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Dental Hygienists CE Requirements



Dental Hygienist = 20 Ceu’s by December 31, 2021  = no more than 10 in Home Study or Media

The NJ State Board of Dentistry has voted that Registered Dental Hygienists are required to complete the Opioid and Infection Control CE this renewal period (which expires on December 31, 2021)
The requirements include:
  • One hour of continuing education in educational programs on topics concerning prescription opioid drugs, including the risks and signs of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion.
  • One hour of continuing education in preventing and controlling infectious diseases and managing personnel health and safety concerns related to infection control in dental settings.
  • The remaining 4 mandatory CE hours (Ethics and CPR) will be required next renewal


All licensed dental hygienists shall submit a certification verifying the completion of 20 hours of continuing education every two years at the time of license renewal, except as provided in (b) and (d) below. No more than one-half of the required continuing education hours in the two-year period may be obtained through written or electronic media distance learning courses. b) An individual who graduates from a program in dental hygiene in the first year of the biennial period shall complete 10 credits of continuing education for biennial renewal. An individual who graduates from a program in dental hygiene in the second year of the biennial period shall be exempt from continuing education requirements for that biennial

A licensed dental hygienist who holds a permit to administer local anesthesia under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist shall complete four hours of continuing education in the administration of local anesthesia in every other biennial renewal period, consistent with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 13:30-5.2. (every 3 to 4 years, not every renewal period)

If you hold a Nitrous Oxide Certificate you must take specific CE every other renewal period on that topic, a min. of 3 ceu’s (they do not count towards you 10 needed) every 3 to 4 years.