|20 Hours Every Two Years|
Denturists are required to obtain at least 20 hours of continuing education every two years to maintain their state-issued license as specified in Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 331-415-0010. Four of the required 20 hours must be directly related to partial denture services. |
Subject matter shall be related specifically to denture technology: the law and rules regulating licensed denturists, science, related dental practices, health care professional concerns such as infection control or medical emergencies, ethics, and business practices.
Continuing education requirements apply whether the applicant renewing a license is living or working within Oregon or outside of the state so long as Oregon licensure is maintained. Continuing education is required for renewal, every two years, even if the denturist license has been inactive during that period.
Licensees must attest, or declare, they have met continuing education requirements upon license renewal and are subject to periodic audits as specified OAR 331-415-0020.
Denturists shall maintain a record of attendance for two years following the two-year continuing education cycle and renewal of the denturist license.
|Providers & Pathways|
|Continuing education includes attendance or participation at an instructional program presented, recognized, or under the auspices of any approved permanently organized institution or professional organization or association. |
- Attendance at lectures, post-secondary school or postgraduate courses, scientific sessions at conventions, courses offered by an approved association or licensed/accredited school, classes or courses offered through an institution such as the American Red Cross, hospitals, health care clinics, correspondence courses or internet courses.
- Continuing education relating to subject matter listed above may be also be obtained through research or teaching (provided that no more than half the required hours be in teaching).
- Four of the required 20 hours must be directly related to partial denture services.
- Four clock hours of continuing education relating to subject matter listed above may be completed through self-study and documented on forms provided by the agency.
|Licensees must attest, or declare, they have met continuing education requirements upon license renewal and are subject to periodic audits specified in OAR 331-415-0020. |
Applicants for license renewal must submit the completed renewal form, with their signature affixed as attestation to completion of required continuing education hours. Documentation of continuing education hours earned must be provided to the agency only when selected for audit.
OHLA will audit a select percentage of licenses with continuing education requirements. Practitioners notified of selection for audit of continuing education attestation must submit to the agency, within 30 calendar days from the date of notification, satisfactory evidence of participation in required continuing education
Documentation of a certificate of completion of attendance at a program or course provided by the sponsor must include:
- Name of sponsoring institution/association or organization
- Title of presentation and description of content
- Name of instructor or presenter
- Date of attendance and duration in hours
- Course agenda
- Official transcript, diploma, certificate, statement or affidavit from the sponsor, attesting to attendance
Documentation verifying completion of all required continuing education shall be accumulated and held by the denturists for two-years following any reporting period, or until notification of audit is received. Continuing education documentation must be available and provided to the agency upon request.
If documentation of continuing education is invalid or incomplete, the licensee must correct the deficiency within 30 calendar days from the date of notice. Failure to correct the deficiency within the prescribed time shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action.
Misrepresentation of continuing education, or failing to meet continuing education requirements or documentation may result in disciplinary action, which may include but is not limited to assessment of a civil penalty and suspension or revocation of the license.
- Licensees failing to obtain the prescribed number of clock hours and/or complete appropriate continuing education content must reapply and meet requirements listed in OAR 331-410-0065.
- Hours of continuing education that are obtained in "excess" of the minimum requirements will not be carried forward as credit for the subsequent license renewal reporting cycle.
- Continuing education is required for renewal even if the denturists license has been inactive, revoked or suspended during that period.
- Continuing education is required for renewal every two years even if the denturists license has been inactive during that period.
|To obtain pre-approval of continuing education courses please submit a completed continuing education approval request form (below) to the Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA). |
Continuing Education Approval Request Form (Word .DOC)
CPR, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens Training
Blood borne pathogen courses must be compliant with U.S. Federal guidelines 29 CFR 1910.1030.
CPR, first aid and blood borne pathogens training may be obtained through hands-on, online or blended course instruction provided under endorsement of the American Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, American Heart Association, National Safety Council, American Safety and Health Institute, National Care and Safety Institute, Medic First Aid, providers listed with the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), and/or a provider (or course) specifically approved by OHLA.