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CE Requirements


CE Requirements Waived While EO 2020-150 is in Effect

If your license expires in 2020, and you renew it during the state of emergency declaration, you will not be required to complete the continuing education requirements. Currently, the declaration of state of emergency and state of disaster related to the COVID-19 pandemic (Executive Order 2020-165) is in effect until Sept. 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

With CPR listed under Part 7. Continuing Education of the Rules of the Michigan Board of Dentistry Rules, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs would treat it as CE under EO 2020-150, meaning the CPR requirement is also suspended for those renewing while the emergency declaration is in effect.

Therefore, if your license expires Aug. 31, 2020, and you renew your license while EO 2020-150 is in effect, you will not be required to complete the continuing education credit requirements. However, if EO 2020-150 is terminated prior to Aug. 31, and you have not yet renewed your license, you will be responsible for completing the full continuing education requirements.

It is unknown when EO’s 2020-150 will be terminated, so if your license expires Aug. 31, and you are unable to obtain the necessary amount of CE due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is recommended that you renew your license while the EO’s are in effect.


CE Requirements

Every three years, all Michigan dentists must renew their licenses and certify compliance with state continuing education rules by submitting their application for license renewal. Renewals occur on Aug. 31 each year (through 2021, at that point, the new MIPlus Licensing platform goes into effect). on a rotating basis so that one-third of the licensed dental population renews each year. For the preceding three-year period, dentists must maintain records of CE activities and current CPR certifications according to the state's rules of mandatory continuing education.

NOTE: Effective Jan. 6, 2017, revised Board of Dentistry Rules went into effect with significant changes. View the changes here.

Dentist

(Three-year renewal requirements for Continuing Education)

Up to 10 hours may be obtained by reading articles, magazines, etc., that are related to dentistry. You should document what you read, keeping the article if possible, and how long it took you to read it.

A minimum of 20 hours must be done in a classroom setting or in-person seminar, or by watching a live webinar that features an interactive segment. Recorded webinars do not qualify as classroom credit.

Up to 30 hours of CE may be done online and through recorded webinars. Be sure the courses are approved by the ADA, AGD, or Michigan Board of Dentistry.

Three hours of the required 60 credits must be in pain management.

A one-time, one-hour course in human trafficking recognition is required.

CPR: In addition to the required 60 CE credits, dentists must also carry a current Basic Life Support CPR card at all times. Recertification must be done in a hands-on class. Online CPR certification is not acceptable for licensed health care professionals. CPR is a general education requirement, so CE credit is not granted for CPR courses.


RDA/RDH

(Three-year renewal requirements for Continuing Education.)

RDAs/RDHs are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of CE over a three-year period. CE credits can be earned in the following ways:

Up to 10 hours can be obtained FREE by reading articles, magazines, etc. that are related to dentistry. Document what you read (keep the article if possible) and how long it took you to read it.

Minimum of 12 hours have to be done in a classroom setting, or by watching LIVE webinars. Live webinars that are being watched after the live session has ended (IE watching it a week after it originally was broadcast) do not qualify as classroom credit, only as online.

Up to 18 hours can be done online (courses must be approved by ADA, AGD or MI Board of Dentistry to qualify).

2 hours of the 36 credits required must be in pain management.

1 hour of Human Trafficking Identification is required. For licenses expiring in August 2018, you have until August 2021 to complete this requirement. For licenses expiring in 2019 and beyond, it must be completed in your current renewal cycle.

Additional Requirements

RDA/RDH Specific Courses: 12 of your 36 hours/credits must be related to your specific credentials (RDA or RDH).

CPR: In addition to the required 36 CE credits, RDAs/RDHs must also carry a current Basic Life Support CPR card at all times. Recertification must be done in a hands-on class. Online CPR certification is not acceptable for licensed health care professionals. CPR is a general education requirement, so CE credit is not granted for CPR courses.

To locate CPR courses near you, please go to: https://www.onlineaha.org.


Resources

In need of CE credits? Check out these valuable sites below, with many offering FREE courses!