Online Learning

Our e-learning courses put the world of education and training at your fingertips. Be it webinars, seminars or online readers, it’s education your way. Refunds and cancellations will be handled on an individual basis by contacting kendel.kam@cda.org.

To ensure C.E. units are issued appropriately, courses must be purchased under the specific person that will be taking the course.

Our online learning platform will be changing vendors in early 2019. For courses which are not yet complete, progress will not be saved in the transition to the new vendor. Please be sure to complete your course as soon as possible or contact CDA for assistance.


Course Name Units & Category Cost Host Sign up
CDPA and Infection Control bundle *
4 - core
$75
CDA Buy
California Dental Practice Act *
2 - core
$49
CDA Buy
Infection Control for License Renewal *
2 - core
$49
CDA Buy
Infection Control for the Unlicensed DA
4 - core
$99
CDA Buy
Clinical Teaching Methodology
2 - 20%
$49-$199
CDA Buy
Treating Young Kids Every Day (TYKE)
2 - core
$0
CDA Buy
Beyond the Science: Patient emotions in dentistry (online reader)
3 - core
$25-$50
TDIC Sign up
The High Cost of Shortcuts (online reader)
3 - 20%
$25
TDIC Sign up
Good Intentions-Bad Outcomes (online reader)
3 - 20%
$25
TDIC Sign up
Framework for Positive and Effective Interactions (online reader)
3 - 20%
$25
TDIC Sign up
Charting the Course (online reader)
3 - 20%
$25
TDIC Sign up

* = Required Course

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CDA is an ADA CERP Recognized 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.
CDA designates this activity for the specified number continuing education credits.

 

CDPA and Infection Control bundle

A four (4) CE unit comprehensive bundle of both mandatory courses for licensees of California for Infection Control and California Dental Practice Act; meets requirements of the Dental Board of California by adhering to the CCR 1005 - Dental Board of California Infection Control Regulations - and 1600 - Dental Practice Act. These two courses together will meet all mandatory educational requirements in one interactive educational experience.

These courses are available to members and non-members, have been approved by the Dental Board of California, and upon successful completion of the courses are eligible for 4 (four) continuing education units. Course tuition is $75. Participants will have 180 days from the date of purchase to complete all coursework and will be eligible for a certificate of completion.

Release Date: 7.1.09 | Last Reviewed On: 9.11.13

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Infection Control for License Renewal

The Infection Control for License Renewal course is designed to meet requirements of the Dental Board of California for instruction by adhering to the California Code of Regulations 1005 - Dental Board of California Infection Control Regulations. This course meets the mandate for license renewal of all California dental license holders and is Dental Board of California approved and is the infection control course required for license renewal for DDS, RDH and RDA. It does not meet the new 8 hour Infection Control education requirement for unlicensed dental assistants.

Learning outcomes:

  • Create and implement Infection Control, Sterilization and Housekeeping Protocols for dental facilities.
  • Identify the levels of disinfection, sterilization requirements and differences in validation of products.
  • Describe and implement minimum standards for infection control within dental practices.

This highly interactive educational experience is available to member dentists, non-member dentists and ADHP staff, and serves as an excellent supplement to staff training. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive 2 (two) continuing education credits. Course tuition is $49. Participants will have 180 days from the date of purchase to complete all coursework and will be eligible for a certificate of completion.

Release Date: 7.1.09 | Last Reviewed On: 9.11.13

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California Dental Practice Act

This course is designed to meet the requirements of the Dental Board of California by adhering to content for CDPA mandated by regulation to include California Code of Regulations 1600 and shall instruct on acts in violation of the Dental Practice Act and other statutory mandates relating to the dental practice. The course includes information on the structure of the Dental Board, governing bodies, utilization and scope of practice for auxiliaries, scope of practice for dentists, laws governing the prescribing of drugs, citations, fines, revocations and suspensions, mandatory reporter status and license renewal.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify the legal limits on scope of practice and the use of  dental auxilliaries.
  • Describe the legal issues for renewal of license including CE and criminal history reporting.
  • Design patient care, record keeping and staff management, to comply with the legal requirmements of the Dental Practice Act

This interactive educational experience is available to members and non-members, is approved by the Dental Board of California, and upon successful completion of the course is eligible for 2 (two) continuing education credits. Course tuition is $49. Participants will have 180 days from the date of purchase to complete all coursework and will be eligible for a certificate of completion.

Release Date: 7.1.09 | Last Reviewed On: 9.11.13

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Infection Control for the Unlicensed DA

This CDA online course on Infection Control is for unlicensed dental assistants. This course is designed to provide the didactic background  in preparation for  the clinical portion of the course. This course is solely the 4 hours of didactic instruction as part of an 8 hour complete course in Infection Control. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be prepared to proceed with the preclinical and clinical portion with your course provider.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please DO NOT register for this course if you have not been directed to do so by an approved  provider of "Infection Control for the Dental Assistant (8 Hours)". This MUST be taken in conjunction with an entire 8 hour course. You should be enrolled in such a course prior to taking this online class. Participants will have 180 days from the date of purchase to complete all coursework and will be eligible for a certificate of completion.

