Massachusetts CDE Requirements

Dental Assisting Job Titles and CDE Requirements by Level

Dental Assistant Trained on the Job (OJT)
Formally Trained Dental Assistant (FTDA)
Certified Assistant (CA)
Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA)

# CDE Required: 12 hours (See note below about revision for first renewal cycle.)
Renewal Period: Every 2 years
Required Topics: Infection control in the dental healthcare setting; certification in CPR/AED or BLS
Online Courses Allowed: A dental assistant may earn a maximum of six CEUs per renewal cycle by the completion of an individual study course (home study, on-line, correspondence, audio or video). Such courses must include a test, which the licensee must pass to obtain credit.

More information: Massachusetts 234 CMR 8 Continuing Education

A dental assistant who assists a dentist holding a deep sedation/general anesthesia permit in anesthesia administration, including patient monitoring, must be appropriately trained to assist in anesthesia administration and must hold current certification in BLS for the Healthcare Provider.

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