NJDA Licensure Requirements Series 2024

NJDA Members Health Plans, underwritten by Association Member Trust

Association Member Trust

The NJDA has designed this Series to make the New Jersey State mandated continuing education courses convenient and easily accessible at a low price. Each mandated course is offered VIRTUALLY three (3) times in 2024 (from April through September). Each course is scheduled on different days/times to work around your busy schedule.

*For Dentists only*

Mandated Requirements for the November 2023- October 2025 Licensure Period

The New Jersey State Board of Dentistry requires the mandatory completion of forty (40) hours of continuing education for license renewal, which takes place every two years. For registration renewal beginning on November 1, 2023, the following 10 hours must be completed as part of the 40 required hours.

  • One Hour in Prescription Opioid Drugs
  • Two Hours in Preventing and Controlling Infectious Diseases
  • Three Hours of Pharmacology and Internal Medicine
  • One Hour in Professional Ethics and NJ Law Concerning the Practice of Dentistry
  • Three Hours with Practical Hands-On Certification for CPR
    • PLEASE NOTE: CPR is NOT included in this series but we offer a convenient solution for dentists and their staff available on our website.
      • Courses are offered monthly at NJDA Headquarters
      • Blended Learning Courses are offered monthly- complete the lecture and testing requirements online followed by completion of a hands-on testing at NJDA Headquarters
      • Schedule a Private Program at your practice (minimum 6 attendees required) - for the same low member price!
      • Merge with another practice to offer CPR near your location
      • Hispanic Speaking program available

Although HIPAA Compliance is regulated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and enforced by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) it is NOT A LICENSURE REQUIREMENT. Practitioners are, however, required to be updated. The NJDA has elected to add this program into our Licensure Requirement Series offerings.


NJDA Member Dentist:
  • Virtual Package- pay 1 price for up to 8 credits | $199
  • A la Carte- register and pay for individual courses | $49 per course
Non-Member Dentist:
  • Virtual Package- pay 1 price for up to 8 credits | $499
  • A la Carte- register and pay for individual courses | $110 per course




Tom Viola

"The Phantom of the Opera-tory": An Overview and Update in Pharmacology For The Entire Dental Team! - Tom Viola, RPh, CCP Tuesday, August 6th at 6:00-9:00pm Wednesday, September 5th at 6:00-9:00pm

CEUs: 3

Course Description: The challenge faced by all clinicians today is to be equally aware of the medical considerations of agents commonly used in the practice of dentistry as well as the dental considerations of the medications frequently prescribed for the treatment of multiple systemic diseases. This program will present an overview of dental pharmacology for the whole dental team. Special emphasis will be given to those medications prescribed or administered in the practice of dentistry, as well as to those medications prescribed and administered in the treatment of systemic disease, whose actions, effects, or interactions with other drugs may also impact dental therapy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the pharmacology of medications commonly used in the practice of dentistry: Analgesics Antibiotics Local anesthetics Anxiolytics
  • Discuss the pharmacology of medications commonly used in internal medicine, including drug interactions and contraindications.
  • Identify appropriate prescribing practices and strategies for addressing prescription drug abuse and the role of the NJPMP
  • Describe best practices for taking complete and accurate medical histories.

Speaker: Tom Viola, RPh, CCP

Tuesday, August 6th at 6:00PM-9:00PM
Wednesday, September 5th at 6:00PM-9:00PM

Ken Tilashalski

Bugs, Suds, Scrubs, & Love. How to Keep Safe in an Infectious World - Ken Tilashalski, DDS Wednesday, May 29th at 10:00-12:00pm Wednesday, July 24th at 7:00-9:00pm Thursday, September 26th at 7:00-9:00pm

