University of Southern Indiana

Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist

Please contact us for future offering dates at 812-461-5217

*In accordance with new Indiana Code IC 25-13-1-10.6

Course Requirement

This program prepares the participant to complete the requirements of the Indiana Dental Practice Act which permits a dental hygienist to administer local anesthetic. The program is designed for licensed dental hygienists who want to receive certification in the administration of block and local infiltration anesthesia.

How the Course Works

Part I: Online Instruction Schedule
Upon completion of registration, participants will receive instructions for accessing the University of Southern Indiana Blackboard system. All lecture instruction will be completed online and will be accessible 24 hours a day. These lectures with corresponding examinations must be completed online prior to the scheduled laboratory date.

Part II: Laboratory Practical
The course includes sixteen (16) hours of laboratory experiences where participants learn techniques in local anesthetic administration on clinical partners. Laboratory sessions will be held at the University of Southern Indiana, Health Professions Center, Room 1042; 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712. USI is located on Highway 62, two miles west of Evansville.

Participation in the local anesthesia program includes not only the experience of administering anesthesia but also the experiences of receiving anesthesia.

The University of Southern Indiana does not provide professional liability insurance for participants of this course. It is recommended that each course participant carry their own liability insurance while participating in this course.

Emily Holt, RDH, MHA, CDA

State Certification Requirements

  • Online didactic instruction and successful completion of all online examinations
  • Successful completion of all laboratory sessions
  • Sit for Northeast Regional Board Local Anesthetic Computer Simulated Examination
  • Apply to the State of Indiana for Certification

This course satisfies the educational requirements for local anesthesia for the state of Indiana.  It may not meet the educational requirements set forth by any other state.  Completion of this course does not result in the acquisition of a permit to provide local anesthesia in Indiana.  Further action must be taken to complete the process with the Indiana State Board of Dentistry.


Continuing Education Credits
Upon successful completion of the program, a total of 31 CE Credits will be awarded (15 for the online portion and 16 for the laboratory portion)

The University of Southern Indiana is an approved provider for CE credits by the Indiana Health Professions Bureau.

Registration Requirements
Proof of the following must be submitted via fax at 812-461-5356 or US Mail to Sharri Herriott to complete registration:

For any registration questions, please contact Sharri Herriott, Program Administrative Assistant at 812-461-5217 or

Expiration Date

This is an enduring activity which expires annually in December, or as guidelines and recommendations are released.


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