State CE Requirements for RDHs

*Last Updated - 2/3/2021

State Renewal Cycle CE Requirements for Dentists Notes State Governing Agency Online Limit
Alabama The required hours must be completed in the twelve (12) month period beginning October 1 of each year and ending September 30 of the next year. Dental Hygienists shall complete twelve (12) hours of continuing education every year as a condition of licensure renewal. No more than one-half (1/2) of the hours can be completed or satisfied by analog and/or digital media, journals, publications, internet courses, correspondence courses or distance-based education whether by video or audio format. It shall be the responsibility of each dental hygienist to submit on an annual basis an affidavit or other form approved and provided by the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama to demonstrate compliance with this requirement Dental hygienists must maintain current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the basic support level through the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or an equivalent program. Dental hygienists must achieve a minimum of one (1) hour of Continuing Education in the subject of infectious disease control every two (2) years. The combined number of hours of continuing education training in the course areas of insurance, governmental regulations, and tort liability and/or risk management shall not exceed a total of four (4) hours for the annual renewal period Practice management courses shall not exceed a total of three (3) hours for the annual renewal period. Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama
Alaska Due to the current health crisis with COVID-19 and concerns over obtaining continuing education credits prior to the normal license renewal deadlines; the Board of Dental Examiners has extended the regular licensing period through April 30, 2021 for the following license and permit types: Dentist Dentist Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia Permit Dentist Moderate Sedation Permit Dental Hygienist Dental Hygienist Restorative Function Endorsement Please be aware that, due to current regulations, the following two license types must still be renewed by February 28, 2021: Dental Assistant Coronal Polishing Certificate Dental Assistant Restorative Functions Certificate An applicant for renewal of a dental hygienist license shall submit evidence of continued professional competence by documenting completion of at least 20 contact hours of continuing education Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification that meets the requirements of 12 AAC 28.920. An applicant for renewal of a dental hygienist restorative function endorsement under 12 AAC 28.780 shall submit evidence of continued competence by documenting an additional two hours of continuing education relating to materials or techniques used for the restoration of teeth. Alaska Board of Dental Examiners Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
Arizona Except as provided in section 32-4301, a license expires on June 30 of every third year A dental hygienist shall complete 54 credit hours of recognized continuing dental education in each renewal period At least 31 credit hours in any of the following areas: Dental and medical health, and dental hygiene services, periodontal disease, care of implants, maintenance of cosmetic restorations and sealants, radiology safety and techniques, managing medical emergencies, pain management, dental recordkeeping, dental public health, and new concepts in dental hygiene; No more than 14 credit hours in one or more of the following areas: Dental hygiene practice organization and management, patient management skills, and methods of health care delivery; At least three credit hours in one or more of the following areas: chemical dependency, tobacco cessation, ethics, risk management, or Arizona dental jurisprudence; At least three credit hours in infectious diseases or infectious disease control; and At least three credit hours in CPR healthcare provider, ACLS and PALS. Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners
Arkansas The first reporting period will begin January 1, 1994 and end December 31, 1995. Each reporting period will start on an even numbered year. The requirement for minimum continuing education for Arkansas licensed dental hygienists will be forty (40) CEUs for every two (2) year reporting period. At least 1 CE hour in each 2-year reporting period must be on the subject of the infection control. Each licensed dentist, dental hygienist, and registered dental assistant must take a Healthcare Provider level of cardiopulmonary resuscitation course Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners
California Biennal - last day of month of birth Each auxiliary licensee must complete 25 units, of an approved type, during each 2-year renewal cycle, except that RDHAPs must complete 35 units. Units are not required for the very first renewal after a license is first issued. As a condition of renewal, all licensees are required to complete continuing education as follows: Two units of continuing education in Infection Control specific to California regulations as defined in section 1016(b)(1)(A). Two units of continuing education in the California Dental Practice Act and its related regulations as defined in section 1016(b)(1)(B). A maximum of four units of a course in Basic Life Support as specified in section 1016(b)(1)(C). Dental Hygiene Board of California
Colorado February of even years Every Dentist and Dental Hygienist, as a condition of renewing, reactivating or reinstating a license must obtain at least 30 hours of continuing education (CE) every two years Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for healthcare providers is required of all licensees and all licensees will receive a maximum of 2 hours continuing education credit Colorado Dental Board
Connecticut Most licenses expire in the first birth month following issuance and are renewable annually thereafter. Each licensed dental hygienist applying for license renewal shall earn a minimum of sixteen hours of continuing education within the preceding twenty-four-month period. Dental hygienists must complete at least one hour of training or education in infection control in a dental setting and for registration periods beginning on and after October 1, 2017, one contact hour in cultural competency. Connecticut State Dental Commission Department of Public Health
