Dental Assistant CE Requirements

StateHours of CE RequiredCategories of CE RequiredHow Monitored (attestation or audit)Content Required in Each CategoryNational CE Providers Enumerated in LawLive CE RequiredOnline CE LimitsLinks to Dental Board Website
Alabama12 yrCPR, Basic Life Support, Infectious Disease Control, Insurance, Governmental Regulations, Tort liability or Risk Management, Practice ManagementDental hygienists must maintain current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the basic support level through the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or an equivalent program. Dental hygienists must achieve a minimum of one (1) hour of Continuing Education in the subject of infectious disease control every two (2) years. The combined number of hours of continuing education training in the course areas of insurance, governmental regulations, and tort liability and/or risk management shall not exceed a total of four (4) hours for the annual renewal period Practice management courses shall not exceed a total of three (3) hours for the annual renewal period.No more than 1/2 of the  required https://www.dentalboard.org/
Alaska20CPR, Materials or Techniques for RestorationCardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification that meets the requirements of 12 AAC 28.920. An applicant for renewal of a dental hygienist restorative function endorsement under 12 AAC 28.780 shall submit evidence of continued competence by documenting an additional two hours of continuing education relating to materials or techniques used for the restoration of teeth.https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofDentalExaminers.aspx/
Arizona54 every 3 yrsDental and Mental Health; Periodontal Disease; Care of Implants; Cosmetic Restoration; Radiology Safety; Medical emergencies; Pain Management; RecordkeepingDental and medical health, and dental hygiene services, periodontal disease, care of implants, maintenance of cosmetic restorations and sealants, radiology safety and techniques, managing medical emergencies; Pain management emergencies, pain management, dental recordkeeping, dental public health, and new concepts in dental hygiene; No more than 14 credit hours in one or more of the following areas: Dental hygiene practice organization and management, patient management skills, and methods of health care delivery; At least three credit hours in one or more of the following areas: chemical dependency, tobacco cessation, ethics, risk management, or Arizona dental jurisprudence; At least three credit hours in infectious diseases or infectious disease control; and At least three credit hours in CPR healthcare provider, ACLS and PALS.ACLS, PALShttps://dentalboard.az.gov/
Arkansas40 every 2 yrsInfection Control, CPRAt least 1 CE hour in each 2-year reporting period must be on the subject of the infection control. Each licensed dentist, dental hygienist, and registered dental assistant must take a Healthcare Provider level of cardiopulmonary resuscitation coursehttps://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/arkansas-state-board-of-dental-examiners
California25 every 2 yrs/ RDHAP 35 hrsInfection Control, CPR, Basic Life Support, CA Dental Practice Act Regulations, As a condition of renewal, all licensees are required to complete continuing education as follows: Two units of continuing education in Infection Control specific to California regulations as defined in section 1016(b)(1)(A). Two units of continuing education in the California Dental Practice Act and its related regulations as defined in section 1016(b)(1)(B). A maximum of four units of a course in Basic Life Support as specified in section 1016(b)(1)(C).https://www.dhbc.ca.gov/
Colorado30 every 2 yrsBasic Life SupportCurrent Basic Life Support (BLS) for healthcare providers is required of all licensees and all licensees will receive a maximum of 2 hours continuing education credithttps://dpo.colorado.gov/Dental
Connecticut16 every 2 yrsInfection Control, Cultural CompetencyDental hygienists must complete at least one hour of training or education in infection control in a dental setting and for registration periods beginning on and after October 1, 2017, one contact hour in cultural competency.https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Public-Health-Hearing-Office/Connecticut-State-Dental-Commission/Connecticut-State-Dental-Commission
Delaware24 CPE every 2 yrsCPR, Infection ControlAt least 2 of the required CPE hours must be from a course covering infection control. In addition to the CPE, all licensees must provide evidence that they have successfully completed a current course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/dental/
Distict of Columbia15 every 2 yrsCPR, Infection Control, Ethics, Cultural CompetencyCurrent CPR certification for healthcare providers at the basic level; Two (2) hours of infection control training; One (1) hour of ethics in an approved continuing education program; and Two (2) hours of continuing education on cultural competency or specialized clinical training focusing on patients or clients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, queer, or question their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression (“LGBTQ”) meeting the requirements of D.C. Official Code § 3-1205.10 (b)(5)https://dchealth.dc.gov/service/dentistry-licensing
