UIC College of Dentistry Continuing Education for Dental Professionals
UIC College of Dentistry Continuing Education for Dental Professionals

Continuing education courses for dental professionals

The UIC College of Dentistry provides both live and online continuing education for practitioners across all specialties to match particular training needs.

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.

The University of Illinois College of Dentistry is a recognized ADA CERP provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.


Continuing Education in Orthodontics

Individualized continuing education programs in orthodontics are available for those clinicians who have a serious interest in developing additional knowledge and skills in this field. The duration of the programs is flexible and determined upon reviewing the applicant's background and objectives.
Learn more about Continuing Education in Orthodontics


ISDS Courses for Dental Assistants and Hygienists

Several Continuing Education courses, held under the auspices of the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), are scheduled to be held at the UIC College of Dentistry, 801 S. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60612. The ISDS is an approved provider of Continuing Education. For more information or to register, or for refund and cancelation information, email Gloria Pitchford at gpitchford@isds.org, log on to www.isds.org, or call (800) 475-4737.


Local Anesthesia

Course objectives: 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 knowledge on the uses and potential complications of administering local anesthesia. There will be a pre-course reading assignment from Dr. Stanley F. Malamed’s Handbook of Local Anesthesia.

Topics include the local anesthesia armamentarium, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, pharmacology of vasoconstrictors, mandibular and maxillary anatomy, the trigeminal nerve, possible complications, post-treatment instructions, and accurate record keeping.

There will be lab practice sessions and injection instructions. Participants must agree to receive as well as administer injections in the clinic.

Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.

Credit: 32 credit hours.

Dates: Sept. 16-17, and Oct. 23-24, 2020. 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Instructors: Dr. William G. Flick, ’74, Clinical Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Dr. Michael Miloro, Head, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; and Dr. Thomas Skiba, ’68, MS OFMS ’77, Clinical Assistant Professor, OMFS.

Fee: $1,045 ISDS member dentist staff, or ISDS hygiene member; $1,100 non-member   


Coronal Polishing and Pit/Fissure Sealants Course

Course objectives: 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. At the completion of this course and prior to being permitted to perform these expanded functions in Illinois, the dental assistant must meet the following requirements:

Be 18 years of age and 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. The successful participant will receive a certificate of completion.

Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.

Credit: Ten credit hours.

Dates:  Sept. 12, and Nov. 21, 2020. All courses are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Instructors: Jennifer Bereckis, RDH; Dr. Brian Caraba, '95, Dr. Marta Demski, '13

Fee: $495 ISDS member dentist staff; $850 non-member dentist staff.

Prerequisite: Must be at least age 18, and a dental assistant for at least 1,000 hours.


Nitrous Oxide Monitoring and Administration Course

Course objectives and content: This course for monitoring and administration of nitrous oxide by dental assistants and dental hygienists is designed to meet the certification requirements of the State of Illinois for expanded functions. This course 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.

Credit: Six credit hours.

Dates:  Oct. 7, and Dec. 2, 2020. Course times to be announced.

Instructor: Dr. Evelina Kratunova, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry.

Fee: $295 ISDS member dentist staff; $525 non-member dentist staff.

Prerequisite: Must be currently certified in CPR/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.


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.

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 related 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 an 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.

Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.

Credit: 12 credit hours.

Dates: Oct. 14 & 15, 2020. Course time will be announced on confirmation.

Instructor: Dr. William Flick, ’74, Clinical Associate Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Dr. Michael Miloro, department head, Oral and Mazillofacial Surgery

Fee: $550 ISDS member dentist staff; $875 non-member dentist staff.

Prerequisite: Current BLS certificate.

For more information, log on to the ISDS website at www.isds.org.