Delaware Renewal period between June 1 and May 31 even-numbered years Active Dental Hygienists must complete 24 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) At least 2 of the required CPE hours must be from a course covering infection control. In addition to the CPE, all licensees must provide evidence that they have successfully completed a current course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Delaware Board of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene
District of Columbia Renewal period ends December 31 of odd years Dentists shall submit proof pursuant to § 4306.7 of having completed fifteen (15) hours of approved continuing education credit Current CPR certification for healthcare providers at the basic level; Two (2) hours of infection control training; One (1) hour of ethics in an approved continuing education program; and Two (2) hours of continuing education on cultural competency or specialized clinical training focusing on patients or clients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, queer, or question their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression (“LGBTQ”) meeting the requirements of D.C. Official Code § 3-1205.10 (b)(5) District of Columbia Board of Dentistry
Florida Licensed Dental Hygienists are required to renew their license no later than midnight, Eastern Time, on February 28 of even years. Active Dental Hygienists must complete 24 hours of approved Continuing Education (CE) 1 hour continuing education course on human trafficking 2 hours Medical Error 2 Hours Domestic Violence (due every third biennium) CPR Florida Board of Dentistry
Georgia Licenses shall expire at the close of December 31 in all odd-numbered years Dental hygienists licensed to practice in the state of Georgia shall complete a minimum of twenty-two (22) hours of continuing education during each biennium. Four (4) credit hours for successful completion of CPR Georgia Board of Dentistry
Hawaii Licenses for dentists and dental hygienists expire on December 31 of each odd-numbered year Dental Hygienists are required to complete 20 hours of CE in approved categories pursuant to HAR §16-79-141 Two (2) hours of ethics training, Basic Life Support (“BLS”) for Healthcare Providers course approved by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. Hawaii Board of Dentistry Professional and Vocational Licensing Division
Idaho To renew a dental hygiene license, each licensee shall submit a properly com- pleted renewal application and the appropriate biennial license fee to the board prior to March 31 of each odd-numbered calendar year. Dental Hygienists are required to complete 24 hours of CE and Dental Hygienist with Extended Access License Endorsement are required to complete 28 hours RDH with Extended Access License: Four of the credits must be in the specific practice areas of medical emergencies, local anesthesia, oral pathology, care and treatment of geriatric, medically compromised or disabled patients and treatment of children. Idaho Board of Dentistry
Illinois A prerenewal period is the 36 months preceding September 30 of the year of the renewal. Each person who applies for renewal of a license as a dental hygienist shall have completed 36 hours of CE relevant to the practice of dental hygiene during the prerenewal period. A dentist or dental hygienist shall provide proof of current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification intended for health care providers at the time of renewal With respect to the requirement that a public health dental hygienist have additional structured courses in dental education in advanced areas specific to public health dentistry, education in advanced areas specific to public health dentistry must include emergency procedures for medically compromised patients (5 hours), pharmacology (5 hours), medical recordkeeping procedures (4 hours), geriatric dentistry (5 hours), pediatric dentistry (5 hours), and pathology (5 hours) Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
Indiana Dental Hygienist's licenses expire on March 1st of even numbered years. The next renewal date is March 1, 2022 Dental Hygienists are required to have completed nineteen (19) hours of continuing education Only two (2) hours for basic life support may be applied toward the credit hour requirement during each renewal period Two (2) hour course which covers Ethics, Professional Responsibility and the Indiana Statutes and Administrative Rules per renewal period Indiana State Board of Dentistry
Iowa All dental hygiene licenses and local anesthesia permits expire on August 31 of every odd-numbered year Dentists and Dental Hygienists: 30 Hours required every 2 years CPR Required for renewal – can claim up to 3 hours Infection Control - Must complete a minimum of 1 hour every 2 years in the area of infection control standards as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Iowa Jurisprudence - Must complete a minimum of 1 hour every 2 years Abuse Identification and Reporting Training - Effective July 1, 2019, licensees and registrants who practice in Iowa, must complete training through the Department of Human Services and renew the training every 3 years thereafter. Prior to July 1, 2019, the training was valid for 5 years. Iowa Dental Board
Kansas All even numbered licensees will renew in even numbered years. All odd numbered licensees will renew in odd numbered years. The license renewal period is from October 1 to December 1 All hygienists will need 30 hours of CE since December 1st of the last renewal One (1) hour of ethics Up to 4 hours in CPR training may be used toward your CE renewal requirement Kansas Dental Board There is no limit on the number of CE hours that may be taken online.
Kentucky All dental hygiene license​s issued by the Kentucky Board of Dentistry expire on December 31 of even numbered years. All dentists and dental hygienists are required to earn 30 hours of continuing education during their two-year license period. A Public Health Registered Dental Hygienist shall: During each renewal cycle, successfully complete a live three (3) hour course that has been approved by the board on the identification and prevention of potential medical emergencies that shall include, at a minimum, the following topics: - Medical history, including American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) classifications of physical status; - Recognition of common medical emergency situations, symptoms, and possible outcomes; - Office emergency protocols; and - Prevention of emergency situations during dental treatments. Be required to complete at least five (5) hours of continuing education in the area of public health or public dental health during each renewal cycle Kentucky Board of Dentistry
