California dental employees must pass life support training course to retain licensure

Dentists, registered dental assistants and registered dental hygienists who obtained their licenses in California need to complete a basic life support course as part of the state's continuing education requirements.

To decrease the effect the pandemic has on dental staff's licensure retainment, California's department of consumer affairs extended the deadline for course completion for all dental employees whose licenses expire between March 31 and Aug. 31. Some segments of the course are available online, but all licensees must perform an in-person skills assessment.

Licensees can sign up for an online course through the American Heart Association's website, which will also prompt them to select a location for their in-person skills session.

According to data from California's dental board, failure to complete a basic life support course is one of the top three continuing education deficiencies among the state's dental workforce.

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