School of Dentistry

Continuing Dental Education

Providing timely and practical continuing education for dental professionals

CE Credits: Documentation and Recognition

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Credits and Documentation 

Professional Development Credit and Documentation

The Minnesota Board of Dentistry's continuing education credit requirements are 50 hours per biennial cycle for dentists; and 25 hours per biennial cycle for dental hygienists and licensed dental assistants. Continuing education credit may be earned in three categories of credit:

  1. Fundamental credits are earned when activities are directly related to the provision of clinical dental services. (All hours may be earned in fundamental activities.)
  2. Elective credits are earned when activities are directly related to or supportive of the practice of dentistry, dental hygiene or dental assisting. (The maximum number of hours in elective activities per biennial cycle is 20 hours for dentists and 10 hours for dental hygienists and registered dental assistants.)
  3. Core competency credits are earned in the following areas:
  • record keeping,
  • ethics,
  • patient communication,
  • infection control,
  • management of medical emergencies, and
  • diagnosis and treatment planning (optional for dental hygienists and dental assistants).

Two core competencies are required each biennial cycle. Core competency credit is also considered fundamental credit since it is an activity directly related to provision of clinical dental services.

For your convenience, the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry has identified which continuing education courses will meet the Minnesota Board of Dentistry core competency requirements. See our courses eligible for core competency credit. For information on your professional development portfolio and required continuing education credit documentation, click here.

Programs from past continuing education courses offered through the School of Dentistry's Continuing Dental Education program are now available via this website. Course programs/agendas, along with the "verification of attendance" form that you receive at the course, should be included in your professional development portfolio. Links to the course programs can be found on the right. 

Certificates of Attendance


Did you know that dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants may earn certificates by attending continuing education courses sponsored by the School of Dentistry?

The certificates are designed to post in the dental office and are awarded at four levels: 1) 100 hours, 2) 250 hours, 3) 500 hours, and 4) 1000 hours. This recognition program began January 1, 1992.

The most recent award recipients at the 500-hour level are:

William Boylan, DDS
Stevens Point, WI
Mary Consamus, DDS
Ames, IA
Christine Obel, DH
Brooklyn Park, MN

The most recent award recipients at the 250-hour level are:

Samy Boulos, DDS
Shoreview, MN
Amanda Elbert, DDS
Maplewood, MN
Adriana Lamounier, DDS
Denver, CO
Jose Valenzuela, DDS
Yuma, AZ



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