Courses in Your Area

REMEMBER to complete your mandatory continuing education requirements before you submit your license renewal form. The current cycle runs from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2019.

Current Continuing Education Requirements:
Dental Hygiene License (RDH)
• 20 continuing education credits
• 10 must be live (Webinar will count if it is live streamed)
• 10 can be obtained from online sources
• 2 of these credits must be in child abuse and can be obtain from a preapproved source
• Every 4 years a 2 hour course must be completed in comprehensive radiology.  This should be approved by The Department of Environmental Protection

Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner License (PHDHP)
• All Above Dental Hygiene License CE Requirements
– 5 credit hours of the 20 must be in a public health related field
– the child abuse credit hours count towards this requirement

Local Anesthesia License
• Above Dental Hygiene License CE Requirements
– 3 credit hours in local anesthesia update or pharmacology

GO TO THE SOURCE: Email: and request a copy of the Title 49: Professional and Vocational Standards, Chapter 33: State Board of Dentistry – or go online to and view the regulations online.

The state board of dentistry reserves the right to challenge the validity of all CE courses. It is recommended to obtain more than the 20 credit hours.

Need a copy of a continuing education certificate? All the CE records that are approved by Pennsylvania Academy of Dental Hygiene Studies are available for you. They are available under the “sessions attended” tab on your Member page.  Click HERE to log in to your Member Profile page.

Did you know? The PDHA recommends that all hygienists keep proof of their CE certificates for the previous TWO renewal periods. The State Board of Dentistry can audit dental professionals for FOUR years prior to the current licensure period.

Any further questions please contact Government Relations Chair, Laura DeHennis at

DO NOT assume that a course is an approved subject area simply because it is being offered by an approved program sponsor. Because of this, it is suggested you get above the 20 hours recommended. The State Board of Dentistry conducts random audits to verify your credits. “Academy Approval” indicates that a continuing education course appears to meet selected criteria. It is the responsibility of each participant to determine if a particular course is acceptable for license renewal. However, applicants should be aware that not all courses offered and approved by the Academy of Dental Hygiene Studies are approved for Continuing Education credits by the State Board of Dentistry. The Academy does not endorse or recommend any individual continuing education course and is not accountable for the quality of any course content. Certificates of Attendance should be retained by licensees in their own personal professional file. During the course of its operations and advertisement for CE Courses, the PDHA and its components will not sell or distribute, or in any other way disseminate those email addresses or home addresses to third parties. Local Components and the PDHA will not use those email addresses and home addresses except for PDHA and Local Component communication purposes as agreed to by the Executive Committee of the Local Component and the PDHA Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

If you have attended a Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance Act 31 course, you must log onto and fill out the Act 31 Credits form to register your attendance.  Click on the Act 31 button and fill out the demographic form, as you were instructed to do at your course.  You must complete the form in order for the state board to be notified.

PDHA Sponsored Courses

Looking for a unique way to earn continuing education credits?  The PDHA is pleased to offer a great way for working hygienists to earn 3 CEUs! Please consider giving an In-Service Oral Health Training for caregivers at a nursing home near you. You can be a double winner. You can receive three FREE continuing education credits and your recipients will receive a wealth of great facts. Please visit the Nursing Home project page under Public Health on the website menu for all the details! ** ATTENTION PHDHPs:  If you have not been receiving mail or emails about PHDHP information and events, please send a request to be added to the mailing list along with your contact information (mailing address and email address), along with your PHDHP license number to PDHA Central Office at **

Thursday, November 8, 2018 – Sunday, November 11, 2018:  SAVE THE DATE!  The Keystone Dental Health Conference at the 95th PDHA Annual Session:  The 2018 conference will be held in Scranton at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center November 8-11, 2018.  Check back in August for more information.


ADHA Sponsored Courses

Wednesday June 20, 2018 – Monday June 25, 2018:  SAVE THE DATE!  ADHA’s 95th Annual Conference 2018:  Columbus, OH (Columbus Convention Center);  Headquarters Hotels are the Hyatt Columbus & Hilton Columbus; Registration/CE Seminar/Event Tickets & Housing Open January 2018


Local Component Courses



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Friday & Saturday, May 4-5, 2018,  *SAVE THE DATES for the spring CE events to being held in both Meadville and Clearfield!


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Other Courses in the PA Area

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College Sponsored Courses


Community College of Philadelphia

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Fortis Institute – Erie

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Fortis Institute – Scranton

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Harcum College

Detailed Harcum College continuing education course information is listed here.          Annual Dental Expo Related Dental Course Offerings
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 6CEUs, 8:15AM Registration & Breakfast, 9:00AM-12:00PM Morning Courses, Lunch Provided, 1:00PM-4:00PM Afternoon Courses, Klein Hall   Registration/Information

Harrisburg Area Community College

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Luzerne Community College

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Manor College

Visit Manor College’s Dental Course Listing for general information and registration forms for classes.

Montgomery County Community College


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Northampton Community College

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Penn College of Technology

Click here for information on PCT’s Local Anesthesia course for Dental Hygienists!

Temple University

Temple University’s Dental eCampus is a new initiative which provides you with access to online courses and webinars with continuing education credits.  Please see the information page for more information and to join a webinar. For All Courses:   Brochure      Registration Form
Questions? Nicole Carreño at 215.707.7541 or Email:
-15% Temple Dental Alumni Discount -10% Discount if you sign up for 3 or more courses. (There are no changes or refunds with this option.) -Word of Mouth Discount for full fee paying attendees – Bring one or more friends/colleagues to a continuing education course and receive a 20% discount on a future course. (Discounted course must be taken within 6 months time to qualify.)


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University of Pennsylvania

For more information on University of Penn courses, go to or contact: Susan Conroy at: 215-573-9098 / 866-PENN-CDE or

University of Pittsburgh

All courses will be updated here on all Pitt offerings Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center’s free Board Approved Act 31 Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting course:

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Westmoreland County Community College

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Non-association corporate advertising is available.  The current rate per CE ad is:
1 month – $50.00
3 months – $125.00
6+ months – $250.00
Please email for more details.  If you know of a course that should be added to our calendar, please contact the webmaster.


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