Laser Certification for Your Dental Practice (Hands-On)

Title:     Laser Certification for Your Dental Practice
Event Dates: Friday & Saturday, May 18-19, 2018
Event Time: Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday, 8 am to Noon
CE Hours:    12 Hours (Lecture 8, Hands-On 4)
Course Fee: $649 each participant
Audience:   Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, and Staff
Location:  Glendale Hall, Midwestern University, Glendale AZ

Course Speakers:

Presented by Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine -  (in alpha order)

Alexander Carroll, DDS, MBA, MHSM, FICD - Assistant Professor of Dentistry and Associate Dean of Clinical Education
Nancy M. Fitzgerald, DMD - Associate Professor of Dentistry
Christine A. Halket, DDS, MS - Associate Professor of Dentistry
Arthur B. Levy, DDS - Adjunct Professor and Past President of the Academy of Laser Dentistry

Course Description:

This course is for dentists and dental hygienists who are interested in incorporating the use of laser technology in their dental practice.

State approved examination and certification are provided by Midwestern University CDMA to all course participants. Participants will leave with a certificate of Standard Laser Certification.

Participants also have the option to take the Academy of Laser Dentistry's online examination for Standard Proficiency Certification, allowing pursuit of advanced and master's certification with the Academy.  This on-line examination will need to be taken the day of the course.  Please bring your laptop for this on-line examination.  The cost of the examination is $175.  If you are interested in taking this exam, you will need to provide a valid email address for registration with the Academy of Laser Dentistry before the course begins.  The examination will be given after the course has ended.

A Lunch and Learn Session is included for an additional hour of CE, with offerings in areas of special interest. When you register, please indicate your Lunch & Learn interest(s) and select up to three laser wavelengths for which you wish to be certified for the Hands-On Session.

Lunch and Learn Topics offered are:

This course satisfies the Arizona Board of Dental Examiners requirement for laser training through a combination of lecture presentation and hands-on simulation training experience. Laser safety training is also included in the course.

Office staff may take an examination for a certificate of Laser Safety, which is appropriate for the Laser Safety Officer.

Participants will gain knowledge in the operation and use of the following lasers:

  1. 810 nm Diode
  2. 970 nm Diode
  3. Hard & Soft Tissue Erbium
  4. 10,600 nm CO2 (Soft Tissue)
  5. Cold Laser Photobiomodulation

Course Objectives:

  1. Recognize the terminology used in laser dentistry;
  2. Explain the physics of basic lasers;
  3. Apply laser safety in the dental office;
  4. Describe laser procedures appropriate to the doctor and dental hygienist; and
  5. Demonstrate laser procedures in a laboratory setting.

Course Schedule:

Friday, May 18, 2018
7:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Presentation Begins
10:00 am Mid-Morning Break
10:15 am Presentation Resumes
12:00 pm Lunch and Learn: Boxed Lunch
1:00 pm Presentation Resumes
3:00 pm Afternoon Break
3:15 - 5:00 pm Presentation Resumes, Review & Exam
Saturday, May 19, 2018
7:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 12:00 Noon Hands-On Laser Program

Contact Person:

Martha C. Clements, MEd, Continuing Education Specialist
Email:    Office Phone: 623-572-3870

Presenter Biography:

Alexander Carroll, DDS, MBA, MHSM, FICD - Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor: Dr. Carroll is a graduate of University of Southern California (DDS, 1981) and Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business (MBA, 2010). He received his MHSM (Masters in Health Sector Management) degree from the ASU W.P. Carey School of Business in 2012.  He is the Course Director for Practice Management for D3 and D4 students. Dr. Carroll is Director of Clinical Care Coordinators in the Dental Institute.  He owned his private practice for 21 years with emphasis on prosthodontics, implantology and laser assisted procedures.  Dr. Carroll is the founder and 2 term past President of the German Academy for Laser Dentistry. He served as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California for 2 years before accepting his position at Midwestern University.  Dr. Carroll serves on the Editorial Board of The American Journal of Esthetic Dentistry. He was inducted as a fellow into the International College of Dentists in 2012. Dr. Carroll is a faculty member in Omega Kappa Upsilon. Currently Dr. Carroll attends California School of Law in pursuit of a J.D. degree.

