NOTE: Due to the Michigan Supreme Court ruling of Oct. 2, 2020, the Executive Order waiving the requirement to complete continuing education requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic is unenforceable. The MDA will post updated information when it becomes available on how this ruling affects dentists.
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
In need of CE credits? Check out these valuable sites below, with many offering FREE courses!
- MDA CE Courses: Check out the available one-, two-, or three-day seminars, as well as several online courses.
- World Continuing Education Alliance: The MDA/WCEA portal contains ADA/AGD-approved online courses, many of which cover pain management.
- American Dental Association: Numerous free and paid online CE courses.
- Crest Website: Lots of free CE.
- GC America Website: Lots of one-hour CE courses and live webinars.