January 5, 2022
Last updated on June 8th, 2022
Learning never stops. There’s always new information, new techniques, advancements in technology, innovations in health care…the list goes on.
Did you know that it’s the dental professional’s responsibility to keep up with current learning and updated practices? State and Provincial authorities call it “maintaining competence”.
With continuing education (CE) credits.
Not just any course will count towards your CE credits though—it needs to be an approved course. You’ll need a minimum amount of credits to keep your dental license current.The same goes for registered hygienists and registered dental assistants.
The minimum number of credits and renewal periods vary widely from state to state and province to province. Be sure to check with the governing body in your district for your specific requirements.
Unfortunately, if you earn more credits than the minimum needed, you can’t roll them over for the next license renewal period. Keep in mind that credits need to come from a variety of areas associated with the dental profession including (but not limited to):
Credits can be obtained from a variety of sources, but make sure it’s an approved source so it counts towards your license:
Besides needing credits to keep your license current, what are some other important reasons to keep learning?
By taking courses throughout the year, you’ll easily accomplish your minimum CE credit target (without having to cram them all in right before the deadline). Continued education can do more than just improve your knowledge and get you credits for your license—choose courses that will benefit the practice by expanding on the services currently being offered. That’s a win for everyone involved.
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