Nancy M. Fitzgerald, D.M.D.  Assistant ProfessorDr. Fitzgerald received her Dental Hygiene degree from the University of Minnesota in 1985. After practicing for over twenty years as a dental hygienist, she returned to the University of Minnesota and attained her B.S. in Dental Hygiene Education in 2005. Dr. Fitzgerald earned her D.M.D. degree from Midwestern College of Dental Medicine - Glendale, AZ in 2012. She has practiced dentistry in Arizona and Florida. In 2013 she served as a part-time Pre-Clinical Adjunct Faculty for Midwestern University then transitioned to full-time Pre-Clinical Assistant Professor in 2014. Dr. Fitzgerald holds certifications in Oral Sedation Dentistry, Comprehensive Orthodontics and Craniofacial Orthopedics, Epigenetic Orthodontics, Laser Dentistry, and is an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.  She is an active member of The Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Laser Dentistry, American Dental Education Association, and American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Christine Halket, DDS, MS - Associate Professor: Dr. Halket received her B.S. in Dental Hygiene in 1988, her D.D.S. in 1992 and her certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry in 1993, all from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas.  She then moved to The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in Columbus, Ohio, where she received both her certificate in Periodontics and her M.S. in Oral Biology in 1996 and then joined the OSU faculty, where she served as a Comprehensive Care Clinic Director and Vice-Chair of the Section of Primary Care.  While at OSU, she taught both preclinical and in the clinic, chaired the Clinical Operations, Records and Materials Committee and served on the Admissions Committee.  Dr. Halket's responsibilities at Midwestern University include teaching in the Simulation Clinic in all aspects of dentistry, with a special focus on Periodontics and Lasers.  She teaches and trains the students and faculty at the Standard Proficiency Certification level on several laser wavelengths and is pursuing laser research. Her continuing education course in Standard Laser Proficiency is recognized by the Academy of Laser Dentistry. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of Laser Dentistry, the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, SPIE, the American Association of Women Dentists, the American Dental Education Association, and the International Association for Dental Research.  She is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and is the Faculty Advisor for the Student Chapter of the Academy of LDS Dentists.

Arthur B. Levy, DDS -  Dr. Levy is a 1971 graduate of Fairleigh S. Dickinson University School of Dental Medicine and continued his education in a General Practice Residency in the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.  Dr. Levy spent two years at Malcolm Grow Medical Center in Washington, DC as a Prosthodontic Officer in the United States Air Force.  In 1976, Dr. Levy opened a private practice and was appointed Associate Clinical Professor of Prosthodontics where he continued teaching until the closure of FDU School of Dentistry in 1989.

Dr. Levy was a charter member of the Int'l Academy of Laser Dentistry as well as a Founding Member of the Metropolitan Academy of Laser Dentistry of New York and dentistry.  Dr. Levy is a Past President of the Academy of Laser Dentistry and served as a Clinical Consultant and Lecturer for OraPharma.  Dr. Levy retired from the clinical practice of dentistry in Chester, New Jersey, in order to return to academia.  He is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Midwestern University School of Dental Medicine, in Glendale, Arizona, as well as an Assistant Professor at A.T. Still University School of Dental and Oral Health in Mesa, Arizona.


COURSE FEE $649 All participants

Registration Information:

There are three ways to register for our continuing education programs:

  1. Online click here: submit completed online registration form and payment process per directions
  2. By mail:   if you want to pay by check, make it out to Midwestern University, fill out the online form, print it out and send it along with your payment to:
    Dr. James Pashayan , College of Dental Medicine-AZ Midwestern University,  Office of Continuing Dental Education,  19555 N 59th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85308
  3. By email:  scan completed registration form and email to, providing payment information. Please call 623-572-3870 if you have any questions about course content, directions, registration, etc.  (click to download registration form)

    Payment Methods: We accept checks, American Express, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard and Visa. All checks should be made payable to:  Midwestern University.

Cancellations and Refunds: The Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona Continuing Dental Education (MWUCDM-AZ CDE) office reserves the right to end registration when the enrollment limit is reached and to cancel, modify or alter content, faculty or location for any course if circumstances indicate such a change is advisable. If the MWUCDM-AZ CDE finds it necessary to cancel a course, a full refund will be issued. No travel expenses will be refunded to the registrant in the event of course cancellation or cancellation of any registration. Full tuition refunds are issued if the participant cancels in writing two weeks prior to a course. Cancellations processed during the two weeks prior to course date will be refunded tuition minus a late cancellation fee of $75. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received three days prior to the day of the course or in the event of a no-show. Select courses may have individually specific cancellation fees and polices. A $50 fee will be assessed for all returned payments. Returned payments include returned checks and dishonored credit or debit card payments.


ADA Cerp

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine Arizona is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. 

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona designates this activity for 12 continuing education credits.

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Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry.

The formal continuing dental education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit.

Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2019. Provider ID Number 342319