Florida24 every 2 yrsHuman Trafficking, Medical Error, Domestic Violence1 hour continuing education course on human trafficking 2 hours Medical Error 2 Hours Domestic Violence (due every third biennium) CPRhttps://floridasdentistry.gov/
Georgia22 every 2 yrsCPRFour (4) credit hours for successful completion of CPRhttps://gbd.georgia.gov/
Hawaii20 every 2 yrsBasic Life SupportTwo (2) hours of ethics training, Basic Life Support (“BLS”) for Healthcare Providers course approved by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/dentist/
Idaho24 / Extended Access Lic 28 hrsRDH with Extended Access License: Four of the credits must be in the specific practice areas of medical emergencies, local anesthesia, oral pathology, care and treatment of geriatric, medically compromised or disabled patients and treatment of children.RDH with Extended Access License: Four of the credits must be in the specific practice areas of medical emergencies, local anesthesia, oral pathology, care and treatment of geriatric, medically compromised or disabled patients and treatment of children.https://isbd.idaho.gov/IBODPortal/Home.aspx
Illinois36 every 3 yrsBasic Life Support, Dental Education, Public Health, Emergency Procedures, Medically Compromised Patients, Pharmacology, Recordkeeping, Geriatric Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, PathologyA dentist or dental hygienist shall provide proof of current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification intended for health care providers at the time of renewal With respect to the requirement that a public health dental hygienist have additional structured courses in dental education in advanced areas specific to public health dentistry, education in advanced areas specific to public health dentistry must include emergency procedures for medically compromised patients (5 hours), pharmacology (5 hours), medical recordkeeping procedures (4 hours), geriatric dentistry (5 hours), pediatric dentistry (5 hours), and pathology (5 hours)https://www.idfpr.com/profs/dentist.asp
Indiana20 every 2 yrsBasic Life Support, Ethics, Professional Responsibility, Indiana Statues and Administrative RulesOnly two (2) hours for basic life support may be applied toward the credit hour requirement during each renewal period Two (2) hour course which covers Ethics, Professional Responsibility and the Indiana Statutes and Administrative Rules per renewal periodhttps://www.in.gov/pla/professions/indiana-state-board-of-dentistry/
Iowa30 every 2 yrsCPR, Infection Control, Abuse Identification and ReportingCPR Required for renewal – can claim up to 3 hours Infection Control - Must complete a minimum of 1 hour every 2 years in the area of infection control standards as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Iowa Jurisprudence - Must complete a minimum of 1 hour every 2 years Abuse Identification and Reporting Training - Effective July 1, 2019, licensees and registrants who practice in Iowa, must complete training through the Department of Human Services and renew the training every 3 years thereafter. Prior to July 1, 2019, the training was valid for 5 years.https://dentalboard.iowa.gov/
Kansas30 every 2 yrsCPROne (1) hour of ethics Up to 4 hours in CPR training may be used toward your CE renewal requirementhttps://www.dental.ks.gov/
Kentucky30 every 2 yrsMedical Emergencies, Medical History, ASA Classifications of physical status, Office emergency protocols, Prevention of emergencies during treatment, Public HealthA Public Health Registered Dental Hygienist shall: During each renewal cycle, successfully complete a live three (3) hour course that has been approved by the board on the identification and prevention of potential medical emergencies that shall include, at a minimum, the following topics: - Medical history, including American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) classifications of physical status; - Recognition of common medical emergency situations, symptoms, and possible outcomes; - Office emergency protocols; and - Prevention of emergency situations during dental treatments. Be required to complete at least five (5) hours of continuing education in the area of public health or public dental health during each renewal cyclehttps://dentistry.ky.gov/Pages/index.aspx
Louisiana20 every 2 yrsCPR, Basic Life SupportDental hygienists will be awarded three clinical credit hours for successful completion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation course “C,” basic life support for healthcare providers as defined by the American Heart Association or the Red Cross professional rescue coursehttp://www.lsbd.org/
Maine40 every 2 yrsCPRCurrent CPR certificationNo more than ten (10) credit hours can be claimed for Distance learning without exit examinationhttps://www.maine.gov/dental/
Maryland30 every 2 yrsCPR, Abuse and NeglectA licensee shall maintain cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification 2 hours of infection control for each renewal cycle 2-hour Board-approved course on Abuse and Neglect as it Relates to Maryland Law. Must be completed by dentists and dental hygienists every other renewal cycle. The course must contain a Maryland law componenthttps://health.maryland.gov/dental/Pages/home.aspx
