Dentists must complete a two-hour course in the oral health effects of tobacco and tobacco products. This course must cover the chemical and related effects and usage of tobacco and tobacco products and the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of the oral health effects of tobacco and tobacco products, including but not limited to cancers and other diseases and must be offered by an approved sponsor. Dentists who can document that they completed a two-hour continuing education course after February 27, 1997, which is consistent with Education Laws and Regulations pertaining to continuing education that covered the required topics will be considered to have met the requirement. This course must be completed during the first registration period for which the dentist has a mandatory continuing education requirement.
Mandated Ethics and Jurisprudence Course
During your first registration period which begins on or after January 1, 2008, you are required to complete, on a one-time basis, a State approved course in dental jurisprudence and ethics.
Dentists must complete, during the first registration period which begins on or after January 1, 2008 in which they have a continuing education requirement, a three-hour course in dental jurisprudence and ethics. Because the course must include the laws, rules, regulations and ethical principles relating to the practice of dentistry in New York State, the course must be approved by the Department.
Mandated CPR Requirements
Dentists may complete courses sponsored by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the American Heart Saver Institute, the American Safety and Health Institute or the National Safety Council. All courses must be live and in person. The course must include, but need not be limited to, content in the following:
one and two rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
automated external defibrillator use;
infection control matters;
recognizing a heart attack; and
cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator scenarios.
Dentists and dental hygienists may count CPR training toward their continuing education requirement. During each triennial registration period, you may count up to a maximum of twelve hours of CPR coursework, including coursework in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and/or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
You may count a CPR course for up to three hours. A copy of your CPR card is proof of completion.
You may count a CPR course which includes training in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for up to four and one-half hours. A copy of your CPR/AED or BLS card is proof of completion.
You may count an initial ACLS or PALS course for up to twelve hours and an ACLS recertification course for up to six hours. A copy of your ACLS or PALS card is proof of completion.
Mandated Infection Control Course Information
The Education Law requires that, on or before July 1, 1994 and every four years thereafter, every dental hygienist, dentist, licensed practical nurse, optometrist, podiatrist, and registered professional nurse practicing in New York State complete approved infection control and barrier precautions course work appropriate to the professional's practice. The goal of this law is to prevent the transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the hepatitis B virus (HBV) in the course of professional practice. Each aforementioned professional must document compliance to the Education Department at the time of his/her first registration after July 1, 1994 and every subsequent reregistration.
Mandated Child Abuse Course Information
Effective January 1, 1989, Education Law requires certain individuals, when applying initially for licensure or a limited permit, to provide documentation of having completed two hours of coursework or training regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. This is a one-time requirement and once taken does not need to be completed again. This requirement applies to: Chiropractors, Dental Hygienists, Dentists, Optometrists, Physicians, Podiatrists, Psychologists, and Registered Nurses. The Law also includes this training among the requirements for certification or licensure of school administrators/supervisors, school service personnel, and classroom school teachers. All persons applying for a provisional or permanent certificate or license valid for administrative or supervisory service, school service, or classroom teaching service must have completed the two hours of coursework or training. Since September 1, 1990, programs registered by NYS that lead to licensure or certification in one of the above areas affected by the legislation have been required to include training in the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment. Students graduating from such programs on or after September 1, 1990 are not required to take additional training and are not required to receive a Certification form and submit documentation. However, medical residency programs, which are taken after receiving licensure, are not required to include such training. Therefore, training received during residency does not satisfy the NYS training requirement. An individual who completes an out-of-state medical program unregistered by NYS who then receives training in a NYS residency program has not met the training requirement and must take additional training from an approved provider.
Mandated Prescribing Opioid Drug Course Information
All dentists licensed in NYS who have a DEA registration number to prescribe controlled substances must renew their continuing education requirement on responsible opioid prescribing by July 1, 2020. UPDATE 06/19/2020:Due to the impact of Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19 in NYS, prescribers who were due to attest or re-attest between June 30, 2020 and September 30, 2020, now have until October 1, 2020 to complete the required coursework or training and attest or re-attest. Prescribers licensed in New York to treat humans and who have a DEA registration number to prescribe controlled substances, as well as medical residents who prescribe controlled substances under a facility DEA registration number, must complete at least three (3) hours of course work or training in pain management, palliative care, and addiction by July 1, 2020. Practitioners must notify the Department of Health that they have completed the educational requirements by submitting an attestation online. Click on the following links for more information and guidance.
What types of courses does the New York State Dental Foundation offer online?
The New York State Dental Foundation offers courses for both lecture/live credits as well as home study credits. The Foundation's lecture credit courses allow the course participant to contact the instructor in the event they have a question pertaining to the course content.
How and when will I receive my certificate of continuing education?
Certificates of Completion are processed everyday by the Foundation and are e-mailed to the course participants. Certificates are usually processed within 3-5 business days after you have completed the corresponding course exam.
Is the New York State Dental Foundation an ADA-CERP approved provider of continuing education?
Yes, the New York State Dental Foundation is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. For more information, please consult the current edition of the ADA CERP Recognition Standards and Procedures, or contact the ADA CERP at 800-691-8099 extension 2869.
What is Quia?* (only applies to Risk Management and Ethics and Jurisprudence Course)
Quia is the content management software (CMS) that the Foundation uses to host its online continuing education courses. Quia allows users to create a username and password, so as to complete their courses over a period of time. In addition, Quia stores your online CE scores for future reference (until your certificate is released to you).
What software is needed to take the Foundation's online continuing education courses?*
The New York State Dental Foundation's home study courses only require access to an internet connection and that the user have a valid e-mail address. The Foundation's courses that are offered for lecture/live credits, use a flash-based software; therefore, if your computer does not currently have FlashPlayer, you can download it by clicking here. In addition, the Foundation's continuing education courses have been optimized for a broadband/DSL internet connection, but will work with dial-up. We also recommend that you are using either Windows 2000, XP, or Vista, or a MAC operating system. The Foundation's courses can be accessed using Internet Explorer, AOL, Safari, or Google Browser.
What are the CE requirements for New York State?
Dentists holding a 3 year New York State license, are required to fulfill the following continuing education requirements under New York State Law:
60 Continuing education credit hours every 3 year registration period. 18 out of the 60 credits can be home study.
NYS Mandated Ethics and jurisprudence course (once in your lifetime)
NYS Mandated Tobacco CessationOral Cancer course (once in your lifetime)
NYS Mandated Child abuse course (once in your lifetime)
NYS Mandated Infection Control course (once every 4 years)
CPR Course: you must maintain a current certificate (varies 1-3 years) at the time your license expires. CPR must be taken in person!
Practice Management courses are not accepted by the NYS Department of Education and can not count toward the 60 credits needed for licensing renewal.
Dental hygienists holding a New York State license, are required to fulfill the following continuing education requirements under New York State Law:
24 continuing education credit hours every 3 year registration period. 10 out of the 24 credits can be home study.
NYS Mandated Child Abuse course (once in your lifetime).
NYS Mandated Infection Control course (once every 4 years).
What are my renewal dates?
For dentists and dental hygienists, the start of the dental renewal dates are 3 years before your license expires. For example: if your license expires on September 30, 2012, you go back 3 years to October 1, 2009. You can find your license expiration date on the license itself or here through the New York State Department of Education's website.
What do I need to know about adopting a sexual harassment prevention policy?
For more information on this new law please click here.