Educational Courses Available

Education Course Description:

Infection Control in Practice Course:

 This seminar will introduce to you the infection control principles and best practices pertaining to sterilization, disinfection of patient care items as well as dental unit waterlines, in accordance with the CDC guidelines. You will learn strategies to assist you in maximizing safety and efficiency of instrument processing. In addition, you will learn how to optimize the quality of water that you deliver to your patients.

 One hour of CEU will be given and is approved by the Iowa Board of Dental Examiners.

OSHA:

This seminar will discuss the requirements of OSHA and how it impacts dental offices and their employees. An explanation of the use and limitations of methods that will prevent or reduce exposure, including appropriate engineering controls, work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) Proper use, location, removal, handling, decontamination and disposal of PPE’s. Information on the efficacy, safety and benefits of the Hep. B. vaccine and its importance. The appropriate actions to take in an emergency involving blood or other potentially infectious materials, including post-exposure evaluation and follow-up of an incident involving an employee. An explanation of the signs, labels and/or color coding used to indicate a biohazard. Workplace violence policies and training will be covered. Bloodborne pathogens will also be discussed and how/why this affects employee’s safety. Erognomics in the dental office is one-hour seminar discussing proper seating, glove sizing and back/neck/head positioning as part of the OSHA continuing education.

One hour of CEU will be given and is approved by the Iowa Board of Dental Examiners.

Medical. Emergencies:

This seminar will stress the importance of having a strategy in place for dental offices to handle a medical emergency. It will discuss various medical conditions that could escalate with dental treatment and how to respond. Best practices in dentistry include taking blood pressures, pulse and respirations, including what is normal and when to terminate treatment that could lead to other complications.

One hour of CEU will be given and is approved by the Iowa Board of Dental Examiners.

HIPAA:

This seminar will discuss the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and why this is crucial to the dental office.  It will disclose the Privacy of Health Information, security of health information, notification of breaches of confidentiality and the penalties for violating HIPAA. You will learn what is necessary for dental offices to have in place to keep patient health information private, including business associate agreements, the security rule and technical safeguards.

One hour of CEU will be given and is approved by the Iowa Board of Dental Examiners.

Ethics and Jurisprudence:

This seminar will review the Iowa Code of Ethics by the Iowa Board of Dental Examiners. An explanation of the code and changes within the code will be covered. This course meets the requirements for one hour of biennium licensure renewal for dentists, dental hygienists and registered dental assistants.

One hour of CEU will be given and is approved by the Iowa Board of Dental Examiners.

Radiology Recertification/Digital Placement Review:

This seminar meets the requirement for registered dental assistant’s biennium licensure renewal. During the two-hour course, one hour will be dedicated to reviewing errors, expanding on radiology safety for dental personnel and patients, radiation exposure and the ALARA rule. The second hour is an in-depth hands-on examination of oral placement with tips/tricks to achieve a diagnostic radiograph using a DXTR mannequin. Using the mannequin, the dental professional has the ability to expose radiographs and evaluate different techniques to improve the quality of radiographs they are currently exposing. This course is especially helpful for those individuals who were not taught digital placement prior to use. While not required for licensure, dentists and hygienists have found the course to be helpful and beneficial to their expertise. This course has an emphasis on digital clinical radiographs but is adaptable to film-based practices as well.

Two hours of CEU will be given and is approved by the Iowa Board of Dental Examiners.

Live Webinars: All courses above are offered as webinars if in-office education is not feasible.

CPR:

American Heart Association BLS Healthcare Provider. This course renews or certifies an individual with the 6 links in the adult out-of-hospital Chain of Survival including:

  • Recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system
  • Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions
  • Rapid defibrillation-AED
  • Advanced resuscitation by Emergency Medical Services and other healthcare providers
  • Post-cardiac arrest care
  • Recovery (including additional treatment, observation, rehabilitation, and psychological support)
  • Choking in adults/infants
  • Rescue breathing

Certification will include a video, written exam and skill set testing. After completion, a CPR card will be issued valid for 2 years.

 Up to three hours of CEU may be claimed and is approved by the Iowa Board of Dental Examiners.

Dental Assistant Trainee Courses:

Digital Radiography Trainee Course: This course is a 20-page home study course with a 50-question exam. A study guide is included. The learning module emphasizes terminology, reviewing errors, radiology safety for dental personnel and patients, radiation exposure and the ALARA rule. Applications for phosphor plates, intra-oral sensors, 2D and 3D radiography are incorporated along with infection control.  Examination of oral placement to achieve a diagnostic radiograph is taught so the trainee can visualize appropriate vertical, or horizontal placement in the oral cavity. Diagnostic quality in relation to what needs to be viewed on a periapical, bitewing or Panorex are emphasized. CBCT radiography applications are also reviewed.

Ethics and Jurisprudence: The course/study guide is a condensed review of the Code of Ethics of Dentistry in Iowa.  It has an emphasis on what a dental assistant is allowed to perform within their scope of practice. Study materials may be printed for use during the open book examination.

Infection Control: This course is a comprehensive infection control handbook.  Based upon the MMR and 2003 CDC guidelines, this course guides the dental assistant through Bloodborne Pathogens and the purpose of personal protective equipment. It emphasizes the importance and requirements of sterilization and disinfection within the dental environment. The completion exam must be the one required by the Iowa Dental Board.  A practice exam is included, however it may or may not cover all items on the Iowa Dental Board’s exam.

A Certificate of Completion is given with a 75% requirement pass rate. All exams must be proctored by a Community College testing center.

Dental Assistant Trainee in-office training time:  What better way to learn but in your own office environment? Using a DXTR mannequin, the trainee is able to experience exposing radiographs while learning placement and technique. Sterilization/disinfection is taught using best practices. Instrument transfer and coronal polishing basics are applied using the DXTR mannequin. Full day or half-days available for one-on-one instruction.

Eaglesoft :  Please contact Annette for education options.

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