COVID-19 CE & CPR Resources

Online Resources for Continuing Education and CPR

Updates to CPR & Continuing Education Requirements for 2021 - 2022

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021

At the January 29, 2021 meeting, the Iowa Dental Board updated requirements for CPR certification and continuing education due to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  


Per the Governor’s proclamation, which was issued on March 22, 2020, new applicants for licensure or registration are permitted to take an online CPR course.  Evidence of the hands-on component is required to be submitted to the Board office within 6 months after the proclamation expires.  This information can be emailed to

For CPR renewal, any individual whose CPR certification expires between March 22, 2020 and December 31, 2021 may take the online course only.  Effective January 1, 2022, the hands-on component will be required.  

Continuing Education

Self-study limits for continuing education have been lifted by the Board for the 2021 renewal cycle for dental hygienists and dental assistants.  Self-study limits for the 2022 renewal period for dentists have been increased from 12 hours to 18 hours.  As a reminder, self-study is defined in IAC 650-25.1 as follows:

“Self-study activities” means the study of something by oneself, without direct supervision or attendance in a class. “Self-study activities” may include Internet-based coursework, television viewing, video programs, correspondence work or research, or computer programs that are interactive and require branching, navigation, participation and decision-making on the part of the viewer. Internet-based webinars which include the involvement of an instructor and participants in real time, and which allow for communication with the instructor through messaging, telephone or other means shall not be construed to be self-study activities.”

For a detailed breakdown of requirements and options for the 2021 and 2022 renewals, please review the press release, which was issued on February 4, 2021.

Continuing Education and CPR Requirements Updated

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020

On March 22, 2020, Governor Kim Reynolds issued a Proclamation of Emergency Disaster. In this Proclamation, Governor Reynolds temporarily suspended a number of regulatory provisions applicable to a number of professions, including dentistry. The suspension of rules identified in the Proclamation is effective through April 30, 2020, unless the Governor terminates or extends the Proclamation. As required in the Proclamation, the Board hereby issues this guidance relating to the temporary suspension of administrative rules in these areas which directly impact the Dental Board and 650 Iowa Administrative Code.  A more detailed summary of the proclamation and the items pertaining to the dentistry is available here.

  • Self-study limits for continuing education for the 2020 & 2021 renewal periods have been lifted.
  • CPR certification may be completed via an online-only course provided the previous CPR certification expired between January 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021.
    • ​The end date on the option for online-only CPR recertification was updated to coincide with the extension of license renewals.

The renewal period for dentists starts on July 1, 2020, with dental licenses expiring on August 31, 2020. Dental hygiene licenses and dental assistant registrations are not scheduled for renewal until 2021. Currently, the Proclamation is effective until April 30, 2020. Because licenses and registrations are not set to expire during this Proclamation, the Board does not anticipate any changes to the current renewal schedules and deadlines. If the duration of the Proclamation is extended by subsequent order of the Governor in a manner that impacts the current renewal schedules and deadlines, the Board will issue supplemental guidance explaining the effect of any such extension.

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Resources for CPR and Continuing Education

In order to address a number of questions as a result of the proclamation, information about online continuing education and CPR resources will be made available here.  This page will be updated as additional resources are made available.  The following lists are by no means comprehensive.  Additional resources may exist that are not listed here.  This is intended to serve as a starting point for licensees and registrants who need assistance locating courses.

Courses that the Iowa Dental Board understands to be available at no cost are marked with an asterisk (*).

Upcoming Webinars

Think Big Dental by Emily Boge, R.D.H.

"5 Hour CE Power Pack: Ethics/Jurisprudence/Infection Prevention/ and Radiology Imaging"
May 1, 2021, 7:50 a.m.
Course Information is available here.

Viva Learning (Some of the webinars may be available for free.)

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Online Jurisprudence

2020 Iowa Jurisprudence Webinar (with audio)
Certificate of Completion
2020 Iowa Jurisprudence PowerPoint Slides (no audio)

After watching the webinar, print out the certificate of completion.  Enter your name and the date that you watched the recording.  Keep the certificate of completion with your continuing education records.

