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

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(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.

One hour in dental ethics and jurisprudence with inclusion of delegation of duties to allied dental personnel. NOTE: The new requirements must be met before any renewal on or after April 26, 2022.

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Visit the CE Courses section for courses meeting these requirements.

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: NOTE: The new requirements must be met before any renewal on or after April 26, 2022. Visit the CE Courses section for courses meeting these requirements.

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

A one-time, one-hour course in opioid training is required in order to renew your state controlled substance license. Click here for more information. The MDA provides a recorded webinar that satisfies this requirement.

Additional Requirements

Implicit Bias Training: In addition to the required 60 CE credits, dentists must also obtain three hours of implicit bias training each licensing period (in-person or live webinar). Effective for all license renewals after June 1, 2022.

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.

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).

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: The new requirements must be met before any renewal on or after April 26, 2022. Visit the CE Courses section for courses meeting these requirements.

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: The new requirements must be met before any renewal on or after April 26, 2022. Visit the CE Courses section for courses meeting these requirements.

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

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

Additional Requirements

Implicit Bias Training: In addition to the required 36 CE credits, RDAs/RDHs must also obtain three hours of implicit bias training each licensing period (in-person or live webinar). Effective for all license renewals after June 1, 2022.

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://cpr.heart.org/en/course-catalog-search.


Resources

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