Dentist CE Requirements by State

With 50 different state dental boards and 50 different sets of requirements for dentist continuing education, it's hard to keep track of what is required and where. The following list sourced from the American Dental Association provides a simple, easy-to-navigate snapshot of dentist CE requirements by state, in alphabetical order. We've also included links to each state dental board's website as well as phone numbers.

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This list is intended for quick reference of general guidelines only -- refer to your state board for complete information.

Alabama Dentist CE Requirements

Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama 205-985-7267

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

1

20

CPR, Infectious Disease Control

ADA, NDA, ADHA, NDHA, ADAA

Alaska Dentist CE Requirements

Board of Dental Examiners of Alaska 907-465-2550

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

32

CPR

ADA, ADHA, AGD

Arizona Dentist CE Requirements

Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners 602-242-1492

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

3

72

Chemical Dependency which may include smoking cessation (3 hours)

Infectious Diseases or Infectious Disease Control (3 hours)

CPR, ACLS, and PALS (3 hours)

Dental Jurisprudence (3 hours)

Arkansas Dentist CE Requirements

Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners 501-682-2085

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

3

42

CPR - 3 hours

Infectious Diseases or Infectious Disease Control - 3 hours

Chemical Dependency (may include tobacco cessation) - 3 hours

California Dentist CE Requirements

Dental Board of California 877-729-7789

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

50

Infection Control - 2 hours

California Dental Practice Act - 4 hours

Basic Life Support - 4 hours max

CERP, AGD-PACE

Colorado Dentist CE Requirements

Colorado Dental Board 303-894-7800

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

30

Basic Life Support (2 hours max)

CERP, PACE, AMA-PRA, CODA institutions

BLS only: AHA, ASHI, ARC

Connecticut Dentist CE Requirements

Connecticut State Dental Commission   860-509-7603

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

25

Infection Control

Prescribing Controlled Substances and Pain Management

ADA, National specialty orgs, AGD, CODA accredited schools and programs, national medical associations, ACGME

Delaware Dentist CE Requirements

Delaware Board of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene 302-744-4500

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

50

Infection Control (2 hours)

CPR

ADA, CERP, ADHA, ADAA, AGD, PACE

District of Columbia Dentist CE Requirements

The DC Board of Dentistry 877-672-2174

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

25

CPR

Infection Control (4 hours)

CE programs administered or approved by a recognized national, state or local dentistry organization; health care organization; accredited health care facility; or an accredited college or university

Florida Dentist CE Requirements

Florida Board of Dentistry 850-488-0595

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

30

CPR

2 hours Domestic Violence course is required every third biennial licensure

renewal.

HIV and AIDS course is required before first renewal

ADA, NDA, ADHA, NDHA, AGD, ARC, AHA, ACS, AMA-LCME

Georgia Dentist CE Requirements

Georgia Board of Dentistry 404-651-8000

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

40

CPR

ADA, ADHA, AGD, NDA, VA, Armed Forces, AMA, NMA, JCAHO Hospitals

CPR only: ARC, AHA, ASHI, NSC, EMS Safety Services

Hawaii Dentist CE Requirements

Hawaii State Board of Dental Examiners 808-586-3000

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

32

Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (4 hours max, does not count toward clinical CE course requirements)

Ethics course of at least 3 hours

AGD, ACCME, ADA, CERP, ADHA, AADH, ACPE, AHA, AMA, ARC, CODA, JCAHO Hospitals, Regional testing agencies

BLS only: ARC and AHA

Idaho Dentist CE Requirements

Idaho State Board of Dentistry 208-334-2369

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

30

CPR

Illinois Dentist CE Requirements

Illinois Board of Dentistry 217-785-0800

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

3

48

Basic Life Support (4 hours max)

ADA, NDA, CERP, ADHA, NDHA, AGD, ADSA, AHA, AMA, ACCME, NBCDLT, VA

Indiana Dentist CE Requirements

Indiana State Board of Dentistry 317-234-2054

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

20

2 hours which shall cover the following:

Ethics

Professional responsibility

Indiana statutes and regulations governing licensure and practice of dentists

US ED, Council or Post-Secondary Education, NDA, ADA, AGD, NDHA, ADHA, Council on Hospital Dental Services, AMA, JCAHO, Joint Commission on Healthcare Organizations, Government agencies

