AACP Online Education - Certified TMD Assistant (CTA II)

The goal of the CTA course is to train dental assistants in the field of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) and craniofacial pain disorders. Assistants will gain clinically relevant knowledge and skills, which are essential for success in a TMD practice.

After completing CTA II, you will have learned:

  1. How to support dentists with treatment procedures for patients with TMD;
  2. The rationale for the use of a variety of appliances used to treat TMD, and how they are made;
  3. Procedures for the post-surgical patient;
  4. The electromodalities used in treating patients with TMD, including ultrasound.

Qualifications for CTA Certificate

  • Two years experience in the medical/dental field;
  • Mandatory completion of all modules in Part I and Part II of this program;
  • A valid CPR certificate; and
  • A passing grade on the final exam.

Note: Participants completing the CTA certificate online will write their exam remotely (e.g., in their sponsoring dentist’s office). Upon meeting all of the qualifications, participants will be eligible to receive their certificate at the next AACP Annual International Clinical Symposium.

Program length: 11.5 hours

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$361     $288.80

Module 1 Introduction to Intraoral Splints

Instructor: Charles R. Holt, DDS

Module 2
Treatment Principles for Temporomandibular Disorders

Instructor: Charles R. Holt, DDS

Module 3
Post-Surgical Management of the TMD Patient

Instructor: Charles R. Holt, DDS

Module 4
Principles of Electromodalities

Instructor: Gerald Murphy, DDS

Module 5 Course Review

This module provides you with a Printable PDF Program Summary as well as a practice test to help gauge whether you're ready to write the exam.


Charles R. Holt, DDS

Dr. Holt graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1960. After twenty three years of general dentistry he limited his practice to TMD from 1983 until he retired in 2012. The first official meeting of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, at that time known as the American Academy of Head, Neck & Facial Pain, was held in Dr. Holt’s living room. It was his idea to create the CTA program as an adjunct of the AACP. He was responsible for originating its curriculum and overseeing the program until 2009. Dr. Holt was honored with a Diplomate from four different boards: The American Board of Head, Neck & Facial Pain, The American Board of Orofacial Pain, The American Board of Pain Management, and The American Board of Forensic Examiners. He served time as an assistant clinical professor at Baylor College of Dentistry. He authored or contributed to seven peer reviewed articles and one textbook. He has lectured in four different countries and been awarded numerous other awards including the acclaimed Haden-Stack Award as an outstanding educator. He served as a board member for years as well as past president of the AACP.
 Gerald Murphy, DDS

Dr. Gerald Murphy, who is considered by many to be the foremost expert in the TMD field when it comes to the use of electromodalities, gives expert instruction related the understanding and use of these tools for treatment. These treatments are extremely valuable to the TMD practice for treating muscle pain, myofascial pain, muscle spasm, and inflammation.