Louisiana All nonrestricted licenses shall be renewed biennially and will expire on December 31 of each calendar year of the renewal period Each dental hygienist shall complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education during each renewal period Dental hygienists will be awarded three clinical credit hours for successful completion of cardiopulmonary resuscitation course “C,” basic life support for healthcare providers as defined by the American Heart Association or the Red Cross professional rescue course Louisiana State Board of Dentistry
Maine The biennial license term begins January 1 of odd numbered years and ends December 31st of even numbered years Dental Hygienists and Faculty Dental Hygienists: Thirty (30) Credit Hours Required for License Renewal Current CPR certification Maine Board of Dental Practice No more than ten (10) credit hours can be claimed for Distance learning without exit examination
Maryland The period for completing continuing education requirements extends for a 2-year period from January 1 through December 31 of the following year A licensee seeking renewal shall complete not less than 30 full hours of continuing education A licensee shall maintain cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification 2 hours of infection control for each renewal cycle 2-hour Board-approved course on Abuse and Neglect as it Relates to Maryland Law. Must be completed by dentists and dental hygienists every other renewal cycle. The course must contain a Maryland law component Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners
Massachusetts Dental hygienists must have their CEUs completed by March 31st in odd-numbered years Dental hygienists must complete a minimum of 20 CEUs each 2-year renewal cycle A licensee shall complete continuing education as a condition precedent to the biennial renewal of a license in the following areas: (a) CDC Guidelines; and (b) Continuous certification in CPR/AED, or BLS Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry
Michigan Dentistry licenses expire every 3 years Every dental hygienist and dental assistant is required to complete, during the 3-year period prior to the date of application for renewal of the license, not less than 36 hours of continuing education All dental hygienists and dental assistants, beginning with the 2020 renewal cycle, and all renewal cycles thereafter, are required to have completed training in identifying victims of human trafficking. Please note this is a one-time training that is separate from continuing education. Must complete 2 hours of board approved continuing education in pain and symptom management related to the practice of dentistry. CE hours may include, but are not limited to, courses in behavior management, psychology of pain, pharmacology, behavior modification, stress management, clinical applications, and drug interactions. Must possess current certification in basic or advanced cardiac life support Michigan Department of Licensing and Regularoty Affairds Michigan Board Of Dentistry
Minnesota The initial cycle for each licensee begins on the date of initial licensure and ends on the last day of the licensee's birth month in either an even-numbered or odd-numbered year that corresponds with the licensee's year of birth. A biennial professional development cycle coincides with the biennial licensure periods for each dentist, dental therapist, dental hygienist, or licensed dental assistant. Each biennial renewal cycle consists of a 24-month period beginning on the first day of the month following expiration of the previous professional development cycle. Dental Hygienists must complete 25 total hours every 2 years (15 Minimum Fundamental Hours and 10 max Elective Hours) Licensees must maintain continuous CPR certification. Course must be a healthcare provider level course (BLS) taken through only the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. Each licensee must complete an infection control course during each biennial cycle period. The self-assessment is based on the core subject areas. This activity is required for each biennial cycle and is worth one (1) fundamental credit. Minnesota Board of Dentistry
Mississippi The reporting period is two (2) years. At its 02/01/2013 meeting, the Board amended item number 1 of Board Regulation 41 to stipulate that the continuing education reporting period runs from January 1 through December 31 of each year, i.e., the reporting period was changed from a renewal based cycle to a calendar year based cycle.This change in the continuing education reporting period went into effect 01/01/2014 Dental Hygienists must obtain a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing education for the two-year cycle. No more than four (4) hours per year on the subject of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) shall be allowed toward the two-year, twenty-hour requirement. Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners
Missouri A two (2)-year period with starting dates of December 1 of even years, through November 30 of even years In order to renew a license, each dental hygienist shall submit satisfactory evidence of completion of thirty (30) hours of continuing education during the two (2)-year period immediately preceding the renewal period Missouri Dental Board
Montana Starting April 15, 2015, licensees shall complete continuing education within a three-year renewal cycle Dental Hygienists are required to complete 36 credit hours every 3 years. Dental Hygienists who have a limited access permit must complete an additional 12 continuing education hours. Montana Board of Dentistry
Nebraska On or before March 1 of each odd-numbered year, a dental hygienist must complete continuing education Each dental hygienist holding an active license must complete at least 30 hours of acceptable continuing education hours during the preceding 24-month period