Massachusetts20 every 2 yrsCDC Guideline, CPR/AED or BLSA licensee shall complete continuing education as a condition precedent to the biennial renewal of a license in the following areas: (a) CDC Guidelines; and (b) Continuous certification in CPR/AED, or BLShttps://www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-registration-in-dentistry
Michigan36 every 3 yrsHuman Trafficking, Pain and Symptom Management, Behavior Management, Psychology of Pain, Pharmacology, Behavior Modification, Stress Management, Clinical Applications, Drug Interactions, Basic or Advanced Life SupportAll dental hygienists and dental assistants, beginning with the 2020 renewal cycle, and all renewal cycles thereafter, are required to have completed training in identifying victims of human trafficking. Please note this is a one-time training that is separate from continuing education. Must complete 2 hours of board approved continuing education in pain and symptom management related to the practice of dentistry. CE hours may include, but are not limited to, courses in behavior management, psychology of pain, pharmacology, behavior modification, stress management, clinical applications, and drug interactions. Must possess current certification in basic or advanced cardiac life supporthttps://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_72600_72603_27529_27533---,00.html
Minnesota25 every 2 yrsCPR, Basic Life Support, Infection ControlLicensees must maintain continuous CPR certification. Course must be a healthcare provider level course (BLS) taken through only the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. Each licensee must complete an infection control course during each biennial cycle period. The self-assessment is based on the core subject areas. This activity is required for each biennial cycle and is worth one (1) fundamental credit.https://mn.gov/boards/dentistry/
Mississippi20 every 2 yrsCPRNo more than four (4) hours per year on the subject of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) shall be allowed toward the two-year, twenty-hour requirement.https://www.dentalboard.ms.gov/
Missouri30 every 2 yrshttps://pr.mo.gov/dental.asp
Montana36 every 3 yrs/ limited access permit requires additional 12 hrshttps://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/dentistry/
Nebraska30 every 2 yrsInfection ControlA minimum of 2 hours in a renewal period must be obtained in infection control continuing educationhttps://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/Dental-Hygienist.aspx
Nevada15 yr or 30 every 2 yrsInfection Control, Medical Consequences of an Act of TerrorismA dental hygienist must annually complete at least 2 hours in the clinical subject of infection control or biennially complete at least 4 hours Each licensee must complete a course of instruction, within 2 years after initial licensure, relating to the medical consequences of an act of terrorism that involves the use of a weapon of mass destruction.https://dental.nv.gov/
New Hampshire20 every 2 yrsInfection Control including CDC Prevention and Control GuidelinesAt least 2 CEUs shall be earned in infection control in a live or online course which includes the Center for Disease Control Prevention and Control Guidelines and Recommendations in its syllabushttps://www.oplc.nh.gov/dental/
New Jersey20 every 2 yrsPrescription Opioid Drugs, Risks and Signs of Opioid Abuse, Infectious Disease, Managing Personnel Health and Safety, CPRTo renew for the January 2022- December 2023 biennial registration period, hygienists must have completed one hour in prescription opioid drugs, including risks and signs of opioid abuse addiction and diversion, as well as one hour of continuing education in preventing and controlling infectious diseases and managing personnel health and safety concerns in dental settings.  Those courses must be completed prior to December 31, 2021. To renew for the January 1, 2024-December 31, 2025 biennial period, hygienists will be required to complete all six hours of the required continuing education, prior to renewing in December 2023. This includes three hours in CPRhttps://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/den
New Mexico45 every 3 yrsCPR, Basic Life Supp9rt, Infection ControlAt least 1 hour of infection control. Current CPR/BLS (cannot be on-line)https://www.rld.nm.gov/boards-and-commissions/individual-boards-and-commissions/dental-health-care-overview/
New York24 every 3 yrsInfection ControlDentists and dental hygienists must also complete a State approved infection control course every 4 yearshttp://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/dent/
North Carolina6 hrs yrCPRBoth dentists and hygienists are required to maintain current CPRhttps://www.ncdentalboard.org/
North Dakota16 every 2 yrsCPR, Infection Control, Ethics, Sedation or Anesthesia, Dental Anesthesia or Restorative FunctionsA cardiopulmonary resuscitation course; webinar CPR courses must have a hands-on component. A minimum of two hours of infection control education. A minimum of two hours of ethics and/or jurisprudence. General anesthesia and moderate or minimal sedation permit holders must include four hours related to sedation or anesthesia. Registered dental assistants and dental hygienists holding a permit for Dental Anesthesia Assistant or Restorative Functions must include two hours related to the permit.https://www.nddentalboard.org/
