The Dental Continuing Education Program at NHTI, in collaboration with the NH Division of Public Health Services Oral Health Program offers this continuing education course series for dental hygienists who provide services in public health settings and for dental hygienists desiring to become NH Certified Public Health Dental Hygienists (CPHDH). This continuing education series meets course requirements set forth by the NH Board of Dental Examiners (BODE) and provides participants with the most current information to optimally deliver dental hygiene services in alternative dental settings. Required courses currently leading to the CPHDH certification are offered on a rotating basis and can be taken in any order. Since it involves learning a clinical skill, it is recommended that Caries Stabilization be taken as close to the time of CPHDH application to the BODE as possible, so as to minimize time between learning the technique and implementation. Space is limited – register early!
Core Courses (required for CPHDH):
To qualify as a CPHDH in NH, dental hygienists must:
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For course information contact Deb Albrecht, (603) 271-6484 x4261, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course reviews infection control procedures through lecture and clinical activities. Dental hygienists learn the latest protocols for proper asepsis in non-traditional settings and are strongly encouraged to bring a portable dental unit. Clinic attire, safety glasses required.
Dates: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Price: $160 CEUs: 6
Instructor: Lisa Scott, CDA, RDH, M.Ed., and Connie George, RDH, M.Ed.
This course addresses systemic conditions and diseases with emphasis on dental hygiene treatment planning and the management of dental and medical emergencies in alternative dental settings. A pharmacology review for common disease states is included.
Dates: Friday, January 23, 2015, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Snow date: Saturday, January 24)
Price: $120 CEUs: 6
Instructor: John Fitzsimons, DMD, MA, Families First Health Center, Portsmouth, NH
This class meets once as a group, followed by individual completion of required online activities. Topics discussed assist public health dental hygienists to understand and comply with legal requirements to properly handle patient medical records. Key concepts of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and NH law regarding client abuse are included. Participants draft a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and are required to complete learning activities prior to class end date.
Date: Class Meeting: Wednesday, February 11, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online portion: February 11 through March 4, 2015
Price: $195 CEUs: 8
Instructors: Connie George, RDH, M.Ed.
This course provides an overview of what the evidence-based dentistry approach has to offer clinicians striving to best meet their patients’ needs and preferences. Working in the classroom and the computer lab, participants will gain experience in quickly finding evidence relevant to a practice need and appraising that evidence.
Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Price: $99 CEUs: 4
Instructors: Hope Saltmarsh, RDH, M.Ed., ADA Evidence-Based Reviewer
Participants will learn indications and contraindications to sealants and ITR placement and will have an opportunity to place glass ionomer pit and fissure sealants, as well as practice ITR placement on teeth. The ethical, moral, and clinical dilemmas one faces when considering sealant and ITR placement will also be discussed.
*Space is limited. Priority will be given to those who have completed all other core courses leading to CPHDH qualification in NH.
Date: Friday, May 8, 2015, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Online Portion: April 22 - May 20
Price: $249 CEUs: 7
Instructors: Sarah Finne, DMD, MPH, ADA Certificate in Evidence-based Dentistry, and Hope Saltmarsh, RDH, M.Ed., ADA Evidence-Based Reviewer
Prerequisites and Required Documents:
OL These courses have an on-line component. Students are required to have a personal email address (not the office email address), internet access, and possess basic computer skills.