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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 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 6/30/2014 – 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 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 only. These materials may be downloaded and printed if desired. Please note: not all speakers provide handouts for their presentations. Handouts will not be distributed at or during courses.

OSDB Continuing Education Criteria Changes
On June 29, 2011, the Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB) approved a new policy on continuing education. The board is now in the process of codifying this policy into administrative rules. Changes include:

OSDB Category “C.” Up to 6 hours of the 40 hour biennial CE requirement for dentist licensees and 24 hour biennial requirement for hygiene licensees can now be obtained in the new 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 “A” includes acceptable continuing education for all Ohio licensees defined as educational and scientific courses presented in directly interactive presentation format. There is no limit to the number of CE hours a dentist or hygiene licensee can obtain during each biennium in this category.

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.

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)

The current OSDB licensing biennium ends on December 31, 2015.