Programs for Professionals

We offer continuing education courses for professionals in a wide variety of fields.

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Alternative Dental Assisting Program

The Alternative Dental Assisting Program (ADAP) provides the required education and clinical experience to be eligible for licensure as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) in New York State. ADAP is a registered program with New York State Education Department. ADAP is designed specifically for the experienced unlicensed dental assistant presently employed as a dental assistant by a New York State licensed general dentist who will act as a preceptor for the duration of the ADAP program. Students applying for this program who are employed by a specialty practice must secure a second preceptor in a general practice.


About this Program

Part 1
Topic information is presented in an online distance learning format. This format includes 15 modules presented in 15 weeks. This course will provide adequate preparation to take the New York Professional Dental Assisting (NYPDA), Radiation Health & Safety (RHS) and Infection Control (ICE) combination exam. These exams are administered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) to become a New York State Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). 

Please note: Students who fail the online portion (Part 1) are no longer considered enrolled in the course and may not continue with their 1,000 clinical hours (Part 2). These students cannot perform duties per the New York State Office of Profession laws rules and regulations. It is the student's responsibility to immediately inform their preceptor(s).

Part 2
Students are required to complete 1000 hours of dental assisting work experience that will begin on the first day of class. Please note these clinical hours will continue after the last day of classes and must be completed within five years of the start of the program.

Part 3
Successfully pass the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB); Radiation Health and Safety (RHS), Infection Control (ICE); and New York Professional Dental Assisting (NYPDA) combination exam.

Part 4
Apply for licensure from the New York State Education Department after completing all of the above requirements.


Tammy Conway, RDH, MS

Ann Gallerie, RDA, CDA, CDIPC, AS

Gabriele Hamm, RDA, CDA, CDPMA, AS

Alternative Dental Assisting Program
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Online, 2/5 - 5/31 ZPED-070 600 20 seats left $1100Call for more information

Local Infiltration Anesthesia/Nitrous Oxide

The New York State Board of Regents has established requirements for licensed dental hygienists to obtain a restricted certificate to administer local infiltration anesthesia and nitrous oxide analgesia in the practice of dental hygiene under the personal supervision of a licensed dentist. Upon the successful completion of this course, the dental hygienist will be able to apply for certification through the New York State Education Department. 35 credit (contact hours) will be awarded at the completion of the course. Online coursework is also required. 3.5 CEUs

Prerequisites: In order to attend this course, participants are required to show proof of current BPR/BLS certification for health care professionals and proof of current New York Dental Hygiene licensure is required prior to the initial class meeting. Textbooks are required for the course and are not included in the course fee. The list of required books will be mailed out with the registration confirmation. 

Computer Account Information

Course will be a hybrid course with some of the work completed online in Brightspace/ D2L and the on campus portion held in Fitzgibbbons Health Technologies Center, Room 151

Jennifer Walker, Course Coordinator 

Local Infiltration Anesthesia/Nitrous Oxide
Schedule Section Seats Left Cost Register
Saturday, 2/10
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Saturday, 3/2
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday, 3/3
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
ZPED-025 600 16 seats left $950

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Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer 2023 Hours (May 22 - July 28): Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday, Closed
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