Risk Management Through Recordkeeping: Applying Minnesota's Minimum Recordkeeping Standards - A Text-based Course

Would you like to be sure that your recordkeeping practices meet the minimum standards set by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry? 

This independent study course will help you lower your malpractice risk by showing you how to create a dental record that includes an accurate representation of patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. This course will focus on Minnesota's legislative Rule 3100.9600 on recordkeeping, which clearly defines the minimum necessary content of the dental patient record in Minnesota. Included in the course are examples of recordkeeping systems that are organized in a way to satisfy the minimum recordkeeping requirements.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • explain the rationale for Minnesota's minimum dental recordkeeping standard found in Minnesota's legislative Rule 3100.9600.
  • recognize the minimum necessary content required of the dental patient record in the state of Minnesota.
  • identify the purpose of the dental record.
  • explain the concept of informed consent.
  • list the components of a well written progress note.
  • evaluate the recordkeeping system you currently use.

Who Should Enroll

Dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and dental assistants who would like to meet the recordkeeping standards of Minnesota’s legislative Rule 3100.9600, which clearly defines the minimum inclusions required for a patient dental record in Minnesota.

Educational Methods

Self-guided instruction via written materials including pre-test, manual, and post-test.

Original Author

Richard P. Madden, DDS, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Sciences, University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry.

Revised in 2014 by:

Richard D. Nadeau, DDS, MPH, Director, Division of Comprehensive Care; Clinical Professor, Department of Primary Dental Care; Director, Clinical Treatment Planning, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Original release date: 2003. Date last reviewed: 2014. Expiration date: December 2017.

Materials provided

  • pre-test (yours to keep)
  • manual/workbook (yours to keep)
  • post-test – must be completed and returned to CDE for review and issuance of credit
  • course evaluation – to be completed and returned to CDE along with completed post-test

Time limit

There is no time limit for completing this course; however, we do recommend you complete the course within three weeks from the day you receive it.

Cancellation policy

A refund of the fee(s) minus a $25 processing fee will be made if course materials are returned, unused, within three weeks of the date the package is shipped. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing of all refunds. 




2 hours

Minnesota Credits
2 core (Recordkeeping)

Course Number