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Continuing education requirements for licensed Dentists and Dental Hygienists.

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Dental Hygienists Continuing Education “Hands-on” Requirement

Chart to clarify continuing education requirements for Dentists and Dental Hygienists

Refer to Administrative Rules Den 403.

  • One CEU shall be given for each hour of attendance at lectures, seminars, and meetings. For each hour of attendance at clinical or laboratory participatory courses, 2 CEUs shall be given. Successful completion of an entire course or segment of a course shall be required to receive continuing education credit for that course.
  • All dental hygienists with an active New Hampshire license shall complete a minimum of 20 CEUs of continuing education per biennium. At least 15 CEUs shall be earned in clinical dental care subjects, including successful completion of a BLS-HCP course, with a hands-on component, given by an American Heart Association, Red Cross, National Safety Counsel, American College of Emergency Physicians, Military Training Network or American Safety and Health Institute qualified instructor, or sponsored or approved by organizations referenced in Den 403.07(a)(1). At 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 syllabus.
  • All dentists with an active New Hampshire license shall complete a minimum of 40 CEUs of continuing education per biennium. At least 30 CEUs shall be earned in clinical dental care subjects, including successful completion of a BLS-HCP course, with a hands-on component, given by an American Heart Association, Red Cross, National Safety Counsel, American College of Emergency Physicians, Military Training Network or American Safety and Health Institute qualified instructor, or sponsored or approved by organizations referenced in Den 403.07 (a)(1). At 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 syllabus.
  • Dentists who have a DEA # associated with New Hampshire and who prescribe Schedule II-IV controlled substances, shall complete 3 CEUs of board-approved continuing education or pass an online examination per biennium, in the area of pain management and addiction disorder or a combination, as a condition for initial licensure and license renewal. (See RSA 318-B:40)

Opioid Acceptable Courses

Board approved continuing education regarding opioid prescribing. 3 CEUs per biennium are required. Courses which award less than 3 CEUs may be combined with others to make a total of 3.

3 CE credit online course The New ADA Policy on Opioid Prescriptions

Opioids in Dental Practice provided by Biologix Solutions, LLC (3 CEUs)

Boston University School of Dental Medicine

Boston University School of Medicine

Boston University School of Medicine

Federation of State Medical Boards

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Massachusetts Medical Society

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