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CE Requirements for CT Dental Professionals

Requirements for CT Dentists

Licensed dentists shall earn a minimum of 25 contact hours of qualifying continuing education every two years. Of those 25 CE hours, five hours must be mandatory topics. In the list below, the first two topics are REQUIRED every two years. The remaining three hours of mandatory CE can be any of the other topics listed. The remaining 20 hours can be any combination of elective credits offered by an approved provider in areas related to the licensee’s practice and reflect the professional needs of the licensee in order to meet the health care needs of the public. Internet-based, online and other distance learning opportunities are acceptable.

Mandatory topics

Topics marked with a * are included in this year’s Annual Meeting program.

  • Required: Infection Control in a Dental Setting*
  • Required: Prescribing Controlled Substances and Pain Management*
  • Diagnostic Technology*
  • Mental Health Conditions Common to Veterans*
  • Access to Care
  • HIPAA Compliance
  • Sexual Assault and Domestic Abuse
  • Record Keeping/Risk Management*
  • Cultural Competence*
  • Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office*
    (including current training in CPR)

Requirements for CT Hygienists

The State of Connecticut mandates that licensed hygienists earn a minimum of 16 hours of CE credit every two years commencing on the first date of license renewal. For registration periods beginning on and after October 1, 2016, each dental hygienist must complete at least one hour of training or education in “Infection Control in a Dental Setting”. There are two opportunities to fulfill this requirement during the meeting. See the Annual OSHA Training courses with Nancy Dewhirst (one Thursday/one Friday). For registration periods beginning on and after October 1, 2017, each dental hygienist must complete at least one hour of training or education in “Cultural Competence”. The remaining 14 hours can be any combination of elective credits offered by approved providers. The subject matter for continuing education shall reflect the professional needs of the licensee in order to meet the health care needs of the public. Continuing education activities shall provide significant theoretical or practical content directly related to clinical or scientific aspects of dental hygiene. Not more than four hours of continuing education may be earned through an on-line or other distance learning program.

Requirements for CT Dental Assistants

All dental assistants and expanded function dental assistants are required to successfully complete the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB)’s infection control examination or an infection control competency assessment administered by a dental education program in the state this is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. A dental assistant may receive not more than fifteen months of on-the-job training for purposes of preparing for the DANB infection control examination or infection control competency assessment. Upon successful completion of DANB’s infection control examination or the infection control competency assessment, each dental assistant or expanded function dental assistant shall complete not less than one hour of training or education in “Infection Control in a Dental Setting” every two years.

You are encouraged to visit www.ct.gov/dph to access regulations in their entirety. Please note that due to space limitations, what we have provided here is only partial information.