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As stated by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Regulations Title 13, effective May 2021, the following requirements can be found on their website: New Jersey Administrative Code from the New Jersey Board of Dentistry

Educational Requirements can be found in the following subchapters:

  • DENTISTS- found in chapter 30 subchapter 5
  • HYGIENISTS- found in chapter 30 subchapter 5.2
  • REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANTS & LIMITED REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANTS- found in chapter 30 subchapter 5.3

  • It is the licensee's responsibility to maintain their own records of all continuing education activity completed and to be prepared to submit evidence of completion of the credit requirements to the Board at any time. Records need to be maintained for two full biennial periods from the date of completion of the continuing education activity. 
  • All continuing education activities to be accepted for credit must have significant intellectual or practical content which deals primarily with matters directly related to the practice of dentistry, dental hygiene and the delivery of dental care by dental auxiliaries, or with the professional responsibilities or ethical obligations of licensees.
  • The following are NOT accepted for continuing education credit:
    • Estate planning
    • Financial or investment/tax planning
    • Personal health

FOR DENTISTS

PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO SATISFY NEW REGULATIONS

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. The Board shall not require completion of continuing dental education credits for initial registration of dentists. All licensed dentists holding active licenses shall submit a certification verifying completion of forty hours of continuing dental education every two years at the time of registration renewal, including the ten mandatory hours of continuing dental education.

  • One hour of credit shall be granted for each hour of instruction at lectures, seminars, clinical or laboratory participatory courses, the program portion of dinner and other meetings of national, constituents, and components of dental professional associations recognized by the Board, or other educational methods as may be approved by the Board, excluding time spent as meals, breaks, or business sessions.
    • Credit may not be received for any time less than one hour of instructional time.
    • Successful completion of the continuing education activity is required to receive any credit.
    • Only activity participation, not time devoted to prior preparation, will be counted towards credit hours.
  • A maximum of seven credits completed by a licensee in excess of the forty credit hours required may be credited to the subsequent biennial registration period. Any continuing education courses taken by a licensee at the direction or order of the Board as a remedial measure will NOT be used to fulfill the continuing education requirements.
  • EDUCATIONAL & SCIENTIFIC COURSES RELATED TO THE PRACTICE OF DENTISTRY
  • MANDATED REQUIREMENTS
  • AREAS OF STUDY BREAKDOWN
  • WAIVES AND EXCEPTIONS


FOR HYGIENISTS & ASSISTANTS

PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO SATISFY NEW REGULATIONS

All licensed dental hygienists shall submit a certification verifying the completion of 20 hours of continuing education every two years at the time of license renewal, including the 6 mandatory continuing education credits specified below. No more than one-half of the required continuing education hours in the two-year period may be obtained through written or electronic media distance learning courses. Currently, webinars that are live and synchronous are treated as live courses.

All registered dental assistants and limited registered dental assistants in orthodontics shall submit a certification verifying the completion of 10 hours of continuing education every two years at the time of registration renewal, including the 6 mandatory continuing education hours set forth below. No more than one-half of the required continuing education hours in the two-year period may be obtained through written or electronic media distance learning courses. Currently, webinars that are live and synchronous are treated as live courses.

  • MANDATED REQUIREMENTS
  • ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
  • WAIVES AND EXCEPTIONS
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