Continuing Education Program
Dentists are required to renew their licenses every two years, beginning
April 1 of each odd-numbered year. In that two-year period, dentists must obtain
30 credit hours of continuing dental education.
To help members meet their CE requirements, PDA and its district and local
societies sponsors educational events in several locations throughout the state,
including Wellsboro, Greensburg and Danville. Some topics include risk
management, infection control and all phases of clinical dentistry.
In June of each licensure renewal year, PDA distributes a CE
tracking folder to all active PDA member dentists. This folder helps members
track the CE credits they have earned toward relicensure.
Our online calendar
includes an extensive list of CE courses across the state. You can
sort all events by type, or search by keyword such as topic or location.
Earn CE credits now! "Radiology Update" PowerPoint
PDA’s online radiology CE course is currently being updated and will be available again after revisions are complete. If you need radiology continuing education in the meantime, the Department of Environmental Protection has an online course available here: http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/RadiationProtection/RadiationControl/X-rayMachineProgram/Pages/ContinuingEd.aspx
A maximum of 50 percent of the required credit hours may be taken through
individual study or by serving as an instructor or author of a book, article or
CE program. Instructors are awarded two additional credit hours as preparation
time for each credit hour of instruction and for actual instruction. Authors are
given 50 percent of the required hours by being published in a peer-reviewed
The remaining credit hours must be earned through attendance at lectures,
clinical programs or live webcasts that allow attendees to communicate with the
presenter and the other attendees. However, up to 100 percent of the requirement
may be earned in this manner. PDA, its district and local societies and
Pennsylvania's dental schools offer a variety of CE courses throughout the year
to help dentists meet their relicensure requirements.
Under Act 31 of 2014, dentists, hygienists and EFDAs must complete 2 hours of approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting in the two-year period preceding license renewal. The 2 hours of child abuse recognition and reporting will count toward the total hours required to renew a dental license. A licensee will not be permitted to renew their license until electronic verification is received from the approved course provider and processed by the Department of State/State Board of Dentistry (SBOD). Processing can take up to 14 days from the date you take the child abuse recognition and reporting CE course. PDA is an approved course provider. Please visit www.padental.org/ChildAbuseCE for more information.
In addition to the required number of credit hours, licensees must obtain
current certification in infant, child and adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation
(CPR). PDA suggests the American Heart Association’s “Healthcare Provider”
course or a course offering a certification card that states “Infant, Child and
Adult CPR." The CPR requirement is a separate requirement for relicensure and is
NOT an acceptable CE subject area.
Acceptable Subject Areas
CE credit hours must be completed in subject areas directly related to the
maintenance of the clinical competence of a dentist, dental hygienist or
expanded function dental assistant (EFDA). Some examples follow:
- Clinical and technological subjects
- Emergency procedures other than CPR certification
- Diagnosis and treatment of oral pathosis
- Infection control
- Abuse and neglect
- Medical and scientific subjects
- Laws and regulations pertaining to dentists, dental hygienists and
Credit hours will not be awarded in non-clinical subjects, including
- Practice building
- Office management
- Communication skills*
- Insurance reimbursement
*A dental hygienist may complete no more than three of the required 20 hours of continuing education in courses relating to communication skills.
For more information on PDA's CE program, contact Rebecca Von Nieda, director of meetings and
administration, at (717) 234-5941, ext. 117.