Iowa Dentist CE Requirements

Iowa Dental Board 515-281-5157

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

30

CPR

Dentists treating children must complete 2 hours of training in child abuse identification and reporting in the previous 5 years

Dentists treating adults must complete 2 hours of training in dependent adult abuse identification and reporting in the previous 5 years

Dentists who treat both children and adults must complete at least 2 hours of training on the identification and reporting of abuse in children and dependent adults in the previous 5 years

Hours of continuing education credit may be obtained by attending and participating in a continuing education activity, either previously approved by the board or which otherwise meets the requirement herein and is approved by the board pursuant to sub rule 24.3(5)

Kansas Dentist CE Requirements

Kansas Dental Board   785-296-6400

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

60

Basic cardiac life support for the health care provider

2 hours in Ethics

Any college or university, ADA, NDA, ADHA, NDHA, VA and armed forces if given at a US government facility

Kentucky Dentist CE Requirements

Kentucky Board of Dentistry 502-429-7280

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

30

CPR

HIV/AIDS

1.5 CE hours per year must be in the use of the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting System, Pain Management, or Addiction Disorders (3 hours every 2 years)

Louisiana Dentist CE Requirements

Louisiana State Board of Dentistry   225-219-7330

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

40

CPR Course "C", Basic Life support for Healthcare Providers

ADA, ADHA, AGD, NDA, CODA accredited dental programs, VA, AHA, ARC, ACCME, National dental societies and associations

Maine Dentist CE Requirements

Maine Board of Dental Practice 207-287-3333

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

40

CPR

ADA, CODA, AMA, ADA societies, ADHA and societies, AGD, ACCME

Maryland Dentist CE Requirements

Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners 410-402-8501

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

30

CPR

2 hours Infection Control

2 hours Abuse and Neglect (every other renewal period)

2 hours Proper prescribing and disposing of prescription drugs (every other renewal period)

Accredited dental and dental hygiene schools, ADA, NDA, ADHA, NDHA, AMA, Amer Hosp Assoc, AHA, ARC, American Society of Dentistry for Children, ADA societies, AGD, VA, HHS, AMA specialty societies

Massachusetts Dentist CE Requirements

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry 800-414-0168

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

40

CPR/AED, or BLS

Infection control

Michigan Dentist CE Requirements

Michigan Board of Dentistry 517-241-0199

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

3

60

Basic Life Support

Pain and Symptom Management

AGD, PACE, ADA, CERP, DANB, AHA (CPR Only)

Minnesota Dentist CE Requirements

Minnesota Board of Dentistry   612-617-2250

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

50

CPR

Self assessment exam (provided by the board)

Mississippi Dentist CE Requirements

Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners 601-944-9622

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

40

CPR

ADA, AGD, NDA

Missouri Dentist CE Requirements

Missouri Dental Board 573-751-0040

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

50

CPR

ADA, ADA specialties, AGD, NDA, AMA, AOA, CODA schools, CERP, PACE, Government agencies and military, JCAHO Hospitals, ARC, AHA, CRDTS, DANB

Montana Dentist CE Requirements

Montana Board of Dentistry 406-444-6880

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

3

60

CPR

Nebraska Dentist CE Requirements

Nebraska Board of Dentistry 402-471-2118

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

30

CPR

Nevada Dentist CE Requirements

Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners 800-337-3926

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

40

CPR

Infection control (4 hours)

ADA, ADA societies, ADHA, ADHA societies, AGD, Any university, college or community college, Any hospital accredited by JCAHO

New Hampshire Dentist CE Requirements

New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners 603-271-2152

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

40

BLS

ADA, AGD, ADHA, Dental schools, Hospital sponsored courses, Government health agencies and health institutions BLS0HCP courses only: ARC, NSC, ASHI

New Jersey Dentist CE Requirements

New Jersey State Board of Dentistry 973-504-6405

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

40

CPR

New Mexico Dentist CE Requirements

New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care 505-476-4622

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

3

60

CPR

Infection Control

Pain Management (3 hours)

US ED, ACCME

New York Dentist CE Requirements

New York State Board for Dentistry 518-474-3817, ext. 550

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

3

60

2 hrs: chemical and related effects and usage of tobacco and tobacco products;

3 hours: dental jurisprudence and ethics, laws and regulations

CERP

North Carolina Dentist CE Requirements

North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners 919-678-8223

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

1

15

1 hour shall consist of a course designed to address prescribing practices, including instruction on controlled substance prescribing practices and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management

