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Registered Dental Assistant : CE Requirements December 2024


(From NJ Board of Dentistry Website)

Registered dental assistants and limited registered dental assistants in orthodontics
shall submit a certification verifying the completion of 10 hours of continuing education
every two years at the time of registration renewal, including the six mandatory
continuing education hours set forth


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. Webinars shall not be considered electronic
media distance learning courses if they are live (not previously recorded) and
synchronous (the instructor and registrant interact with each other in real time).

The following six hours of continuing education shall be completed by each registrant
during each biennial renewal period:

Three hours of continuing education with practical hands-on certification for
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), which meets the American Heart Association
certification standards for healthcare providers. The training shall include the use of
an automatic external defibrillator (AED), unconscious and conscious choking, and
rescue breathing. Webinars and electronic media distance learning courses shall not
satisfy this requirement;

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. Examples of such education include: modes of disease transmission
and the chain of infection; strategies that can prevent occupational exposures to
blood and bodily fluids; methods to ensure that patient-care items and environmental
surfaces are safe for use; selection and use of safe dental devices and dental water
quality assurance and practice monitoring; and evaluation of dental infection control

One hour of continuing education in professional ethics and New Jersey law
concerning the practice of dental assisting. Examples of such education include:
dental ethics, professionalism, New Jersey jurisprudence, ethical issues concerning
the abuse of prescriptions by patients, child abuse, competence and judgment, and
patient confidentiality. The online New Jersey Jurisprudence orientation shall not
satisfy this continuing education requirement; and

One hour of continuing education in educational programs or topics concerning
prescription opioid drugs, including the risks and signs of opioid abuse, addiction,
and diversion.