CEUs: 2

Course Description: We seemingly live in a world of ever evolving pathogens. Covid, Zika, Ebola, SARS, multi-drug resistant bacteria, and other microbial diseases have captured recent headlines. This course will emphasize the ways diseases are spread and how to prevent transmission of infectious pathogens. The latest recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, and the ADA will be presented. We will highlight what we can do and how the practice of dentistry might change tomorrow. The concepts covered are immediately applicable to keep our patients, ourselves, and our families safe from infectious diseases.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the components of Universal and Standard Precautions
  • Identify modes of disease transmission and the components of the chain of infection
  • Understand the concept of herd immunity
  • Apply vaccination requirements and recommendations
  • Identify diseases of concern to dental health care workers
  • Apply strategies to reduce disease transmission

Speaker: Ken Tilashalski, DDS

Wednesday, May 29th at 10:00AM-12:00PM
Wednesday, July 24th at 7:00PM-9:00PM
Thursday, September 26th at 7:00PM-9:00PM

Kelly Anne Koch

Compliance vs Security: Why You Need Both to be HIPAA Compliant - Kelly Anne Koch Monday, June 17th at 11:30-12:30pm Tuesday, September 10th at 8:00-9:00pm

CEUs: 1

Course Description: Since its inception, HIPAA has become an important part of an organization’s culture, affecting how business is conducted, and how a practice can be run. Throughout the years, HIPAA law has been modified, and as such, it is essential to keep up-to-date with the latest regulatory changes. In this course, you will learn the ins and outs of compliance and cybersecurity -- and why both are necessary for patient privacy and your practice's security. We will simplify HIPAA compliance, walking you through the full extent of the regulation, and provide you with actionable tips that you can implement within your practice today.

Learning Objectives:

  • Why compliance and security are BOTH required for HIPAA compliance
  • How HIPAA and security help protect your patients
  • What you can implement in your practice now to avoid breaches and fines

Speaker: Kelly Anne Koch

Monday, June 17th at 11:30AM-12:30PM
Tuesday, September 10th at 8:00PM-9:00PM

Richard Harold

Responsible Opioid Prescribing for the Dental Practitioner - Richard Harold, DMD Wednesday, July 10th at 12:00-1:00pm Thursday, September 12th at 7:00-8:00pm

CEUs: 1

Course Description:  The presentation will discuss the scope and responsibilities of prescription writing privileges as it applies to the practice of dentistry. Pharmacologic pain management options available to dentists will be reviewed including opioids and non-opioids. The principles of oral dosing regimens will be presented along with side effects, contraindications and clinically significant drug-drug interactions. Basic pain physiology will be discussed as well as the mechanisms of action of commonly prescribed analgesics. The dentist’s responsibility in combating drug diversion will be presented including how to identify drug seeking patients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the standard of care relating to responsible prescribing practices.
  • Understand the efficacy and opioid-sparing benefits of prescribing Non-Opioids
  • How to identify patients with Opioid Use Disorder
  • Learn how to counsel patients about the side effects, security, addictive nature and proper storage and disposal of controlled substances.
  • Understand the legal and ethical issues of prescribing appropriate quantities of controlled substances.

Speaker: Richard Harold, DMD

Wednesday, July 10th  at 12:00PM- 1:00PM
Thursday, September 12th at 7:00PM-8:00PM

Greg Lamorte

Professional Ethics and NJ Law Concerning the Practice of Dentistry - Gregory LaMorte, DDS Tuesday, July 30th at 8:00-9:00pm Thursday, September 19th at 12:30-1:30pm

CEUs: 1

Course Description: This presentation includes: Dental ethics Professionalism New Jersey jurisprudence (the online New Jersey Jurisprudence orientation shall not satisfy this continuing education requirement) Ethical issues concerning the abuse of prescriptions by patients Child abuse Competence and judgment Patient confidentiality.

Learning Objectives: The attended shall understand the basis of professional ethics and what our profession expects of NJ Dentists including the CE requirements for the biennial renewal of a NJ Dental license.

Speaker: Gregory LaMorte, DDS

Tuesday, July 30th at 8:00PM-9:00PM
Thursday, September 19th at 12:30PM-1:30PM

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