Credit Hours Required for Dentists and Hygienists
A dentist licensed to practice dentistry
in the Commonwealth must complete a minimum of 40 CEUs per renewal
cycle. The two year cycle runs from April 1 to March 31 of even years,
for example April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2016.
A hygienist licensed to practice in the
Commonwealth must complete a minimum of 20 CEUs per renewal cycle. The
two year cycle runs from April 1 to March 31 of odd years, for example
April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2017.
A dental assistant licensed to practice in the Commonwealth must complete a minimum of 4-6 CEUs in the first renewal cycle no later than October 31, 2015. The next two year cycle runs from November 1, 2015-October 31, 2017, ;renews on the odd years.
Part of the CEUs required for all dentists, hygienists and assistants include a course in Infection Control in the dental health-care setting, and Certification in CPR/AED, or BLS (or a certification in ACLS or PALS in accordance with requirements for the level of anesthesia permit issued).
In addition, dentists who prescribe controlled substances are required to take a course in Pain Management/Controlled Substances (see below for details). Satisfy Your CE Requirements