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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 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)

Dentists are required to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of CE over a 3 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 20 hours must be done in a classroom setting, or by watching LIVE webinars. Live webinars that are being watched after the live session has ended (i.e. watching it a week after it originally was broadcast) do not qualify as classroom credit, only as online.

Up to 30 hours can be done online (courses must be approved by ADA, AGD or MI Board of Dentistry to qualify).

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

1 hour of Human Trafficking Identification is required. NOTE: This is a one time requirement. 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

For General Practice Dentists: 20 of your 60 hours/credits must be related to clinical issues.

For Dentists with Specialties: 20 of your 60 hours/credits must be in the dental specialty field.

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 60 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!