Ohio24 every 2 yrsBasic Life SupportEach person licensed to practice as a dental hygienist shall be currently certified to perform basic life-support procedures by having successfully completed a basic life-support training coursehttps://dental.ohio.gov/
Oklahoma30 every 3 yrsCPR, EthicsCPR and Ethics Requiredhttps://www.ok.gov/dentistry/
Oregon24 every 2 yrsMedical Emergencies, Infection Control, Healthcare Provider BLS/CPR, Cultural CompetencyThree (3) hours of medical emergencies every renewal cycle ​ Two (2) hours of infection control (Please note, if using OSHA your certificate must delineate the difference in hours between OSHA and infection control) every renewal cycle. All licensees are required to maintain at a minimum a current Healthcare Provider BLS/CPR or equivalent certification. ​ Effective January 1, 2021, all licensees are required to complete at least two hours of continuing education related to cultural competency.https://www.oregon.gov/dentistry/Pages/index.aspx
Pennsylvania20 every 2 yrsPublic Health, Administration of Local Anesthesia, including Pharmacology or related.A public health dental hygiene practitioner shall complete five of the required 20 hours of continuing education in public health-related courses. A dental hygienist who holds a local anesthesia permit shall complete 3 of the required 20 hours of continuing education in courses related to the administration of local anesthesia, including pharmacology or other related courseshttps://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Dentistry/Pages/default.aspx
Rhode Island20 every 2 yrsCDC Infection Control Guidelines, Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider, CPR, ECCAll dental hygienists practicing in a dental setting shall receive a minimum of one (1) hour per year of training on the CDC Infection Control Guidelines All dental hygienists practicing in a dental setting shall hold a current certificate of completion in Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider that includes a hands-on skill component and conforms to the current American Heart Association Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) offered by any accredited agency approved by the Board.https://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=251
South Carolina14 every 2 yrsInfection Control, CPRTwo (2) hours must be sterilization and infection control CPR recertification must be completed once every three yearshttps://llr.sc.gov/bod/
South Dakota75 every 5 yrsDental Radiography, CPRA Dental Hygienist must have documented at least five hours of continuing education in dental radiography in a five-year period Dental Hygienists must maintain a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) cardhttps://www.sdboardofdentistry.org/
Tennessee30 every 2 yrsCPR, Chemical DependencyCurrent CPR A minimum of 2 of the required 30 biennial hours must be obtained in the area of chemical dependency educationhttps://www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/dentistry-board.html
Texas24 every 2 yrsCPR CPR   https://tsbde.texas.gov/
Utah30 every 2 yrshttps://dopl.utah.gov/dental/index.html
Vermont12 every 2 yrsEmergency Office ProceduresAll dental hygienists licensed or registered in the State of Vermont shall as a condition of every biennial license or registration renewal show evidence of having completed a course in emergency office procedureshttps://sos.vermont.gov/dental-examiners/
Virginia15 every yrCPR for the Health Care Provider, Anesthesia or SedationA dental hygienist shall be required to maintain evidence of successful completion of a current hands-on course in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation for health care providers A dental hygienist who monitors patients under general anesthesia, deep sedation, or conscious/moderate sedation shall complete four (4) hours every two years of approved continuing education directly related to monitoring of such anesthesia or sedation as part of the hours required for licensure renewalhttps://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Boards/Dentistry/
Washington15 every yrCPRCPRhttps://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/DentalHygienist
West Virginia20 every 2 yrsInfection Control and/or Occupational Hazards, Oral effects of tobacco, Oral effects of substance abuse, Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, AEDAt least 2 hours of continuing education shall be related to any one or combination of the following subjects during each continuing education reporting period: infection control and/or occupational hazards; oral effects of tobacco use; or oral effects of substance abuse. A current certification for a comprehensive basic life support course for a health care provider that includes: resuscitation on an adult, child, and infant; two-person rescuer; barrier mask or bag for ventilation; foreign body airway obstruction; and automated external defibrillationhttps://wvbodprod.glsuite.us/GLSuiteWeb/Clients/WVBOD/StaticFiles/home.aspx
Wisconsin12 every 2 yrsInfection ControlNot less than 2 of the 12 credit hours shall include training in infection controlhttps://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/BoardsCouncils/Dentistry/Default.aspx
Wyoming16 every 2 yrshttps://dental.wyo.gov/