Immunization Delivery for Dentists: An Online Course

Did you know that it is possible for licensed dentists to deliver flu shots? Would you like to complete the educational program required to provide this service to your patients?

You can demonstrate your concern for the overall health of patients and staff by becoming a Flu Shot resource within your practice community. In 2014, the Minnesota state legislature passed a statute allowing licensed dentists to administer influenza vaccinations to adults 19 years of age or older (Statute 150A.055.) 

Licensed dentists interested in providing influenza immunizations must complete one of two online programs developed by the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and approved by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry: 1) Comprehensive Immunization Delivery for Dentists, or 2) Basic Immunization Delivery for Dentists.

Course Option 1 - Comprehensive

Comprehensive Immunization Delivery for Dentists

This course consists of 10 hours of online self-study content and is designed to be self-paced. The comprehensive course offers you a more thorough review of immunological issues and concepts than the Basic Immunization Delivery for Dentists program.

Benefits/Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Recognize the public health impact of vaccine-preventable disease in the US.
  2. Identify the levels at which a dentist can undertake vaccine advocacy.
  3. Appreciate dentists' unique opportunities to contribute to disease prevention in the US.
  4. Obtain an in-depth understanding of immunology as it relates to vaccines.
  5. Identify patients who have contraindications to vaccine administration.
  6. Describe the vaccine-preventable disease influenza. 
  7. Recognize populations at risk for influenza.
  8. Explain societal impact of influenza.
  9. Describe CDC recommendations on who should receive the influenza vaccine.
  10. Identify contraindications and limitations for each influenza vaccine.
  11. Describe common and uncommon adverse reactions associated with the types of influenza vaccine.
  12. Describe proper intramuscular injection influenza vaccine administration.
  13. Detail treatment procedures for patients experiencing local and systemic adverse effects secondary to vaccine administration.
  14. Describe requirements for proper vaccine storage and handling.
  15. Detail the necessary steps to set up a vaccine practice.

Course Option 2 - Basic

Basic Immunization Delivery for Dentists

This Basic Immunization Delivery course consists of 3 hours of online, self-study and is designed to be completed in one setting.

Benefits/Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify the levels at which a dentist can undertake vaccine advocacy.
  2. Understand basic immunology as it relates to the influenza vaccine.
  3. Describe the vaccine-preventable disease influenza.
  4. Explain societal impact of influenza.
  5. Describe CDC recommendations on who should receive the influenza vaccine.
  6. Identify contraindications and limitations for each influenza vaccine.
  7. Describe common and uncommon adverse reactions associated with the types of influenza vaccine.
  8. Describe proper intramuscular injection influenza vaccine administration.
  9. Outline treatment procedures for patients experiencing local and systemic adverse effects secondary to vaccine administration.
  10. Describe requirements for proper vaccine storage and handling.

Who is Eligible to Participate

Minnesota licensed dentists who would like to deliver influenza vaccines to adults aged 19 and older.

Educational Methods

Online recorded lectures, required and supplemental readings. 

Successful completion of either course requires obtaining a 70% or better score on the online test.

For More Information or to Register

Link here for more information and details on how to register.

Contact the University of Minnesota Continuing Pharmacy Education Office at 612-625-8616 or 800-633-6638 for all registration and course-related questions.

Obtaining CDE Credit

The University of Minnesota Continuing Dental Education program will issue your continuing dental education credit verification upon confirmation of successful course completion from the Continuing Pharmacy Education program.

Instructor

Ann M. Philbrick, Pharm.D., BCPS, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Dr. Philbrick has been a clinical pharmacist for 10 years and has taught Immunization Delivery as an online CE course for pharmacists since 2010. The College of Pharmacy Office of Continuing Pharmacy Education has offered Immunization Delivery for Pharmacists since 2001.


The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry has an obligation to disseminate new knowledge related to dental practice. Some programs offered through Continuing Dental Education may introduce materials, techniques or product references that are subject to debate. Sponsorship of courses by the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry does not necessarily imply endorsement of specific philosophies, procedures or products by this institution.

Recognizing that you may be learning about new procedures, techniques and materials that you may not yet be familiar with, we ask that you take every precaution when implementing these new materials and techniques into your practice.

How to register

Link here for more information and to register.

Contact the University of Minnesota Continuing Pharmacy Education Office at 612-625-8616 or 800-633-6638 for all registration and course-relate questions.

Course Option 1: Comprehensive Training

Tuition

$499 dentist

Credits

10 hours

Minnesota credits
10 fundamental

Course Option 2: Basic Training

Tuition

$299 dentist

Credits

3 hours

Minnesota credits
3 fundamental