New! Implicit Bias Training Requirement

A change to the Michigan Public Health Code requires all registered dental professionals (dentists, registered dental hygienists, and registered dental assistants) to take three hours of implicit bias training. The implicit bias training requirement applies to all license renewals after June 1, 2022.

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CE Requirements During COVID-19 Pandemic

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. Therefore, all dental license renewals must have the required amount of traditional CE. The Michigan Bureau of Professional Licensing has produced a clarification document to assist licensees in understanding what they may need to do to maintain their license as well as be aware of any other information related to orders issued by public health or other state agencies that may be in effect.

According to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the department may recognize hours worked responding to the COVID-19 pandemic between March 10 and June 9, 2020, as hours toward continuing education courses or programs required for licensure. (emphasis added). To date LARA has only accepted hours related to treating COVID patients. Health licensees claiming CEs for COVID-related health care services and activities will be required to provide reasonably sufficient evidence to show that the hours they worked during the time period in question were hours worked responding to the COVID-19 emergency. Examples of reasonably sufficient evidence include, but are not limited to, a written attestation to the timeframe (such as date and time, including hours worked) provided by the licensee, a human resources administrator, or a direct supervisor at work.

CE Clarification for Licensees


License Renewal

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 every three years based on a dental professional’s initial licensing date. 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.

Online License Renewal

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.

Three hours of implicit bias training (in-person or live webinar). Effective for all license renewals after June 1, 2022.

One hour in dental ethics and jurisprudence with inclusion of delegation of duties to allied dental personnel. NOTE: Credits for this requirement are not needed until after the start of your next renewal cycle. Once this rule is officially in effect, the MDA will offer courses that count towards the requirement.

One hour in infection control, which must include sterilization of hand pieces, personal protective equipment, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s infection control guidelines. NOTE: Credits for this requirement are not needed until after the start of your next renewal cycle. Once this rule is officially in effect, the MDA will offer courses that count towards the requirement.

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. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs requires a dentist possess current certification in basic or advanced cardiac life support obtained from an agency or organization that grants certification pursuant to standards substantially equivalent to the standards adopted in the Michigan Board of Dentistry Rule R 338.11705(03). How the training is conducted (in-person or online) can be determined by the certification-issuing organization. Because CPR is a general education requirement, no CE credit is not granted for CPR courses.

Opioid Training: The state of Michigan also requires a one-time training in opioid awareness in order to renew your state controlled substance license. Click here for more information. The MDA provides a recorded webinar that satisfies this requirement.


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).

Three hours of implicit bias training (in-person or live webinar). Effective for all license renewals after June 1, 2022.

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

One hour in dental ethics and jurisprudence with inclusion of delegation of duties to allied dental personnel. NOTE: Credits for this requirement are not needed until after the start of your next renewal cycle. Once this rule is officially in effect, the MDA will offer courses that count towards the requirement.

One hour in infection control, which must include sterilization of hand pieces, personal protective equipment, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s infection control guidelines. NOTE: Credits for this requirement are not needed until after the start of your next renewal cycle. Once this rule is officially in effect, the MDA will offer courses that count towards the requirement.

One 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. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs requires a dentist possess current certification in basic or advanced cardiac life support obtained from an agency or organization that grants certification pursuant to standards substantially equivalent to the standards adopted in the Michigan Board of Dentistry Rule R 338.11705(03). How the training is conducted (in-person or online) can be determined by the certification-issuing organization. Because CPR is a general education requirement, no 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!