TN Dental Hygiene CE Requirements

TN Dental Hygiene CE Requirements

All Dental Hygienists are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education during the two calendar year cycle (January 1 of an odd year through December 31 of an even year) and keep a current C.P.R. card at all times. A minimum of 2 of the required 30 biennial hours must be obtained in the area of chemical dependency education. As of January, 2011 only 50% of total CEs can be from Web based (online) courses.

More information can be found on the Tennessee Board of Dentistry web site.

Home Study Courses

The five courses below are NOT included as online CE credits since tests are taken manually and mailed.

If you are a member of ADHA, a copy of your membership card should accompany your answer sheet

Principles of Public Health and Evidence based Guidelines for Preventive Dentistry – 6 CE credit hours. Click Here to download the course in pdf format.

Chemical Dependency – “Substance Considerations: For the Oral Health Professional” – 2 CE credit hours.   Click Here  to download the course in pdf format.

Chemical Dependency – “Dealing with Drug Seeking Patients” – 1 CE credit hour. Click Here to download the course in pdf format.

Antibiotic Prophylaxis and Prosthetic Joint Replacement-1 CE Credit hour. Click Here to download the course in pdf format.

Medications Patients Take and Relationship to Medical Emergencies– 2 CE credit hours. Click Here to download the course in pdf format.



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Hiwassee College

Hiwassee College Department of Dental Hygiene is offering continuing education and certification courses for the dental health care team. These courses are designed for the practicing health care professional.  The courses contain an online and clinical portion.  The clinical portion is conducted at the Hiwassee College Dental Hygiene Clinic, which boast of cutting edge technology to facilitate learning in the courses offered. The College also provides excellent instructors and doctors who understand and design the courses to meet the needs of the practicing professional.

Current Courses Offered:

Future Courses*:

  •  Nitrous Administration
  • Sealant Application
  • Coronal Polishing
  • Nitrous Monitoring

*If you are interested in any of these future courses, please email the director of dental hygiene for the date the course will online at  Also, if you are interested in teaching a CE course at the Hiwassee campus, please contact the director of dental hygiene.

Hiwassee College
225 Hiwassee College Drive
Madisonville, Tn. 37354
423-422-2001 ext 1849
Director:  Leslie Barkley, RDH, BSDH

DentEd Online
The DentEd web site provides Continuing Education courses for Dental Professionals.

Dental Hygiene Courses:
Nitrous Aministration
Local Anesthesia

Dental Assisting Courses:
Coronal Polishing
Nitrous Monitoring
Sealant Placement
Basic Dental Assisting