A minimum of 2 hours in a renewal period must be obtained in infection control continuing education

A minimum of 2 hours in a renewal period must be obtained in each area for which a licensee holds an expanded function permit

Nebraska Board of Dentistry
Nevada All renewals must be submitted to the Board office on/before June 30 of even years Each dental hygienist licensed to practice in the State of Nevada must annually complete at least 15 hours of instruction in approved courses of continuing education or biennially complete at least 30 hours of instruction in approved courses of continuing education

A dental hygienist must annually complete at least 2 hours in the clinical subject of infection control or biennially complete at least 4 hours

Each licensee must complete a course of instruction, within 2 years after initial licensure, relating to the medical consequences of an act of terrorism that involves the use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners
New Hampshire Biennially of odd years, each active dental hygienist shall submit to the board before April 1 a summary of continuing education indicating that the required number of CEUs were completed All dental hygienists with an active New Hampshire license shall complete a minimum of 20 CEUs of continuing education per biennium At least 2 CEUs shall be earned in infection control in a live or online course which includes the Center for Disease Control Prevention and Control Guidelines and Recommendations in its syllabus New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners
New Jersey Registered dental hygienist licenses expire every two years, on December 31 of odd-numbered years 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 New Jersey State Board of Dentistry
New Mexico After the initial license period, licenses expire every three years on June 30 Dental Hygienists: 45 hours of continuing education are required during each triennial renewal cycle

At least 1 hour of INFECTION CONTROL

Current CPR/BLS (cannot be on-line)

