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Continuing dental education requirements for relicensure in the United States

Schleyer, TKL and Dodell, D (2005) Continuing dental education requirements for relicensure in the United States. Journal of the American Dental Association, 136 (10). 1450 - 1456. ISSN 0002-8177

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Abstract

Background. Mandatory continuing education (CE) is an almost universal requirement for relicensure of dentists in the United States. In recent years, computer-based methods have become more widely adopted as a vehicle for earning CE credits. To obtain a comprehensive overview of CE requirements in the United States, the authors conducted a survey on how computer-based CE methods are regulated. Methods. The authors reviewed the dental statutes of 50 states and the District of Columbia regarding the license renewal period, required number of CE hours, limitations on clinical and nonclinical subjects, on-site versus independent-study courses, and other requirements regarding CE. Results. The authors found that 45 states and the District of Columbia mandate CE for relicensure at this time. Most dentists were required to complete approximately 20 hours per year. Ten states specified a minimum number of clinical hours, 17 states limited nonclinical hours, and seven states placed constraints on both clinical and nonclinical CE. Sixty-five percent of states limited the number of CE credits that could be accumulated through independent study. Specific requirements for computer-based methods of earning CE credits were absent in general. Conclusions. State licensing boards across the United States have implemented comprehensive requirements for CE. Few, if any, provisions addressed computer-based methods of earning CE credits. Practice Implications. Given the increasing adoption of computer-based methods of earning CE credits, state dental boards and accrediting agencies may want to consider steps to improve the quality of computer-based methods of earning CE credits.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schleyer, TKLtitus@pitt.eduTITUS0000-0003-1829-971X
Dodell, D
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Center for Dental Informatics
Date: 1 January 2005
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the American Dental Association
Volume: 136
Number: 10
Page Range: 1450 - 1456
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.14219/jada.archive.2005.0060
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0002-8177
MeSH Headings: Accreditation; Certification; Clinical Competence; Computer-Assisted Instruction--legislation & jurisprudence; Computer-Assisted Instruction--standards; Curriculum; Education, Dental, Continuing--legislation & jurisprudence; Education, Dental, Continuing--standards; Humans; Licensure, Dental--legislation & jurisprudence; Licensure, Dental--standards; Time Factors; United States
PubMed ID: 16255471
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2012 21:05
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 07:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14113

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