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Online Infection Control

Information regarding previously-approved jurisprudence and infection control courses is available here.  Additional online resources will be made available below.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)*  There are 10 modules.  1.0 hour of credit awarded for each module completed.  You may complete this form to document completion of the CDC modules.

Clinical Practice Guideline for an Infection Control/Exposure Control Program in the Oral Healthcare Setting:*

Personal Protective Equipment:*

Introduction to Infection Prevention:*

Mandated, Highly Recommended, and Other Vaccines for Oral Healthcare Personnel:*

Hand Hygiene:*

Sterilization and Disinfection of Patient-care Items in Oral Healthcare Settings:*

Environmental Infection Prevention and Control:*

Regulated Medical Waste Management:*

Postexposure Evaluation and Follow-up:*

Infection Control-related Administrative Policies and Work Restrictions:*

Clinical Practice Guideline for an Infection Control/Exposure Control Program in the Oral Healthcare Setting​:*

Putting it All Together: Practicum:*

Hazardous (and Universal) Waste Management:*

Hazard Communication Compliance​:*

Iowa Dental Association

Dr. Carrie McKnight, OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard: What You Need To Know – 1 CEU  (Pre-recorded Webinar): ​Click Here to Register*

Dr. Jack Griffin Presents "Doc, It Was Never A Problem Until You “Fixed” It!": 
Part 1: Indirect Restorations – 3 CEUs
Part 2: Direct Restorations – 3 CEUs
Click Here to Register

Dr. Trishul Allareddy Presents "Current Radiation Protection Guidelines in Dentistry" (2 CEUs) Click Here to Register

Dr. John Hellstein Presents: "HPV Oropharyngeal Carcinoma/Head Neck Cancer and Immune Related Disorders with Medical Considerations" (3 CEUs) Click Here to Register

Dr. Elizabeth Worsham Presents: "Mental Health Basics for Dentistry" (2 CEUs):  Click Here to Register*

Tom Terronez Presents: "Cybersecurity In Your Practice" (1 CEU): Click Here to Register*

Kirkwood Community College

Contact: Kristi Hanson
Phone: 319-398-5626

Updated 2/17/2021

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Online CPR

Governor Reynolds Proclamation of Disaster Emergency temporarily waives the requirements for the "hands-on" component of CPR recertification courses. This applies to renewal of CPR certification.  Initial certification requires that a hands-on component be completed within six months of the expiration of the proclamation.  Iowa Administrative Code 650 requires that the CPR certification be through a nationally-recognized course. Below is a list of providers that offer CPR certification. This list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of CPR certification providers. For the purposes of renewal, licensees and registrants are only required to maintain certification in CPR. Some of the courses listed below may include First Aid as part of the training. First Aid training is optional.

The American Heart Association (AHA), on March 31, 2020, stated that the expiration dates of CPR certifications completed using the AHA curriculum would be extended by 120 days.  Additional information indicates that the hands-on portion of CPR certification courses may also be completed with a CPR instructor using video conferencing to observe the clinical portion of the course.

Note: Licensees and registrants may choose whether to use the 120-day extension prior to recertifying in CPR or they may elect to complete an online certification course as part of the regulatory relief offered by Governor Reynolds in the Proclamation of Emergency Disaster issued on March 22, 2020.

American Academy of CPR & First Aid, Inc.: 

American Heart Association:

CPR Heart Center:

Electronic Medical Certification:

Iowa CPR: (online-blended classes will resume May 2, 2020)

Pacific Medical Training:


ProTrainings: ​ 

Red Cross:

Updated 4/27/2020

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Online Dental Radiography:** 

Iowa Dental Association: Dr. Trishul Allareddy Presents "Current Radiation Protection Guidelines in Dentistry" (2 CEUs) Click Here to Register

*Updated 2/4/2021

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