New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care
New York Each dental hygienist is required to register triennially with the department to practice in New York and shall comply with the provisions of the mandatory continuing education requirements Dental hygienists are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education during each three-year registration period Dentists and dental hygienists must also complete a State approved infection control course every 4 years New York Office of the Professions Dentistry
North Carolina The one-year period spans one calendar year (January to December being a calendar year) Every year, dental hygienists must complete 6 hours of continuing education Both dentists and hygienists are required to maintain current CPR North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners
North Dakota Renewal deadline for all dentists and dental hygienists is December 31st of ODD numbered years Dental Hygienists are required to take 16 hours of continuing education during each biennial renewal cycle

A cardiopulmonary resuscitation course; webinar CPR courses must have a hands-on component.

A minimum of two hours of infection control education.

A minimum of two hours of ethics and/or jurisprudence.

General anesthesia and moderate or minimal sedation permit holders must include four hours related to sedation or anesthesia.

Registered dental assistants and dental hygienists holding a permit for Dental Anesthesia Assistant or Restorative Functions must include two hours related to the permit.

North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners
Ohio Each person who is licensed to practice dentistry in Ohio shall, on or before the first day of January of each even-numbered year, register with the state dental board Licensed dental hygienists are required to obtain continuing education 24 hours of CE in order to renew their Ohio licenses Each person licensed to practice as a dental hygienist shall be currently certified to perform basic life-support procedures by having successfully completed a basic life-support training course Ohio State Dental Board
Oklahoma

Effective January 1, 2020 the CE hours will be changing to the following:

The reporting period is changing from a 3 year reporting period to a 2 year. The current reporting period is July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021

Effective January 1, 2020 the CE hours will be changing to the following:

Hygienists - Will need to complete 20 hrs instead of 30

Below are required:

CPR

Ethics

Oklahoma Board of Dentistry
Oregon A licensure year for dental hygienists is October 1 through September 30.

Each dental hygienist must complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years.

An Expanded Practice Permit Dental Hygienist shall complete a total of 36 hours of continuing education every two years.

Three (3) hours of medical emergencies every renewal cycle

Two (2) hours of infection control (Please note, if using OSHA your certificate must delineate the difference in hours between OSHA and infection control) every renewal cycle.

All licensees are required to maintain at a minimum a current Healthcare Provider BLS/CPR or equivalent certification.

Effective January 1, 2021, all licensees are required to complete at least two hours of continuing education related to cultural competency.

Oregon Board of Dentistry
Pennsylvania Licenses expire on March 31 of each odd-numbered year, regardless of the date of issuance A Dental Hygienist shall complete 20 hours of continuing education credit hours during the preceding biennial period

A public health dental hygiene practitioner shall complete five of the required 20 hours of continuing education in public health-related courses

A dental hygienist who holds a local anesthesia permit shall complete 3 of the required 20 hours of continuing education in courses related to the administration of local anesthesia, including pharmacology or other related courses

Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry
Rhode Island Effective beginning in the calendar year 2006, every dentist, dental hygienist, or DAANCE-certified maxillofacial surgery assistant licensed to practice within the state of Rhode Island, on or before the first day of May in each even numbered year, shall apply to the Rhode Island board of examiners in dentistry for a biennial license with the board Dental hygienist and public health dental hygienist licensees shall obtain a total of twenty (20) continuing education credits every two years

All dental hygienists practicing in a dental setting shall receive a minimum of one (1) hour per year of training on the CDC Infection Control Guidelines

All dental hygienists practicing in a dental setting shall hold a current certificate of completion in Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider that includes a hands-on skill component and conforms to the current American Heart Association Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) offered by any accredited agency approved by the Board.

