Continuing Education

 

The College of Dentistry is proud to offer continuing education courses for dental professionals. Please see below for a listing of current courses; click on each course for more information. Additional courses are offered in the Departments of Endodontics and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

 

Students in CE course



Nitrous Oxide Monitoring and Administration Clinical Certification Course for Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists

Coronal Polishing and Pit/Fissure Sealants Clinical Certification Course for Dental Assistants

Registration Information

Course Fees Course fees include the cost of all materials, morning refreshments, and validated campus parking. Fees for full-day programs also include lunch. Exclusions are noted in individual course descriptions.

Credit Certificates Verification of Participation certificates are provided to participants at the end of each course. Certificates will be mailed within 30 days of the end of the course unless otherwise noted in course materials. AGD credit will be verified upon request. Verification of previously earned credit in transcript form is also available upon request.

Policy on Cancellations and Refunds All cancellation requests MUST be received in writing and are subject to a $50 processing fee. The Office of Continuing Education has the following cancellation policy: Full refund, minus $50 processing fee for cancellations received on or before six weeks prior to the event. 75% refund, minus $50 processing fee for cancellations received between four-to-six weeks prior to the event. 25% refund, minus $50 processing fee for cancellations received less than four weeks prior to the event. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than three (3) business days prior to a scheduled event.

The UIC College of Dentistry reserves the right to cancel any event due to low participation or other circumstances beyond its control. In the event of a cancellation by the UIC College of Dentistry, registrants will receive a full refund of any registration monies paid. Refunds will be processed within 30 days of the event conclusion. "No shows" will not be eligible for a refund.

Special Programs

Limited opportunities are available to highly motivated US citizens living abroad or non-citizen dentists who are able to travel to the US for short-term visits. Most are observational only; they do not include patient treatment.

If you are interested in spending one month or more in Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, or Restorative Dentistry, use these e-mail links to contact the department.

These programs do not not qualify non U.S. citizens for entry into the US on student visas. Applicants must hold a B-1 'Tourist for Business' Visa to be allowed in clinics.

Location & Accommodations

All courses currently scheduled will be held in the UIC College of Dentistry. Please visit our directions page for maps, transportation links, and a list of nearby accommodations. For local participants, travel suggestions for commuters are always available from our office.

Contact

Mark J. Valentino
Assistant Dean for Advancement & Alumni Affairs
(312) 996-0485

Course Descriptions

Anesthesia/Sedation Assistant Monitoring Clinical Certification Course

This course is offered as a Continuing Education experience for dental assistants and hygienists who work in dental or oral surgery offices in the State of Illinois where sedation or general anesthesia is administered. The course is designed to meet the requirements of the Illinois Dental Practice Act and the rules administering the Dental Practice Act. The course includes both lecture and clinical exposure.
 
Location: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, 801 S. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60612.
 
Provider: The course is held under the auspices of the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS). The ISDS is an approved provider of Continuing Education in the State of Illinois and is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
 
Course objectives and competencies:
The assistant will:
            Become familiar with the anatomy and physiology involved with monitoring and airway maintenance in the sedated dental patient.
            Obtain a basic understanding of the physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, and neurological systems as they relate to anesthesia and sedation.
            Become familiar with the health questionnaire and its application for the evaluation of the patient undergoing anesthesia/sedation and be able to link this information to the ASA classification.
            Develop and understanding of the levels of sedation/anesthesia and be able to recognize these levels in the patient under dental sedation.
            Acquire the skills required for monitoring the sedated patient, including monitoring of blood pressure, pulse, perspiration temperature, and level of consciousness.
            Learn to operate automated monitoring devices including the EKG and pulse-oximeter.
            Learn to complete the anesthesia record and make appropriate monitoring entries during the procedure and during recovery.
            Learn basic management protocols for anesthesia-related emergencies and become more competent in assisting the dentist in their management.
 
Credit: 12 credit hours.
 
Dates: Wednesday, March 26, and Thursday, March 27, 2014; Wednesday, Sept. 24, and Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Course times to be announced.
 
Instructors: Drs.William Flick, Michael Miloro, Indru Punwani, and Larry Salzmann.
 
Fee: $525 ISDS member dentist staff; $850 non-member dentist staff.
 
Prerequisite: Current BLS certificate.
 
Registration: ISDS members, non-members, and staff can register online at www.isds.org or call (800) 475-4737.

 

Nitrous Oxide Monitoring and Administration Clinical Certification Course for Dental Assistants and Registered Dental Hygienists

This course is designed to meet the certification requirements of the State of Illinois for expanded functions and will include both didactic and clinical components in the monitoring and administration of nitrous oxide and advanced airway management. It will provide instruction in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and dental emergencies, as they relate to the use of Nitrous Oxide in the dental office.

