Questions and Answers for Dentists and Dental Hygienists
The continuing education requirement for dentists will be changing. Beginning July 1, 2008, New York State Education Law will require dentists to complete 60 contact hours of continuing education in each three-year registration period. For dental hygienists, the law still requires the completion of 24 contact hours in each three-year registration period. The law that applies to these requirements (Title VIII of Education Law) is available on this site.
The New York State Board for Dentistry does not maintain or have access to the continuing education records of any licensee.
4. I just graduated and received my license and am in my first registration period. Do I need to begin taking continuing education immediately?
5. I was practicing in another jurisdiction and just received my first New York State license and registration. Do I need to begin taking continuing education immediately?
6. I just received my registration and it is less than three years in length. Am I still expected to complete the total number of continuing education hours required for my profession?
8. I am licensed in New York State but my registration is inactive because I am practicing my profession in another jurisdiction. Do I need to complete continuing education before I can reactivate my New York State registration?
11. If I complete more hours than required during the registration period, can I use them toward the hours required in my next registration period?
16. What courses may I use to meet the CPR requirement? Which providers are acceptable? May I take an online course?
17. May I count CPR training toward my continuing education requirement? How many hours may I count?
18. I am physically incapable of performing CPR. Am I still required by law to maintain certification?
26. Do I have to send these continuing education records to the State Education Department's State Board for Dentistry when I reregister?
27. What if an audit reveals that I did not comply with the mandatory continuing education requirement?
28. When I attend some classes, I am told that copies of my certificates are being sent to another location. Are they sent to the State Board for Dentistry?
30. What if it is time for me to reregister and I have not completed the required number of continuing education hours?
Last Updated: August 31, 2020