Online-only continuing education (CE) courses for dentists are designed to prepare them for licensing examinations and help them fulfill education requirements for licensure renewal. They may also result in certifications. Students in online programs must have access to teleconferencing software.
Program Information and Requirements
Online continuing education courses for dentists are available from many different institutions, including colleges, universities and industry organizations, such as the American Dental Association, and fulfill a variety of educational purposes. Besides licensing needs, dentists may take CE courses to explore non-dental issues they may encounter in their practices, such as HIV/AIDS, domestic abuse, treatment of medical emergencies, ethics, law and risk management. Dentists may also use continuing education to expand their knowledge and areas of practice by completing certificates in specialty subjects such as esthetic dentistry.
Depending on the type of course, online continuing education for dentists may be similar to other online classes, providing education software with a web interface for students to log into from whatever Internet connection they choose. Communication is normally handled via forums, email and instant messenger, but sometimes includes the options of voice or teleconferencing. Study.com software also often includes the capability to administer tests and grade some types of assignments in real time.
Continuing education courses often have no solid deadlines for student assignments, only an end-of-term deadline at which time all work must be submitted. This allows working adults to complete these courses at their own pace. Depending on subject matter and format, however, courses may require a more solid schedule. Video conference courses that involve new dental techniques and technology, for example, may have more defined schedules.
Dentists who need licensure renewal credits or want to augment their expertise may enroll in continuing education courses that cover dentistry topics along with medical topics outside of dentistry that dentists may encounter. The scheduling format depends on the course, but most allow enough flexibility for dentists to continue working full-time.