medical emergencies associated with the application of local anesthetics
agents will be discussed and emphasized.
Thank you all for your guidance and support in the Local Anesthetic certification for Dental Hygienists
course. I really appreciated the helpful advice and the supportive atmosphere in particular during
clinical sessions. It has been a long time since I have been in a clinical examination situation
but you all made it less stressful. This past week I had my first patient requiring local anesthetic
(3 blocks) and it went so well thanks to you.
I would not hesitate to recommend Vancouver College of Dental Hygiene to anyone for Local Anesthetic
Diana Forrest RDH | May 2016
Local Anesthetics Course
To register for the Local Anesthetics Program or for more information, call us today at 604-215-7611 or toll-free at 1-800-457-3189