Continuing Education Requirements

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Continuing Education Requirements for Dentists

  • 60 continuing education credit hours every three (3) year registration period.
    (only 18 of the 60 credits can be earned by home study) *
  • Ethics and Jurisprudence course once in your lifetime.
  • Tobacco cessation course once in your lifetime.
  • Child abuse course once in your lifetime** 
  • **Updated Mandated Reporter Training Requirements (2024).  Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2021 amended Social Services Law § 413 to require additional training to include protocols to reduce implicit bias in decision-making processes, strategies for identifying adverse childhood experiences, and guidelines to assist in recognizing signs of abuse or maltreatment while interacting virtually within the New York State Mandated Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment/Neglect coursework.  This law requires that mandated reporters, including those who have previously undergone the current training, complete the updated training curriculum by April 1, 2025. 
  • CPR course: you must maintain a current certificate (varies 1-3 years).
  • Infection Control course every four (4) years.
  • Opioid Course every three (3) years.


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