Courses to maintain CPR certification shall not count toward CE hours

CERP, AGD, national associations

North Dakota Dentist CE Requirements

North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners 701-258-8600

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2 hours of ethics or jurisprudence. Passing the laws and rules examination is the equivalent of 2 hours of ethics or jurisprudence

2 hours of infection control

CPR

Ohio Dentist CE Requirements

Ohio State Dental Board   614-466-2580

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

40

ADA, NDA, ADHA, NDHA, AGD, JCAHO accredited colleges and universities

Oklahoma Dentist CE Requirements

Oklahoma State Board of Dentistry 405-522-4844

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

3

60

CPR and Ethics

Oregon Dentist CE Requirements

Oregon Board of Dentistry 971-673-3200

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

40

3 hours must be related to medical emergencies in a dental office

All dentists licensed by the Oregon Board of Dentistry will complete a one-hour pain management course specific to Oregon provided by the Pain Management Commission of the Oregon health Authority

2 hours Infection Control

Pennsylvania Dentist CE Requirements

Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry 717-783-7162

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

30

Basic Life Support

CERP, ADA specialty associations, ADA, ADAA, NDA, NDHA, AMA, AOMA, ANA, AGD, VA, NIH, US HHS, US military services

Rhode Island Dentist CE Requirements

Rhode Island Board of Examiners in Dentistry 401-222-2828

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

40

1 hour training on OSHA's Blood borne Pathogen Standards

Basic Cardiac Life Support

South Carolina Dentist CE Requirements

South Carolina Board of Dentistry 803-896-4599

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

28

CPR (every 3 years)

Sterilization and Infection Control (2 hours)

ADA, ADHA, AGD, ADAA, NADL, ADA specialties, ADA accredited dental schools

South Dakota Dentist CE Requirements

South Dakota State Board of Dentistry 605-224-1282

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

5

100

CPR

CODA

Tennessee Dentist CE Requirements

Tennessee Board of Dentistry 615-532-5073

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

40

CPR

Chemical Dependency (2 hours)

ADA, AGD, ADHA, NDA, NDHA, ADAA, FEMA

CPR only: ARC, AHA

Texas Dentist CE Requirements

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners 512-463-6400

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

1

12

CPR

Every 3 years must pass jurisprudence exam

CERP, ADA, AGD, ADHA, AMA, NDA, NDHA, SMS, AOA, WREB, AADH, ADEA, AHA, DANB

Utah Dentist CE Requirements

Utah Dentist and Dental Hygienist Licensing Board 801-530-6628

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

30

CPR

ADA, ADHA, government agencies, professional associations and societies, recognized schools

Vermont Dentist CE Requirements

Vermont Board of Dental Examiners 802-828-2390

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

30

CPR

Emergency Office Procedures

ADA, ADHA, ADAA, CODA, CERP, AGD, PACE

Virginia Dentist CE Requirements

Virginia Board of Dentistry 804-367-4538

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

1

15

CPR

ADA, ADHA, ADAA, ADA specialties, ACCME, AGD, US ED accredited schools, JCAHO institutions and hospitals, AHA, ARC, American Safety and Health Institute, American Cancer Society, medical schools accredited by the AMA LCME, COADA schools, DANB

Washington Dentist CE Requirements

Dental Quality Assurance Commission 360-236-4700

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

1

21

CPR

ADA, AGD, NDA, ADHA, NDHA, ADA specialties and branch societies

West Virginia Dentist CE Requirements

West Virginia Board of Dentistry 877-914-8266

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

35

At least 2 hours in one or more of the following: Infection Control and/or Occupational Hazards, oral effects of tobacco use, or oral effects of substance abuse

Basic Life Support

At least 3 hours of CE regarding drug diversion training and best practice prescribing of controlled substances training and training in prescribing and administration of an opioid antagonist

ADA, NDA, ADHA, NDHA, AMA, American Hospital Association, ARC, AHA, ADA societies, AGD, VA, USUS, USD HHS, DOJ agencies, study clubs

Wisconsin Dentist CE Requirements

Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board 608-266-2112

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

2

30

CPR

Any

Wyoming Dentist CE Requirements

Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners 307-777-3507

Years in Cycle

Hours in Cycle

Required Content

Approved National CE Providers

1

0

CPR