After successful completion of this course, the dental assistant can return to the private office and provide expanded function for the dental team and the monitoring of nitrous oxide, while the dental hygienists will be able to start and stop the flow of gas. The Illinois State Dental Society is an approved provider of continuing education in the State of Illinois.

Credit:  6 Continuing Education credits.

Dates: Wednesday, April 16; Wednesday, Oct. 8; Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Time: TBA

Instructors: Drs. Indru Punwani and Larry Salzmann

Fee $275 for Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) member dentist staff; $500 for ISDS non-member dentist staff

Prerequisite: Must be currently certified in BLS for healthcare providers or its equivalent (a copy of your current BLS card must accompany registration form). This course is open to all qualified dental assistants for monitoring and dental hygienists for administering.

Registration ISDS members, non-members, and staff can view the course booklet and register on-line at www.isds.org or call (800) 475-4737.

 

Coronal Polishing and Pit/Fissure Sealants Clinical Certification Course for Dental Assistants

This course will provide dental assistants with the proper educational requirements as stated in Illinois law for application of pit and fissure sealants and coronal polishing, which includes didactic study in anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and dental emergencies, followed by a written exam.

This course also will include two hours of clinical experience on pit and fissure sealants and two hours on coronal polishing. The clinical instruction on coronal polishing will include work performed on a human subject. Successful participant will receive a certificate of completion. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Provider: The course is held under the auspices of the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS). The ISDS is an approved provider of Continuing Education in the State of Illinois and is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

Credit: 10 Continuing Education credits.

Dates: Saturday, April 5; Saturday, Sept. 14; Saturday, Nov. 15.

Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Instructors: Drs. Richard Perry and James Bryniarski, and Katherine Lutz, RDH.

Fee: $450 for Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) member dentist staff; $800 for ISDS non-member dentist staff

Prerequisites:

  • Dental assistant is at least 18 years of age and has been working as a dental assistant for at least 1,000 hours.
  • The supervising dentist must personally observe the successful placement of six sealants on a patient or patients by the dental assistant.
  • Each participant must agree to act as a patient for coronal polishing.
  • Each participant must follow the OSHA guidelines for infection control and use of clinical Personal Protective Equipment.

Registration ISDS members, non-members, and staff can view the course booklet and register on-line at www.isds.org or call (800) 475-4737.

 

Local Anesthesia Clinical Certification Course

This four-day course will satisfy the State of Illinois expanded function training requirements to allow registered dental hygienists to administer local anesthesia under the general supervision of a licensed dentist. Course content provides a review of necessary knowledge on the uses and potential complications of administering local anesthesia. Lab practice sessions emphasize grasp and technique and use sensor-active Frasaco/Practicon manikins and other injection placement exercises. Injection instruction occurs in clinic and involves supervised administration of maxillary, mandibular, and block injections using xylocaine 2%, mepivicaine 3%, and topical benzocaine.

In clinic, participants must agree to receive, as well as administer, injections. Hygienists who are in the first trimester of pregnancy or at medical risk for any other reasons should seek the consent of their primary physician before registering. While a test of basic knowledged based on pre-course reading is given on the first course day, successful course completion is based solely on competency demonstrated in the clinic. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.

Provider: The course is held under the auspices of the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS). The ISDS is an approved provider of Continuing Education in the State of Illinois and is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

Credit: 32 Continuing Education credits.

Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 13 and 14 and Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 20 and 21.

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Instructors: Drs. William Flick, Michael Miloro, Antonia Kolokythas, and Thomas Skiba.

Fee:  $950 ISDS dental hygienist member, $1,100 non-member. ISDS member dental hygienists can use their $25 CE voucher for this course.

Prerequisite: A pre-course reading assignment from Dr. Stanley F. Malamed's Handbook of Local Anesthesia (4th or 5th edition) assures a foundation of understanding that is reinforced by lectures. Topics include the local anesthesia armamentarium, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, pharmacology or vasoconscriptors, mandibular and maxillary anatomy, the trigeminal nerve, possible complications, post-treatment instructions, and accurate record keeping.

Registration: ISDS members, non-members, and staff can register online at www.isds.org or call (800) 475-4737.

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Cancellation/Refund Policy for ISDS CE Courses:  ISDS reserves the right to cancel a course. In the case of course cancellation, your fee will be fully refunded or transferred to the next course date. Individual cancellations received at least 15 days prior to the course will receive a full refund. After this period, only an 85% refund will be given. Cancellations must be made prior to the day of the course to receive the 85% refund. No refunds will be granted for no-shows. A course credit will be given due to illness and weather conditions.