6 Common Questions About Dental CE Courses

6 Common Questions About Dental CE Courses

Continued Education in dentistry — or CE courses — can vary from risk management to documentation standards to employment practices liability. It’s a big, wide world of CME requirements, Category types, and credit hours. You might be left with a lot of questions — let’s cover 6 common questions we’ve been asked about dental CE courses and what you can do to make the yearly process easier!


How many CE credits do dentists need in Texas?

Howdy neighbors! In Texas, licensees holding an active license to practice have to get at least twenty-four hours of appropriate continuing education every 2 years. 

  • At least 16 hours of your coursework has to be technical or scientific. The terms “technical” and “scientific” as applied to continuing education mean that courses have significant intellectual or practical content and are designed to directly enhance your knowledge and skills.
  • 8 hours or less of your coursework can be in risk-management courses
  • 8 hours or less of your CE courses can be self-study! Examples of self-study courses are correspondence courses, video courses, audio courses, and reading courses.
  • As part of the 24-hour requirement, a course in human trafficking prevention approved by the executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission must be completed. We talked about this in our last article!

How many CE credits do you need for an RDA in Texas? 

An RDA is required by Texas’ SBDE to have at least 6 hours of CE each year (and pay an annual fee to retain the credential of RDA.)

How many CE credits do you need for a dental assistant in Texas?

A dental assistant also has to complete 6 hours of continuing education each year! These are in areas covering dental assistant duties, more specifically. 

Quality Of Online Dental CE Or Cost? What Should You Prioritize?

Good research drives good decisions, and dentistry is a knowledge-based profession. When it comes to online dental CE, ease of use and getting as much information in as short of time as possible is important. So — what to look for?

The right knowledge can only improve your practice and personal life and will return many times over the cost of admission. If a course or instructor offers great value and supports your passions — cost is no object! Prioritize the effort and investment on your end. Great online CE isn’t “simple and easy” to put together by any means. You can expect to pay a fair fee for the better courses and get your money’s worth!

The key component for great online learning experiences is material that is both relevant and delivered in a manner that keeps your attention. The content needs to be delivered in a way that guarantees retention and the ability for you to understand the information conceptually, all the way to knowledge application. When making choices about what courses to take, think about the course material, outline, lessons, and learning objectives.

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How many CE hours do I need for my continued dental education?

Many dentists ask us what the requirements are when it comes to their CE Credits. Some states even have zero CE requirements; like Wyoming. State CE Requirements for Dentists are different per state and can change. However, here’s a list of the general requirements. Keep in mind, this information could have changed, and you should always check with your state’s licensing board.

Where Can I Find Dental License Applications By State?

Alabama

Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama

205-985-7267

https://www.dentalboard.org 

Alaska

Board of Dental Examiners of Alaska

907-465-2550

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofDentalExaminers.aspx

Arizona

Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners

602-242-1492

https://dentalboard.az.gov

Arkansas

Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners  

501-682-2085

https://www.asbde.org

California

Dental Board of California

877-729-7789

https://www.dbc.ca.gov

Colorado

Colorado Dental Board

303-894-7800

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Dental_Board

Connecticut

Connecticut State Dental Commission  

860-509-7603

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Public-Health-Hearing-Office/Connecticut-State-Dental-Commission/

Delaware

Delaware Board of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene

302-744-4500

https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/dental/

Florida

Florida Board of Dentistry

850-488-0595

https://floridasdentistry.gov

 Georgia

Georgia Board of Dentistry

404-651-8000

https://gbd.georgia.gov

Hawaii

Hawaii State Board of Dental Examiners

808-586-3000

http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/boards/dentist/

Idaho

Idaho State Board of Dentistry

208-334-2369

https://isbd.idaho.gov/IBODPortal/Home.aspx

Illinois

Illinois Board of Dentistry

217-785-0800

https://www.idfpr.com/profs/Boards/dentist.asp

Indiana

Indiana State Board of Dentistry

317-234-2054

https://www.in.gov/pla/dental.htm

Iowa

Iowa Dental Board

515-281-5157

https://dentalboard.iowa.gov

Kansas

Kansas Dental Board  

785-296-6400

https://www.dental.ks.gov

Kentucky

Kentucky Board of Dentistry

502-429-7280

https://dentistry.ky.gov/

Louisiana

Louisiana State Board of Dentistry  

225-219-7330

http://www.lsbd.org

Maine

Maine Board of Dental Practice

207-287-3333

https://www.maine.gov/dental

Maryland

Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners

410-402-8501

https://health.maryland.gov/dental/

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry

800-414-0168

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-registration-in-dentistry

Michigan

Michigan Board of Dentistry

517-241-0199

https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_72600_72603_27529_27533—,00.html

Minnesota

Minnesota Board of Dentistry  

612-617-2250

https://mn.gov/boards/dentistry/current-licensee/requirements/

Mississippi

Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners

601-944-9622

https://www.dentalboard.ms.gov/

Missouri

Missouri Dental Board

573-751-0040

https://pr.mo.gov/dental.asp

Montana

Montana Board of Dentistry

406-444-6880

http://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/den

Nebraska

Nebraska Board of Dentistry

402-471-2118

http://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/Pages/Dentistry.aspx

Nevada

Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners

800-337-3926

http://dental.nv.gov

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners

603-271-2152

https://www.oplc.nh.gov/board-dental-examiners

New Jersey

New Jersey State Board of Dentistry

973-504-6405

https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/den/

New Mexico

New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care

505-476-4622

http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/dental_health_care.aspx

New York

New York State Board for Dentistry

518-474-3817, ext. 550

http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/dent/

North Carolina

North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners

919-678-8223

http://www.ncdentalboard.org    

North Dakota

North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners

701-258-8600

https://www.nddentalboard.org   

Ohio

Ohio State Dental Board  

614-466-2580

https://dental.ohio.gov

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State Board of Dentistry

405-522-4844

https://www.ok.gov/dentistry/

Oregon

Oregon Board of Dentistry

971-673-3200

https://www.oregon.gov/dentistry/Pages/index.aspx

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry

717-783-7162

https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/Dentistry/

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Board of Examiners in Dentistry

401-222-2828

http://www.health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=251

South Carolina

South Carolina Board of Dentistry

803-896-4599

https://llr.sc.gov/bod/pub.aspx

South Dakota

South Dakota State Board of Dentistry

605-224-1282

https://www.sdboardofdentistry.org/

Tennessee

Tennessee Board of Dentistry

615-532-5073

https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/oralhealth/professionals/tennessee-board-of-dentistry.html

Texas

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

512-463-6400

http://tsbde.texas.gov

Utah

Utah Dentist and Dental Hygienist Licensing Board

801-530-6628

https://dopl.utah.gov/dental/index.html

Vermont

Vermont Board of Dental Examiners

802-828-2390

https://sos.vermont.gov/dental-examiners/

Virginia

Virginia Board of Dentistry

804-367-4538

https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/dentistry/

Washington

Dental Quality Assurance Commission

360-236-4700

https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/Dentist

West Virginia

West Virginia Board of Dentistry

877-914-8266

http://www.wvdentalboard.org

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board

608-266-2112

https://dsps.wi.gov/pages/BoardsCouncils/Dentistry/

Wyoming

Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners

307-777-3507

https://dental.wyo.gov

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