Continuing Education Information 

Annual Session is an official activity of the Ohio Dental Association. Speaker selection is based on expertise and presentation quality. Speaker participation at Annual Session neither implies nor reflects ODA endorsement. All seminars are offered as information only and not as financial, accounting, legal, or other professional advice. Persons attending seminars or reviewing handout materials need to consult their own professional advisors for advice.

The views and opinions expressed by speakers do not necessarily reflect the policies or positions of the Ohio Dental Association. The ODA reserves the right to cancel, reschedule or substitute presentations as deemed appropriate.

The Ohio Dental Association is an American Dental Association (ADA) Continuing Education Recognized Provider (CERP). ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

As a national continuing education accreditation system, CERP recognized providers are approved providers of dental continuing education, and are recognized as approved CE providers by the dental licensing boards of most states, the licensing agencies of most health-related fields, and certification requirements of most health-related fields. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at

Ohio State Dental Board
The Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB) recognizes the Ohio Dental Association (ODA) as a Permanent Sponsor of continuing education.

Other State Boards of Dentistry
As an ADA CERP provider and state affiliate of the American Dental Association, CE courses presented by the Ohio Dental Association are accepted as appropriately administered presentations by most state boards and/or agencies of dentistry. If you have questions about a specific state requirement or need prior approval of a course to meet your state’s requirement, please contact the ODA Annual Session Department directly at (614) 486-2700 or

Academy of General Dentistry
The formal continuing education programs of the Ohio Dental Association are accepted by AGD for Fellowship/Mastership credit. The current term of acceptance extends from 7/1/2012 through 6/30/2018 – program provider ID# 219265.

Credit Hours
The number of continuing education (CE) credits for each seminar is equal to the number of course hours for that class. However, not all course topics meet the mandatory requirement for renewal as mandated by the Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB) or other licensing agencies. It is the responsibility of each licensee to understand the specific CE rules of their respective licensure board. 

Computerized Continuing Education Credit
Support Provided by ODA Services Corp., Inc.
A computerized accreditation process will be in use during the ODA Annual Session. Attendees will receive a code during each course and will enter that information at one of the CE printing stations to print their own personalized CE certificates prior to leaving the meeting. No time to print out your form while at Annual Session? No problem! CE slips will also be available online after the convention for easy access from your home or office computer.

Course Handouts
In advance of the meeting, course handout materials will be accessible to course registrants online. These materials may be downloaded and printed if desired.  Not all speakers provide handouts for their presentations.  Registered attendees will be able to print/download available handouts for their specific courses starting August 21, 2017 and materials will be available online through October 31, 2017.  Printed handouts will not be distributed at or during courses.

OSDB Continuing Education Criteria
The Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB) defines acceptable continuing education for all Ohio dental licensees as educational and scientific courses given by board-approved sponsors consisting of activities designed to: review existing concepts and techniques; to convey information beyond the basic dental education; and, to update knowledge on advances in scientific, non-clinical and clinical practice-related subject matter, including ethics, regulatory compliance, risk management, nutrition, and evidence-based dentistry. The objective of continuing education is to improve the knowledge, skills and ability of the individual to provide the highest quality of service to the public and the profession.

Ohio licensed dentists must complete 40 hours of acceptable continuing education each biennium. Ohio licensed dental hygienists must complete 24 hours of acceptable continuing education each biennium. Dental licensees are free to select areas of study within the OSDB’s stated categories, not to exceed the maximum number of hours in each category.

Ohio State Dental Board Continuing Education Categories:
Category A: Directly Interactive Presentation Format (no limit)
Category B: Supervised Self Instruction (no limit)
Category C: Non-clinical Dental Subject Matter (up to 6 hours each biennium)
Category D: Paper, Publication and Scientific Presentations (up to 4 hours each biennium)
Category E: Teaching and Research Appointments (up to 4 hours each biennium)
Category F: Volunteer Service as Clinician (up to 4 hours each biennium)
Category G: Table Clinics (up to 2 hours each biennium)

For the convenience of Annual Session attendees, the appropriate OSDB Category is listed on each CE course description, accompanied by the number of CE hours offered. All courses offered at the 2017 ODA Annual Session fit in either OSDB Category A, C or G.

OSDB Category A: Includes acceptable continuing education for all Ohio licensees defined as educational and scientific courses presented in a directly interactive presentation format. There is no limit to the number of CE hours a dentist or hygiene licensee can obtain in this category during each biennium.

OSDB Category C: Up to 6 hours may be obtained in category “C” of “non-clinical dental subject matter.” Those topics which are acceptable for CE credit in this category include: dental billing practices; courses to improve recall and scheduling systems, production flow, communication systems and data management; courses in organization and management of the dental practice including office computerization and design, ergonomics, and the improvement of practice administration and office operations; and, courses in leadership development and team development, among others.

OSDB Category G: Includes Table Clinics. A maximum of 2 continuing education hours may be obtained during each biennium in this category by dentist or hygiene licensees.

The current OSDB licensing biennium ends on December 31, 2017.