SMDS lecture schedule

The SOUTHERN MARYLAND DENTAL SOCIETY is announcing its new class schedule.  The following courses will be offered for the Dental Team. If the dates listed are not convenient, please call our office for the next available time. Classes canceled due to inclement weather, etc. will be rescheduled as our calendar permits. 

Students are required to purchase the appropriate  non-returnable books & handout packages for each course.   

Fluency in English is required.


Classes are held in Suite 304 at our College Park address unless otherwise indicated. The provisions of this publication are not to be regarded as a contract between the student and Southern Maryland Dental Society (SMDS).The SMDS reserves the right to change any provision or requirement when such action will serve the interests of the SMDS and other applicants.  The SMDS further reserves the right to ask a student to withdraw when it considers such action in the best interest of the SMDS.  Class size is limited. SMDS is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons to the end that no person,  on the grounds of sex, race, age, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status or status as a qualified individual with a disability shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the SMDS.

Dental Assisting Radiology & Basic Anatomy

Tuition  Fees: SMDS Members $500 or Non-Member $570.

This course prepares the dental assistant who is employed in a dental office to sit for the DANB Exam in Radiation Health & Safety Certification. All clinical practice takes place at the student's place of employment (including bringing in some x-rays). Course requirements: 18 years of age, H. S. grad. or equivalency, and the signature of employing dentist on the application verifying employment & commitment of clinical supervision. See MD State Board Pathways on reverse side. A total of 33 hours of class time. Here are the dates for the next courses.


1.    April 10,12,17,19,24,26  May 1,3,8,10,11, 2017   TIME:  6:00-9:00 p.m., Mon. & Wed. @ College Park Facility
2. June 19,21,26,28 July 5,10,12,17,19,24,26 2017 TIME: 6:00-9:00 pm LOCATION: College Park Facility

Radiology Refresher Hours or Review

Tuition Fees for 8 hours: SMDS members $140 or non-member and staff $180

Students who need refresher hours can select dates from the above class to meet the requirement. The state of Maryland requires 8 hours to renew an expired license.

Expanded Functions in General

Tuition Fees: SMDS Members $730 or Non-Members $790

Successful completion of this course enables the student to sit for the Maryland Qualified Dental Assistants Examination and to perform general expanded duties as specified by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners. All clinical practice takes place at the student's place of employment. The employing dentist must sign the application verifying office experience, employment & a commitment of clinical support.

TIME: 6:30-9:30 p.m. LOCATION: College Park

DATES:  Next Class – August 2017

Proper Pharmacology Prescribing & Disposal for the Dental Practitioner

A Mandatory MSBDE requirement for every license renewal.

Date: Fall 2017

This approved course satisfies the new 2 hours of CE
 in proper prescribing and disposal of prescription drugs.
FEE: SMDS Members $100. or Non Members $175. Location: College Park Facility.

Infection Control Update

Tuition Fees: SMDS Member $90.00  and Non-Member  $175.00

Infection Control Update (Re-licensure Requirement)   This course meets annual training in Infection Control for the dentist and continuing education for the staff.

1. June 8, 2017 TIME: 6:30-8:30 pm LOCATION: College Park Facility

Annual Ortho Expanded Functions

Tuition Fees: SMDS Member $700 or Non-Member $765.

This lecture and demonstration course is 35 hours long & designed for dental assistants who wish to prepare for the MD State Board Exam . This is given once a year. All clinical practice takes place at the student's place of employment. The employing dentist must sign the application verifying employment & a commitment of clinical support. (10 weeks)




Tuition Fees: SMDS Members $90 or Non-Members $150

What to look for and what to do if you suspect abuse.  How to recognize the indicators and be informed of legal and ethical responsibilities.  This course satisfies the 2 credit requirement for re-licensure.

DATE: Fall 2017

TO REGISTER Download the application and return it at least 10 days prior to the starting date along with your payment to: Southern Maryland Dental Society, 4920 Niagara Road, Suite 306, College Park, Maryland 20740.

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Refunds can only be given if you withdraw 10 days prior to the first class.  A $30.00 administration fee will be charged for your refunds or transfers.
Books can be picked up during regular office hours once registration and payment is complete.  Classes are held in Suite 304 at this same address unless  indicated.   
Checks are to be made payable to the Southern Maryland Dental Society (SMDS). We do not take credit cards. 
For additional information contact Janice Farber at 301-345-4196 or






Pathway I

* 18 years of age
*  3 months (300 hours full time in clinical setting in dental office)
*  basic oral anatomy course
*  must be employed in a dental office for direct clinical supervision

Pathway II

* 18 years of age
*  Pre-test taken for acceptance in radiology course (basic oral anatomy and dental terminology)
If student fails pre-test, must take basic dental assisting course.
*   Must be employed in dental office for direct clinical supervision.

Pathway III

*  Basic Dental Assisting Course prior to Board approved Radiology Course (18 years of age for Radiology),not taken concurrently
*  Must be employed in dental office for direct clinical supervision, unless classroom facility offers hands on clinical.