Release Date: 4.1.10 | Last Reviewed On: 9.11.13

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Clinical Teaching Methodology

Clinical Teaching Methodology is a 2 hour course designed to fulfill requirements set forth in the California Dental Practice Act. All faculty members performing clinical evaluation are required to have completed 2 hours teaching methodology. This pertains to dental assisting courses for radiation safety, pit and fissure sealant, coronal polishing, infection control, orthodontic assistant, dental sedation assistant and registered dental assistant in extended function (RDAEF). You will learn basic teaching methodology concepts, techniques for evaluating clinical skills and criteria for selecting effective evaluation tools.

This interactive educational experience is available to members and non-members. Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate of completion will be awarded.

Course tuition is $49 for members and $199 for non-members. After 180 days, participants will be required to repurchase the course.

Release Date: 4.1.10 | Last Reviewed On: 9.11.13

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Treating Young Kids Every Day (TYKE)

The goal of this course, in addition to meeting the specific course outcomes, is to increase dentists’ confidence to see babies and young children and inspire a commitment to decreasing the prevalence of dental caries in California children. Specifically, this course aims to encourage dental teams to use caries risk assessment, disease prevention and early interventions to reduce tooth decay among children ages birth to 5 years. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Recognize how early childhood caries (ECC) affects children’s oral health and the need to see babies and young children.
  • Perform caries risk assessments (CRA) to individualize interventions and recall.
  • Implement the 6-Step Infant Oral Care Visit process in your practice.
  • Promote the use of early prevention and intervention techniques.
  • Implement motivational interviewing and goal setting.
  • Recognize the role of patient self-management in reducing caries.
  • Promote healthy daily family behaviors.
  • Complete appropriate documentation and effective follow-up.
  • Release Date: 2.1.17 | Last Reviewed On: 2.1.17

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    Beyond the Science: Patient emotions in dentistry (online reader)

    It is estimated that 75 percent of U.S. adults experience some degree of fear, anxiety or worry over dental care. Whether mild or severe, these emotions may not be easily identifiable to dental practitioners. Misunderstandings can have serious consequences to patient health, and can lead to legal issues for dental practices down the road. In this seminar, you will learn how to put patients at ease and keep your practice free from risk.

    After completing this course, you will understand how to:

    • Build trust in the doctor-patient relationship to encourage treatment compliance.
    • Create office protocols to instill confidence in you and your staff members.
    • Recognize when and how to dismiss patients without placing them at risk.

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    The High Cost of Shortcuts (online reader)

    Shortcuts have their place, but not in dentistry. Incomplete documentation, omission of necessary procedures and failure to fully inform patients are three common reasons why even the best dentists will likely experience a lawsuit at least once during the course of their careers. Through real-life case studies, you'll learn why effective patient communication and continuity of care are imperative in delivering excellent dentistry.

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    Good Intentions - Bad Outcomes (online reader)

    It is natural for dentists to want to please patients, especially because happy patients become lifelong customers and refer their friends and family. Wanting a perfect smile can sometimes make patients more demanding in their expectations of what a dentist can and should be able to deliver. But in some cases, striving to meet unrealistic demands can jeopardize patient safety. Another issue in which the best of intentions can lead to negative results is through employee dishonesty. Trusting employees to take over key management functions can make good business sense, but when employees abuse that trust, it can end in employee embezzlement. By examining real TDIC cases, this seminar explores what to do in these and other challenging scenarios.

    After completing this course, you will understand how to:

    • Effectively communicate during the initial appointment to determine if the patient is realistic in his or her treatment expectations.
    • Manage unreasonable patient treatment expectations by recognizing and reacting to warning signs.
    • Agree to and implement an appropriate treatment plan without allowing the patient to dictate treatment.
    • Ensure continuity of care using a team approach with staff and other treating specialists.
    • Place appropriate checks and balances for employees in a business setting to avoid embezzlement.

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    Framework for Positive and Effective Interactions (online reader)

    The way a dentist handles interactions with patients and staff can directly impact the outcome of a claim. From firing a pregnant employee to ignoring patient complaints, miscommunication, unexpected outcomes and lack of information can lead to serious consequences. Using actual cases as examples, this seminar provides practical methods for improving interactions, as well as guidance to avoid or mitigate potential claims.

    After completing this course, you will understand how to:

    • Establish and implement an office pregnancy policy to avoid discrimination and wrongful termination allegations.
    • Incorporate corrective action practices to improve employee performance.
    • Institute protocols when treating patients with language barriers to secure their understanding of treatment.
    • Understand the importance of ensuring staff practice within the scope of their license.
    • Communicate untoward results.
    • Handle patient complaints and take steps to remedy untoward results without admitting liability.

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    Charting the Course (online reader)

    Patient records are one of the most important tools for delivering continuous, consistent patient care. Thorough records promote positive relationships with patients and are vital for supporting diagnostic and treatment decisions. In addition, the quality of patient charts often impacts case outcomes. Using actual case examples, this seminar explores important aspects of proper recordkeeping and provides practical methods to document and maintain records to protect both your patients and your practice.

    After completing this course, you will understand how to:

    • Compile a complete patient record with more than just treatment notes.
    • Appreciate the importance of thorough and appropriate documentation.
    • Appreciate how recordkeeping affects continuity of care.
    • Understand the risks associated with allowing patients to dictate treatment.
    • Confidently implement changes to your own recordkeeping system.

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C.E. credits must be obtained by California licensees by a Dental Board approved provider. Please refer to the Dental Board’s website for a listing of approved providers that offer online C.E. courses.

New continuing education requirements were adopted in April 2010.

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