Rhode Island Board of Examiners in Dentistry
South Carolina Continuing education (CE) is a requirement of renewal per S.C. Regulation 39-5(F). Licensees renewing for the first time are exempt from the CE requirements. Current CE cycle is January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022 All dental hygienists will need fourteen (14) hours of continuing education (CE) completed for biennial renewal

Two (2) hours must be sterilization and infection control

CPR recertification must be completed once every three years

South Carolina Board of Dentistry
South Dakota Every five years of licensure or registration, each licensee or registrant shall provide the board evidence, of a nature suitable to the board that a licensee or registrant has attended, or participated in an amount of board approved continuing education or continuing competency as shall be required by the board Dental Hygienists must earn 75 hours of continuing education in every 5-year CE cycle

A Dental Hygienist must have documented at least five hours of continuing education in dental radiography in a five-year period

Dental Hygienists must maintain a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card

South Dakota State Board of Dentistry
Tennessee Dental hygienitsts are required to complete continuing education during the two calendar year cycle (January 1 of an odd year - December 31 of an even year) Dental hygienists are all required to fulfill 30 hours of continuing education during the two calendar year cycle

Current CPR

A minimum of 2 of the required 30 biennial hours must be obtained in the area of chemical dependency education

Tennessee Board of Dentistry
Texas The expiration date will be based on the licensee's birth month and will be staggered to a biennial renewal affecting licensees due to renew by 10/31/2018 and there after All Texas licensees holding an active license to practice in Texas must biennially collect a minimum of twenty four (24) hours of appropriate continuing education CPR Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
Utah Utah Dental and Dental Hygienist licenses renew every two years, on May 31 of even-numbered years All licensed dentists and dental hygienists shall complete 30 hours of qualified continuing professional education during each two year period of licensure Utah Board of Dentistry
Vermont Vermont Dental licenses expire every two years, on September 30 of odd-numbered years During each full licensing period, licensed dental hygienists must satisfactorily complete 18 hours of continuing education All dental hygienists licensed or registered in the State of Vermont shall as a condition of every biennial license or registration renewal show evidence of having completed a course in emergency office procedures Vermont Board of Dental Examiners
Virginia Prior to 2022, an active or inactive dental hygiene license shall be renewed on or before March 31 each year. Beginning in January 2022, an active or inactive dental hygiene license shall be renewed in the licensee's birth month each year A dentist and a dental hygienist is required to complete a minimum of 15 hours of approved continuing education for each annual license renewal A dental hygienist shall be required to maintain evidence of successful completion of a current hands-on course in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation for health care providers A dental hygienist who monitors patients under general anesthesia, deep sedation, or conscious/moderate sedation shall complete four (4) hours every two years of approved continuing education directly related to monitoring of such anesthesia or sedation as part of the hours required for licensure renewal Virginia Board of Dentistry
Washington Once renewed, the renewed dental hygiene license will expire yearly on the licensee's birth date Dental hygienists are required to complete 15 clock hours of continuing education (CE) annually CPR Washington State Department of Health
West Virginia Each dentist and dental hygienist shall submit to the Board by February 1, 2018, and every two years thereafter documentation of satisfactory completion of the required hours of continuing education during the previous two years Each licensed dental hygienist shall complete biennially not less than 20 hours of continuing education.

At least 2 hours of continuing education shall be related to any one or combination of the following subjects during each continuing education reporting period:

  1. infection control and/or occupational hazards;
  2. oral effects of tobacco use; or
  3. oral effects of substance abuse.

A current certification for a comprehensive basic life support course for a health care provider that includes: resuscitation on an adult, child, and infant; two-person rescuer; barrier mask or bag for ventilation; foreign body airway obstruction; and automated external defibrillation

West Virginia Board of Dentistry
Wisconsin Dental Hygienists shall renew by October 1 of the odd-numbered year following initial licensure and every 2 years thereafter A dental hygienist shall complete 12 credit hours of continuing education related to the clinical practice of dental hygiene or the practice of medicine during the 2−year period immediately preceding the renewal date Not less than 2 of the 12 credit hours shall include training in infection control State of Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board
Wyoming With the new rules signed effective December 9, 2019, the new two year CE period will commence January 1, 2020. CE for this period will be due December 31, 2021. Thereafter, CE will be due every two years on odd years Sixteen (16) hours are due every two years Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners