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Dental Continuing Education

Dental continuing education- for staying in tune with the changing world of dentistry

Dental continuing education is a self-directed, enduring process of change involving integration of skills, knowledge, and values that are important for growing as dentistry professional. Dental continuing education helps dental health care professionals in keeping their certification and license apart from promoting professional growth.

Certification agencies for dental continuing education professionals

The Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE), earlier called National Sponsor Approval Program (NSAP) was started in 1988 to help dentists and members in locating superior quality continuing dental education programs. The program is assessed on designing, planning and implementing continuing education before being approved. For all those providers offering dental continuing education programs, the AGD has state level approval facility. Presently, as many as 720 program providers from various institutes have obtained the approval of the PACE Committee.

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) awards a fellowship (FAGD) to members with 500 FAGD-approved CE plus credits and pass in the FAGD exam. In order to qualify, it is necessary to be a member of the AGD for a minimum period of three years, although members can fulfill the requirements in the order of their choice.

Dentists who have Masters in the AGD can compete for the esteemed Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition (LLSR). The honor is bestowed upon members who are respected in their field, continue their education and help with professional services.

Different rules for different states for dental continuing education

Rules of dental continuing education differ from state to state. According to the Florida department of health, the requirements for dentists and dental hygienists continuing education for biennial renewal of a license are as follows:

Dentist - 30 hours of continuing education which must include:

  • 2 hours in the prevention of medical errors
  • 1 hour in HIV/AIDS (at least every other biennium)
  • 1 hour in domestic violence – minimum 1 hour – maximum 1 hour (at least every other biennium)

In addition to the 30 hours, each dentist must complete a CPR course at the basic life support level, which includes training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the basic support level, including one-rescuer and two-rescuer CPR for adults, children, and infants; the relief of foreign body airway obstructions for adults, children, and infants; the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED); and the use of ambu-bags resulting in certification or recertification by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross or an entity with equivalent requirements.

Dental Hygienist - 24 hours of continuing education which must include:

  • 2 hours in the prevention of medical errors
  • 1 hour in HIV/AIDS (at least every other biennium)
  • 1 hour in domestic violence – minimum 1 hour – maximum 1 hour (at least every other biennium)

In addition to the 24 hours, each dental hygienist must complete a CPR course at the basic life support level, which includes training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the basic support level, including one-rescuer and two-rescuer CPR for adults, children, and infants; the relief of foreign body airway obstructions for adults, children, and infants; the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED); and the use of ambu-bags resulting in certification or recertification by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross or an entity with equivalent requirements.

HIPAA training- the latest essential in dental continuing education

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is having a considerable influence on the healthcare industry. HIPAA training is a relatively new component of dental continuing education. Some states require mandatory training on HIPAA as part of the dental continuing education program. Imparting the necessary HIPAA training is among the hardest tasks of getting compliance. HIPAA training is also provided through comprehensive online training programs. Obtaining HIPAA training helps dentists to understand HIPAA laws and regulations better and how these can be applied to the field of dentistry in addition to earning them a certificate.

References

http://www.agd.org/cde/
http://www.agd.org/cde/pace/
http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/dentistry/dn_ceu.html
http://www.dentrek.com/hipaaLearnMore.asp